My line to the manager, for real: "Like the line in the movie says, 'It's not personal; it's just business.'"
Thing is, today's businesses have no sense of loyalty or responsibility to "their people" (no such thing anymore). They're not John Wanamaker or Henry Ford. No more staying at the same company for life (I was at one for nearly 16 years), no pension (401ks were originally a tax dodge for the rich, then companies figured out how to cheat you out of a pension with them). That's why my last two corporate jobs have been mostly agency temps, which I was at my last one, after being laid off as a real employee after a year and a half at another company (group announcement, month's notice, severance offer). We're all mercenaries now. ("Do your own thing" = "every man for himself.") There's good money to be made (the other company) but a lot of risk.
I'm an online ad copywriter (two years) after 18 years in newspapers (feature writing, proofreading, page-making with the computer, digital video for the Web, editing). Give me a business owner's name and his line of work, and I'll come up with 1,000+ words to make an online brand identity, a personality, a voice for that person that will drive customers to him. Look for the hook (what's in it for this person's customers?) and create a character. I've written content for over 1,500 commercial websites for small businesses of all kinds all over the country and one overseas (Belgium — worked via Skype), including in Spanish, and have trained new writers. I have lived in the Philadelphia area for nearly 30 years.
- Rizzo's Roast Beef.
- David D. Larson, DMD — Gentle Family Dentistry.
- Dr. Joseph M. Hibler, optometrist.
- Lawrence & Tyler, S.C., Attorneys at Law.
- Marines and Mickey. My tribute to the Corps for a new, unusual charity. Hooah!
Yes, I've applied for unemployment.
I still have a longstanding part-time job in print.
Prayers and leads (two so far) appreciated.