I am a legal word processor. I was laid off by a multinational law firm in early April, 2009 due to a reduction in force. The firm laid off 93 people in the United States, including 16 in Los Angeles. I received a six-month severance package and then went on unemployment.
It hasn’t been hard so far. I turned 66 last November and have started collecting Social Security. The Unemployment Office told me I could continue receiving unemployment benefits once I started receiving Social Security. But my unemployment benefits are coming to an end and I need to find a job.
I don’t think potential employers are wary of hiring me because I’ve been out of work so long. They usually have other good reasons.
I’m still looking for work. At this point, I have gotten used to sleeping in in the mornings, so I’m looking more for part-time work. A friend and his wife, who are blind, have hired me to read their mail to them, go shopping, etc. But I will need more.
Sheila G., via email