Sick of being unemployed =(

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry that you’re going through this rough time. I had a tough time looking for a job after I graduated university. Noone seemed to want to give me a chance and I kept punishing myself for it- wondering what I did wrong, questioning my decisions, etc. I had done nothing wrong.

I think you’ll be able to find something after the holiday season. I’ve been on both sides now: looking and hiring, and honestly there’s not much hiring going on during the holiday season. I wish you nothing but the best. I would also advise you to keep up with your hobbies, and see if there’s something you can do for free or minimal cost to enhance your resume.

I see that you are in Australia, but I don’t know if your local library would have some free courses you could take (computer, leadership, etc.) that would look good, or if you could study a language on your own. It is difficult. I am not denying it. However, at least you have someone to support you. I’m sure you have some fantastic skills and experience, and any employer would be lucky to have you as an employee. Good Luck!

Post # 4
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312 posts
Helper bee

@His_missus:  Hey lady! I’m so sorry you’re having a hard time finding employment. While I was looking for something on the market, I did LiveOps online. It’s a work from home job and they assign you different projects and is considered as Full or Part Time employment.

Check it out here, and let me know if you have any questions:

http://www.liveops.com/

I also suggest a few temp services. Those really helped me in the time of need! You also will need your resume reviewed. They can probably assist you with that as well.

 

Good luck, darling!

Post # 5
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51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I moved about three hours away from home with my fiancé so he could go to a college up here, and I was unemployed for the first month we were here. I absolutely HATED it! By the third week I was feeling really depressed that I wasn’t doing anything with my time. Thankfully I found a GREAT job in the field I want to be in once I graduate. I feel so lucky.

When I got really depressed, I would talk to my momma and my future MIL often. They were very reassuring ans helped me feel better. Things will look up soon! Stay strong!

Post # 6
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5016 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@His_missus:  I was unemployed for about two months after my first job out of college laid me off. They actually ended up hiring me back, but I took the time to take a course & did some tutoring for kids who’s families couldn’t afford to pay. Just keeping myself busy really, really helped! You could even volunteer somewhere (a non-profit, etc. You never know who you may meet)

I would recommend finding any possible job you can (even if it is retail – so what? You will be getting a paycheck!) . Get a job in something you really like – do you like animals? Go work at a petstore or for a doggy day care, etc! I know I would go absolutely crazy if I just sat home every day and I think getting out and working will help. Spend your evenings applying for jobs. 

Good luck 🙂 

Post # 7
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4825 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve bene unemployed for 2 months and it sucks. I’m doing some editing and tutoring to make a few hundred bucks a month, but it’s hardly any work. We moved across the country for my job and I ended up quitting after 3 months (a week after we got back from our honeymoon) because my boss was having some sort of mental health crisis. I’ve been applying, networking, blah blah blah and I’m so sick of it!!!

Post # 8
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@His_missus:  no, but I did support my husband through his unemployment.  But he continued his education and took a temp job– while temping he continued to apply. AFTER the new year, the phone calls didnt stop coming. He ended up with 4 very good job offers in his profesional field. 

It was so strange after waiting and only hearing negative news to this turn around. And for the job offers he did have, they had contacted him months after he applied.

It takes time, don’t give up!

 

Post # 9
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9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you getting interviews, or just having no response?  Maybe have someone check your resume/CV over to make sure it looks good.  Sometimes having someone you’re not close to look at it helps.  When I was first looking for jobs after college (and had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do), I went into the career counselor at my school and she was very helpful in sprucing up my resume.  

Also…not to be a dick, but you made some grammatical errors in your post.  Do you speak that way?  You might want to make sure you’re speaking in a professional way when you’re at an interview.  I know I would hire the candidate with the better grammar, even if her work history wasn’t as great.

Post # 10
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825 posts
Busy bee

@His_missus:  Preach.

I’ve been unemployed since May. Almost a year. FI got into the top graduate school program in the country for his focus and so we picked up and moved. I quit my job marketing in the non-profit sector, took out a loan on my life insurance policy to cover immediate bills, and fully expected to get hired in a couple months because I would be doing the exact same thing just for a different tax status. I graduated top of my class, had five interships in school, was only unemployed for a day after graduation, and stayed at that job doing good work for two years. Should be easy right? WRONG. 

I can’t get hired for retail/McDonalds/insert hourly job of your choice here. It’s clear from my work history that I’m not looking to advance through their company, I’m clearly going to quit as soon as I find something better. Hang in there and watch this video for a laugh:

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Post # 11
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ugh. I once went 9 MONTHS between crappy waitressing jobs! I couldn’t believe how few people were hiring. It was rough!

Post # 12
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454 posts
Helper bee

YES it really sucks. I worked all throughout undergrad but in grad school I decided that I wasn’t going to work after watching the snobby and conceited rich kids not work and get money from their parents (not saying everyone who gets money from their parents while in school are snobs) it really irked me that I had to work and pay for my own life (parents lost jobs so couldn’t help in one bit-I often sent money back home to help them) while some of my friends were driving BMW’s and complaining that their life sucked. (sorry for the rant) but anyway, I decided to not work during grad school and live off financial aid which is difficult because I have to be mindful of how I spend my money which i didn’t really have to do much while in undergrad.

 

Post # 15
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9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@His_missus:  Don’t feel sad.  Many people who speak English barely even TRY to learn a second language, so you’re already doing better than them.  =)  

And honestly…in America, your not being American-born would be held against you.  I don’t know how Australia works.  All you can do, though, is make sure your resume and paperwork is perfect.  Have someone look it over.  

If I were in charge of hiring, I would take certain factors into account.  For example, the fact that English is not your home language.  That would mean I would NOT hold your accent/grammar/et cetera against you!  If English WERE your home language, of course, I might feel differently.  

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