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Old 01-27-2012, 11:27 AM   #2381
 
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I usually get dozens of calls...I haven't gotten one in a while. Has word spread I am totally unemployable?!?!?!
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:00 PM   #2382
 
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I just applied to several Paneras and they have the most ridiculous screening process. The questions! My gosh!

"Is it okay to make fun of coworkers"

"Are you a friendly person"

"Are you cautious in the workplace."



I've applied to so many retail and restaurants the past couple of weeks, local office jobs looking for part-time help. I can't believe nobody's calling me. People kept telling me things would turn around in January.

I'm really sick of this and I am SO lonely I can't see straight.
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I'm really sick of this and I am SO lonely I can't see straight.
I haven't read all of this thread so I don't know all of your details. I understand some of the loneliness though. Don't get me wrong, I love my family but I miss working and interacting with people.

Today, I accepted a part-time volunteer position. It's 5 hours every Friday and it's a great opportunity to work around a lot of different people and meet possible employers. My husband was pretty shocked when I told him. I guess he thought when I got laid off I'd find something lucrative quickly, but it hasn't happened and I am currently collecting rejection letters. So maybe being "out there" will put me in contact with someone who'll remember me later on. That's my hope career-wise, but as for the position itself, it is with an organization I liked anyway and have been interacted with for several years.

Do employers like volunteer positions on your resume? I have no idea!

CIBC - try to stay positive and find something to keep you busy. I know that sounds trite, but it does work for me, at least some of the time.
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Good news!

I sort of got hired at a Mediterranean restaurant. What's sort of you say? The new restaurant doesn't open for another couple of weeks and the guy who hired me wanted to be sure that I don't just talk a good game so he's allowing me to come in train next weekend with the other new hires.
He says that if I can't handle the high volume prep list and my knife skills are not up to par then he may have to let me go.
I'm excited!!!

I have always wanted to work in a restaurant kitchen. I am excited to be working with fresh real food and not just frozen mass produced muck!!!

Off to buy some practice vegetables.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #2385
 
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OMG. The online test for IHOP is hilarious.

True or False.

There are 50 hours in a day.

There are 8 days in a week.
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I'm really sick of this and I am SO lonely I can't see straight.
I haven't read all of this thread so I don't know all of your details. I understand some of the loneliness though. Don't get me wrong, I love my family but I miss working and interacting with people.

Today, I accepted a part-time volunteer position. It's 5 hours every Friday and it's a great opportunity to work around a lot of different people and meet possible employers. My husband was pretty shocked when I told him. I guess he thought when I got laid off I'd find something lucrative quickly, but it hasn't happened and I am currently collecting rejection letters. So maybe being "out there" will put me in contact with someone who'll remember me later on. That's my hope career-wise, but as for the position itself, it is with an organization I liked anyway and have been interacted with for several years.

Do employers like volunteer positions on your resume? I have no idea!

CIBC - try to stay positive and find something to keep you busy. I know that sounds trite, but it does work for me, at least some of the time.
Thanks.

The loneliness stems from that I have always commuted and didn't really mind it because I'd be able to see my friends on weekdays if I wanted, had a monthly pass so going-up on weekends wasn't costing extra. Most of my friends are based in the city, so I really can't see them unless I'm going-up for interviews.

I wouldn't feel as bad/miss the city as much if I had more friends down here or, you know, a job I've joined several meet-up groups, I volunteer, I have a few friends I can go out to dinner and lunch with...but it's just not the same as having a routine and feeling like a part of the world. I also live alone, which can get really lonely and am single and all of that.

I'm trying so hard to find a part-time job since my unemployment runs-out soon and I can't believe I'm even having a hard time finding that. I know January is slower for retail after the holidays so maybe February will pick-up. I've also never worked in a restaurant and I WOULD like to try that...(Honestly, I'd even GLADLY work full-time at retail or in a restaurant. If I can work both Saturdays and Sundays, I can keep days open during the week to keep interviewing. I'd gladly do that! Universe, SEND ME SOMETHING!)

Yes, I realize how lucky I am that I don't have a mortgage and have a roof over my head. I get it, I get it, I get it...but, WOW! I am so frustrated!

I was just trying to tell myself that as soon as I finish all these maddening applications, I'll get some great job back in the city making 2x what I was the last time...
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In my abnormal psych class we learned that certain events, such as unemployment, can cause abnormal behavior.

Hang in there.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #2388
 
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I'm in "if I actually get-out of my bathrobe today, it will be a small miracle" mode today
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:33 AM   #2389
 
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I'm SO trying not to let this get to me, but my friend just told me her fiance was chatting with somebody at a party and they turned-out to be a recruiter and pretty much offered him a job with a big increase from his current (and a bonus.) I'm not saying I expect people to walk on eggshells around me...but...well...maybe I kinda do expect that from my good friends. This guy already has a great job and was just randomly offered another one without even trying.

Like, what's the point? Why even bother submitting anymore?

I can't believe it's been well over a year. I honestly just need for this all to end for my own health.
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I'm telling myself I'm allowed to cry all day and not get dressed today. Tomorrow will be better. I wish the phone was at least ringing with retail jobs. I feel so hopeless. I don't know what to do. I'm so scares. I hear about my friend's fiancÚ getting a new job and he wasn't even looking! He already had a job. It's not fair.

I really wish my mom cared about me. I was expected to be soooo supportive of her last year. My sister gave me grief for MONTHS for taking a four day trip in May and leaving my mom's side...but who the HELL is here for me? My mom got back with her boyfriend, her life is all perfect and she doesn't even remember my name or care that I'm crying all the time and not sleeping or eating at all. She cares about herself. She doesn't care about me and that is killing me. I just want her to act like a mother for once in my life.

I can't even get a waitressing job. I feel so, so bad. No matter how hard I try, I feel worse and worse. I just feel like a failure.
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I feel so, so bad. No matter how hard I try, I feel worse and worse. I just feel like a failure.
I cycle through those emotions and I actually have resorted to setting a time limit. If today is a craptastic day, so be it, but tomorrow, I have to apply to places and act like an adult, get dressed, do on-line research, etc. I have my hobbies and my own little on-the-side business (which I have never been delusional enough about to expect it to support me) and I volunteer too. I make myself stay busy.

I deal with a group called Workforce Inititive Action (WIA). You can locate them by calling your local Employment Security Commission (or whatever your state's equivilent is) and ask them for contact information for your county's WIA. Sometimes they are even located in the same offices as the ESC. They have networking meetings where you can meet others like yourself as well as potential employers. Also, they will meet one on one with you and give you some advice and encouragement. They are excellent with helping you with your resume and interview skills.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:07 AM   #2392
 
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Soooo...

I got a pretty well-paying temp job for two weeks down here, and I'm interviewing at a bakery (haha, random, but could be fun) tonight, so I'll keep sending-out the resumes like crazy and be very happy to be working and the universe will reward me with a really really good job back in the city. Or I need to just pick-up and move but I really don't have anything saved. I miss it and the energy and the people SO much it's sick.

They keep stressing in that "law of attraction" class to be grateful for what you have and the universe will send you something better so if I tell myself all I've ever wanted was to temp for a paper company and work for a bakery, I should be in good shape.

(It was funny telling the temp agency my salary at my last job. "About $18,200." "Oh, it was part-time?" "No." "...Oh." haha.)
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Soooo...

I got a pretty well-paying temp job for two weeks down here, and I'm interviewing at a bakery (haha, random, but could be fun) tonight, so I'll keep sending-out the resumes like crazy and be very happy to be working and the universe will reward me with a really really good job back in the city. Or I need to just pick-up and move but I really don't have anything saved. I miss it and the energy and the people SO much it's sick.

They keep stressing in that "law of attraction" class to be grateful for what you have and the universe will send you something better so if I tell myself all I've ever wanted was to temp for a paper company and work for a bakery, I should be in good shape.

(It was funny telling the temp agency my salary at my last job. "About $18,200." "Oh, it was part-time?" "No." "...Oh." haha.)
Way to go!!
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Soooo...

I got a pretty well-paying temp job for two weeks down here, and I'm interviewing at a bakery (haha, random, but could be fun) tonight, so I'll keep sending-out the resumes like crazy and be very happy to be working and the universe will reward me with a really really good job back in the city. Or I need to just pick-up and move but I really don't have anything saved. I miss it and the energy and the people SO much it's sick.

They keep stressing in that "law of attraction" class to be grateful for what you have and the universe will send you something better so if I tell myself all I've ever wanted was to temp for a paper company and work for a bakery, I should be in good shape.

(It was funny telling the temp agency my salary at my last job. "About $18,200." "Oh, it was part-time?" "No." "...Oh." haha.)
That is great news--maybe 2 weeks will turn into much, much longer!


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How, cool, CIBC! I started as a temp at my last job. I was made permanent a month later. I was there for 8 years. So you never know, you could be there longer than 2 weeks. Even if you don't care for the place and are glad to leave it after the assignment is over, temping is a good way to see what kind of environment you'd like to work in.
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So, my temp job starts on Friday and I have an interview for another job in the city that sounds GREAT tomorrow and the bakery tonight.
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Yay!!! Go you!!!! Things are starting to turn around for you!! So happy for you CIBC!
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So, my temp job starts on Friday and I have an interview for another job in the city that sounds GREAT tomorrow and the bakery tonight.
double crossed fingers for you, CIBC!
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Awesome CIBC!!!

And good luck with your interview!

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Im happy for you . And im start pray for you.
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