Layoff in 2008 (And Four Jobs Later)

I have had 4 jobs since my layoff in 2008 (temp to hire which was a lie, employers knew the date I would be departed at the interview). All were using my “up to date” technology skills in projects that enabled them to cut back in their workforce, creating more people to be unemployed. What I found really interesting is the workers are not high performing at all, very inept skills, poor attitude, slacker behavior pushing work off to others, late and absent continuously, and their still there. It just doesn’t look right, like something is going on in the workforce and I didn’t get the memo.

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Submit Your Unemployment Story

Inspired by the idea of sharing more unemployment stories, I decided to make it easier for everyone to submit them to me.

Simply use the form below (and it’s also available in the ‘share your unemployment story’ tab) and it will notify me that the post is available. This allows you a bit more control on what you submit.

So I encourage everyone out there dealing with unemployment or know someone who does to share their story with me -

An Update to Lady Unemployed

An update has been a long time coming! Most of my absence has been a mix of being busy (which always sounds like an excuse), stress, and not sure where I want this blog to go (more truth than any other reason).

First, how is work coming? Work is going surprisingly well.  I am actually getting attention from the creative department (which I know deserves more of a post than this). I am working with a senior writer on a newsletter this next week. I finally am enjoying my job – which took me two years to get to.

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An Ode to the Unemployed by Michelle Baker

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Over- and under- qualified, and everything in between,
If I enter my job history one more time, I might just break my screen.

I’ve cleaned behind the dryer, I’ve scoured every floor,
I’ve cleaned in places that my broom has never seen before.

I’ve shredded stacks of paper that I no longer need,
I’ve written snazzy cover letters that impress no one – Indeed!

My refrigerator glistens, my plants no longer dying,
no matter how long it takes, I will not give up trying!

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Monday Morning Rant….Is BACK! #MondayBlues

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I decided to do a bit of a test on!

First, I want to try to post six times a week for 30 days. I have a lot of boring downtime at work, so I may as well see where this blog can go.

Second, I want to bring my Monday rant back! It was once called Monday Work Rant, but really, that leaves too many people out. There’s a lot more going on Monday than just work to rant about (how about the lack of work? Or the commute? Or people who act like jerks in line? And so on, and so on)

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5 Tips on How to Handle a Manipulative Coworker



For the past two years, my “difficult coworker” has been a thorn in my side since I started. About a month into starting this job, I experienced my “difficult coworker’s” bad attitude in addition to dealing with manipulative and bitchy remarks and tactics to make me look bad in the department. After a while, despite valid complaints, I was told by my supervisor to “live and let live.”


If you’ve ever worked around this type of personality that will not leave you alone and are constantly finding ways to make you look bad, you will know “live and let live” is near to impossible.

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Finding a Job, Like Winning the Lottery – An Unemployment Story

I was humbled to receive this email from someone who named themselves “Peace.” This is an unemployment story from somewhere all the way across the globe from me. To know this blog reaches such far distances and speaks to people as far as Turkey means so much to me. I have not altered the language in the post as these are Peace’s words.

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I want to tell my unemployment story.

I live in Turkey. I have been searching a job for 1 year. Unfortunately, I can not find. Turkey has a bad economic situation.

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It’s Monday Again… An Anonymous Unemployment Story

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I think so many of you who are unemployed can relate to this unemployment story. The rest of this post will be anonymous and I thank the contributor for sharing their story.

It’s Monday again, only this one is different because it is 11 months to the day that I found myself unemployed. As I say goodbye to my boyfriend before he leaves for work, it dawns on me that I’m now alone for the day, trapped with my thoughts and weather I want to get up and face the day or stay in bed and hide away.

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The Job Applicant Hierarchy – Who Really Gets the Job? [by Marc Shaeffer]

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Overall, the job market is getting better.   Slowly getting better, that is.  Personally, I’ve been having more job interviews in the last 6 months than anytime time period since I was let go from my full-time job in 2010.   Last Friday, there were signs that more discouraged workers that were once sitting on the sidelines were now re-entering the workforce.   The competition for jobs, however, is still a concern.   As of May, there is still an average of more than 2 unemployed people per 1 open position.   If you factor in people with jobs, career fields and regional markets, that number is actually higher.   With more people entering the workforce, that ratio may not fluctuate much in the coming months.

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5 Reasons Why Employers Repost the Same Job

employers repost This past week my mom and older brother, who are both out of work, responded to job postings that later got reposted. In fact, after the second round of interviews, my mom found out that the job she was interviewing for was reposted!  How cruel is this?

I find this baffling, rude, and pointless. Pointless, because I wonder who this employer thinks they will get with this new listing. The odds are that the majority of applicants from the first round might reapply to that same job again.

Yet, aside from assuming employers are asshats and do this to be jerks, I decided to search online for an answer.

I found 5 reasons employers repost that makes the most sense to me.

1) There are multiple openings for the same position.

I think this is reasonable. The company I work for regularly hires for this entry level position and over the last 6 months, they’ve had a lot of people leave, and so that means they’ve hired multiple people to replace the ones who left. The job gets reposted, because there are multiple positions (the fact that one person left inside of two months is an entirely different story).

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