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    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 7 Responses Sep 14, 2015

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    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 7 Responses Jan 25, 2012

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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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    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

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    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

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    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 41-45 5 Responses Sep 9, 2012

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    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 26-30 11 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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    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

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    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 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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

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    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

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    I seriously need a job!

    I CAN'T STAND NOT DOING ANYTHING ANYMORE!!! I need a job but still on SSI Disability.
    BigGirlWithLove BigGirlWithLove 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 3, 2015

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    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...
    enough57 enough57 56-60, F 9 Responses May 5, 2015

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    Hanj63 Hanj63 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 27, 2015

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    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...
    ImAShopaholic ImAShopaholic 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Chelsea1973 Chelsea1973 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 13, 2015

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    Getting really sick of casual acquaintances

    insisting on talking about my job hunting. I know, they're trying to help and I need to be networking... but sometimes you just want to take a break and enjoy a social occasion without thinking about it, you know? Because to them it's an offshoot of "job talk", and job talk is...
    winstonwelles winstonwelles 26-30, M 9 Responses May 16, 2014

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    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...
    blitzkrieg7 blitzkrieg7 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    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

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    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

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    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 66-70, F May 9, 2012

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    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 5 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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    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 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 12, 2015

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    munch769 munch769 31-35, M Jan 12

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    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 46-50 8 Responses Feb 18, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    ToughSoftMom ToughSoftMom 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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    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

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    i am unemployed and i need to find ways to keep

    myself occupied constructively..
    blad3runn3rr blad3runn3rr 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    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

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    I am a stay at home mom

    who loves every moment of it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 10, 2015

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    horrorstories horrorstories 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 20, 2015

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    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

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    ok so I thought I met this wonderful girl

    and it turns out she's a guy and now I just wanna die. I never seem to find the right girl
    brocky917 brocky917 13-15, M 3 Responses Aug 2, 2015

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    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 26-30 4 Responses Nov 13, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 1, 2015

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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    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 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 23, 2015

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    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 56-60 5 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    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 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 9, 2015

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