March 5, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I am so happy to share this story written by an anonymous submitter with the initials JW. This story sounds do familiar to me as I am on my own journey to seek a career that suits me best.
I wish I could remember what I wanted to be growing up when I was five. I have no recollection. I know that I’ve wanted to be about a million different things including but not limited to a doctor, an FBI agent, an opera singer, and a forensic pathologist. Mind you, I contemplated each of these before I was 12. I was kind of a weird kid.
Doctor was the profession that stuck however, and eventually morphed into veterinarian once I got to high school and spent some time shadowing a local …continue reading
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February 28, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
On many levels I can relate to the following story written by a lady with the initials BB. It is a story I know will resonate with so many of you who struggle with recovering from life after graduation.
It was 1994. I was in French class with my friend Rachel and we started discussing what I should be when I grew up. I was torn between a doctor and a teacher. She suggested being a lawyer. After all, Ally McBeal was on TV and she was cute, rich and successful. If that was what being a lawyer was all about, sign me up. So I decided to be a lawyer. Here I am, 20 years later and I’m a lawyer without a job. This is my story.
In high school I had to interview a couple of lawyers for a …continue reading
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February 27, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I don’t know about anyone else but what’s worse than bad interviews, awkward phone conversations, and the overall feeling of begging…is the silence of a phone that will not ring.
So today I present to you, my ode to the job search -
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February 26, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I am so glad to share this story because it offers such a unique, eye opening perspective on the current state of affairs. I encourage you to email me your story so I can share it with my readers.
“A measure of employment and labor utilization in the economy that looks at how well the labor force is being utilized in terms of skills, experience and availability to work. Labor that falls under the underemployment classification includes those workers that are highly skilled but working in low paying jobs, workers that are highly skilled but work in low skill jobs and part-time workers that would prefer to be full-time. This is different from unemployment in that the individual is working but isn’t working at their full capability.” — Definition of Underemployment by Investopedia.
I am a student of finance and economics. I find the science and the art equally as fascinating. Yet, I was not a traditional student, as I do not own a degree in those fields, but I was a student on the fly. Mostly because I went to college a hundred years ago (in technology years), and I was an English literature major.
You see when I graduated, I had to do things like look up job listings in the classifieds. I had to physically print out and mail my resumes out to human resources departments …continue reading
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February 24, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Recently I talked about the ways we can get ourselves out of this economic, joblessness and underemployed rut. One of the ways we can do this is by helping people start their own business.
When I found out about this opportunity to talk about a movie that believes in exactly this same solution, I jumped at the chance to share this with my readers. I hope in same way you find this as inspiring as I do.
Before I get into further details, take a look at this video …continue reading
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February 20, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Student loan debt has been in the news recently and is apparently the source of a lot of the nation’s debt crisis. According to an article with Times Union, there is efforts to reduce the interest on student loans to a fixed 4%.
I can’t remember what my percentage is, but this article made me wonder something….
Should we allow for student loan debt to be wiped out for people who file bankruptcy?
I have mixed feelings about this and wanted to ask what people thought. I may have a post to follow in the …continue reading
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February 16, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
The following email was sent to me about a week ago and every word resonated. It speaks to the nature of job searching right now and what is available and how unbalanced the solutions are. This was written by John Fusto who gave me permission to use his story and mention his name. The rest of this post is written by him and unchanged by me.
There is something uniquely insidious to the soul of the white-collar professional from the loss of a job in this day. Don’t get me wrong, an out-of-work plumber or construction worker has a family to care for, bills to pay, and lies awake at night fending off the same grotesque nightmares I do. In broad strokes, we are the same, and live the same unemployment nightmare. But our life, and our fall differ in kind:
The professional’s dreams begin way back in high school, starting with our …continue reading
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February 14, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Think of the Valentine’s Day you always dream of.
For me, it probably consists of something along the lines of my hot Fireman boyfriend showing up in his firetruck to deliver me flowers in front of the entire company.
No, not all men can pull off big romantic gestures like this, but you know? This type of Valentine’s Day would be my dream come true.
And guess what?
It happened today.
For some other woman in my office.
Happy Singles Awareness Day …continue reading
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February 7, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I wanted to post this story especially because I have been here before and so have a lot of people. Sometimes you just can’t stay at a job no matter how much you want it to work. When you reach that breaking point though and have to leave, there is a massive struggle to recover. I know that first hand. The rest of this post is written by an anonymous submitter who granted me permission to submit her story. I haven’t changed any word she sent me.
I stepped away from a job several months ago …continue reading
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February 1, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I think these days a lot of the people who are struggling the most financially fall under two categories:
1) You are having trouble finding permanent, full time employment.
2) You have a job, but you are barely making ends meet.
Or some combination of the two.
There are ways out of this if we could all start thinking outside the box. I don’t mean to sound like I’m describing a pollyanna bullsh*t solution where I may as well have a banner on my blog that bleats out a scam of “this is how …continue reading
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