(Closed) I Hate the Economy.

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I know – it really stinks right now.

In May I left a job I was miserable at.  I was there almost 4 years.  My fiance (now husband) was very supportive of me leaving.  One day I had enough and was gone. 

I was convinced I’d find a job in no time!  It took me almost 3 months of searching to find something but I’m much happier now.

I would suggest talking to staffing agencies to do some long term contract assignments.  That’s how I was placed in my last few positions.

Good luck!

 

Post # 4
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m not sure what your degree is in, but the first thing I would advise is talking to your college.  Most college programs try hard to place graduates, and many set up interviews on campus during the last semester of your program.  That doesn’t do you much good now, but they should still be willing to forward you information.  I get a job posting in my field forwarded from my old school about every week .

The second thing I would do is join any professional societies that people in your field might belong to.  Most professional societies will waive the dues if you are unemployed, and all of them also seem to have job search services.  Plus, going to the meetings is an opportunity to network.  Most people are hired because they know someone, rather than on a cold resume submittal – and a lot of jobs are never posted at all, but just filled from people the hiring manager has had referred to them.  The more people in your field that you talk to on a regular basis, the better your chances of getting a job.

Also, realize that what you’re experiencing is not unusual.  In my last job, when the facility closed, they brought in a job search service to help people out.  They told us that if you work at finding a job as if it was your job – in other words, you work at it 40 hours a week, it will take you on average one month for every $10,000 of annual salary you expect to earn to find a job.  So if you think you are expecting to earn $40,000 a year, that’s 4 months of looking – more, if you’re really just looking a few hours a week, rather than as a concentrated effort.  That’s a lot of rejection, certainly, and not any fun.  But I think you shouldn’t get the idea that you’re unusual, as they gave us this as a national average.

It is hard to cope.  I’ve been unemployed before, and it’s not fun – I don’t even like working at home over long periods of time.  It sounds good to be able to do conference calls in your robe and slippers, but for me it mostly feels lonely (plus I start to hate my house).  I would recommend trying to set up something like an office that you can use for job hunting, or even seeing if you don’t have a friend who can let you use a work type space.  The only time I was unemployed for long, a friend who is an attorney let me borrow an office to job hunt from.  That has the side benefit of giving you access to a nice printer, fax machine and such as well.  Plus it gives you a reason to get up and get going every morning, which is hard when you’re at home.

Have you thought about volunteering somewhere, or looking for an unpaid internship?  At least that gives you something to put on your resume (besides being unemployed) and that should impress potential employers.  It will cut into your job hunting time, but if you’re not really spending 40 hours a week at that, it’s not so much of a concern.  A position like that might really help with the way you’re feeling as well. And unpaid internships can turn into full time paid positions when a company or nonprofit has the money to hire someone.

Post # 5
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108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would def. say go ahead and get a job you feel underqualified for. I had to do that for almost a year before I started my career. If gave me a sense of worth, it gave me a little spending room, and really released some mental tension – sure it wasn’t what I thought my glamorous life was going to be, but at least I was holding my own a bit. See if you can’t find a store or organization you could clerk for that is relevant to what you think you want to do.

Also, I did Americorps for a year – it doen’t pay well but it shure as heck gets you experience, contacts, and is amazingly fun.  They also constantly have openings that are great opportunities to help the communities around you.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hi Robin,

  I completely understand what you are going through. I lost my first job out of college in Decemeber and have been searching ever since. I feel like no matter how much effort I put in, I am just getting nothing in return. 

  The fact that I have no job has made planning my wedding incredibly difficult because I just feel too guilty to spend money when I have none coming in! At the same time, it has somewhat sparked my creativity and my willingness to think outside of the box. 

 Good luck on your job hunt! 

  

Post # 7
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I got out of college during the last recession.  I wasn’t quite ready for med school, so I went ahead and took a menial job for about 6 months.  (I was a dog walker.  It was a blast!)  The pet sitting gig was mostly in the mornings and evening, so the rest of the time, I volunteered in a lab to gain experience.  I was much more marketable after 6 months of lab experience, even if it wasn’t paid!

Find things that you can do that will fill out your resume and point you in the direction you want to go!  And don’t dispair… It will get better eventually!

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