The job I lost
I lost my job in April of 2009 after 4 years. I began immediately applying for jobs but got the story that almost no one was hiring in my field and most of the jobs available were minimum wage and had piles, literally hundreds of applications ahead of me.
I got hired by another company in September of 2009 and was laid off again in February of 2010. Since then the nightmare has gotten worse. I have a college degree and I have applied for every job from home care sitter to administrative clerk to grocery stores and I usually don't even get a call back or a confirmation that my resume or application was received.
What it's like being unemployed
Being unemployed is very scary and depressing. I fear being homeless, losing my utilities, not having food or getting sick. I can't afford the co-pays for medications or doctor visits. Yet, somehow the system says we make too much for foodstamps... go figure.
I have a child I'm raising and I worry about being able to provide for her. Some days I feel worthless and useless. I try to figure out WHY I cant get hired, it makes me wonder if something is wrong with me. being unemployed is hard on your self esteem. It's hard on your family, your health and your entire life. I have worked all my life and have never been unemployed like this before. We lost our home and now rent.
I'm so afraid of not getting another job and my unemployment running out. On top of all this my husband was out of work for a month with his heart. So, I pray a lot. And keep trying. I have a friend that gave up and committed suicide because he couldnt' deal with being unemployed any longer. It's so sad. I'm so scared.
- Keep trying and keep praying, I guess.