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I Am Currently Unemployed

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    Loss Of Identity?

    I was terminated from my job of 8 years about a month ago. Besides feeling like crap for being fired for no reason other than corporate politics, I am feeling a little lost because so much of who I am (or was) came from working there. I was the "go to" person for so many years...
    ColoGrama ColoGrama 56-60, F 1 Response Sep 17, 2010

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    Going Insane Doing Nothing.

    I am 22 years old fresh out of college with a degree in automotive engineering, I have a passion for everything automotive, have a deep fascination with anything that can move. Its love and passion that made me participate in competitions like BAJA and prove my mettle in...
    satishumar13390 satishumar13390 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 6, 2013

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    Please Help Me Complete My Dissertation On Unemployment So I Can Get A Job

    I am trying to finish my dissertation and I need your help! I am studying how people cope with the stress of unemployment. If you are 18+, live in the US, and are unemployed, please participate in this survey! It's short, anonymous, voluntary, and enters you in a raffle for 1 of...
    UnemployedStudent UnemployedStudent 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 22, 2012

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    21 Months Jobless

      21 Months Jobless   Most girls that are 24 are more interested in a free drink at a club than a new lead in a sales position. Most of them are anxious for the weekend come Monday morning as opposed to kicking off a great work week come Monday morning. And...
    bsgilf bsgilf 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 10, 2010

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    I feel like I have a better chance at winning the powerball lottery jackpot then I do at finding a full time job

    I worked as a CNA for a well known home health agency from 2005-2010 making 15 an hr. In 2007 they dropped my hours from 54hrs a week to 11hrs a week. I lived in fear daily I would end up on the streets. I begged for more hours although this did me no good... no one cared. I...
    RogueLady RogueLady 26-30 1 Response May 21, 2013

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    There Has To Be A Job For Me, My Marriage Is Tanking

    Well here is my story. About 6 years ago, I was let go from a pretty good job. I was also about to give birth. So I took the time off to be with the baby and I have always planned on going back to school. Fast forward to now, I have had 2 other jobs, not working now, no money to...
    kclig kclig 36-40 Oct 7, 2012

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    3 Years How Much Longer

    I have been busily trying to find work but to no chances or opportunitys have arisen for me since being made redundant 3 years ago seems the world is not a place to work any more and they only take on the most suitable candidates for most jobs. Seems rather un unfair world. Id...
    sweetcaringgemuk sweetcaringgemuk 31-35 4 Responses Aug 12, 2010

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    Unemployed After 24 Years

    I am unemployed after 24 years. I was fired (first time in my life) from the textile company I worked for here in NC. There are several businesses in the area but nobody is hiring. The ones that are hiring are really low wage jobs. MY wife has M.S, and I have medical issues...
    KHudsonNC KHudsonNC 51-55 1 Response Nov 7, 2012

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    Just finished uni but not sure what to do

    now :( Anyone able to give me some advice?
    blas12345 blas12345 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 15

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    It's Time for a Change!

    === TEE-SHIRT FRONT === EN: Lifelong training for politicians ESP: Capacitación de por vida para los políticos === TEE-SHIRT BACK === EN: Real jobs for the rest of us ESP: Trabajo de verdad para el resto de nosotros
    ironmind1 ironmind1 51-55, M Dec 17, 2012

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    Unemployed For 2 Years

    I lost my job about 2 years ago. I suffer from depression off and on because of that amongst other things. It seems like my "luck" has been getting worse and worse. I have applied for what seems like hundreds of jobs (anything) but still no luck. I still struggle with wanting to...
    shawn219 shawn219 26-30 5 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    Too Long And Feeling Useless.

    I have been unemployed for the last 3 years. When I was working I worked hard, but I just didn't "fit in" with my co-workers I guess. So when the layoffs started I was one of the first to go. I had to move back home and live with my parents because I couldn't afford to sustain...
    Poe42 Poe42 26-30, M 10 Responses Jul 30, 2011

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    Maybe I Can Help You With That!

    Need Extra Money and Love Helping Others? After my most recent denial from disability I decided I needed a new avenue for income fast, but being a mother of two I couldn't afford a SCAM! I reconnected with an old friend and she told me of a job and a company that could save my...
    ImmortalCho ImmortalCho 31-35, F Mar 21, 2013

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    Jobless And Depressed

    I have been out of work now for almost 2 yrs due to layoffs.  I have had many interviews but no job offers.  I am frustrated and depressed and find difficulty going on interviews only to get rejections, that they chose another candidate.  I have had to give up my apt, and move...
    roslynrose57 roslynrose57 51-55 8 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    Good News...

    I was jobless for 8 months, sending out dozens of resumes a month and wondering why I wasn't getting called in for interviews. Then I got desperate and started doing some research online, and I found an organization in California that awarded honorary doctoral degrees for a $69...
    DanielMorris DanielMorris 41-45 2 Responses Apr 22, 2013

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    I have been looking for a job in graphic design

    and have been unemployed for 2 years now. I spent 11 years working for the same employer at ridiculously low pay an I wanted a new job with a future. I have a BFA degree in computer art and A As degree in commercial art. My husband is constant nagging me to get a job and I spend...
    couchpotato2014 couchpotato2014 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    Unemployed After 21+ Years With Same Employer!!!

    I just quit my job after being employed by the same employer for 21+ years. My employer is a doctor. He just kept pushing and pushing me. I know he wanted me to quit because he didn't want to fire me. He kept complaining how broke he is. Never mind that he just bought a home...
    2013unemployed 2013unemployed 51-55, F 3 Responses Feb 4, 2013

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    Even though I absolutely hated my job.

    ....okay, no, that is not true, I hated my employers and my coworker.......I did love the actual job, I was devastated when she fired me. The blow was more to my pride that anything else, but also it was right after Thanksgiving.....Christmas was ruined for my daughter. And now...
    ImUrWILDESTDrm ImUrWILDESTDrm 36-40, F 31 Responses Feb 26

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    Ivy League Failure/loser :(

     I spent my whole life working hard, went to an ivy but didn't know who the hell I was or what I wanted so didn't do well. So after graduation I went to China to learn Chinese in hope that I could make up for my bad grades and do something cool and get a cool interesting...
    Alwaysahotmess Alwaysahotmess 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 1, 2009

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    Unemployment ... Month 2

    I had the most incredible job two months ago. Working as a high school counselor, I left my office satisfied everyday. My co-workers were amazing! I used to grin when friends and family gripped about their boss or supervisor because mine were awesome! Then, my husband accepted a...
    RebekahIK RebekahIK 22-25 1 Response Nov 5, 2012

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    No Purpose

    I have been unemployed for nine months now. I think the hardest part of being unemployed is not having a reason to get up in  the morning.  I try to structure my day as much as possible, but it still feels pointless. It's also difficult when everyone else around you...
    reeny417 reeny417 31-35, F 14 Responses Apr 21, 2010

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    Definition Of 'The Unemployed'

    The Unemployed [collective term for state of being, often pejorative] Those who provide you, me, our children, and everybody we know with the opportunity of work.
    ironmind1 ironmind1 51-55, M Nov 14, 2012

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    I Dodged It For Over a Year

    I finally got laid off in December.  After bouncing through 2 additional jobs after my first one ever (graduated from college in '04) got the layoff bug and I got a new one right before my department was shut down....this third job in 2 years was the end of my story.  I...
    LaniLaKai LaniLaKai 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2009

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    I'M A "Late Blooomer"

    But will I EVER bloom? God I hate thinking of myself that way, so I don't. I know my mom and sister love me and will make some comforting excuse. "He's a late bloomer". I've never felt like I knew what my life's work was supposed to be. I was told from and early age that,"You...
    stat9390 stat9390 41-45, M May 28, 2013

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    Identity Crisis

    I've been officially unemployed for a week. I try not to let this get to me.  I still have full time school to occupy me.  But there's something weird about not working.  I don't like it. I like having to be somewhere everyday.  I like helping people...
    rockstarjoker rockstarjoker 22-25, F Mar 5, 2010

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    Hating Being Unemployed

     I have been unemployed now for almost 8 months. It's getting to the point where there are no jobs for me to apply for. I am networking, I am on temps lists and I am looking on job boards daily. There doesn't seem to be any work. I missed out on 3 positions this week in my...
    Metrogirl76 Metrogirl76 31-35, F 22 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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    Unemployed And Feeling Trapped In CT

    I am a single mother to a teenager who has a learning disability. I am also a LPN. I live in CT and have been unemployed for almost 2 years now. We are also homeless and have been since I lost my job in 2011. It has caused a host of issues. I suffer from depression, anxiety, and...
    Darciamoonz Darciamoonz 36-40 2 Responses May 2, 2013

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    6 months, 377 applications sent,

    18 weeks of unemployment, 3 in-person interviews and 1 lump sum severance check later, I, Jai Ferrell, a 10-year entertainment marketing professional; Phi Beta Kappa Society Life Member; NAACP Image Award Winning Producer and Peabody Award Recipient am still #unemployed. I never...
    jaiferrell jaiferrell 31-35, F Apr 11

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    The Hell Of Being Laid-off

    Ah yes, the demon economy has gotten ahold of me in it's filthy claws and has been trying to take me for all I'm woth........but I won't let that rat bastard get to me till I'm dead! About a month and a half ago, I got laid off from my job working as a computer tech in a...
    poedmusician poedmusician 26-30 1 Response Oct 17, 2009

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    Fired At 45

    Regardless of what anyone says; age does matter. I just found out that I was going to be fired in 2 weeks time. My boss didnt want to tell me but I found out . Now I'm just waiting for the axe to fall on my head. Throughout the years I've applied for positions but no takers; my...
    fin67 fin67 46-50 3 Responses Apr 16, 2013

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    Yesterday I got the phone call

    that caused a great deal of anger and frustration. I got turned down for a job. A job for which I was an extremely strong candidate for. A job in which the application process took a couple of months. The reasons they gave me was very vague and didn't make much sense which...
    FayeTP FayeTP 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    Make An Extra Income While Unemployed

    Hi!How are you? Are you interested in making money clicking on ads, making some surveys and tasks? If you are i will teach you the right way to do it ;) I started a month ago and made $53 without any investment and only spent 15-20 minutes a day. Its not that much but i only been...
    ricardooo ricardooo 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 4, 2013

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    I Am Disgusted And Discouraged

    Hi there-was married 21 yrs. to a jerk, who went bankrupt, got nothing except debt...was a stay at home mom and have been trying for 3 years to find full time steady employment to no avail.  I am 51, sad, jobless and living with my mom...I am scared..at my age, I should have...
    triciat triciat 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2009

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    2 Years! And Still Stuck!

    I've been semi-unemployed since January 2007.  I lost my job right before the employment rate started going downhill AND was let go the day before my birthday. In a way, it was good for me.  I was suffering from stress-induced diabetes thanks to my horrible boss...
    RevolutionHeart RevolutionHeart 31-35, F Nov 5, 2009

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    No Job, No Worries

    I worked 2 jobs for a while and one after the other, lost them both. Its sucks but, Its nice not being tied down :] thinking of hittin the road for while. theres nothing better in this world then being free
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 7, 2013

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    Fighting The Fight.

    Hello. I am unemployed due to being laid of in August of last year. So, approx 6 months now! On top of this, shortly before being laid-off, I was in a pretty bad car accident, lost my car, and sustained a pretty hefty emergency room bill (which THANKS GOD was forgiven entirely...
    EmbraceTheFriend EmbraceTheFriend 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 23, 2011

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    Need Encouragement

    Hello all; Being unemployyed has put me in such a terrible place, does anyone have any words of encourgement?  Has anyone noticed a change in the unemployment situation?  
    Debbie65 Debbie65 41-45 4 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    I Am Unemployed For The First Time

    I am unemployed for the first time in my working life, 22 consecutive years of actual employment (not counting the lawn cutting the years for that...actual workforce). I am a professional engineer and have been for a number of years. I have NO understanding of unemployment...
    ferryg ferryg 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 13, 2013

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    Still Loking 4 A Job

    I yoused 2 work 4 my selth but i had 2 putit on hold i am getin JAS of the govemant it's not that much i am hamering the job market every day but it's hard there are no jobs out there i got no quolifacations at all so i am finding it hard
    morfias morfias 41-45, M Aug 13, 2013

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    3 Years Maybe More

    I have been without a decent job.
    grvmkr grvmkr 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 27, 2013

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    Grateful

    Yesterday was my two-year anniversary of being unemployed...but im not down about it. Im sure it wont last forever. I always want more, but i do have what i need, so im not complaining. Im grateful, because it could be much worse.
    sexythickcocoa sexythickcocoa 31-35, F May 23, 2011

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    Beating The Bushes

    I got laid off about 3 months ago and have been calling everyone I know to let them know I am looking. It is kinda weird when I go to a seminar or class and have to explain that I am not working since I have never been out of work before. I attended a class with 25 people in it...
    chan2005 chan2005 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 30, 2012

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    I Am Also Unemployed

    I've been unemployed for nearly five months. I'm a journalism graduate. I worked as a teacher abroad for eight months. I'm thinking of leaving the country as all the jobs I want in journalism are unpaid and more importantly the amount of jobs in that area are thin on the...
    arcenciel arcenciel 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2012

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    I am unemployed for 3 months now

    and never been this happy for 2 years now since I started working. Just reading good books, enjoying home, streaming spotify music, preparing and enjoying good coffee and tea, and watching all the TV series that I have been meaning to watch for a long time now. Of course I have...
    TobeGrey TobeGrey 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 25

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    Unemplyment Is Soooo Depressing

    I had to leave my job because I worked with a total witch who was sabotaging my work and talking badly about me behind my back. I went to HR and my boss several times, and even had mediation, but she never stopped. I had to leave because the stress was making me so unhappy and...
    BrinaRedGreen BrinaRedGreen 26-30, F 11 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    Living Hell

    I'm down to 157 from 187 in about 2-3 months anxiety hell 59 years old, not enuf to retire...svgs running out...god help me  
    Noaethfox Noaethfox 56-60 8 Responses Aug 11, 2008

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    Any Other Guys Out There Being Supported By Wife?

    It's embarassing as hell. how do you guys deal with it and what do you say to people when they ask where you work?
    lexrex lexrex 31-35, M 4 Responses Oct 14, 2012

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    I lost my job about 6 months ago

    and have lost almost everything. Both cars and my house and now my rental. I have I move out of the state for more work but it's tough with 3 kids and a wife who is diagnosed with depression. So I just keep moving forward
    Awkward951 Awkward951 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 25

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    Related Experiences

    I graduated from my undergrad two months ago, with a degree in Graphic Design. I love design, and I longed to work in a corporate setting within a marketing department, or perhaps...
    pp2014 pp2014 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    I've been unemployed for 2 months now and scared out of my miind. I have 2 kids and the only breadwinner. Ive read some posts here where people have been unemployed for a very long...
    jerseygrl1103 jerseygrl1103 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    Here I am writing this. A month as passed since my last job and yet the words I use to express the feelings that I do I cannot comprehend. My eyes don't seem to open to the same...
    theworldasitis theworldasitis 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    After many years on searching for a job, I finally got one. During my search for a job I was desperate, I was willing to do take any job, and promised myself that once I got a job...
    ooohhhjerry ooohhhjerry 22-25, M Aug 17

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    I struggled for years to get an Engineering degree, just to find out that nobody wants a female engineer. How funny is that? I got my degree almost two years ago, and I could only...
    caritus caritus 26-30, F 6 Responses Aug 19