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Lack of references

What to do if I don't have a lot of work exp/references during the job search? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2015 - 7 answers

How to tackle multiple goals or get shit done w/anxiety etc.

Sort of recently (about 2 & a half months in) moved to a brand new town so my husband (I'm, 29, he's 32) could go to uni. I was so stoked on having a clean slate to start everything anew, but not so much any more. Reality has set in and i'm dealing with soaring bouts of anxiety and pretty severe mood swings, and can't seem to decide anything tangible to get shit actually done. Any ideas / practical advice regarding how to deal with this would be so welcome. I have so much time alone i think i'm actually going a little nuts. More inside [more inside]
posted by speakeasy on Nov 18, 2015 - 18 answers

How to remain positive while unemployed?

The stress of unemployment and the possibility of not having anymore money to live off of is taking its toll on our health. We seek the support of career coaches and therapists, we apply to jobs, we do the interviews, but almost always another candidate is chosen for the position. How does remain hopeful while in this seemingly endless cycle? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2015 - 4 answers

The thin line between encouragement and Pollyanna style b.s.

I'm a guy living with my girlfriend and her elementary school age son. My girlfriend lost her job about three years ago, and has only worked for six total months in the time since. I'm trying to stay positive and encouraging for her because I know unemployment can be soul-crushing, but lately I'm starting to wonder if my "support" isn't just "enabling." Is the future as dark as I fear, and what kind of changes does she need to make in order to restart her career? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris on Aug 30, 2015 - 23 answers

Middle aged blues. Just got fired, what now?

I was fired two weeks ago, and I'm devastated. Special snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Am I Actually Employable?

I got a Masters in Entomology in May of 2014 and I've been looking for a job doing...pretty much anything in science since then. After a pretty crushing rejection earlier this month from a position I thought I'd get, I'm starting to wonder - am I even employable anymore? Snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Noms_Tiem on Jul 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Money money money

I have a friend that I met while living in West Africa who seems to think that I'm now a lifeline, which is unsustainable and I'm unsure of what to do. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Jul 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Having the hard conversations with good friends

Several of my friends have gone through some hard life events lately (death, unemployment and more) and I want to know how to talk about it with them. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jun 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers

I am a 30-something moron who cannot get my life together. Help?

I have been unemployed for over 2 years and I am finding it very difficult to move on in life. I can barely get jobs and and when I do get a job I cannot hold it down for longer than a week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 21 answers

Complicated Unemployment Benefits Question -- Should I File?

Got laid off yesterday and filed for unemployment. Agency rejected my claim because I'm still eligible for a claim I opened a year prior in a different state for a different job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Job guidance and how to keep spirits up after 5 months of unemployment.

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]
posted by queeroid on Apr 19, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I put my NSFW blog on my resume?

I have savings, and I hated my job, so I quit to start an unprofessional and NSFW business. The business "failed," and I've been unemployed for almost a year. So, now I need to account for this time on a resume and figure out what to do next. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 9, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

California unemployment now or later?

I just got laid off at work (position eliminated) and need to file for unemployment/EDD. Three complicating factors: Wedding, severance and a freelance gig. Need advice on timing. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Long Term Job Search Strategy Needed

My workplace was informed yesterday that we will be closing in November and we will all be laid off. I am trying to come up with a plan of attack for finding a new job over this longer than expected timespan for notice of layoff. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jan 22, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I aspire to overcome significant barriers to employment?

I have Type 1 bipolar, which in practice means I've had 3 episodes of mania (between 2002 and 2005, 9 months total in hospital) then relative stability but regular low moods and trouble with motivation. I haven't worked since 2005 (previous questions here always had me feeling about 12 months away but I never got closer, partly because I chose to stay in a relationship and be a carer in a situation where I couldn't then get out to do training or voluntary work). I will soon be able to access more help but getting back to work seems a mountain to climb when I am so used to being long-term unemployed and getting into that rut where even doing the laundry or taking out the trash can feel like an effort. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Jan 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me be a good wife to my unemployed husband

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Out of Work for a Year – Don't Know How to Move Forward

I've been unemployed for a year and, as things get more desperate financially, I'm realizing that I need basic help in steps to take to move forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Unemployment benefits after declining a forced relocation

If my employer forces me to relocate out of town and I refuse, thereby losing my job, would I qualify for unemployment benefits in Texas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2014 - 7 answers

How to not get screwed in a divorce?

I would like to get married soon but there's one thing I'm worried about: my SO has been unemployed for the large part of a year, and I'm not certain he'd have a job when we would want to get married. I live in a equitable distribution state. I'm worried I could get really screwed over if we divorce and am looking for anecdotes/advice (not legal) on how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Keeping those bridges strong, strong, strong

Can filing for unemployment hurt your relationship with your previous employer? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Sep 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Unemployment after voluntary retirement

I have new direct management and what was an occasionally unpleasant job has turned into a nightmare of forced meetings and overhead I've never had to deal with and won't in any way help me in my work. There's a possibility that instead of just quitting, I could take advantage of a voluntary "retirement" whereby I continue to receive a salary for some period of time after leaving. That brings up a question. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Recent graduate - should I settle for an Americorps type position?

I recently obtained my Master's degree and have been in the job search for about a month now, mainly applying to NGOs. I've sent in only a total of 11 applications so far - 9 for ads appearing online and 2 unsolicited applications. One of these unsolicited applications has lead to an offer to interview for an Americorps like position (i.e. little pay, promises of training, and some horror stories - none at this particular NGO - to be found online). It would be a 7 month contract. Should I even consider it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Sep 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Unemployment figures for Germany during the Weimar Republic?

I need to show unemployment figures for Germany during the Weimar Republic (starting no later than 1923) in a way that consistently compares apples to apples and not apples to oranges -- i.e., total number of unemployed OR total percentage of workforce, but not sometimes one and sometimes the other. (Having both would be ideal.) I would also prefer a specific month for each figure, if possible, rather than just the year (i.e., "Unemployment reaches 5.1 million in September 1932" is more useful than "Unemployment reaches 5.1 million in 1932"). [more inside]
posted by scody on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Being unemployed like it's my job

I've quit my job because my husband's new promotion requires him to relocate. I was reaching the conclusion that the field I've been in for 17 years isn't for me anymore, anyway, so I'm not actively seeking re-employment yet. Help me be a lady of leisure with a purpose and make the most of my downtime to figure out what comes next! [more inside]
posted by Otter_Handler on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Gettin fired for the dole

How common is it for American workers to deliberately get fired in order to collect on unemployment insurance?
posted by willie11 on Jul 23, 2014 - 27 answers

How do I get "certified" as having a disability?

I'm better now, but I feel that I was disabled before and want to re-file my taxes. Do I need to prove this, and how does that work? What does it take to prove disability, especially retroactively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Unemployed and demoralized. Should I go back to school?

I just graduated from college. I have had absolutely zero luck finding a job. Should I go back to school for computer science? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Jun 23, 2014 - 26 answers

Dealing with parental pressures to find a job

I recently graduated, but I'm already feeling pressure to find a job now or else be bombarded with my mom's criticism. How should I deal with this until I get work? [more inside]
posted by bluekazoo on Jun 18, 2014 - 22 answers

I'm About to be Fired. Now What?

I walked into work today and was suspended with potential termination for policy violations, one of which does include the event that led me to ask this question. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jun 12, 2014 - 21 answers

Okcupid and unemployment

How are you supposed to fill out your profile and the "my summery" section when you don't have a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me respect people in my life that don't seem like they are trying.

It feels like people in my life aren't trying hard enough, but as I have felt this way multiple times now, I realize the problem is within me. My life has been pretty easy because I try really hard and get good results. Does anyone have any perspectives/advice for me? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on May 14, 2014 - 75 answers

How to Protect My Employability

A combination of anxiety attack and anemia (the term used by the paramedics was close to that, I don't recall) caused me to pass out in my office. I was discovered unconscious, and came to as the EMT people arrived. I was not scheduled to work that day, but agreed to help the shift supervisor and departing assistant manager, who refused to come into work. The shift supervisor did not react well to the possibility of having to stay in the store to close it. This resulted in a public confrontation after the paramedics left (because I refused further medical treatment; they told me to go home immediately). I ended up closing the store. My store manager, who tried to fire me once already, has informed the District Manger and HR. I was told to come in at my scheduled time, but I can expect to sign papers. What can I expect during a retail-industry termination? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

Beanplating a job offer

A potential employer has extended a formal offer to me. Taking the job would solve some problems, but would create so many others because of the time commitment involved. Is it ethical to turn down an offer at this stage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2014 - 26 answers

Should I quit my job?

Overworked and about to be more so. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Asking an Old Friend for Job Help

I'm out of work right now and am doing everything I can to network myself into employment. I recently noticed a job for which I'd be qualified at a large, prestigious company where an old friend is a major player. I haven't talked to him in six years. Can I approach him for an employee referral, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Feb 21, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I talk with my spouse about her long term unemployment?

I'm not sure how to talk with my wife about the issues surrounding her long term unemployment. I don't want to come across as demanding or nagging, but I do want to express some concerns that I have honestly and clearly. How have you successfully communicated about this touchy subject with your significant other? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris on Feb 19, 2014 - 23 answers

Temping in Toronto

Tell me about temp agencies in Toronto. What are the best ones, how do they work, and how can I tailor my pretty specific skills to a more general employment audience? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

ID a dystopian future short story with massive unemplyment and a utopia.

I'm trying to ID a short story where the protagonist becomes unemployed in a world where once you lose your job you have no hope of getting another job and are therefor forced to accept marginal government assistance. Additional spoilerific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Unemployment is leading to a lack of enjoyment in social activities.

I have been unemployed for close to a year. Lately, I have been withdrawing for social activities due to anxiety and a lack of self-esteem. I honestly feel like a different person than I was even a year ago (in a bad way), and it shows when I interact socially; I usually don’t even have very much fun due to the social anxiety and feeling that I'm being judged. Should I even do things with friends when I am not in the right frame of mind to have a good time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I help my brother get over his unemployment slump?

My little brother graduated with a degree in marketing last spring, and has since been living at my parents' house doing...absolutely nothing. He is interested in applying to jobs, and understands the steps involved, but seems to have no motivation to start that process. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by mellophone on Jan 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me rejoin society?

I have been unemployed for a long period of time and it's really worn me down. I have an interview coming up, but I feel like I'm going to let my anxiety get the better of me and let this opportunity fall through if I don't get some kind of help. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Jan 6, 2014 - 17 answers

My son is struggling with depression/unemployment. How to help?

My son, a late-20s college graduate, got fired from a job out-of-country and was forced to come home; he has been staying at my place (I am a single parent). I was happy to have him home and figured he would stay for a month or so then be out on his own again, but it has been 3 months with few signs of him actively job hunting. He has confided in me that he is unsure of what to do with his life, and is feeling overwhelmed and depressed. I would appreciate suggestions on how to keep him motivated on finding a job, and also ideas on how he can go about deciding on a career path. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2013 - 42 answers

ADD + unemployed: help me develop coping habits without medication.

I am pushing 30, and find myself unemployed for the first time in my life. I am staying at my parents' house for the time being until I sort things out, which has been a godsend. I have ADD/anxiety, and believe that deeply ingrained bad habits sprouting from these two conditions have been hijacking my life, with my unemployment being just a recent example. Has anyone been in a similar boat? How have you been able to replace your bad habits with better ones? I cannot let my life collapse to this point again. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2013 - 11 answers

How [Not] To Job Search

I've heard it all: "You're Too Professional," "Not Enough Experience," and of course, "Just not the culture fit we're looking for." After three months of non-successful job searching, I've decided to turn to the hivemind for help. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Nov 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Really in need of employment and career help

Hello. I am really in need of help and have never been set on any stable career or employment course. What can I do with very few resources (I am down to my last $100 bucks or so; I do not own a cell phone) to get a job ASAP or at least learn more about careers? Are there any lifehacks, tricks, ideas or pathways that I am missing? I know there have to be some people here who have recently had to find new jobs and know the modern job hunt a lot better than the standard advice that's outdated. What did you do when you felt between a rock and a hard place? One thing I was interested in is teaching (either substitute or full-time) but I have no clue how to become certified or where to start. My parents are really losing their patience and I have no clue how long I can be here without contributing pay from a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Unemployment options in Virginia?

How exactly does unemployment work? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Supporting boyfriend through grief

This past month, my boyfriend lost his job. Yesterday, his good friend lost his battle with cancer. How can I best support him during this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2013 - 7 answers

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