I have a young unemployed relative (25 years old), who lives with his mother, who is at her wit’s end. I would like a series of tiny steps to give to him to start living his life and becoming independent, or whatever you think might make a difference. If you were that young person who was disillusioned with the world and unemployed, what helped you to change? If you were the parent of a person like this, what did you do in the end to change things? I have no influence with him. If I send him a link to this question, he will be hurt and angry. [more inside]
I seem to be terrible at interviewing for jobs. I attribute most of this to anxiety around being evaluated, as I always freeze up and my mind goes blank. I think my anxiety makes me come off as timid as well. I've never, EVER, gotten a job from a formal interview process. All of my full time jobs I've obtained via temping; Clients realize that I am an excellent employee despite poor first impressions and hire me permanently. My former co-workers and managers have told me that I'm friendly, articulate, outgoing and professional. I just can't get this across during job interviews. [more inside]
I'm unemployed - what novels about being unemployed, or featuring major characters who are, can I read to bring me back down to earth and not feel like the only unemployed person in the entire world?
I got laid off. I'm flat-ass broke and unemployed. Which action items should I tackle first as I try to sort through this? [more inside]
How to get a job after being unemployed for 3 months? [more inside]
How should I let someone know whom I'm potentially dating that I'm unemployed and going through a transition phase in life? Should I even be dating? Any advice. [more inside]
I'm considering leaving NY but I don't know if I'm being realistic at all. Currently unemployed and have limited funds. [more inside]
As a current unemployed ambitious 34 year old woman whom is currently feeling the anxiety of a tough job market and uncertain career path, can anyone provide any advice as to the best strategic choice for picking a career path which will provide some degree of financial security and job satisfaction? I am struggling to make a definitive choice despite racking my brains for nearly 12 months since losing a full time job. [more inside]
I was homeless for part of the year last year. I'm filing late (with deferral, sorry I didn't bring this up on Askmefi when it would be more pertinent) because I just now got all the proper info together. Is there anything I should know about filing US taxes for a year in which I was occasionally homeless and/or unemployed?
I was let go from my job last November and having trouble securing work. After brief winter period, I've had phone screenings and in person interviews but still have not received any offers. I've reached out recruiters, employers, friends and family. The results aren't fruitless, but kind of grape-sized. It feels like I am trying to get myself out of a hole by digging. My friend is getting married on my birthday in August and I'd like not be unemployed at the time or unable to afford to go. (Further details and actual questions inside) [more inside]
My parents are controlling, manipulative, and verbally abusive, but I cannot afford to leave. What are my options? [more inside]
I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp. [more inside]
What did your spouse do when you were unemployed that was really helpful? What did you do that made a difference to your partner? [more inside]
I've been unemployed for about six months now and I'm looking to get back into the workforce with any position that pays a wage that I and my wife can afford to live from. [more inside]
I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
My 33 year old older brother is sponging off my parents and isn't getting a job, I'm worried that he's going to get kicked out of my parents' house. He got fired a while ago and I'm pretty sure his main problem is depression/having given up; I'm pretty sure he's better than this though. [more inside]
I was continuously employed for almost 30 years. I never came close to being fired and was actively pursued by many companies in my field. Less than a year after my 50th birthday I was laid off. That was over 4 years ago and I have been unable to get even an interview since then. I feel like trying to find employment is becoming more futile as time passes. My question is "Have you heard of anybody over 50, out of work for over 4 years being hired in any field? If, as I suspect, the answer is no, then what are my options? I have worked freelance jobs in order to survive, but I have also used up all of my savings during this period. At this point I am way in debt, I have 2 kids going to college, I am unable to afford health insurance and my marriage hangs by a thread. I suffer from depression and my confidence in my skills has been severely shaken. I am not prepared to spend another 20 or 30 years in these circumstances, but what choice do I have?
My mother is coming to visit. I love her, we have a good relationship, but I am in sort of weird, transitional moment in my life and she seems to not be taking it very well. Or maybe it's all in my head. I am definitely not taking things very well. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
I'm a single woman in her early 40's, unemployed (mostly), looking to purchase health insurance, and requesting advice from the hivemind on how much I should have, of what type. [more inside]
Struggling to find work, young, recent grad. I have a mutual fund and need help breaking it down. Can I live off of it? Should I? What do I do with a mutual fund?? [more inside]
I'm between jobs and looking to spend some of my time volunteering with a non-profit to do substantive work that involves my professional skills. How do I best approach them to propose this? [more inside]
Just got fired. Interested in suggestions for a career outside of finance. [more inside]
I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
My boyfriend recently lost his job, and today he found out he's ineligible for unemployment. His life is in shambles. What can I do to help?
My boyfriend recently lost his job, and today he found out he's ineligible for unemployment. His life is in shambles. What can I do to help? [more inside]
A recent diagnosis of MS, a year of living off my savings (no unemployment) and a need for some thoughtful advice from the hive mind. More inside. [more inside]
I recently moved, am unemployed and finding it really hard to get motivated. What tips/tricks/apps/whatever have helped you keep to a schedule when you don't have any other reason to? [more inside]
What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time? [more inside]
In what kinds of situations might I be asked, "What do you do for a living?" or similar questions, and what can I say that won't turn people off (in professional or dating contexts) to explain or imply that I'm currently unemployed, disconnected with my field, and not looking for a job due to (an invisible) disability?
What advice can you give to an unemployed graduate like me who wants to move out into the city? [more inside]
I'm 26 year old guy recently returned from teaching in Japan, out of a job, and looking for a new adventure. [more inside]
I'm unemployed and broke, and my husband's big 30th birthday is right around the corner. He went all out for my 30th, so I feel horrible that I can't afford anything nice. Suggestions? [more inside]
Does it make sense to block off a few months to develop the skills needed to pursue a modest career/business developing indie games and mobile apps for Android, or am I better off just getting an entry-level job at a call center and make a decent amount of money doing sales or tech support? [more inside]
I am unemployed, living in New York City, with no health insurance and need to see a dermatologist. I can't afford a $250 visit. Does anyone know of a (cheap) dermatologist I could see?
A friend of my son's is living in our attic. He's 21, can't find a job and I am encouraging him to look for other options. The only ones I can think of are Peace Corps or the military. What other kinds of things are there out there for a person with no ties and no education past high school? Thanks.
What's the real way to get through to hiring managers? I know that its a tough economy right now but I feel as though I've tried everything that the "experts" say to do but to no avail. How can this recent college grad break into the field of her dreams? [more inside]
Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.
I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
My daily schedule is wide open, and I'm not getting anything done. How should I schedule my time? [more inside]
What should I do now? I have no job, no child, no B.A., no debt, no mortgage, am female and am in my 40s. Help me see the possibilities! I have both no idea and every idea. [more inside]
i didn't go to college. what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find? [more inside]
I am applying for a driving job delivering auto parts. I used to drive in the marine corps when I was serving but got out in 2003. I have not worked much since then. I have been depressed and instead of working, I have relied on my mom for support. Should this anxiety be justified? I am also not good at keeping track of employment dates that the application is asking for.
Help me remember the name of a movie, please? Here's what I (think) I remember: 90s or 00s setting, foreign-language with subtitles, set in European local, possibly Scandinavian, overcast skies, commuting to work via train. Plot revolved around a man who lost his job, but did not tell his family, he just kept going into the city every day. Fuzzy on anything else...
How can we stay afloat when boyfriend is depressed? [more inside]
Trying to enter the field two years after completing my masters: How to spin/represent my unrelated work experience since then? [more inside]
How do I reconcile myself to earning less money in a more expensive location? [more inside]
Financially desperate. Apparently unemployable. Emotionally despondent. Everything feels completely hopeless. Now what? [more inside]
Pell Grant: What is the process? [more inside]
I'd love to hear some strategy for keeping life together when you're out of work, looking for a job. [more inside]
Advice on sibling matters, please. [more inside]
Awkward public run-ins with coworkers who survived the company layoffs when you didn't - I need strategies for getting through the situation as gracefully as possible. [more inside]
Unemployed significant other filter: how long is too long to wait? [more inside]
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