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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 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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    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, 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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    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've always worked and gone to school.

    I have always been a busy person. I recently moved with my boyfriend to a different state with our 7 month old. I haven't been able to find a job because I have to work around my boyfriends schedule to avoid daycare. No ones seems to want to work with it. I literally feel...
    jlvy3026 jlvy3026 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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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 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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    micasasucasa micasasucasa 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 9, 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 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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    I'm Lonely During The Day

    I'm a housewife and I'm bored to death! I don't work because I'm disabled and I hate it, because I've worked my whole life. I have anxiety and depression and it makes very difficult for me to hold a job or maintain relationships. But, I tried hard to build a life for myself...
    Jocastacocoa Jocastacocoa 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 27, 2013

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 28, 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 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, 2014

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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, 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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    Top Tip:Research the company

    before attending the interview.
    learndirect learndirect 22-25, F Nov 21, 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 1 Response Jan 4

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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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    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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    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 day ago

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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 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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    -- 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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    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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    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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