The job I lost
I used to work with kids with cancer at a reputable pediatric hospital. I absolutely loved my job for the first three years, but then office politics and bullying made it unbearable, so I left (having given plenty of notice).
What it's like being unemployed
I'm approaching my eighth month of unemployment. Thankfully, I have a family who has been helpful and supportive, especially with money. Plus, I found a nonprofit clinic nearby to tend to my medical needs, which includes diabetes management and meds. I'm starting to feel a raw sadness, cynicism and bitterness taking on a life of its own within my life. I've been lucky to have landed a bunch of interviews, but I have yet to be offered a job. I live in Chicago, but have interviewed as far away as Texas. I've interviewed at two past employers. I've interviewed after being referred by friends with great reputations at the companies. My self-esteem has taken a mighty blow.
- Volunteer work is a good distraction, and looks good on your resume.
- Seek out community resources for help with necessities such as medical services.
- Keep tweaking your resume; have several versions on hand.
- Take long walks with your dog.