The Beginning of the End
- I graduated last year and I have applied to over 200 jobs, graduate and non-graduate, with no positive responses. Even my museum and charity volunteering has been worthless. It would appear that I'm so useless that I cannot even perform basic tasks. My history and philosophy degree is completely meaningless and not worth the paper its written on. I would burn it but it would be a waste of a match. Is it possible to remain unemployed indefinitely and remain human?
- —Guest Bejay
Employers Have the Upper Hand
- 1- It is s not who you are now, it is who you know. 2- Age is a factor even if they don't tell you. 3- Credit History: 70% of employers run your credit history, and few people have a good credit these days. 4-Your skills have to match 100% because they don't want to train people. 5-The employers don't have too much work and that is why they can interview 15 o 20 people a week. For them, this becomes entertaiment. 6-They have the positions open sometimes for a month and you see the same position open weeks and weeks. The other day I was call for an interview for accounting clerk. They were paying $13.00 hours which sounded good to me but 2 hours later they called and told me "sorry but they want a CPA" -- someone with bachelors degree, Do you think a CPA that makes $70,000 a year will take a job for $13.00 an hour? The position is still open. Most of the jobs are filled with internal candidates. It is incredible but soon it will be a lot of people in shelters and on the street.
- —Guest Maria
- I believe that the employers have nothing to do other than interview 30 people a day, and of course they will choose the young people. The credit history is another issue. Now 70% of the employers run your credit, so how you going to find a job in this country?
- —Guest Maria
- If you live in Georgia look into the Homesafe Georgia program. I got approved and I have no payments for up to 18 months. It took about 90 days to get approved,but you only have to pay 5% of your monthly income, but I don't even have to pay the 5%. This was a blessing!
- —Guest Vee
No Help from the Government
- This is to jbm1954 and all others who are in a similar condition. Mr. Obama is not going to help any of us. What he will offer is the same thing that most of those who call themselves, "helpers" and aids will suggest and that is to apply for some type of government assistance. Unfortunately, there are no jobs or employment to be offered outside of retail, which is useless and one cannot survive off of the pay/wages. Trust me, I am in a similar condition, though I seek to farm but in order to do that a man or woman needs money which is not in abundance. I hate to say this and it comes as no consolation. From what I have experienced ans seen, it is about to become worse. I apologize for the bad news but reality is reality. Mr. Obama and the U.S. Congress cannot and will not help, regardless of party politics.
- —Guest Alif Qadr
- I Reached Out And Finally Some Hope! I took the advice ofI took the advice of someone here who said 'reach out to family & friends for help'. I didn't ASK for help per se, but I let family members know how truly desperate my financial situation was. With 4 siblings over 50 and better off financially, one said "You'll figure it out-Good Luck" but one said, "We are sending you a check". I wept with joy as we are looking at the utilities being shut off, no cash for food/gas/car ins/other bills. I don't have a clue what I will receive, but I am THANKFUL for whatever I receive. I am like others who don't know what to do, spend my time applying for jobs hoping to be hired, or sit all day in the office that distributes cash aid and food stamps, not enough to live on but better than nothing like I have now (takes 6 wks to receive?). Shorten your resume to show only the last 5-6 yrs of employment to "appear younger", I did this and had 3 interviews yesterday back to back. Majority of interview
- —Guest shi
Lost, Broken Dreams and Empty Promises!
- I'm in my mid-twenties. I have been working in low-pay jobs since my late teens trying to pay for my studies because I am not wealthy. I never asked a dime from the government. I studied in a good field at the wrong time. Working on the weekends and after school prevented me from attending many social gatherings. I never build a social life. I listened to my brain and not to the people around me. The construction industry has collapsed. Now, I'm stuck with a good degree in a bad economy. It's useless. The government continues to push the youth in the various construction fields. All companies ask for experience yet I have none. Looking for almost 2 years and after countless interviews, nobody wants to give me a chance. I recently lost my low-salary paying job. I was treated like disposable waste when I was laid off. Everywhere I go, nobody is hiring. I've given up on searching. I am now tutoring and rebuilding a life.
- —Guest Lost Guest!
Hopeless in Canada
- I lost my job over 2 years ago, my unemployment ran out over a year ago. Been looking and trying to find any type of work with out luck. It's depressing to even try! There is no work here in Saint John, NB. We have the highest unemployment rate in Canada. My wife is the only one working. We are falling deeper in dept every day. I've been to the local EI office with no help. They have a job so To Bad, So Sad for me! I've given up!
- —Guest larbo11
- I once had a high profile job in the public eye, one that vanished in a second when my boss decided to hire someone cheaper and younger. The moment he said "We aren't renewing your contract. Goodbye". I knew the truth. I had it all wrong. I had been working long and hard for someone else - instead of myself! I was over 40 and had to reinvent myself. So, I researched other entrepreneurs and found something I believed I could offer. It hasn't been easy, but I'm freelancing my way into building my own business. You can do it too. Just google other success stories and copy how someone else did it, with your own personal twist. But work for you! Stop sending in applications and start offering a service. Develop your own clients and no employer needs to ever hire you (or fire you) again. If I did it, you can too.
NAFTA and Chinese Imports
- Well we are all in the same boat and most of the blame falls squarely on NAFTA and Chinese imports. Close the imports and NAFTA and this will get America back to work. Unfortunately all the rich have politicians in their pockets and many of their handlers do not even live in the United States.
- —Guest Alan
- None of you are too old or not old enough either. If a business needed a worker, one would be hired. That new person has been screened for the correct skills required. You all have skills, list them and match yourself to the jobs that exist in your community. Make the Resume, a short cover letter, a third page of current qualifications, a forth page statement “Employee Application will be completed during the time of an interview.” If you can, go to any/all companies that can use your skills. They most likely will hand you a application at the front desk. Put your name and address on the top lines and paper-clip it to the other four pages. Pass it back to the secretary, thank them for the time, and mention you will be waiting for them to contact you shortly. Don’t hang around. You still have 10 – 15 more employers to stop at for the day. Every day. You will get results… especially when you go back week after week to replay the process.
- —Guest Rod
- This is ridiculous! Our country ignores the truth about what is going on and all of the people that are suffering. WHY??? Can't anyone pay attention to these major problems? I know that all these people just want a CHANCE for life. I am with you on the job search. For 5 years I have been searching for a solid job with insurance, I have past experience, but it's not important without recent experience. Now my health is fading and I am 46 with college loans pending, no job, and no insurance. I have children that will suffer, and this is what is REALLY SAD!! Hey USA, do we care about our children?? Not even close, IT'S THE CHILDREN THAT ARE TAKING THE HIT!!!!!
- —Guest swtexas
I Am One of You
- I was working in one of the big hospitals here in OC California until I was let go. No bad feelings with the situation as I already have some plans in my mind in case it will happen...which to go back to school and complete a graduate program with the idea that I will have better leverage when I add the word "master's" in my resume. So 6 months had passed on a very active search for a job daily but all I got was a $70,000 worth of debt and just few weeks ago I received a letter that I have to start paying my student loan so as not to be in default. Where in the hands of God will I be able to get that money? For sure I am not the first in line. It just sucks and very depressing the moment you open your eye in the morning there's nothing worth while to do reward you a paycheck in return. Sometimes I just feel like hiding to get away from the tough realities of life. Although, I am also a firm believer of when someone hits his rock bottom the only way is up.
- —Guest Pocholo
It's Hopeless After 50
- I am 50. I have given up trying to find a job. I am tired of being discriminated against. My IQ is 130, I am a computer programmer, I can hard code for god sake. Been looking for a job for a year and a half. I am up to date on my computer skills better than anyone can be. I am going to try to start my own business. If that doesn't work, then I guess it's time to buy a tent and live in the forest with all the other 50 and 60 year olds that our country has thrown away.
- —Guest Shelia
Lost and Helpless
- This by far has to be the worst year of my life. Little or no work and now none. About to lose our apartment. I pray to The Lord and hope for the best. God bless you and pray for us to overcome this time in humanity.
- —Guest Manny