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July, 2015

  1. “One year and counting” – An Unemployment Story

    July 30, 2015 by Lady Unemployed

    I lost my job one year ago.  Before that, I worked temporary jobs between the economic bust and starting my last job.  Temp workers are treated with a great deal of disrespect.  It doesn’t matter your education level, what you did before, or what they know you are most likely capable of doing, you are a temp and will be treated as a non-entity.  Then, I finally won the lottery and got a permanent job.  Then, I lost that job after almost a year.  They moved it to another state.  Tried to prevent me from getting unemployment by firing me first and saying I couldn’t do the job.  State agency investigated, determined they were full of it, and gave me some months of unemployment which ran out quite some time ago.

    I have been helped by family and the church and this month there is no one and no money for rent, utilities, and food.  I just got out to a stint at the hospital for breathing problems, was told I could have died if I hadn’t gotten there when I did.  If I had died, I wouldn’t have to worry about homelessness and hunger.

    I think about all of the jobs I have applied to and/or interviewed for.  I was qualified for each and everyone and over qualified for most of them.  I am over 50 with a doctorate degree.  I have been told by a Priest that my worry is killing me and I have to cut it out.  I was getting better.  Then, I realized I will be out of food by Monday.  Guess what?  I am feeling pretty weak again.

    Don’t folks that refuse to give older Americans a chance to get back to the world of productivity realize that their refusal to give us a chance just might cost us our lives?  It could be a matter of days now and, while I love the idea of showing myself I can overcome this, that God will be there with money, a job, or something to sustain me (hey who doesn’t love a miracle?), I don’t know if I want that kind of hope any more.  Hope makes you hold on.  Hope makes you feel you are valuable.  Hope makes you believe in the world and yourself.  I am afraid to try to hope any more.  So, now I feel quite willing to let my mind kill me.  Anyone out there listening?

  2. “This was my third time being laid off in my career.” – An Unemployment Story

    July 27, 2015 by Lady Unemployed

    I am in my early 5o’s and I got laid off from my job in Sept of 2014.  I live in the state of Florida. This was my third time being laid off in my career.  The first was in my early 30s and the second was in my late 40s. At this time, I was living in the state of Georgia.  I got laid off twice from the same company.  The first time it happen, I was shock, surprise, and just outright scare.  At that time in my life, my kids were young and my spouse was unemployed.  I was able to obtain contract work to sustain to keep us afloat financially.  I was successful at getting another job only after a few months of being laid-off.  I worked for 10 years until another laid off in 2009.  It took me 6 months before I got another job.  Then I worked for five years and the current laid off happen in 2014.  I work in accounting in positions as investment accountant, staff accountant, and Senior Financial Analyst.

    I have a Masters in Accounting and Finance which I received in 2012, with over 20 years of Financial accounting experience which spams more in insurance investment accounting but also with other industries as well.

    Now you will think with those credentials, I should not have an issue finding a job.  I knew that finding employment was not going to be a piece of cake, but I did not think that it would take me this long to find employment.  I have been on more interviews for the first time in my career, but no offers.  I have asked for feedback thinking that I did something or said something wrong, but I always hear that I interview very well, there is nothing wrong, or did not like about me, but I was told many times that I was not the “Right Fit”.  When I ask what they mean by that, I get the hmm… and odds….  I wonder if it must be my age, my race, and on and on.

    Since graduating from college, I have always worked.  When you are unemployed, especially, as many of times this has happen to me, it does something to your mental stay.  You start asking yourself questions all of the time, not some of the time.  Just to name a few questions that you ask yourself such as: Why did I get laid off? What did I do wrong? Why did they not like me?  and on …. I have always put over 100% in to my work at all of my jobs.  I got excellent reviews.  As in any job, you have your haters; but I always obtain my integrity.  Maybe it was some of the haters were the management.

    When you loose your lively hood. What does society expect for you to do?  Without a ways and means of have a financial lively hood, how do you suppose to survive; especially with the way that society is designed.

    It’s not that I don’t want to work, I just need someone to give me a chance so that I can get my life moving again.

    My unemployment has run out, my savings have run out.  I have applied to jobs in other states, but no hits.  I can’t afford to move without having a job to move to.  What is a girl to do??

  3. “6 Months Later…I’m Still Unemployed” – An Unemployment Story by Deanne

    July 25, 2015 by Lady Unemployed

    I was fired. There I said it. I don’t like it at all. When I was fired in Dec 2014 after having a 3 mos PIP…which in itself was an invitation to leave – I stated with confidence I might add “I’ll be fine.”

    Well it is now 6 mos and one 9 week stint of contract work later and I’m still UNEMPLOYED and hating every minute! It’s funny how when we have jobs…maybe like our health we take them for granted. We say things like…’Man, wish I didn’t have to work today!’ or ‘Wow, wish I was unemployed so I could have nice days off!’ Well I am here to say that I will do my best to not say those things when I do get another job. I miss the work-a-day life…the grind…the very thing that kept me getting up in the morning.

    These days I am doing all I can to not cry (yes cry) continually and hide under the covers hoping someone will take pity on me and simply offer me a job…unbidden by the way! I read the woman from Georgia’s post and agree with her, I am grateful for all that I have otherwise and happy about my life outside of a job, but feel pretty low about not getting a job after 70+ applications, several phone interviews and face-to-face interviews too and still no offer. It has lead me to continually ask…”what do they have I don’t?”

    The general answer is experience; either too much or too little? My last boss was under 30 and was given the job of being my manager with maybe 9 mos experience, I had 4 at the time…yep…I’m a bit angry with that but it seems even though I have done everything I was supposed to for my career path…gotten my degree in the field, obtained not one but 2 certifications and joined groups and attend meetings and keep my skills up-to-date I have not yet been hired. I think maybe my anger, my sadness, my now lack of confidence is leaking into my otherwise happy disposition and infecting me keeping me from truly enjoying my life! I try to enjoy my life otherwise but feel happiest on weekends when all those working are not just like me. Short lived but a reprieve from my day-to-day.

    Well on to more job submissions…darn electronic things…no personal touches anymore…sad but true.