I Was Told I Had Quit, But I Hadn’t. – Henry


“Dear Steve,

I worked for a company for 4years,I quit do to alot of stress ,personal and from my work .I was a sanitation supervisor at a produce packing company.I was required to work a lot of hours under the gun and after all the stress i was going through I went to my boss and told him I was going to quit,he told me everyone was under a lot of stress and to think it over and get back to him on my decision.

I was due back to work on Sat I decided not to quit and was going back to work on my scheduled day, however, got sick and could not make it, but I called my lead man and told him to advise my boss that I would return to work on Sunday. When I went in to work Sunday I was told that I had quit. That was almost a year ago, and I have not been able to find a job in this economy.

I need some advise .

I am a 53 year old male!


Dear Henry,

I’ve thought about your situation and there is no doubt that it is unfortunate but there is nothing we can do to change the past.

The time to fight that error would have been then. Even if you had to go see a lawyer to fight for your job back, a year ago would have been the time to do it. So, what can we do looking forward?

The hardest time to get a job is when we are told it is tough to get one and we are feeling dejected and down. But, even in the worst economies people are still being hired.

I always found that the secret to getting a job is to make it a job of getting a job. That means to spend five hours or so a day in looking. Don’t just settle for the typical way of looking in the classified section of the newspaper or using the online sites to look. You’ve got to get creative and be excited about being told no.

I know that sounds crazy but seriously, each no that you get means that you are one rejection closer to a yes.

Here are some tips that have worked for me and others in the past.

  • Use your telephone book. Start calling local businesses in your are and ask if they have any job openings. Jobs do exist that are not always advertised.
  • If you send in a resume, put a gold star in one of the top corners. It helps to draw attention to your resume.
  • If there is a particular part of town that you are looking in, go door to door at those businesses and ask them if there are any openings.
  • Be sure to scan the America’s Job Bank listings in your state to identify current openings you might not see elsewhere.

I hope that helps. Keep me posted on your efforts and success in locating employment.


You are not alone. I'm here to help. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can get through this. Tomorrow can be better than today. Don't give up.
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