I lost my job a few weeks ago after 2 weeks coming back from medical leave. I was working for that medical business for 4 and a half years. My boss decided to keep new graduates and less experienced techs to work for him. One of the new graduates I had trained and the other new graduate who he got just to cover for me. He told me there was lack of work in the office for 3 techs at a time. He claimed he thought about it and I didn’t seem to fit in anymore in the office. In any case, I can find a better opportunity. I am registered in Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound from the ARDMS since 2008. Although there are many other things I’d like to focus on too outside of Ultrasound. Its been a long road for me, but if any body can help me find a job I would greatly appreciate it.
When looking for a job, its important to look at your own skills to see how you can contribute to a particular job which fits you best. Every one has talent for something to be a part of society. The road might seem a dead end for some, but the right path will keep you moving forward. So, don’t take the road with the dead end…you must familiarize yourself with the avenue of adventure.
I know I have not posted in a while, but I have been out of sorts since my surgery and especially since I just lost my job. I promise I will be posting and keeping people updated on DMC.
posting again soon,
Joe, I think Jason’s probably getting Christmas out of the way and looking at other employment possibilities/opportunities, and reconsidering his future. I’ve a feeling he’ll be writing more when time permits. He’s done a year-end article already… there’ll most likely be more after the new year.
No, I will be writing more soon.
How come you never write on this blog anymore? Is this blog shutting down?
Just bookmarked your Suite 101 thing. I’ll be reading it in a bit (things to do first). Looks interesting at first sight, though.
I blog on Embracing Chaos and have been reading your blog for a few months. I also run a writing business, through which I provide resume writing services and business writing services to clients in my area.
One of the ways I try to build up my platform (like a personal brand) is to write for Suite101. I’m just getting started there, but you might find some of the articles I’ve written to be helpful.
One of the key things I advise my clients when they’re looking for a new job is to think about their career, and not just getting a job. Whether you’re writing a resume, putting together a professional portfolio, or just filling out applications, you can better your chances of getting hired for the right job with the right company, by planning out what you need and seriously thinking about what you have to offer before you choose which jobs to seek.
You’re pretty fortunate in your situation that you can see job loss as being something that frees you up for other opportunities. No, don’t worry – I’m not having a dig at you: it’s good that you can see it that way, and – as has been said already – med-techs have many opportunities for re-employment.
The situation in Finland is totally different from that in the US, though. In Finland, being foreign and having a recognisable disability issue is a recipe for very long term unemployment. The courts here don’t care about justice: you go with a complaint about something like discrimination on grounds of disability and they already go into session with the idea that the decision you’re appealing against must have been made for some sensible reason.
In a sense, I can related to what you have been through – certainly with regard to any sense of uncertainty about the future. The only work I’ve had in this country has been on government exploitation schemes, apart from occasional one-off paid things like gigs or lectures and some other work. We are trying to get something going now that will allow me to work part-time for my ex-wife’s business… something in which the state pays 75% of my wages. That would allow her to see financial growth in the business, and eventually be able to employ me on a more permanent and more involved basis. At least, that’s the idea.
She’s the only person who wants to employ me in this country, because of the way that Finnish employers and the Finnish system treats foreigners and disabled people. In a sense, I can see this as an opportunity, and it’s very good that she is wanting to do this. But it’s been a long time coming and it wasn’t a sure thing. But her business is doing well enough for us to try this.
What others have said of how you were treated rings true: you were crapped on, really. And that’s a possible avenue to go down, as an exploration if you will. Hopefully, you’ll find something that allows you to use your specialist skills – not much is professionally sadder than to lose hard-earned and well-learned skills.
All the best, man.
Sadly, a lot of employers have learned the trick of “downsizing” the experienced (“expensive”) employees. The universities where I have taught are more than willing to cut professors, even adjuncts, to replace them with “lecturers” lacking the Ph.D and teaching experience.
I’ve been on the job market for a year and half. While I realize I’m not alone, it isn’t easy. Friends have been out of work for longer, so I try to tell myself I’m fortunate to have a safety net.
Let us hope things improve — for everyone.
Nothing has been harder than going to retail stores in malls and strip centers, trying to explain I will take any job. I can’t remove six years of teaching and graduate school from my resume, obviously, or the gap would be pretty strange. Oh, well.
Hi Kent and Cara, No body can understand what I was going through…
Hi Cara and Kent,
No body can understand what I was going through…
I applaud your positive attitude but can’t help but think this medical practice discriminated against you. Luckily for you, medical technicians are in high demand.
Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a little while (ever since I saw the PBS program you were in). Thanks for sharing your perspective!
In reading this post, I am very disappointed in your employer’s decision. I am concerned that the loss of your job may violate the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act(though I’m not an expert in any way) on at least two levels: the first being medical leave and dismissal; the second being their retaining of those hired after you (specifically the one hired to temporarily fill your position during your medical absence). Speaking as a citizen (not a legal or other type of expert), and someone with family members who have autism, I encourage you to sit down with your family and discuss the possibility that your former employer may have made a mistake and potentially violated the ADA in terminating your employment. That is something to be carefully considered, of course, but I wanted you to at least be aware of that option. Best of luck!