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    Default Re: I got laid off...

    What about writing your own recommendation out and then having previous employers sign it?
    And how about stepping out of your normal realm for a bit, seeing if you can work with figures in a hospital, or newspaper, or something else.
    I know you have to be careful so you don't do something to mess up the unemployment benefits.
    My son lost his job 5 months ago and has been unable to find anything so we sent him off to get his CDL license. Sometimes a change is in order.
    I wish you luck with whatever you decide.
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    Default Re: I got laid off...

    Quote Originally Posted by this1chick View Post
    Thanks Diva, actually I spent 3 years in public and then was in industry for 1 1/2 - 2 yrs... I do have my CPA.

    I'm not really in a position to relocate otherwise I'd totally take you up on your offer.

    I live in Seattle so I have to deal with the WaMu flood too.
    I didn't know where you lived. Maybe you could visit the career page of RSM McGladrey? I know that the big four are shaving back. I would say in the interim try to work for a small public accounting firm, especially if your dh still has benefits. You would get more than you would for unemployment. It's not glorious work, but every little bit helps. Plus, you will stay current. RSM McGladrey is bigger, and you would be able to get decent benefits.

    In the meantime, maybe volunteer at your state society or the local chapter of your state society just to have something to do to keep you engaged. It will help you network as well.

    The WaMu fallout shouldn't affect you too awfully bad because only a small fraction of those people are CPAs and most of them, if I am not mistaken, actually have finance and not accounting degrees. But it might take longer because everyone is looking and employers have to weed through so many more resumes. At this particular time I would expect it to be easier to get a job back in public (which I know isn't fun) than to find something in industry where you will be competing with both finance and accounting personnel.

    During the Great Depression, CPAs were among the few professionals that did not experience large increases in unemployment rates. This is because it doesn't matter if the numbers are black or red, someone still needs to report them. Plus, the increase in required oversight will create a short term increase in demand for CPAs.

    Good luck!

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