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Sick and Tired of Job Searching [An Unemployment Story]

April 15, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

This story was submitted to me by a lady named Gina. I know many will be able to relate to her frustration. Please feel free to send me your unemployment story.

I quit my crappy job two weeks ago and have never been happier.

The place was ran by two greedy slumlords who constantly bragged about their mansions and their cars. They were doing so many illegal business practices, it was ridiculous! And one of them used to keep naked pictures of past girls who worked there on his computer!

I have been sending out resumes left and right but nothing solid has come back. I work in IT and have been getting calls from recruiters everyday, but most jobs are two hours away or not in my field. Anyone else tired of getting sales calls when sales is not on your resume???

It has never taken this long getting a new job before and I have not filed for unemployment in 12 years. I’m not even sure I’m going to get it.

It looks like candidates that have Bachelor degrees are in demand and I don’t have one. Recruiters have been telling me that my resume is impressive, I am a perfect fit for the job, and I am in the right salary range, but then I never get a call back! This is driving me nuts!

I hate staying home. I’m starting to feel like we should try to get pregnant just so I have a purpose.

Anyone else dealing with this?


4 Comments »

  1. Nicole P says:

    I want to quit my job SO bad! But I’ve been on 3 interviews and NOTHING and I get calls about sales too! What the heck read my resume it isn’t my thing, trust me. It takes a lot to quit your job you are miserable at, so KUDOS to you! What about something for in the meantime? I wish my body would agree with me and procreate so I can quit for a reason haha Good Luck =)

    • Gina says:

      Thanks Nicole! I am currently testing for a flexjob, something to do from home on my own time and to keep for extra money when I get a full time job. But I am also looking into Bachelor degree programs and scholarships for people already in the field but looking to continue their education. Keep interviewing and don’t give up! Try not to quit unless you have a good reason. I kind of wish I was stronger and stuck it out until I had something to back me up. Hang in there!

  2. Swim Karim says:

    Hey Gina,

    1) Glad you got out of such an unfortunate situation.

    2) Not getting call backs is beyond frustrating. For a long time I thought hiring managers or businesses would say those things just to make fun of me on the sly. It’s like “why even tell me all of those pretty words and compliments and NOT hire me?”

    I think a major part of the frustration of that situation is simply not knowing why you weren’t choosing despite being told how awesome you were. Not that companies, businesses or organizations owe us anything but most of us would like a 60 second explanation on why we were passed up.

    3) Just know Gina that you are really talented and exceptional at what you do.

    I know that this may not be too comforting for you right now but I recently talked with a hiring manager at MailChimp I know and he said he got over 240 applications for just one position based in Atlanta, GA. He said it was really tough because out of the 240 applications/resumes only about 25% of them were bad or unqualified.

    That leaves 180 qualified people in which to choose from. He said it’s so hard having to decide from so many talented people that it drives him and his team crazy sometimes.

    In the end he said “most of the people that apply for a job have the skills, experience, history or personality. Out of all the people that throw their name in the hat it’s not that they aren’t good enough or that the other person is necessarily better. It’s just impossible to have so many great people at your doorstep and invite them all in for coffee”.

    He finished by saying if he could hire them all that he would. He also mentioned that having a connection to the company like a friends that works there or if you worked if a direct competitor that that would give you an advantage. Otherwise, it’s like trying to choose from a sea of all 10’s.

    Good luck, Gina.

  3. Carlos says:

    Gina,

    The degree doesn’t seem to make any difference whatsoever, I have a bachelor degree and NOTHING!!! About five or six interviews in the last six months, so I guess I’ve been averaging one interview a month or so. Most consider me with my experience and degree as overqualified for the positions and YES… It looks like somehow your information as well as mine end up in some sort of databases and I constantly receive email and calls which state that according to my qualifications, I am perfect to sell life insurance, luxury brands and a bunch of other odd occupations that have nothing to do with my field. All I can say is; keep trying and best of luck to you.

    God bless 🙂

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