I Can't Keep a Job

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 406 People

    Since 2007 I have not been able to hold down a

    job for more than 6 months at the most. I do everything right at work but people don't seem to like me. I get very good jobs with great organisations but within 6 months the job is gone. It takes a lot of hard work to get a new one. I am in my 50s and I am scared of looking for...
    Toks Toks
    46-50, F
    Jul 9, 2015

    I'm actually really glad

    that I stumbled across this community today because it has uplifted me in a way that I haven't been able to uplift myself. I'm a single mother of two, school-aged children. I was fired about seven months ago now....it was my second time being fired from a job but it was...
    PhoenixEmerged PhoenixEmerged
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 23, 2014

    its happening similarly to before.

    I get overwhelmed and behind and things snowball. then I get written up and then fired. I haven't been written up yet but hr told me that I've missed or come close to missing too many deadlines lately and she's going to have a meeting with my manager. the funny thing is I don't...
    aileen2 aileen2
    31-35, F
    Mar 22, 2016

    I may be still young,

    but it seems ever since I went into the Missionary world I've been unable to keep a job.
    iRokPhotography iRokPhotography
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 12, 2014

    I Can't Keep a Darn Job

    I recently graduated from college with BSBA in Marketing. After graduation I traveled all over Europe for a month before I had to jump into the real world. As soon as I came back, I began to interview everywhere. I had some really good interviews. One company actually said to me...
    wdavis07 wdavis07
    4 Responses Jan 31, 2008

    Ok, so I was fired as well yesterday

    (personality issues, not a good fit, and it "just isn't working out").... It wasn't even 4 full weeks. I even had this marker on my calendar "6 Week Mark". I can't keep a job more then six weeks. I'm really starting to get nervous about the whole "growing aspect". Seriously, I...
    andrew319 andrew319
    26-30, M
    6 Responses Apr 8, 2014

    because I'm too slow-paced.

    I just lost YET another job today, because after only ONE week to prove myself, was told by the temp agency that, although I'm an excellent worker, I just wasn't making quota. Well, I would like to KNOW what is the quota? I was NEVER told! AND what's worse after clocking in at 4...
    janetburkeylamperez6364 janetburkeylamperez6364
    51-55, F
    Mar 7, 2014

    I will be 31 this year,

    and my up to date resume will be almost 3 pages long. My longest job I ever had was McDonald's (5yrs) when I was in High School. I've been working since I was 14 and Come from a family with two full-time hard working parents, (Note: My mother's been at the same job for almost...
    Pmiller3 Pmiller3
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jul 29, 2014

    Its frustrating to do something I don't want to

    do all day long every day just to barely scrape by. I wish I could go just cut some trees down, build a shelter, and hunt my own damn food. Nope that's basically illegal anymore. Guess ill keep stealing and cheating my way through life since I cant seem to hold a job no matter...
    ausrob ausrob
    36-40, M
    1 Response Feb 28, 2014

    I Don't Understand Why I Can't Get A Job And Keep It.

    Hi, I'm 30 years old and I have had over 36 jobs since I was 16. When I find a job I'm always told I'm a hard worker but I'm told that I'm just too slow for the job. I have done everything from flipping burgers to Auto mechanics, I mean everything in between as well. I will start...
    InneedofHelpPlease InneedofHelpPlease
    31-35, M
    5 Responses Nov 20, 2013

    I Cant Get My Life On Track

    i am a 34 year old woman with a young child who cant seem to keep a job . Ever since i started working at 17 i have yet to hold down a job for longer than a year and a half. i suffer from major insecurities and always unsure of my skills and as a result cannot function in an...
    chienpoo chienpoo
    2 Responses Feb 29, 2012

    I Just Want Things to Get Better.....

    An internet search I did on google brought me to this site. Im trying to figure out what's wrong with me and why I cant keep a job like normal people my age. Im a 23 year old female with a 6 year old son. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of three. It affected...
    scattered scattered
    11 Responses Nov 8, 2008

    I love this site! I knew in theory

    that there were people with my problem, but had never met any of them. Like others here, I don't know what is wrong with me. I do my best, but can’t seem to be able to keep a job. I've come to the point where I don't want to pursue anything other than low level, low paying...
    chazman48 chazman48
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jul 12, 2014

    Hello everyone, I am grateful to know

    that I'm not alone. I am 48, Married to the most understanding Lady in the world, no kids cause we couldn't have any and never employed long enough to qualify, and unemployed...AGAIN! I have been in and out of jobs since I was 17 and the longest job was about 2 years. I get...
    dolandry dolandry
    51-55, M
    1 Response Aug 18, 2014

    Nervous about my new job?

    I've had two jobs in retail one on commission and another on just the sales floor (fired from both and never been promoted at any of my jobs). I got a full time job in commission sales and I've always sucked at it. But I needed a new job and this one hired me. Any advice on...
    Flowerpush Flowerpush
    26-30, F
    Jun 26, 2014

    Feel Like I Have Been Blacklisted

    I just lost my job at the beginning of December. Actually had that job for over a year and a half. My supervisor was not very nice to me and I had gone several times to the "higher-ups", but that did no good. I was let go because of this. He had been there for 8 years, to that...
    diaochan diaochan
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 24, 2013

    18 Jobs In One Year

    I am a hard worker, and I will do fine...at first. Never had a job last more than 4 to 5 months. I will be 40 in 2013 and am stuck on ssi. I want a real job so bad. I still live at home, I have tried to get my own place but that never worked out either. I was Diagnosed with...
    Talorean Talorean
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Oct 3, 2012

    It's my own mind... I know.

    My anxiety just over takes me and I end up quitting days after I get hired purely because I tell myself over and over that I can't do it. I'm getting into my early adult years and I really need to find a job... I just don't know how to stay strong and stick it out. It's like I'm...
    MarissaDreams MarissaDreams
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 18, 2014

    I am nearly 30 years old,

    I still live a home with my mum and worst of all I just can't keep a job down. I have been through a number of jobs and never made it past 8 months in any of them. I just feel like I don't fit into any industry that I got into. Its is really getting me down and I feel like a...
    Sim13 Sim13
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Oct 16, 2014

    My personality is big

    and strong. My family and friends enjoy my company and my sense of humor is popular. This thing I am is not popular in the workplace however. Though I work hard and dedicate myself, I am misunderstood. I have been accused of being a drug addict and an alcoholic even though I...
    BluChild BluChild
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 6, 2015

    It Never Ends

    So glad I found this group...I feel extremely alone in this. My issues around work have become ridiculous. I keep a job maybe a month and then I have a panic attack. I've had to go to the hospital on numerous occasions for this. No matter my meds, it still happens...
    toopunkrawk toopunkrawk
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 4, 2009

    Us and Themo

     Today whilst laying in my bed recovering from a rather awful stomach operation, I lazily looked at my mobile (which had been on silent) to see I had a message. Great, one of my adoring, caring friends most likely wishing me a speedy recovery no doubt ! - um.... nope a text...
    bendrix bendrix
    Jun 6, 2008

    I have had a problem

    since infant school. I don't know what it is. I have poor attendance at any job/school I've been to. I am intelligent, well spoken, have a good social life. I have a good academic record; been to college and university. But, I am also lacking self confidence in my abilities. I...
    rachellouisa rachellouisa
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jan 28, 2014

    Hi,my name is Val, and I need to get my

    feelings out! First off,Im a single mom. Loss my job in July,which was no fault of my own. Im just thinking about my life today and why I'm always the one to get the "Boot"? I do my job,dont complain and stay to myself. I have depression and anxiety. I never finished school,was...
    Autumn41 Autumn41
    41-45, F
    1 Response Sep 17, 2014

    Lmao! I lost my last job

    because I got into a chick fight with another girl. When my boss asked for an explanation I said she started it 😂😂😂
    Ashley1719 Ashley1719
    18-21, F
    Aug 12, 2014

    In Almost Every Job I Had, They Told Me I Was Too Slow.

    I happened upon this website while researching ADHD. I don't know if I have it for sure but I'm thinking I do. I'm in my 40's now and I have always had a bad fear of getting a job. Even when I was 16 and being encouraged to get a co-op job in high school. Well I did go...
    angelofmidwest angelofmidwest
    17 Responses Aug 2, 2011

    I'm Not Lazy, Actually I'm A High-functioning Sociopath

    You want a personal experience, well here is one. The biggest problem in any job are people that have stayed in the same position since The Charge of The Light Brigade.  While replying to another post, someone had commented on my post more or less saying it all has to do with...
    MoriartyWolf MoriartyWolf
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Jul 1, 2011

    I Thought I Was Alone In The World

    I am 56 and will finish my MBA in December, but have had so many jobs throughout my life that I feel the education was a waste of time and money. I have major depressive disorder, anxiety, and ADD but am in a town so small that there isn't a "decent" mental health provider for...
    UnsociableIsolator UnsociableIsolator
    56-60, F
    1 Response Sep 5, 2012

    No goal out of high school with sub-par grades,

    naturally I followed in my father's footsteps and became a facilities engineer. Studied the trade for the better part of a decade, got state-issued machine operating licenses. Finally worked my way through trade school while working overnights in retail and landed a job with a...
    Losingthefaith Losingthefaith
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 5, 2014

    Let's Face It

    This is my third attempt at a decent job. After my second attempt and subsequent firing I was left mentally paralysed for two years, even almost got offered a high paying position at the time but refused and took a cleaning job instead.It took me a while to gather the courage to...
    whoslife whoslife
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2012

    I'm 40 and I've been fired more

    than I can remember some being my fault others not my fault at all. But this last one was icing on the cake fired for saving clients money and not getting authorization from the agent to do so. For one I'm licensed with the Department of Insurance to make those changes and I'm...
    rjmjrs rjmjrs
    41-45, F
    Jan 25, 2016

    Can't Find My Niche In Our Society

    Sorry if this is long; thanks to anyone kind enough to take the time for it. I had a normal childhood other than being targeted for bullying by female classmates starting in middle school. I've never been into things like gossip and drama, so I guess that makes me an easy target...
    ilovecats102 ilovecats102
    22-25, F
    22 Responses Sep 4, 2010

    Either I'm destined to be an absolute failure

    or something is wrong with management that has caused me to be fired four times at only the age of 23. 1: Subway - Junior year of High school: Threw a dropped loaf of bread at co-worker in the back on a slow Sunday and was sitting on the floor. 2: CH Youth Services for At Risk...
    betweenlustandlove betweenlustandlove
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 19, 2014

    No Work All Pay

    I'm 20 years old. I have no job. No college degree. Just a G.E.D. Yet I'm making over $2,000 a week, living a financially free lifestyle. So can you, if you so choose. How might that be you wonder? Well If you'd like to find out, just give my website a visit: www...
    easycass12 easycass12
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2013

    I am 34 this year, I have had 6 jobs in the

    past 5 years, I quit most of them, but the last one i was fired. Every time when lost a job, I always review myself, what happened? Why can't I tolerate the job like everyone else? Some people have been working at the same company forever, but why not me? I know I don't have...
    oquic oquic
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

    What's Wrong With Me?

    Hello all. I just found this site through a Google search. I am 46 years old, with a home, a wife, and three children. Last week I was let go from my job because of poor performance. I was there only 13 months, and was miserable from day one, because I felt going in that I would...
    LookingforAnswers11 LookingforAnswers11
    39 Responses Oct 17, 2011

    The Saddest Part Of My Life

    Every time I start a job , two weeks later, I complain and feel like quitting. I've been this way since I was 16yrs old... over a decade has passed and I'm still like that. I make so many mistakes on the simplest task . I feel like I always need extra guidance because I'm always...
    luvdrunk luvdrunk
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Oct 12, 2011

    I am 43 and still don't know what I want to do

    job wise. I have tried lots of jobs and also quit them, mainly all office jobs. I suffer from anxiety, worry about what people think of me, but also hate being bored at work. I have quit three jobs because they were boring and lots because I don't like the management style; they...
    Earthmummy Earthmummy
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jun 28, 2014


    I just got fired today and for some reason I feel remarkably calm. I'm still pissed that it happened, but I expected it. Basically, it's like this: I worked from home doing tech support for Apple and this was through Kelly Services. Here's what really bothers me. We were judged a...
    saveme42 saveme42
    26-30, M
    18 Responses Apr 6, 2012

    Can't Hold A Job More Than 3 Months

    I have been trying to get jobs since 1997.In that time I have had about 7 jobs that went for 3 months each each time I was sacked, the same story, excellent at work, smart, etc, but cultural fit is wrong. The last job, which just finished was a very high powered job, many reports...
    jubalix jubalix
    10 Responses Jan 23, 2012

    I suppose saying I can’t keep a job is like

    saying I don’t have one. I have kept jobs in the past, but since I started working less retail jobs it has become more difficult. I was a teacher and I didn’t love it, but it didn’t bother me. I only had one permanent job as a teacher. The rest were maternity leaves. In...
    DV527 DV527
    26-30, M
    Aug 14, 2014

    My Life

    i am currently trying to find work at the moment again. Every job i have they get rid of me i don't even know what i have done and try my best all of the time all employers say is that i am not suitable but thats it. I am becoming frightened to even get a job now and i have no...
    mamdo2 mamdo2
    36-40, F
    15 Responses Aug 28, 2012

    Keep A Job

    I know I'm a good worker, very ambitious, I give my 100% and all but I haven't had any luck when it comes to keeping a job.  I better get rid of everything that bothers me and start fresh.  I really do want to work and be independant.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 30, 2011

    I have worked since I was 13.

    In 34 years I have had 31 jobs. 21 of those I have been fired from. I do not steal, am not late, do not "no-call-no-show". I don't cause drama. I am well groomed. I work my *** off. My employers and their customers like me.
    candyhawk candyhawk
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jun 25, 2014

    I've never been able to keep a job

    for over 2-3 years. I always seem to get ... I don't know what it is ... exacerbated. So I quit. I get fed up. I dislike authority figures, my boss, my coworkers, whatever it is. When I first start my job I roll in as a high performer. I kick butt for quite awhile. I'm...
    dmcac dmcac
    46-50, F
    Feb 3, 2016

    Will It Ever End?

    I'm 32 years old, been working since I was 16, and I've had over 30 jobs. The longest I've ever worked anywhere was 4 years. I get so fed up with poor management, stress, unrealistic expectations, etc., that I end up quitting and it has gotten to the point where prospective...
    justwontbehappy justwontbehappy
    2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

    Unfortunately, I let an opportunity slip.

    I got a job recently that seemed amazing for me at a Senior Living Center. The residents loved me and I was always good to my coworkers. I ended up messing it up though. I didn't intend to. What happened was I stood up for what I believed and refused to do something. It cost me...
    BrokenWander BrokenWander
    26-30, F
    Apr 19, 2015

    The Longest I've Held A Job Is 14 Months

    I haven't been able to keep a job since I began working at the age of 16. Sadly, most of these jobs I was fired from. Don't get me wrong, I am in full uniform, punctual, dutiful, and am personally vested in my work. I believe its when I am not I rack up points, and write-ups like...
    Fedupwithmyself Fedupwithmyself
    1 Response May 19, 2012

    Is there something wrong with me?

    I am 26 intelligent always leave my baggage at the door. Trainable. I got my priorities straight, yet there are issues with keeping a steady job. My husband can do it like no other, but apparently I'm the one that has job issues. I mean I'm a veteran, I had been deployed. I...
    kyllvie kyllvie
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 25, 2014

    Hopeless Optimism

    I find myself wanting a job to have money, but not really wanting a job. I got tagged as bi-polar about 6 months back after my father sent me into a mental hospital after a 2-day manic walking trip. I called it soul searching and coming to know what people refer to as god...i now...
    Awake13 Awake13
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Feb 20, 2013

    I've been on probation

    for almost 5 months now and I don't think I'm going to be confirmed anytime soon. I feel so lousy, I always make silly mistakes. I took confirmation for granted, I assumed that I would be confirmed no matter what. But it didn't happen, and I'm still on probation. I wish school...
    lyolyo1 lyolyo1
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 8, 2014

    Hello. My name is Mike.

    I have had 24 jobs in my life. I always quit or get fired because of my temper. I hate having a boss. My mom says I should try to get disability.
    mporche31 mporche31
    1 Response Jan 27, 2015

    Help, I Cant Keep A Job

    I am only 23 have been working since I was 16 and ave worked so many places.Target, Home Depot, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Mobile Convenient Store, 2 House of Pizza places, Sprint, Tmobile, 3 Hotels (housekeeping), 3 lead generation companies (phone sales/business Development, Burger King...
    sanders24 sanders24
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2011
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