OT: I lost my job.......again........

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2002
OT: I lost my job.......again........
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 8:18am


So many of you have been with my on my "journey" so to speak over the last year.........job loss, re-employment, then moving..........

After a few months, it was very clear that business was slowing down at my new job.  I started to look, but I spoke with the HR manager and he assured me that if something did happen, I would get some severance and a reference letter, etc.  They also had wanted me to start a new project shortly thereafter, so I thought there may be hope.  Then, the receptionist had surgery and I was covering her for 2-3 weeks.  In that role, you have to focus on being there all the time, meeting various peoples' requirements, etc. - I guess I didn't know what was going on behind the scenes.

On Monday, I was called in - they told us that that part of the business has been sold, and they offered me ONE WEEKS PAY, if I would sign a waiver stating no harassment, etc (apparently this is a standard clause for them).  I am trying to keep in mind that this is just business, but I felt very used in that they assured me a soft landing, having me cover reception, etc. I brought up the fact that I had discussed this with them a month prior (and had offered to take a lesser paying position in the company, to stay employed).  It was 2:30 in the afternoon and the only response I got (other than, how dare you), was to say they would also be paying me "until the end of the day".

My boss was also let go, but she had inside knowledge of what was happening, and has already secured herself another position.  I contacted the company to ask for my Record of Employment (I need this to complete a claim for employment insurance) and was told it would be mailed "asap" (there is actually a legal requirement in Canada to get this to a person within five business days).  I also asked for a reference letter and was told the company "does not give reference letters" and that I should seek out my former boss.

Ugghh........very difficult week........I know I have to look at this as positively as possible, but I really felt that I had a solid hold on the job market once again.  Starting over now.........I actually have a job interview this morning, but I'm not sure how much enthusiasm I can project. :(

Thanks for listening,


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2002
Sun, 10-28-2012 - 9:15am

Thanks Stormy.  I submitted my claim the day after the lay off - finally got the ROE and drove it over to Service Canada.  Then got a call from the employer saying they made a mistake and needed to issue me a new ROE.......once again, got it and drove it in to Service Canada, so it's only a matter of time now.

Thanks for the advice......unfortunately this is not my first go round with EI, but I am hoping this job comes through so I don't have to go that route.  I think the current percentage is 55% now for regular benefits, so that will make things extremely tight.  I had a second interview with the owner of the company on Friday and he said they were going to send me an offer on Monday, so fingers crossed........!! My benefits are good until the end of the month, so I've been running around to the doctor, dentist, etc....

I appreciate your advice........pray for me!! lol :)


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Sat, 10-27-2012 - 2:55am
You don't need your ROE to start your EI claim. You can get the claim started. I suggest you do that - as then if you don't get your ROE on time, Service Canada can ask them for it on your behalf. (I've been called by them on an employee's claim - TWICE). But you will not be eligible until you are off for 2 weeks anyway (three because your severance is counted as earnings and it is like you worked that week). You could contact your formerly boss at her new position? If you feel comfortable doing that? Hopefully you get the new job and don't have to worry about it!
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Thu, 10-25-2012 - 7:03pm

Sorry that you are going through this.

It is hard...Hopefully your boss could write a reference letter for you.

Good-Luck with the Interview.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 11:19am

I'm so glad your interview went well.  I can't imagine being in that situation again (where I have to look for a job).  Good luck, and keep us updated!


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2002
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 7:32am

Thank you for your kind words everyone......needless to say I'd been feeling quite angry about the situation and being unemployed once again.

Fortunately, I had an interview yesterday and it went really well.  The interviewer asked for my references, etc. - it is actually much easier to interview when you've been laid off due to a business unit closure........if nothing else, I felt really great that the interview went well and on the whole it was a positive.

Thanks......have to seek out some resources here locally.......but I appreciate the empathy and ideas. :)


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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-1999
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 6:15pm
Sorry to hear it Mel. I would stay on them about the Record of Employment. That's the least they can do for you. I hope you're able to find something even better, and in the very near future!
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2005
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 6:01pm

I am so so sorry to hear that!  I am sure it feels like a slap in the face after you really tried to be a team player there and fill in at reception, etc.   I can't say anything to make you feel better, really.

As an unemployed person myself, one of the best things for me was finding a "buddy" group of other unemployed individuals.  We meet once a week at the library to talk through our lists, activities, leads, etc and practice interviewing with each other.  We're all in different industries, but it's been so helpful to connect weekly with a group that helps me stay accountable. Not sure if you have anything like that locally, but just wanted to throw the idea out there.  Keeping my fingers crossed that you find a suitable job quickly!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-13-2006
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 1:49pm

I'm sorry to hear about your job loss.Maybe you should try looking into working from home.The job market is still sucky out there.I don't trust any companies anymore.They're all about themselves.

I hope you find something better then what you had.Good luck.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 11:45am

Sorry to hear about that.  It's tough having to go through the interview process again.  Hopefully since your boss was also let go, she'll be willing to write you a good letter of recommendation.  Good luck.