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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 5 Responses Feb 18

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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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    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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    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jul 1, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I am 27 and unemployed

    and still struggling with my self If I am succesfull in life or not. Despite that I started from a small village and ended up giving TEDx speeches and travel Europe and Asia, having my own company for 6 months, nothing of all those did not fill me up eventually. Now I am back in...
    thejoyprovider thejoyprovider 26-30, M 3 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Still Unemployed After Three Year After Graduation

    I finished my Master degree in Financial Economics and in spite of thousands of send cv, no job offer. This can be explained by relatively low grade and also lack of experience. But three years is too long, non even a interview. My cv is well done and i am not seeking...
    dgomes25 dgomes25 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 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, 2014

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    I've been out of work

    since getting laid off december of 2013. But good news is i should start working agai. this March because my father in law is getting me into his union. and i have really good news if you live in the NJ, NY, PA area! the steamfitters union is opening its doors to public in...
    eggman667 eggman667 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 17

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Does anyone feel extreme pressure from the

    people closest too them? I have a part time job, call in actually, so I get 6 shifts/month. Not enough money to move, can barely pay my cell bill and I live with my mom. But my family and friends aren't making it any easier. they make jabs about how I should get a real job, or...
    callana1 callana1 22-25, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    I am unemployed. I also like living the fast

    life. Do these go hand and hand?
    PrideOfIreland PrideOfIreland 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 1

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I take care of the house

    and the girls.. I never was much of one for work anyway
    HouseMommy HouseMommy 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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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 3 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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    Before, I kept applying

    and getting no response and I started to fall into despair...now I'm getting responses but no interview and I'm depressed, next will it be interviews then no response bc I might become suicidal
    marisa210 marisa210 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 29

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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 6 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    Hi, I have been unemployed 3 times

    since 2011. I graduated in 2011 with a bachelors degree in graphic design (I know that field is competitive). The first two times (2012 and 2013) it was because the company got new management, reorganized the company and there went my position since it was at the bottom and one...
    istisher istisher 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Ever since I've left college

    after completing my qualifications in art. I was pretty good at art and I had a bit of an ego but it's gone down to nothing as it's been years (I'd rather not count as I would feel really bad) since I've been unemployed and had no luck getting work. I gave up concentrating on...
    lavienrose lavienrose 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 5

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    My area is losing so many businesses.

    The mall is losing the Deb clothing store, Radio Shack, ****'s, SEARS, JCPenny, Mr. Smoothie, and the news stand. The hotel I applied to is closing, along with the hotel where my mom is the front desk supervisor, so she'll be out of a job in the summer. And Modell's here closed...
    SerSean SerSean 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    Top Tip:Research the company

    before attending the interview.
    learndirect learndirect 22-25, F Nov 21, 2014

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    I am 53 and was recently fired from a major

    insurance company for not exemplifying their corporate image. That's their way of saying I've gotten too old. I have two children, 9 and 7, and am so scared that their lives will be turned topsy-turvy. I have a degree in social studies with an expired teaching certificate...
    gottafly gottafly 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    Still Unemployed

    I am so frustrated looking for a new job. I have 6 years more work experience plus a degree and not in school this time around than I had the first time I was unemployed. I have retail grocery, fast food, and dairy experience. I put in a full time effort in my job search, so much...
    MadDog21 MadDog21 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 18, 2012

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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, 2014

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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 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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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 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, 2014

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    i gave two interviews during graduation got

    rejected, took 6 months to prepare for mba entrances , failed miserably in them too, frustrated , irritated and feel suicidal now
    pompydutta pompydutta 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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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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    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, 2014

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    I got an interview for a great job

    and now I don't want it. This keeps happening. I hate interviews. They're terrifying. Uuuuuugh.
    lizoutofwater lizoutofwater 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 8, 2014

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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