Happy Anniversary, Unemployment!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day I lost my job testing software. One year ago today, my manager called me to schedule a meeting. Naturally, I was a little nervous about what it might be about. One of the co-workers who I shared a cubicle with was very nice, though, and she assured me that I did good work and that I probably didn’t have anything to worry about. So I continued working at my desk and tried not to dread the meeting, figuring that there as no point in worrying about it until I knew what it was about.

Imagine my surprise when my manager brings me in to the office of the Vice President of Quality Assurance. Obviously, this was not a normal meeting. To top things off, the representative from HR one who originally interviewed me for my job, was there as well. Consider yourself fortunate, dear reader, that you already know how this ends, and thus are free from the confusion and fear that was gripping me at that moment.

My manager motioned for me to take a seat next to the Vice President while he went and sat on the other side. The Vice President then looked at me and very calmly informed me that they were going to “separate my employment” (their words). To be fair, my manager, the Vice President, and the HR representative were all really nice and cordial about things. My manager even walked me to my car and talked to me to make sure I was going to be OK. This did not stop me from cussing him out on the way home, but it was a nice gesture nonetheless.

I’m celebrating this unfortunate anniversary by doing the same thing I’ve been doing for the last year: by filling out job applications and following up with the places that I’ve already interviewed at. I’m not looking at anything glamorous (and I’m definitely not looking at doing any more software testing), but all the applications I’m filling out are for steady work and that’s really what I need right now, even if it doesn’t pay as much as I would like. Some days are harder than others, but most of the time I’m able to keep my head above water and stay positive. With any luck, this will not only be the first anniversary of my unemployment, it will also be the last.