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  1. “6 Months Later…I’m Still Unemployed” – An Unemployment Story by Deanne

    July 25, 2015 by DeeAnne

    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.

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  2. “At the end of the day, I just want to have a job and be happy.” – An Unemployment Story

    May 20, 2015 by Rowan

    This is an anonymous unemployment story submission.

    I am currently unemployed after about four months. I average about two interviews per month and am constantly on the job hunt, trying to find a role that interests me, that I have a marginal chance of getting, and ones I have experience in. This is HARD. So many jobs posted require experience I don’t have. I am 25, a graduate, and am desperate to achieve and do things. Instead I’m stuck at home seemingly getting nowhere, with no replies to jobs I apply for, or else getting rejection emails. ūüôĀ

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  3. To all you brilliant, yet unemployed people…

    April 11, 2015 by Arden

    I have technically been unemployed since late 2012. I have had some temporary jobs here and there, but nothing I would put on my resume. Those jobs were the sorts of jobs who would hire anybody to do them, and those aren’t usually very good jobs. In fact, all of them were pretty miserable.

    I mourn my old, long-term job sometimes, but I never regret leaving. You see, the first four or five years I worked there were great! I was kicking butt and taking names and the sky was the limit! Then the economy crashed, technology dramatically changed the industry I worked in, and if that wasn’t enough, the owner decided to merge her other company in with mine, and all of those people resented me for it. They had to take it out on someone, right? So I had to try and work with people who did not, under any circumstances, want to do their jobs (which meant I got to do my job AND all of their jobs) and the owner just shrugged her shoulders and told me I just needed to find a way to fix it. Yeah….that would be like telling a drowning man to just you know, like, not drown. I put up with that for three horrible years that probably shaved some time off my life. I wish I had left way before I did.

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  4. Waiting for that door to open

    March 22, 2015 by Anonymous

    Submitted by an anonymous contributor.

    A little background, I am a single mom of two teenagers living in Atlanta Georgia. ¬†The last time I was unemployed was over 24 years ago. I worked for my last employer for 14 years.¬† For reasons unrelated to my job performance, or any wrongdoing on mine or the company‚Äôs part, we separated in December of 2014.¬† I can relay all the emotions I went through, shock, disbelieve, weeping (yes I wept), sadness, depression, jubilation (felt adventurous for a wee second) and optimism. I did not understand unemployment until it happened to me.¬† I was always of the school of thought that when one door closes another one opens, until that door closed on me.¬† Although everyone told me not to worry I would find a position quickly with my experience, my skills, my background, it would be a piece of cake, I still worried. ¬†I am a single mother with two kids, one in his first year of college.¬† I have provided for my children single handedly for the past 8 years, what do I do now?¬† When you go through a divorce they refer to the loss of your spouse as if you lost a limb that is the feeling I had when I lost my job, a part of me was missing and not just the money or the career, but the relationships as well. Sorry if this sounds melodramatic but I am just being honest. ¬†Yes I try to count my blessings, they are many, but this is wow, something altogether different. And so with a mix of excitement and trepidation,¬†¬†I set out to find a job in a city where I never job hunted before. ¬†It has been 2 1/2 months, ¬†50 resumes, ¬†3 interviews (with no offers or even a ‚Äúthank you but we chose another candidate.‚ÄĚ), Linkedin Premium, every available job board, networking, working with a career coach, sending my resume directly and still I wait for that door to open. And I apologize to all who have been unemployed longer than two months and think I should just get a grip. ¬†I hear you, you are probably right, but I own these feelings.

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  5. Are Layoffs Bad for Business?

    January 8, 2015 by Lady Unemployed

    A couple of months ago, my company did layoffs and about 10 to 12 people were let go. Luckily I did survive, but about two months later I still sense things aren’t right.

    It left me wondering what the true impact of layoffs and whether if can hurt more than help. Two months later after these layoffs, two people have left the company I hadn’t thought would leave any time soon. For me, I am trying to transfer departments, but if nothing happens my reasoning staying will be gone.

    Meanwhile, I’m hearing conversations about business not doing well from coworkers alongside talk of renovations and remodeling getting done. I think the problem here is just bad management. But the tragic thing is that work loads are higher and people are getting behind on things.

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  6. Unemployed but don’t qualify for unemployment

    November 25, 2014 by Anonymous

    I made a choice to quit my career a year and a half ago to move with my partner of 4 years, who is in the military, because the military moved us. Because we are not married I don’t qualify for unemployment. In the new place we moved to I have basically hit a brick wall with jobs. I have a master’s degree, over 10 years experience in my field, excellent references, and can’t even get hired for retail. I can’t pay my bills and my partner can’t afford to pay everything for both of us. I want to work and I need to work. I apply for so many jobs I loose track. In the past year and a half I have had exactly 2 interviews, both over the phone. Both seemed to go well but nothing happened. I am not even getting a chance to sell myself in person.

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  7. 5 Interview questions that should be asked, but aren’t

    November 25, 2014 by Shawn Elmore

    I’ve recently found myself on ‘that’ side of the table.¬† You know the one. ¬†The side where you sit alone and face a panel of inquisitors who hold crisp, white sheets of paper with questions that require you to summarize your career in two minute intervals.

    It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had to go through the interview process and I can confidently say the interview questions I’ve been asked are nearly the same ones I answered 10 years ago.

    Questions like:

    – ‘Tell me/us about a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you handle it?’

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  8. The Continuing Saga of a Frustrated (Passive) Job Seeker-Ed Tsyitee, Jr. @GreenChileAdict

    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.

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  9. Mature Unemploymentista Finally Gets Job – An Unemployment Success Story!

    November 5, 2014 by Carmen

    Last week it finally happened. After being a “professional un-employee” for way too long – maybe 18 months? – a past¬†employer telephoned me and offered me a job. Wow! ¬†And, even though, as a ¬†lady “of a certain age” ¬†I’m somewhat¬†disillusioned and war-torn – after job seeking for such a long time¬†(my survival was¬†my blog “50 Shades of Unemployment”),¬†¬†the job offer has given me a confidence boost …And I suddenly feel like I’m part of the human race again …. make that, “rat-race”.

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  10. Why is she unemployed? She did nothing wrong. [An Unemployment Story]

    November 1, 2014 by William Forrest

    Just a short story and personal experience of a client of mine. Client A as I will refer to her as, was a customer service rep. for a large non-profit organization in Md. She was a 7 year employee with an excellent work history. In late May of 2014 she slipped on a wet step while walking in her house. The next day she was unable to walk, due to a ruptured disc in her back. She called off of work, saw her doctor who put her out of work for two weeks and then was released by her doctor with sitting and standing restrictions. The doctor’s note was given to her employer and the employer was unable to meet the restrictions. Since she was unwilling to go against her doctors orders, she didn’t return to work after her employer refused to abide by her doctors orders.

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