Hi ladies! I am unemployed too, as is DH. I have been laid off twice in the past two years, and my recent contract job ended prematurely thanks to the "beginning of the crash" last Fall . . (think I need to find a new industry, maybe?
DH just ended a 5 year contract that was not renewed- had another job lined up since last summer, then a hiring freeze took that opportunity away - he was hoping to land another job by October/December, but NOTHING has worked out.
Responses to our resumes have dwindled to . . nothing. And I feel we have exhausted all our contacts at this point.
So we are working on little pet projects when we feel up to it
, sometimes watching a lot of TV
, sometimes feeling pretty down.
It's really a roller coaster, isn't it? I am trying to decided what I really love and trying to make a go of that . . . but with little resources it's hard. Also keeping up my enthusiasm for these independent projects, while trying to still pursue other employment opportunities - can be overwhelming. Sometimes I just want to crawl into bed and not think about any of it!
Most of my friends are still in university and don't seem to understand how hard it is for us and I'm finding myself not really wanting to talk to them anymore. Emmalaymla
I totally feel the same way. None of our friends are currently unemployed . . and it does get hard to socialize with them sometimes. I don't want people having a pity party for me, and I am tired of hearing "something will come up soon! Stay positive!" I do understand that it's hard for people to know what else to say. But I have begun to NOT BRING UP our situation at social occasions anymore (if someone asks I give them a very brief answer and change the subject!) I find that helps me feel "normal", and I enjoy my friends more.
I am really hoping things start to turn around by Fall, at least! And yes, like auroratudor
(thanks for starting this thread!), at least we have our health!
At this point, I would apply to anything, even if you didn't have a degree in that area. Even if all it was was a janitoral job or something. Then when the economy gets better, you could try for a better job.
But this is a problem sometimes, as emmalaymia
said. These sorts of jobs often won't even consider a person with a lot of experience in something totally unrelated. DH and I have applied for jobs in retail, the local grocery store, etc etc. There are no doubt unemployed janitors too, and they would rightfully be offered this position before us. KWIM?