I never thought I would ever say it, but FML.
March 14, 2011 11:47 AM Subscribe
Financially desperate. Apparently unemployable. Emotionally despondent. Everything feels completely hopeless. Now what?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (31 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Before being laid off, I was a top notch [linux|windows|other] sysadmin with a long (18 years) and promising career.
I've now been unemployed for just over 2 years. It's been a struggle to keep my skills up to date and relevant, but I've been doing it. I just had what must be my 20th job rejection after interviewing in the last year alone (and in this one, I went 4 rounds of interviews. They decided not to go with me because one of my references said that I occasionally needed to be prompted back on track. That was a dealbreaker.) I've even been trying for short term contract positions, but it's a no go. I haven't even been able to land small, independent consulting work in months. It feels like my career, which I love, is over.
My skills are not transferable to other fields. I never finished college (because I got a job offer at IBM during my first year of school. Wound up dropping out because tech work was so much fun) and that seems to be counting against me as well.
I even made application to all of my local grocery stores and fast food restaurants, but I'm told that none of them are hiring.
Unemployment ran out back in October. My savings are completely depleted. I've got almost everything of value that I own up on craigslist, and getting buyers is like pulling teeth. Big family issues going on, so borrowing is not an option. My landlord let me put off March rent for a couple of weeks in hopes I would land a job, but it's just not happening, so I have to move at the end of the month. The thought of losing my home, my one safe place in the universe, is really wrecking me.
Unless I suddenly develop a source of income in the next week, I have to stop jobhunting and pack up my apartment and leave.
What do I do now?