I Am Unemployed

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    I did what everyone said was right.

    I went to college. At enrollment, it was a top 50 institution. I double majored in finance and accounting. I participated in honors programs, held campus leadership positions, and worked to finance my education (first generation college student from a very poor family). And...
    cannotgetabreak cannotgetabreak
    22-25, F
    11 Responses Mar 15, 2015

    I Am Never Going To Find A Job

    I recently obtained my Master's degree in Occupational Health Psychology. I am sure nobody has heard of that, but it has to do with the promotion of workers' health in the workplace and the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. I worked on a report for the European...
    TheEvilLeaper TheEvilLeaper
    26-30, M
    6 Responses Jan 25, 2012

    i got an offer today!

    ! thank the Lord, I'll take it!
    marisa210 marisa210
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 17, 2015

    Not unemployed, but retired at an early age.

    Long story, but after 30 faithful years of heavy lifting, climbing, and swinging from the rafters at a factory job, I almost severed my spinal cord and had to have back surgery. They then considered me a high risk employee and sent me out to pasture. Now I'm doing something I...
    deleted deleted
    8 Responses May 5, 2015

    I used to find a job easily,

    even though it wasn't a professional one. But now, it is been almost two months I am trying to find a job. I actually still have enough money for myself, but I also have to share it with my younger sister as she needs to pay her college tuitions. I hope God shows me His...
    Itisthereallme Itisthereallme
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 10, 2016

    It ******* sucks I miss having a job

    and making my own money. Some days I get depressed from getting a rejection email telling me how they are looking for someone else but will let me know if a position opens. Which is just a nice way of saying "We don't want to hire you so here's a nice lie to soften the blow". I...
    Perseph0ne Perseph0ne
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Aug 20, 2015

    I Am Starting to Realize Im Just Like You.

    So I beat myself up. Daily. I judge myself by my successes and I currently cant say that I am proud of who I am. Thats why Im just like you.   Im not the only one. Neither are you. Ive had jobs that I hate, jobs that I loved and lost. I try every day to find...
    nagamacella nagamacella
    22-25, F
    17 Responses Feb 26, 2009

    Mobbed Out

    I was at my last job for 10 years. My ex-boss and I got along pretty well with my boss, and co-workers. Then, a couple of years ago, a new grad started. This little sh*t started brown-nosing boss-lady. My boss started then acting strangely towards me. A year later, a vacancy was...
    mymimis mymimis
    5 Responses Sep 9, 2012

    I received my B.A degree two years ago,

    I was a good student, my parents didn't have to pay a lot of money for me to finish college, I had a lot of friends, happy relationship, etc.. Since then, I can't find a job in my field or anywhere else. I live in a country that is poor, with more than 50% of youth that are...
    MinaAM MinaAM
    26-30, F
    Apr 15, 2016

    And No, This Is Not Another Sob Story..

    I see a common theme in many of the comments below these's stories. That being, "At least you have money". What is the excuse when you're still broke, yet you're wasting your time in a job that either ****** you off or bores you to death?That is my loophole. I've worked many jobs...
    Infinite9 Infinite9
    70+, F
    May 9, 2012

    I've just divorced and im unemployed.

    I don't know were to start. Hard times!!
    onica onica
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Mar 29, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Oct 22, 2012

    I'm sick of getting the generic thanks

    but no thanks emails. I know the job markets tough but seriously I've been out of work since being retrenched in January. It feels like my whole life revolves around looking for work and trying to survive. I've had to declare bankruptcy and now it looks like I'm going to have...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Nov 13, 2015

    I Cried Today (Update)

    Another disappointment. Another "thanks, but no thanks". Another "they went with another candidate". Another "they really liked you, but...". How much more rejection can I take? I've applied to so many jobs. I've had so many interviews that I'm tired of hearing myself talk...
    deleted deleted
    9 Responses Aug 14, 2013

    Im absolutely terrified of getting a job,

    im scared of screwing things up or being too slow and getting fired, i hate being interviewed and interacting with new people just isnt my thing..
    emiilyinnch emiilyinnch
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Mar 12, 2015

    22 and a Failure

    Every job I get into I quit. Only kind of jobs I have worked were sales and I don't like social interaction which presented a huge problem in the work place. I just end up working at the same kind of places because I need the money and they seem the most demanding for workers...
    Arual Arual
    22-25, F
    20 Responses Dec 6, 2007
    deleted deleted
    Apr 19, 2016

    I used to be an over the road truck driver.

    Good job, good pay. I supported my family well enough. At least I did until my wife died. I couldn't take care of our two children if I was gone all the time. (ages 3 and 5) So naturally I quit. I didn't think about unemployment until my resources ran low. Then I applied...
    Bobweiser Bobweiser
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jan 4, 2016

    I applied for a job that pays enough to support

    me and would have helped me be independent. A friends helped me get the job. After that I passed their test and had a job an interview. The next day I found out I was rejected. Because I have a degree in criminal justice and they are afraid that I will seek a different job in...
    blacksoldier43 blacksoldier43
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2016

    Standard Office Procedures

    In almost all the jobs I have had, the office is run by a set of standard instructions. These instructions include how to type a report, how to file a report. How to use the phone. Who to call if your computer is malfunctioning. You get the idea. Everything has a written document...
    dumbnugly dumbnugly
    56-60, M
    18 Responses May 16, 2011

    I am having a really hard time finding a job

    right now. I don't have any work experience at all, aside from a month working at a sandwich shop (which I was fired from). I'm 21 years old, and I have no resumé. I don't have a car, all I have is a bicycle and there's NO public transit in my area. So I'm stuck within a 5 mile...
    slongus slongus
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 7, 2016

    I can't even count on my hand how many job

    applications I've filled out. Some say, "Oh you have to call in, they'll talk to you then." But what do I do if I call in (multiple times until they literally say to me I can't work there or until that unaccepted job application email comes in), come in, and give resumes? Out of...
    mynameisava mynameisava
    18-21, F
    Mar 26, 2016

    I'm unemployed and sick of it.

    I was having my job but due to recession lost it that made me unemployed. Now I'm getting depressed, lonely, sick, sad, etc. I want to work but no work available.
    heartedhunk heartedhunk
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Feb 19, 2016

    The worst thing about being unemployed,

    is being broke! (shocker) But really, I'm tired of not having enough money. I think I need to volunteer somewhere or something of the like. I got all these writing, computer and organization skills but none of the companies I applied to wants to take advantage. I'm usually...
    GeekyFatChick GeekyFatChick
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Mar 20, 2016

    Simply Unemployable

    I just don't get it. I can't get a job anywhere, doing anything.  No matter how I dumb-down my resume. I worked before my kids were born and had some decent skills.  Then I voluntarily stayed home for a while.  I went back to school while my youngest was in...
    Psyduck Psyduck
    51-55, F
    10 Responses Jun 29, 2008

    Finished a law degree two a half years ago.

    Been applying for work ever since. Last job I got was the same thing I had 15 years ago but for less money. Then the contract ended. Worked out I've filled in a little over 100 applications all over the country (don't mind moving) at the cost of probably 700 hours. Soul crushing...
    AlaricSilvertongue AlaricSilvertongue
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Nov 23, 2015

    So Where Are The Unemployed?

    it seems to me as if most of the so-called stories in the "I am unemployed" group are just marketers peddling "work from home" schemes, so-called "self-employment" opportunities and condescending pop psychology that one would hear from motivational speakers. So where are the...
    millimi millimi
    41-45, M
    1 Response Feb 9, 2013

    I graduated last May with a master's in

    electrical engineering... I've been unemployed ever since. I think it's killing me. I've been told "It's a highly sought after field, and being a female will only give you a leg up!" I've either been lied to or the economy it just that bad.
    RedSweat RedSweat
    26-30, F
    9 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    Well, let me qualify

    that - I'm a full-time carer for my ex, who's in recovery from a long-term illness, and the UK "govt", being the bunch of nasty feudalists that they are, pay we carers a little over £62.00 a week to do this - I'm not sure how that works in dollars, probably around $100 maybe...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2015

    Unemployed For 2 Months And Kicking Myself!!

    I almost feel guilty being on this site and sharing my story with people who were laid off or "let go" from their jobs for no good reason. I feel your pain and I am now experiencing, for the first time since I was 16 years old, the gripping depression and uncertainty that comes...
    Katdid78 Katdid78
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Jan 2, 2012

    The Things That Bother Me About Unemployment

    I hate how much a person can be defined by the job they do, when really we're all a bit more complicated underneath that layer. This became clear to me the last time I was working when I learned the diversity of school backgrounds and how unrelated our jobs were to what we...
    travelingthinker travelingthinker
    26-30, M
    6 Responses Nov 12, 2012

    I used to have it all,

    huge salary, expense account, worldwide travel... but I got greedy and tried to assert my wishes over the company's needs. Got fired and been unemployed for a few months now. I'm having a really difficult time finding a job. I worked so hard to finally achieve pay equality with...
    dontnevergiveuponyourself dontnevergiveuponyourself
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Feb 13, 2016

    Jobless And About To be Homeless

      have been jobless now for two years now. It is quite humiliating. I worked two jobs since I graduated high school. I should of persued my dream. Doing bicycle races and opening up my own bike shop. I was stupid and did not do it. Now that jobs are scarce. Employers want...
    Billybob10041972 Billybob10041972
    36-40, M
    7 Responses Sep 7, 2012

    i am unemployed and i need to find ways to keep

    myself occupied constructively..
    blad3runn3rr blad3runn3rr
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jan 20, 2016

    Its Been Several Years

    sometimes i feel like giving up because all the jobs I've applied to no one has given me a call back for an interview. I need a job to survive and I fear being homeless and being out in the cold.
    Kream19 Kream19
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Aug 26, 2012

    I'm in the process of looking

    for a new job. I had a great Job, Iam a hairstylist and makeup artist, however My Mother became very ill and I had to quit my job for 6 months as she needed full time care. I placed her in a wonderful retirement community because I can't afford not to work.Ive had two just...
    hp441970 hp441970
    46-50, F
    Apr 14, 2016

    Ok since my parents have been bugging the hell

    out of me about getting a job I start applying for some. So one of the managers or director after that experience working in a store and I said yes I do and I worked there for 2 years. that's the only job at work. And then he asked me if I can come in for a job interview...
    deleted deleted
    Feb 11, 2016

    I'm not unemployed anymore!

    I got a job!! At Wal-Mart. I had my work training this past weekend and I officially start working tomorrow morning.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 21, 2016

    I just accepted a job offer,

    so if I pass the background check I might should remove myself from this group. Fingers crossed!
    poppyluv596 poppyluv596
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2015

    I was unemployed for a long time.

    I felt hopeless. Then I got a part-time job because of my volunteer work. Although it helped, I needed a full-time paycheck. Earlier this month I got another job because of a connection at my part-time job. Now I work 45 hours a week and both jobs compliment each other. I feel...
    zeeva70 zeeva70
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Sep 14, 2015

    I am unemployed for a month now.

    Happy unemployment monthsary to me. :) I really wanted this. break from work, break from friends, break from family. This rest makes me introspect more about my mistakes in the past, how stupid i was to make decisions that affect my present life. But then it gives me an idea...
    yayepisoverimsad yayepisoverimsad
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 20, 2016

    I Was Fired Because Of My Race.

    I had my first job in February of this year. I worked at a daycare close to my home. It was amazing. I got to nap with the children, I got to play with toys all day. I worked with the babies. I worked with a 4 month old, a 7 month old and a one year old. It was great. I was only...
    sunchips sunchips
    18-21, F
    11 Responses Apr 27, 2012

    What's Wrong With Me?

    I have been looking for a job off and on for 2.5 years.  I can only take so much rejection, so I went back to school.  I already have a BS but I need something more practical and vocationally available.  I also take care of my invalid 90 year old mother.  I want to take care...
    chris753 chris753
    5 Responses Aug 16, 2011
    munch769 munch769
    31-35, M
    Feb 4, 2016

    My project was terminated at the end of August,

    thus so was I and my coworkers. Tons of resumes sent out and hardly any response. Interviewed for one company that would only pay half of what my previous salary was. I find jobs that I'm qualified for only to find that they are part time, or pay less than unemployment. I...
    sarcastro sarcastro
    41-45, M
    Oct 29, 2015
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

    I hate being without work.

    The things I do seem so fruitless and weak. I don't have the personality to do the things I've been trained to do, and nobody will hire me as a laborer because I have training. Temp agencies won't even phone me back. I'm tired of relying on luck to get hired. I'm tired of...
    Brackev Brackev
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2016
    horrorstories horrorstories
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015
    ToughSoftMom ToughSoftMom
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

    Been looking to start my career

    for almost a year....... Over the past year I been doing nothing but temp service jobs. What's the point of a degree and joining to military if every company just gives me the finger. I'm 26 years old living in my parents basement.
    blacksoldier43 blacksoldier43
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 9, 2016

    I've been unemployed

    for 2 1/2 years now. I started using credit to live off of with the hopes of landing something. I'm drowning in debit now and I am looking for a tall building so I can jump. I'm on medication but can still feel the pain of it all. I cashed all my 401k so that I could live...
    mysterycaller2209 mysterycaller2209
    8 Responses Feb 18, 2015

    Its almost been a year I'm trying to get inside

    my dream job - film editing. still didn't succeed. its tough. I worked in IT for 2 years. those savings are the ones helping me still now. don't know what is next
    Sura4bella Sura4bella
    22-25, M
    Dec 13, 2015
    Chelsea1973 Chelsea1973
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Nov 13, 2015

    My depression makes looking

    for work an even bigger pain than it already is. The whole process of searching and applying drains what little motivation I have. Having to write all these cover letters and resumes "selling myself" is difficult when my self-esteem is in the toilet, I feel like I have nothing...
    BaronessVonSchadenfreude BaronessVonSchadenfreude
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 6, 2015

    After months and months of searching,

    I am finally getting callbacks. I really hope one of these places hires me. I haven't had a full time gig since April.
    dontgitbit dontgitbit
    31-35, M
    1 Response Dec 9, 2015

    I was once unemployed

    and came to a point where i did not know what to do with my life... i was sharing my story with someone who helped me be on a team called GLORY TEAM CHARITY.. i am now happy with my life thanks to them..They help a number of people every month and i was lucky to be one of them...
    bernadine1 bernadine1
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2015
    munch769 munch769
    31-35, M
    Jan 12, 2016
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