About this blog

I started this WordPress blog because so many people have asked me how on Earth I have survived over four years of unemployment, underemployment, and job instability as a single parent without losing my home, my car, my excellent credit score, or my sanity (yet!). I don’t have a wealthy family, I don’t get child support, welfare, or food stamps; and I’ve yet to receive a full-value unemployment check from the state of MA in four years (a state that pays among the highest unemployment benefits in the country. My original layoff was from a job in New Hampshire–a state that pays lousy benefits). I haven’t bought into any pyramid networking scheme, flipped any real estate, stolen anything, or broken any laws (yet). My secret is not any one thing–the answer involves quite a bit of strategy (which I attempt to unravel in the blog) and basically, sheer force of will.

Start at the beginning if you have time–it sort of reads a bit like a book. People keep telling me to write a book, but this is just an attempt to speak for and to all the millions of un*employed out there (unemployed and underemployed persons). And to find a great job!



4 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Hi Valerie, I enjoyed your post about trying to reach a “human” at the Unemployment office. I came across your blog via the webpage of the Job Resources meetup group in Chelmsford, which I attended this morning for the first (and probably the last) time. Sorry you weren’t there. Did you know that the Division of Unemployment has a problem-resolution line? You can generally always reach a person there, and much more quickly than on the Telecenter line. The number is buried in a long list on UE’s website, but if you can’t find it and/or would like it for possible future use, let me know and I’ll send it to you.


  2. Hi there Valerie, I really like your blog and I was wondering if you’d be open to looking at an infographic I just made. I think it would spark a lot of discussion with your readers. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email and I’ll send it over. Thanks, enjoy your weekend.


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