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Old 11-10-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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I'm beginning to freak out. I have been unemployed for almost two years and I am thinking, the longer I am out of work, the more chances I have of NEVER getting hired. Do any of you feel the same way?
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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What are you doing for money now, and can you turn that into a new career?
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: New Hampsha
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yes me too. i dont have enough experience but also not a young gun just out of college
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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I'm beginning to freak out. I have been unemployed for almost two years and I am thinking, the longer I am out of work, the more chances I have of NEVER getting hired. Do any of you feel the same way?
It's tough. Are you in an area of the country or in an industry where unemployment is way above average?

I know its tough but two years is a very long time.

I was laid off for about 8 months a year or two back. It was really tough. Not only is it tough to explain a gap in employment that long but I also after a while started kind of losing self confidence which I'm sure didn't help on future interviews.

I know people say don't just take something t hat comes along just b/c its a job but at this point your unemployment has probably run out so maybe take a low level job that leaves you flexibility to continue to interview as need be.

I'm not a hiring manager but personally I would look at that as a positivie thing like this guy is not working his dream job but he's out doing something at least and thats a good thing.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Well, my husband works but we would do better if I worked as well. Plus, I want my own career. I don't have kids and I don't want to stay at home. I'm going NUTS. I have worked since I was 15 years old and even worked through college. I just have ALWAYS worked. I had to leave my job voluntarily (it was a good job too!) because my husband got work in another state. He couldn't find work where we were and my job couldn't support the two of us.

Avienne,

If I could do my dream job, it would be selling art work that I do... but let's face it, very few people make a living at that kind of thing.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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It's tough. Are you in an area of the country or in an industry where unemployment is way above average?

I know its tough but two years is a very long time.

I was laid off for about 8 months a year or two back. It was really tough. Not only is it tough to explain a gap in employment that long but I also after a while started kind of losing self confidence which I'm sure didn't help on future interviews.

I know people say don't just take something t hat comes along just b/c its a job but at this point your unemployment has probably run out so maybe take a low level job that leaves you flexibility to continue to interview as need be.

I'm not a hiring manager but personally I would look at that as a positivie thing like this guy is not working his dream job but he's out doing something at least and thats a good thing.
That's the hardest is the lack of confidence. I did have a job interview on Monday but I don't know if the guy liked me. He would be the one I would support. He asked me all those stock questions, like tell me a time when you worked through a conflict from beginning to end. The other one was "I get alot of people that want my time and I can't meet with everyone so, how would you say no to these people"?

I just didn't feel like I was up to par. I'm pretty hard on myself.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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If I could do my dream job, it would be selling art work that I do... but let's face it, very few people make a living at that kind of thing.
True, that. My father was an artist, so I know how tough it is. Most artists have to get a job. His was in advertising. Creative, but still, not "his" art.

If you're not doing anything to bring in money now, you need to put your creativity to good use. I don't know what you were doing before, but if it's not an option where you live now, you've got two choices: Try to get a job in a new field, or go into business for yourself.

Have you ever done graphic design?
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I have been unemployed for almost two years and I am thinking, the longer I am out of work, the more chances I have of NEVER getting hired.

Is the real estate analogy "The longer my house doesn't sell [because it is over priced], the less likely it will never sell."?
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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Well, my husband works but we would do better if I worked as well. Plus, I want my own career. I don't have kids and I don't want to stay at home. I'm going NUTS. I have worked since I was 15 years old and even worked through college. I just have ALWAYS worked. I had to leave my job voluntarily (it was a good job too!) because my husband got work in another state. He couldn't find work where we were and my job couldn't support the two of us.

Avienne,

If I could do my dream job, it would be selling art work that I do... but let's face it, very few people make a living at that kind of thing.
I think the recession is very hard on people with SOME skills and some experience--I mean you hear 'everyone' crying foul but people 40-50, we've been hit hard..

I stopped looking last November. This year I am homeschooling so I don't have to get a job except perhaps a part time job. My husband has been out of work 4 months....he has applied to over 150 jobs ALL over, he is skilled and has a good work history.

WTF is up?? It's nuts out there.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Is the real estate analogy "The longer my house doesn't sell [because it is over priced], the less likely it will never sell."?
Absolutely not. We bought a house a year and a half ago. We sold our condo in Oregon literally 2 months before the crash. We rented a cheap apartment while the economy was tanking and bought here in California for a "decent" price.

We aren't worried about that right now although, the prices may have dropped a little more since we bought this house. We might take a small hit if we sold now.
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