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I Can't Keep a Job

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    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 36-40 10 Responses Jan 23, 2012

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    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 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    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 26-30 1 Response May 19, 2012

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    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 9 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    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

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    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

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    Quit Or Fired, I Can't Seem To Stay Hired!

    I'm 25 years old. Female. Caucasian. And I can't hold a job. I've researched everything for any type of possible answer. Mental disorders, you name it, I've probably got it. My whole life, all I've heard is, "you're beautiful, talented, well spoken, etc." Don't get me wrong...
    roguedame roguedame 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 11, 2013

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    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 21-25 4 Responses Jan 31, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    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 22-25, F Jun 26

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    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 16-17, F Aug 12

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    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 2 Responses Feb 20, 2013

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    I Can't Keep A Job, Either! Help!!

    So...I am a professional with a doctorate (recent) in Educational Administration. My problem is that the last several jobs I've had I've been fired! At one the Superintendent was a complete jerk, took something out of context and then had it out for me. At the next one, the...
    Trish0369 Trish0369 51-55, F 5 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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    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 2 Responses Jul 29

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    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

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    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

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    Going To Quit This Week

    Here's my story. I didn't know what I wanted to do when I was in college. In retrospect, I should've learned a simple trade like cutting hair. Maybe I should do that now, but I don't think I'm coordinated and I don't really have any interest in fashion. But maybe it's not...
    jobbum jobbum 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2013

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    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 31-35 2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses May 19

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    I Dont Get This

    I am 23 and since I can remember I can't keep a job. I work for a couple weeks and find an excuse to quit or just don't show up any more. I get this awful depression when I know I have to work and I can't control it. I don't know what's wrong with me but this can't possibly be...
    joblessphobia joblessphobia 22-25 4 Responses Nov 21, 2012

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    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 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2012

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    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 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    Mental Illness

    I did manage to keep my first job for a year and a half but I was really anxious all of the time and it eventually got to me. I have sessional work now and am finding it difficult to cope with the 2 and a half hours I work a week. My depression, anxiety and dissociation make it...
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 9, 2008

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    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

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    I Feel Mocked

    At both of my previous jobs my bosses all mocked me. The first job they even admitted they only hired me because they were desperate, and I was desperate so I stayed. They wouldn't hire me because I was apparently not smiling when I handed in my application. Throughout that...
    Kriegerin Kriegerin 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 11, 2013

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    10 Jobs In As Many Months Is Crazy, Right?

    This morning, I showed up at work to discover I had been fired. I had a stomach bug on sunday and, since I have to be at work at 5a, I texted my manager at 4:15 to let her know but she, apparently, never received the message. I could go talk to her right now but I have no...
    ladyshort17 ladyshort17 18-21 2 Responses Oct 30, 2013

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    Fired

    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 17 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    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 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 28

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    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 31-35 2 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    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 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    Join My Fight Against Taxing Unemployment Benefits

    I created a LinkedIn profile. If you have a LinkedIn account go to Ben Saunders and ask to have me add you as a connection. There you will find the beginnings of a high-profile effort to expose the malfeasance of American employers and the mean-spiritedness of hitting...
    BenSaunders BenSaunders 36-40 1 Response Apr 9, 2013

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    I'm Tired Of Filling Out Applications

    the longest job i have held was about two years. either i get fired or i resign. then i feel as if i've exuasted all of my opportunities because when i try to apply for another one they always ask me where i worked last and if i got fired i can;t put down that job then they...
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 5 Responses May 4, 2012

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    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 31-35 Jun 6, 2008

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    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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    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 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    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

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    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

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    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 41-45 9 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    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 46-50, F Mar 7

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    Jerks show up. Or things go wrong.

    And my mind says destroy. Or go smoke. Both lead to fired.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    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

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    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 22-25 11 Responses Nov 8, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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 23 Responses Sep 4, 2010

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    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

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    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 46-50, M Aug 18

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    I Am A 35 Y.O. Male And Can't Keep A Job

    I have always worked, but due to both of my parents owning their own company, and also rental units - there has always been paying work for me even if I wasn't employed. I believe this started a bad pattern of me just upping and quitting at the first sign of trouble. Now even...
    tonyline2 tonyline2 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 29, 2013

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