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July 02, 2009


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Charles Gosse

It’s great to hear from you and follow your story. I just signed-up to get your feed via email, by the way. You continue to be an inspiration. In fact, I was just thinking about you yesterday when the photographer was here. Here’s our story:

After being laid-off, myself, at the end of 2007 I got the idea from my wife, Laura, to start a small business in rain water harvesting called at . Our primary product is a downspout diverter – the thing that gets your rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel.

At the beginning of 2009, Laura was laid-off from her company; she started with the company when there were only 5 employees and when she was laid off it had grown to 150. The founder had always told her – unasked, unprompted – that she would always have a job with his company; as a way to rationalize his ultimate decision, he said that he could keep three junior people at the price of her salary; she had become the senior VP for marketing and expendable.

Laura now has a couple of part-time marketing jobs that pay a lot less and both she and I are looking for full-time positions. A consultant helped me re-write and, as he put it, “get the gray out“ of my resume, because I am now 50. We cut it down to one page, popped a photo of me on top, removed the date of my graduation from Princeton, and made it eminently more readable.

Laura subscribed to the marketing section of the job-hunting site The Ladders. They were interested in hearing from married couples that were both looking for jobs at the same time. Laura responded and was interviewed and yesterday a professional photographer arrived to photograph us at home with our children and those photos will be added to the story appearing in the next week or two on their site.

That’s where we are: still looking, looking every day, and keeping each other upbeat and positive. I’ll send you the link to our story when it comes out.

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