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Laid off, local man says he's staying positive

Posted June 5, 2009

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— So far, for Richard Bishop, the type of job he lost – the job he was good at – is hard to find.

For more than five years, Bishop worked as a computer-aided design engineer for Qimonda in Cary. He was one of 190 employees laid off in late December.

Laid off, local man says he's staying positive Laid off, local man says he's staying positive

He says few computer companies are hiring, and he's not willing to settle for just any job.

What is helping him cope, he says, is his family, friends and faith.

"It's been six months, but I've got peace and my lord and savior, Jesus Christ, honestly," he said.

What also helps, he says, is staying busy.

Once a week, he volunteers at a computer refurbishing company in Raleigh. Bishop also networks at a weekly job seekers program at a local church.

"What else are you going to do?" Bishop said. "You can sit home and cry and get all demotivated, or you can get out and do something about it."

Bishop had two interviews that did not pan out. He says most computer companies are not hiring and that the competition is stiff for the ones that are.

"The marketplace is unlike anything I've ever seen," said Larry Lytle, a facilitator with the career-counseling firm The Avadon Group.

He says highly skilled, specialized workers need to think outside the box.

"All the jobs you're losing aren't coming back," Lytle said. "So, that means you're going to have to be adaptable. You're going to have to transfer your skills somewhere."

Bishop says he's open to a new career but that he's not quite ready to take a part-time job. He's devoting time to his job search, his volunteer work and his family.

"I'm not starving right now, thankfully," he said. "So it's just a matter of time, and hopefully things work out well."

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  • Wheelman Jun 5, 2009

    I commend him for staying positive. However, if he can find part-time work, then he should be working. It will still leave time for the other things. If I were hiring, I would give more consideration to someone who was working at whatever he could until he found something better. It shows a better work ethic and a willingness to do whatever is needed. I'll take that over more knowledge and experience.

  • kikinc Jun 5, 2009

    That's absolutely right. You're much more desireable to a prospective employer if you're already employed and not just sitting around. It shows dedication and a strong work ethic.

  • RahRahLuv Jun 5, 2009

    How can you judge what he is doing? He is giving back to others..
    If you go from making say, 25.00 and hour and then go to 6.00 to “bag groceries” where is the rest of the money to support your family going to come from? Should he give his house and cars back and ruin his credit till things get better? Please, I lost my job too and found my new calling; it took a few months of soul searching to find it. I totally understand where he is coming from. If we save money in a bad economy, we won’t have to run to a minimum wage job when laid off. Do you work for minimum wage? Just asking…

  • vaulter Jun 5, 2009

    While this is a somewhat upbeat story about a person who lost their job, I disagree with what it is that he is doing. Everyone who is physically able to work should be out in the workforce helping to turn this economy around. And if that means bagging groceries for $6 an hour, then that should be what it takes. Just because the available jobs are 'beneath' you is not an excuse to sit around and wait for the job you want to come available. You can just as easily search and wait for a better job while working at another...