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Old 08-16-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Laid off August 15, 2008 from the best high paying job I ever had. Never thought I'd be 3 years unemployed. I have been unemployed before from regular jobs in a good economy and the longest was 1 year. The longest unemployment I ever had was 4.5 years because no one would hire me when I was on a 30 month Probation. So don't commit a crime and get Probation!

I still look for mostly local jobs in Chicago on Monster and Careerbuilder. Often they don't respond, but last week I got my 1st Chicago area interview since moving back here Feb 2009! An underpaid $47,000 a year permanent Technical Writer job. 221 people applied for the job and 10 were selected for 1st round interviews. I'm now waiting for a 2nd round interview.

So you see, even if your long term unemployed you still gotta keep trying like me. Don't give up on your career! It's just maybe temp firms that dismiss you for being unemployed too long. So I gotta work a strategy to bypass that by doing technical freelance work and then putting that as "recent experience" on my resume.

It's a bit depressing because I applied for low paid easy technical jobs that I can easily do and I still didn't get the job. Like a $20/hr Draftsman / Tech Writer temp job in Champaign - Urbana.

How about you? Are you long term unemployed and how have your job responses been? Did you get interviews lately? Are you on the verge of homelessness? What is your career / experiences in? How old are you? I'm 42 years old.

 
Old 08-16-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Ana
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Originally Posted by Jesse69 View Post
Laid off August 15, 2008 from the best high paying job I ever had. Never thought I'd be 3 years unemployed. I have been unemployed before from regular jobs in a good economy and the longest was 1 year. The longest unemployment I ever had was 4.5 years because no one would hire me when I was on a 30 month Probation. So don't commit a crime and get Probation!

I still look for mostly local jobs in Chicago on Monster and Careerbuilder. Often they don't respond, but last week I got my 1st Chicago area interview since moving back here Feb 2009! An underpaid $47,000 a year permanent Technical Writer job. 221 people applied for the job and 10 were selected for 1st round interviews. I'm now waiting for a 2nd round interview.

So you see, even if your long term unemployed you still gotta keep trying like me. Don't give up on your career! It's just maybe temp firms that dismiss you for being unemployed too long. So I gotta work a strategy to bypass that by doing technical freelance work and then putting that as "recent experience" on my resume.

It's a bit depressing because I applied for low paid easy technical jobs that I can easily do and I still didn't get the job. Like a $20/hr Draftsman / Tech Writer temp job in Champaign - Urbana.

How about you? Are you long term unemployed and how have your job responses been? Did you get interviews lately? Are you on the verge of homelessness? What is your career / experiences in? How old are you? I'm 42 years old.
October 2011 will mark 4 years since I left my first and only ever job, and I only worked there for 3 months, a couple of months later the recession started, yes it is mainly my fault to blame because of my passive personality, i'm not lazy to work at a job, i just hate taking charge, taking initiative in order to get a job, as in search for a job, because I hate it with a huge passion whenever I apply somewhere and I do not get an interview or a phone call back, I did my share of applying and job hunting during this almost 4 years but i could have done it more consistently, but I just hate being denied, but 3 months ago I took up volunteering to improve my resume which i am still doing, because i don't really have any other choice, my previous job will not take me back, and since in this recession, horrible economy, employers are very unfair, as in they are extremely reluctant to hire people or let alone give an interview to someone who is inexperienced, because like I have said many times and this applies to everybody, there is always a first time for everything in life, how do you expect to gain experience if nobody will give you a chance? since i have not been given a chance, I have to try volunteering, but volunteering does not pay you, but I know it gives you good references
 
Old 08-16-2011, 06:46 PM
 
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Laid off August 15, 2008 from the best high paying job I ever had. Never thought I'd be 3 years unemployed. I have been unemployed before from regular jobs in a good economy and the longest was 1 year. The longest unemployment I ever had was 4.5 years because no one would hire me when I was on a 30 month Probation. So don't commit a crime and get Probation!

I still look for mostly local jobs in Chicago on Monster and Careerbuilder. Often they don't respond, but last week I got my 1st Chicago area interview since moving back here Feb 2009! An underpaid $47,000 a year permanent Technical Writer job. 221 people applied for the job and 10 were selected for 1st round interviews. I'm now waiting for a 2nd round interview.

So you see, even if your long term unemployed you still gotta keep trying like me. Don't give up on your career! It's just maybe temp firms that dismiss you for being unemployed too long. So I gotta work a strategy to bypass that by doing technical freelance work and then putting that as "recent experience" on my resume.

It's a bit depressing because I applied for low paid easy technical jobs that I can easily do and I still didn't get the job. Like a $20/hr Draftsman / Tech Writer temp job in Champaign - Urbana.

How about you? Are you long term unemployed and how have your job responses been? Did you get interviews lately? Are you on the verge of homelessness? What is your career / experiences in? How old are you? I'm 42 years old.
3 years?

You could have gone to school to ply a new trade while the state was paying for you. Now, I assume your benefits are exhausted.

If they are:

-Retail

-Insurance Sales

-Restaurant Industry

Do what you need to do. I was out of work 3 months when I had already started handing resumes out to Guitar Center. I have a Masters Degree. I think the pay was $9/hr...
 
Old 08-16-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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School for a new trade would be useless as I would be entry level with no experience, which is far worse than slugging it out in my current career with 5.75 years experience.
 
Old 08-16-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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School for a new trade would be useless as I would be entry level with no experience, which is far worse than slugging it out in my current career with 5.75 years experience.
If you didn't have a bachelors, this was the prime opportunity. Labor Workforce would have paid for you degree, and in some cases STILL give you unemployment benefits.

I understand how it's tough for people to take menial jobs that will pay less than unemployment benefits, but you gotta be doing SOMETHING with the time.

I have my next plan already laid out for 'if' I get laid off from my current job. It's gonna be sweet...
 
Old 08-16-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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Which is why, as soon as someone is laid off, to find a job...ANY job...even dog walking, working as ticket taker in a movie theatre, any job is better than NO job...because no one wants to hire the unemployed.

Find part time work, it will probably be less than your benefit amount, you can work while collecting UI, as long as you report the wages.

And look into additional training, anything, using the WIA benefits, because it looks very motivated to an employer that you are taking classes to upgrade your skills.

How can someone be unemployed for three years? Who was paying the bills? Whenever I see this, I know that someone was enabling this...sorry, but I have seen it....Mama, wife, someone is paying the bills, because UI does not pay everything for three years.
 
Old 08-17-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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School for a new trade would be useless as I would be entry level with no experience, which is far worse than slugging it out in my current career with 5.75 years experience.
In additon to being in debt from a student loan.
 
Old 08-17-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Which is why, as soon as someone is laid off, to find a job...ANY job...even dog walking, working as ticket taker in a movie theatre, any job is better than NO job...because no one wants to hire the unemployed.

Find part time work, it will probably be less than your benefit amount, you can work while collecting UI, as long as you report the wages.

And look into additional training, anything, using the WIA benefits, because it looks very motivated to an employer that you are taking classes to upgrade your skills.

How can someone be unemployed for three years? Who was paying the bills? Whenever I see this, I know that someone was enabling this...sorry, but I have seen it....Mama, wife, someone is paying the bills, because UI does not pay everything for three years.
You just can't take a job, some has to be willing to hire you. It does matter if its part time, full time, walking a dog or flipping burgers etc..

Even min wage jobs are not hiring and even when they are, such as McDonalds back in April, thousands of people apply for just a hand full of job.

Some people who are and have been gainfully employed really need to shut up because they really don't understand what's going in this job market.
 
Old 08-17-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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How can someone be unemployed for three years? Who was paying the bills? Whenever I see this, I know that someone was enabling this...sorry, but I have seen it....Mama, wife, someone is paying the bills, because UI does not pay everything for three years.
He gets $1,100 a month SSI permanently for being mentally ill. He does not have to pay for rent or utilities because he lives with his parents. He is not suffering whatsoever.
 
Old 08-17-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I was mostly looking for local jobs in Houston and then Chicago, rarely applied for out of city jobs because I wanted to be set and stable in a certain city. Now because I've been unemployed too long I'm applying for a few temp contracts out of state or city.

My dream is to get a good paying, interesting, and not bad drive job - job in the city of Chicago. Been praying to God every day for that but got nothing. Even went to some seriously Holy places like Lourdes and that didn't help.

I get $1095 monthly SSDI. Plus when I got $403 weekly unemployment benefits I didn't bother applying for any minimum wage job because it could jeopardize my unemployment benefits. $403 is more than Min wage per week anyway.
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