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Have you been laid off? If so, click here...

by Maggie O'Mara

Bio | Email | Follow: @maggiektvb7


Posted on April 8, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM



I have to tell you, I just hate (and hate is a strong word, I know) reporting on the latest round of layoffs in our community. It's just so upsetting to see good people losing jobs every week... and yesterday, I got an email from one of those GOOD PEOPLE - Chad Dryden.

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Chad Dryden

He's a fellow journalist , husband and father - who was laid off from the Idaho Statesman last Friday, and now he's launching what I think is a BRAVE new website:

(NOTE from ME: BTW - If you've lost your job, you are NOT a loser - you are good enough, you are smart enough and gosh darn it, people like you! I do. Chad does too...)

Chad's site includes a BLOG all about this reaction to losing his job for the first time in his life. I think a lot of people out there can relate...

But it also has more to it...

Chad sent me some info on it for you, and here it is! From what I gather, it's a support system that you may want to tap into if you've lost your job.

Laid Off Loser includes:

• Unemployment news and views: An up-to-date source for news on joblessness and the economy, plus daily dispatches from Unemployment Land.

• DIY job networking: Job search sites are rarely as effective as word-of-mouth. Laid Off Loser aims to connect the growing unemployment population, allowing creative, talented job seekers to network and post information about themselves in the hopes of helping one another find work.

• Commiseration: Laid off and looking for a virtual hug or venue for sounding off? Laid Off Loser is it.

"Okay, deep down I know I'm not a loser. But getting laid off, even if it was based on tenure and the economy has gone all Titanic on us, well, it's hard not to feel like getting cut from the JV baseball team all over again. And I thought it was funny, especially after Googling "Laid Off Loser" and a link came up that had something to do with "a shirt covered in Cheetos." It might come to that." - Chad Dryden

(Chad, this witty site may just get you your NEXT JOB...)

Western Days is BACK ON!

A Twin Falls tradition - that was canceled by our slumping economy - has been SAVED! We found out the Board of Directors for Western Days has approved a parade for this summer. It's scheduled for MAY 30TH.

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THE MAGIC VALLEY MALL came to the rescue here... it donated enough money to guarantee the parade will go on! What wonderful news...

PS. That gesture makes me love that mall even more now. LOL.