October 31, 2015 by Lady Unemployed
To paraphrase Tolstoy, “All employed people are alike; each unemployed person is unemployed in its own way.” To expand on this rather clumsy piece of paraphrasing, employed people of all nations and cultures are the same – happy to be working and getting paid for their work. However, unemployed people differ greatly from one part of the world to another. Or at least that is what I found out during my years in the trade show industry.
But, I wander. I hate it when people do that and expect their readers (or listeners) to understand what they are talking about without any useful info.
Category How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: Travels,unemployment | 1 Comment
November 22, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I am so pleased to have this writer return to continue talking about his unemployment journey. Follow him on Twitter for more!
In the last entry, I mentioned how difficult it was to find a great paying job in this area that was not a service sector job.
The fact is this area-from Las Cruces to El Paso-has added just over 3,000 jobs in the past year (2013-14). Awesome. If I want a job here they are available. I just have to be willing to start at $9.00 per hour. Does it matter that I have a Master’s degree? Nope. Not at all. Does it matter if it’s in Human Resource Management? Nope. Not at all.
Category How Unemployment Feels, Unemployment Stories | Tags: Unemployment Stories | No Comments
August 9, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
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.
Category Career, How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: job applicant hierarchy,job hunting,who really gets the job | 5 Comments
June 4, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I was so glad for the opportunity to publish this article about being unemployed at 58 years old. This is not only a post about the struggles, but an inspiring post about not letting the situation get you down for too long.
In 2011 I changed jobs. I left a very stressful, low paying job to better myself and reduce stress. Even though the new job was stressful during the training period, I knew in time the stress would subside. After the first year the stress level did subside and I was enjoying the new challenges. I was doing a good job and my boss was very pleased with my performance. I was given several raises and had worked up to $21.25 an hour within a short time.
Category Career, How Unemployment Feels, Unemployment Stories | Tags: Unemployment Stories | 8 Comments
May 19, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
For anyone struggling with finding a job after college, this photo is for you. It’s a healthy reality for college grads and one I struggle with (there should be another lane for “unable to find a well-paying, lucrative job”).
Happy “pour-yourself-another-cup-of-coffee” Monday everyone.
Category Big Picture, Career, How Unemployment Feels | Tags: college grad reality,healthy dose of reality,unemployment | 2 Comments
May 17, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Thank you to Ed Tsyitee Jr. who shared his story today about frustrations of a job seeker. Make sure you follow him on Twitter @GreenChileAdict
After living in Virginia for 12 years, I moved back to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2006.
I ended up working for Wal-Mart that year. With a Bachelor’s Degree. How much above minimum wage did I get for that? 10 cents. Yup.
You see, I live in a city where job opportunity means “Hey-at least McDonald’s offered you a job, so why are you complaining?”
Category How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: Unemployment Stories | 1 Comment
May 15, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
My most favorite part of this blog is hearing unemployment stories from people and today I got a mention from a very cool podcast called, “20 Something Roast.” It focuses a lot on careers and how to make it in the real world (or what I fondly like to call – the long semester we’ve been preparing for).
The host, Swim, not only mentions me, but also talks about his experiences with getting laid off from his sales job and exactly how it felt.
I highly recommend it because you get to actually hear him describe the feelings of losing his job and talk about the aftermath.
Category How Unemployment Feels | Tags: Unemployment Stories | 2 Comments
February 27, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I don’t know about anyone else but what’s worse than bad interviews, awkward phone conversations, and the overall feeling of begging…is the silence of a phone that will not ring.
So today I present to you, my ode to the job search –
Category How Unemployment Feels | Tags: Ode to Job Search | 2 Comments
October 28, 2013 by Lady Unemployed
I love when people take a leap of faith and write me about their thoughts of unemployment. If you would like to write a post for my blog, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can remain anonymous. The rest of this post is written by an anonymous submitter.
Unemployment can affect individuals in a way that is much more profound than many people may realise. Of course, not having a job means not earning money, and consequently there are many practical and economic problems which are not to be under-estimated.
Category How Unemployment Feels | Tags: Identity,unemployment | 3 Comments
October 14, 2013 by Lady Unemployed
My mom said, “Unemployment is the only thing you can’t just get rid of – if this was a man, I would have broken up him already.”
And my mom is right! She’s been out of work six moths now and if this was a relationship, it would have been a rotten one.
If you think of it, when you are unemployed, you are basically begging someone to like you, getting very little in return, having plans and hopes dashed and taken away, and constantly having to look and be your best without any promise of a good outcome.
Category How Unemployment Feels | Tags: stress,unemployment | 2 Comments