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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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    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 8 Responses May 5, 2015

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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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jul 16, 2015

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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

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

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    munch769 munch769 31-35, M Jan 12

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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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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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    i got an offer today!

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

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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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    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 1 Response Dec 9, 2015

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    honestly, i dont want to work

    for anybody. I just want to raise a sheep and be happy
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 14, 2015

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    GodlessWorld GodlessWorld 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    I am reading about Tilda Swinton in the Guardian

    and her talking about Derek Jarman. It makes me want to go and see his house at Dungeness and watch Orlando
    dommac dommac 46-50, M Jul 25, 2015

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    Man! I've been out of work

    for four months and it sucks ****. I have applied for over 100 jobs. Damn being employed sucks.
    pml94 pml94 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 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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    munch769 munch769 31-35, M 1 day ago

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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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    Hanj63 Hanj63 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 27, 2015

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    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

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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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    i am unemployed and i need to find ways to keep

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

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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 4 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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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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    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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    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 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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    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...
    Mark621 Mark621 51-55, M 3 Responses Aug 18, 2015

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