When Working Moms get Laid Off

My position was eliminated last week due to restructuring and hiring lower level people to do the work.  I have been off work a week and am still trying to figure out what to do.  I know that I should be looking for an other job/career and I have signed up for many different job aggregators to send me lists of open positions in my field.  I feel that is a start, but it truly doesn’t mean anything unless you have a resume ready to send out. 

My old resume is 13 years old, which means I pretty much need to start over and just list my last company since I was there for 13 years and you don’t need to go back more than 10 years on a resume. I was a recruiter who looked at resumes all day long, yet when it comes to creating my own I have writer’s block. I even have a copy of my job description family to use a guide and rephrase the bullets on my resume. The problem is still that I just don’t feel like doing it. The other problem is that I just don’t know what else to do with my time in between looking or not looking for another job.  I am clearly not cut out to be a stay at home mom and we do eventually need for me to go back to work to make the family budget.

So far I have gone on some walks and played on the internet for hours.  Yes, I am addicted to Candy Crush as well. I tried picking the kids up from school, but the pick up line is ridiculous and the kids can be halfway home by walking by the time I get tot the front of the line. I have walked to school and walked home with them which is nice as well. When we get home the kids go straight to homework, then play on electronics.  One child likes to play cards with me, but the other only wants electronic games. The house is still cleaned by the housecleaner, so I don’t have to do that 3 hour chore once a week. I still do grocery shopping once a week which I can move to a weekday.  I did this yesterday and it took way longer than normal just because I didn’t have anything else to do for the day.  I don’t have any hobbies other than drinking wine with family and friends, but I don’t want to get in the habit of doing that mid-day. Laundry is still done at the same time when I worked.  I do a load of laundry almost every day, so I am always up to date anyways. The whole family is responsible for helping put laundry away and I don’t want to take that away from them just because I am at home.  The kids are still part of the family and need to have some responsibility in contributing to the household chores. Dinner doesn’t take longer to make just because I am unemployed.  It is still started at 5:30 and ready between 6:00 and 6:30. I love to cook and hoped that the family could have special requests for dinner, but they don’t care at all. 

Hopefully, I will eventually be motivated to do my resume so I can fill my days with interviews.  For now I am filling my days with some walks and lots of computer time. I admit that I am bored and this will get old very soon.



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