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    Always the bridesmaid

    and never the bride... I am highly educated with undergrad and masters degree from one of those top tier schools (whatever that means). In the past four month, I have gotten 8 final round interviews but never the offer. I am starting to lose confidence in myself. I know I...
    2educated 2educated 36-40 7 Responses May 29

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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...
    abigguy4u abigguy4u 56-60, M 19 Responses May 16, 2011

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    I was told today that

    after 12 years my position is eliminated and I am being laid off from my job. The uncertainty and fear is overwhelming. Any tips on handling a job loss
    ballen0420 ballen0420 36-40, M 5 Responses Dec 10

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    I been unemployed for a long-time.

    The last time I was on a job was in 2008. I have to start over because I am emotionally and mentally unstable. I can't file for unemployment,etc....
    scaredtotalk41 scaredtotalk41 41-45, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I am am unemployed. I graduated with a

    Bachelor's of Arts degree in Youth Ministry in 2008. I was led to believe that that's all I needed to get a job. I have been able to get jobs during the summers at different summer camps. I've worked as a Accounting Clerk.( i was let go from that one, it just wasn't a good fit...
    Mattiam Mattiam 31-35, M 7 Responses Jan 3

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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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    I went on medical leave in January,

    and I was ready to come back this month and my employer told me there is no work available for me, and to basically sit by the phone and wait for them to call me with work. They did not fire me or lay me off, no paperwork was signed or filled out. I've already signed up for...
    stephenmj12 stephenmj12 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 15

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    Shoulda Woula Coulda

    THE HARDEST PART IS LOSING YOUR PRIDE, IT HURTS THE MOST, TAKES LONGEST, AFTER BEING FORCED TO DO THAT, IT IS A STEADY STREAM ,SECURITY HOPES, DREAMS DISAPPEAR. WATCHING ALL YOU EVER WORKED YOUR WHOLE LIFE FOR FADE AWAY , AND NO WAY TO STOP IT. THE LAST TO GO IS SELF RESPECT...
    SHAV2502 SHAV2502 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 20, 2012

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    Unemployed and on the dole :( Ive been on

    and off job seekers allowance since july 2011 when I left college because ive had a few temp jobs and its bugging me how many applivations you send off to not get a reply and im not fussy im going for any job I can find but its hard ive got my mum always mourning because she...
    ymasxatl ymasxatl 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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    Lost

    I graduated 3 and a half years ago with little enough work experience to start with, no idea what I want to do and unable to imagine myself being any good at anything. I just feel like I don't even know where to start, I can't even get hired for the most trivial jobs because of...
    winstonwelles winstonwelles 26-30, M 3 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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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 70+, F May 9, 2012

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    Delusions Of Grandure

    I will start of by assuring everyone who reads this that I am indeed young. I understand that I am not past my prime yet and still have time to improve my situation by a lot. However if your mature enough to be giving out advice then you should be wise enough to know that...
    sintobus sintobus 22-25 Jul 4, 2012

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    And I don't enjoy it.

    I do some voluntary work which is okay, but I'd rather have a paid job. I also hate the attitude of some people, tarring those who are unemployed with the same brush, 'lazy', 'scroungers' 'feckless' etc. Sure, some people are like that, but the majority are not. The majority...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 28

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    I Am An Unemployed American

    I have not held a steady job since October of 2008. I have applied for over 250 positions in a variety of fields that I am quite qualified for and I can't take the rejection, lack of responses and emptiness that I am feeling. I started a Facebook Page, I am an Unemployed American...
    iamanunemployedamerican iamanunemployedamerican 46-50 5 Responses Aug 19, 2011

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    I wake up, stare at the computer,

    and apply like every morning for the last year. I've had interviews and no call backs. Not even rejection emails. I don't want to go to social gatherings because the first question is usually like "How's your job?" or "What do you do?". I never really have a good response to...
    omgroceries omgroceries 36-40, M 6 Responses May 23

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Sep 9, 2012

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    I moved to spain in january to work

    as an au pair. I came back earlier than expected due to my health and was only there for 3 months. Now I have been applying for loads of jobs and have had a couple of interviews but nothing has come of them. I hate being unemployed cause i cant afford anything so I'm just...
    klxo klxo 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 30

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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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    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 graduated six months ago

    and after a move across country, I am seeking employment. I am trying to remain positive, but with each e-mail saying I was not chosen for such and such position it is becoming increasingly more difficult. My independence has been shattered and I fear my confidence will slowly...
    tryingtogetbacktome tryingtogetbacktome 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 12

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    Well I am 38 , been a stay at home mom

    for most of this time. My youngest is going to high school so I thought about going to school now, after supporting my husbands work for so long I thought about giving back to myself now. I was nervous but excited . This week I found out my husband has maxed out our credit. 3...
    ronirockbottom ronirockbottom 36-40, F 7 Responses Mar 21

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    Or rather - I was unemployed thrice.

    The first was for a week and I was scared of making the monthly rent. The next - I had braced for it by saving bits. So when I happened I was ready. Unemployed for 2 months or so. The third for 2-3 months - I took the long needed vacation in Las Vegas, .The best 2 weeks of...
    woodland27 woodland27 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    How Did I Let My Life Get Like This?

    Im 32 and unemployed because I didnt realize as a teenager in high school, I should have known what my passion in life was,and what to do with my life besides complain,that I don't have a career and that its all my fault,and no one else is to blame. I have worked as a childcare...
    msjules msjules 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 3, 2012

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    I hate being unemployed.

    I just don't feel productive. At least when I was in college I had clear goals. I was working for something. One thing led to another and I failed my externship to get my diploma. Not enough cases. And lost my transportation due to a divorce to finish. For some time I was just...
    ViBattle ViBattle 26-30 2 Responses Mar 19

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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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    micasasucasa micasasucasa 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 9

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    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 9

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    Earn Enough Money to Buy A Brand New Car by

    Simply Watching TV After Work! I write articles for the unemployed and thought this new article would be helpful here. I know of several families who have used this to save deposit money for their new apartment. Another used this for a new car they were saving for. All...
    bluestar77 bluestar77 36-40, M Jan 2

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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 10 Responses Apr 27, 2012

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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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    Hi! I was fired after 12 years employment.

    I was missing a lot of work to do to my moms Alzheimer's disease. I'm 50 and extremely scared and alone. I don't know that I can find another job nor that I mentally stable enough to have one. I've been in my home now for about 15 years now and I'm afraid of losing it. I have...
    shanrocker shanrocker 51-55, F 4 Responses Mar 15

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    I graduated last year

    and realized that I hate my Major. I want to work in another field so I lied in my CV and added a false experience. But then I got scared and didn't go to the interview. Now I've decided to look for an internshio in that field to gain some experience before applying to jobs ? do...
    MaryCr MaryCr 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 23

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    -- Got A New Job --I got a job ,

    working in a small company as logistics operator, I was a logistics manager before , but I don't want to work busy as previously , working in a company is not what I am pursuing , I took this job because1. I need make some money to invest in my online shop, I want to do some ads...
    cookiekong cookiekong 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 2

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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 2 Responses Apr 11

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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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    College Graduate With No Opportunity

    I guess it takes something drastic to search for an unemployed forum where you can share your story. I graduated college in 2011. I swear my parents were so thrilled to have their oldest daughter graduate from college. One of their life goals had been achieved. I managed to...
    mstiffany30 mstiffany30 26-30 1 Response Mar 8, 2013

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    Top Tip:Research the company

    before attending the interview.
    learndirect learndirect 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 21

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    Empowerment For The Unemployed!!!

    To all the people like me out there right now who are unemployed and fighting to not let it get them down, I am writing this story for you!!!Firstly, I would like to say, whether you have had jobs in the past that were successful or you have never had a job or been able to hold...
    MisaMisaMisa MisaMisaMisa 18-21 2 Responses May 28, 2011

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    The Frustration Is Unbearable

    Being unemployed is just insanely frustrating because you have no direct control over your life. Your life basically boils down to just begging and pleading with other people (companies and temp agencies) to acknowledge your existence. You call the temp agencies constantly only...
    niceguyinhell niceguyinhell 31-35, M 8 Responses Sep 2, 2010

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    That's Me...

    I am currently unemployed.  We have recently moved back to my husband's hometown.  There is nothing here!! (*other than his parents, who we are staying with until our place is finished).  I can't find a job.  I want to work, I really do...heck, anything...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 6 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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    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

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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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    First time to share my mess

    so I am just going to write. I have been unemployed for over 1 year now and I am losing my faith. My confidence and positivity has always been solid however, due to the lack of jobs, absence of reciprocity from potential employers and a sense that no cares, I am no longer...
    looking4yesterday looking4yesterday 41-45, M 7 Responses Feb 27

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    The Same Experience

    Has anyone out there had the same experience as me? I have had a numerous amount of jobs in the passed 4 years, 6 different ones to be precise. I haven't been fired from any of them, I have chosen to walk away from them for different reasons. It just seems to me that the...
    ReliableParadox ReliableParadox 22-25, F 9 Responses Oct 9, 2009

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    Four Years And Still Looking

    Four years ago I ceased to be a paid employee and I believed my time spent working as a faceless bureaucrat would be of benefit when looking for a job. But it was not to be. I've been told more times than I care to recall that my skills just don't cut the grade any more, my...
    millimi millimi 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    Screw This

    People should really stand up and say something. While the rich are getting richer and buying out the government, the middle class, the young and educated are getting screwed. I have studied for four years in a nurse major to found out that the lowest job available is a nurse...
    chocoshroom chocoshroom 26-30 1 Response Jul 30, 2011

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    The Utter Garbage One must go through to find a

    job and the Demise of the American Dream Part 1- The Garbage, thanks college… To be brief and to go for pure shock value I will start out this piece with a bulleted list which will then be repeated later on. Here I present the “Post College life of a majority of Young...
    hereweare99 hereweare99 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 1

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    How To Buy A Car At Auction And Get Twice The Car For The Money!

    Everyone wants to get a great deal when they go to purchase a car. One way you may be able to save money is to buy a car at auction. Buying a car at auction will not guarantee that you will save money, but you can find some great deals if you plan and study what is available at...
    bluestar77 bluestar77 36-40, M Nov 20, 2013

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    i moved to a new place

    after getting out of the military, im unemployed and lonely.
    Koldslaw Koldslaw 26-30, M 3 Responses Dec 8

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