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Old 07-24-2011, 08:42 PM
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With the terrible economy most employers dont want those who have been unemployed. I would probably be better off going to the welfare office than trying to get a job.

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Old 07-24-2011, 08:49 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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How are you staying afloat right now? Are you living with parents? Just curious.

Here's a random off-the-wall suggestion that others might not agree on but I've always found the prospect exciting personally ... what sort of skills do you have? Maybe you could try finding small work gigs on Craigslist. There is a "gigs" section on there that I've always enjoyed. Some people on there are scammers so watch out. You should be able to detect those easily though. Otherwise, I've done some interesting side jobs on there before and one month I made $400 just off of doing that kind of stuff outside of my full time job. I wish I could live off of just doing that.

My point is ... you could start accumulating a series of short term projects under your belt by doing these small gigs. Initially, you might have to bight the bullet and offer less for your services. Then later on you can start gaining momentum and who knows ... maybe at some point you have something to fill some gaps on your resume with. You could also try freelancing sites like odesk.com for example. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I have a full time job so I can't just quit it to go off and try to make a living doing all of that stuff. Change your attitude about this and realize you have nothing to lose by trying out this kind of stuff and everything to gain.

What do you say?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:51 PM
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Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Originally Posted by bson1257 View Post
With the terrible economy most employers dont want those who have been unemployed. I would probably be better off going to the welfare office then trying to get a job.
Well, if you have any money, welfare won't be an option. Looks like your stuck working like the rest of us *******s

But your not going to find a job unless you look, so make it your job to find one. They are out there, but you may have to settle for, just a job. Nothing special or high paying until you get back into the workforce.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:01 PM
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I've been out of work for two years retraining for a new career and employers aren't too interested in me either. I've got some new and valuable skills but I am not a fresh faced college kid so I am getting ZERO response.

I'm attempting to start a business although it is a "hail Mary" pass play- I have no idea if it's going to work or not.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:20 PM
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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This August 15th 2011 - I will be 3 years unemployed but I still get calls and emails from recruiters for jobs. Some submit me while some dismiss me for jobs for being unemployed too long. But as long as you have the skills and experience, I think you can get hired for an engineering job.

If you are 3 years unemployed companies like retail, fast food, or maybe even factory work won't care if you've been unemployed too long. Those are low wage low skill jobs anyone can fill.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:59 AM
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I have been unemployed for 2 and a half years with the exceptio of working with Adecco 2 days a month. What are my chances of getting a steady job?
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:33 AM
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Most sane employers really don't care how long you have been out of work, they do care if you have a **** poor attitude. The minimum wage is almost $9/hr in some states so it is imperative that you can sliver that much VALUE to an employer.

In my office there are lots of nighttime cleaning people that barely know any English but the bust thier butt lining up the trash cans after they dump 'em, vacuuming the whole carpet not just the traffic areas, leaving the lavatory mopped dry not just slopped up...

Take some pride in what you do. Tout your skills. Find someplace where your handwork is wanted.

I think welfare is gone.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:41 AM
Location: Baltimore
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Maybe get some training in another field? My son was unemployed at least that long. He used to work in construction. Last year he got his CDL through a program at the community college. It took a while - over a year because most employers want some experience along with the license - but he finally landed a job driving a dump truck with a paving company.

Just don't give up.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:33 PM
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Thanks to all who have posted here. I am encouraged, but also a long-term unemployed lady who is closer to minimum retirement age than a fresh-faced coed just out of college. I live in the D.C. area and many, many jobs are retail and manual labor, construction trades and other necessary positions to keep our economy going. The flip side to the many jobs here in this area is that there are a lot of ladies and gentlemen like me - who have been RIF'd, laid off or let go for any number of reasons. Due to my lengthy unemployment, I received a letter last year from Social Security, encouraging me to apply for early benefits. I completed the myriad of paperwork and went to my scheduled appointment The worker told me that I could not qualify for early benefits because I had "resources" (read this term as having money in investments, not being homeless, and having reliable transportation to be able to job search and to interview.) Because I blew the whistle on a former employer for illegal drug sales (and use) in the workplace, that has also come back to haunt me - forget about a reference! But to those of us who are still unemployed for many years, let us to keep moving forward and don't let anything deter us from finding a job. Encourage each other and let's work together. "No one can do everything but all of us can do something, when it comes to work."
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:05 PM
Location: Planet Woof
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Whoever heard that they cannot apply for early SS retirement at age 62? Is this what you are talking about, previous poster?

OP, I was once unemployed for 3 years myself. From 2009-2012. Sent out hundreds of resumes. Nothing.

I kept at it and then one day I got offered a part-time job with benefits even!

You just have to keep at it. I eventually also got a ''seasonal'' job off Craigslist which I did for the last 3 years and now I am full-time doing it as a Sole Proprietor. My own business so to speak.

If you keep a totally open mind and get creative in your search something will open up for you. Good luck!
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