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Chronicles of the Unemployed

Updated on February 13, 2011

The unemployed's perspective

The one thing in life I consider my biggest setback is not having a good job - or the lack of it. I've always wondered how it feels to wake-up every morning eager to get to work with a spring in my steps. I've always thought that I'm worth more than the compensation I had received in my past employments. Let me count the ways and blow my horn: intellectual, multi-talented, hard worker, team-player, nice personality, spiritual, and easy on the eye too (uhurrmmnn!). And yet, I can't count the days and nights I looked up the sky and cried to God, "Why can't I get a good job?" or "Why can't I get a job?" All I wanted is to do an excellent job on any task I am assigned, and get recognition for it. But why oh why can't I find my dream job! Does it ever exist?

We have been enduring economic turmoil for many years now. Everyone is wondering when will it ever end. There's no relief on sight. Experts say that the current economy has never been seen in the history of mankind. The government tried what they could to boost the economy based on US history, but we keep falling back to square one. The deficit is now in trillions. The experts have proven that they aren't experts at all. Three years ago, economic experts predicted that our economy has no choice but to improve in the next two years based on the logistics. Three years have passed and the economy is barely budging. In fairness to the incumbents - they tried. But not enough. I got excited with the holiday pentup spending activities only to be doused back to reality by gloomy economic forecast. More layoffs ahead from big companies, and government budget cuts including education, which killed my chances for getting hired as substitute teacher. Yes, I've been applying everywhere.

Early on, I was told that good things happen to good people. Church sermons perpetrate this belief. As a result, I felt guilty on every little mischief I committed. Growing up, I was guilt ridden in many ways like: not going to church, telling "white" lies, covering up for somebody, negative wishful thinking, etc. Now that I'm approaching my retirement years, my perspective has changed (I'm a slow learner in this aspect). For one thing, the world won't be an interesting place to live if everything is predictable. Good things don't always happen to good people (hello!), just like bad things don't always happen to bad people. Otherwise, what we consider terrorists would have been caught by now and rendered capital punishment. Then we wouldn't have to worry about homeland security, that's if we live in a perfect world, which doesn't exist.

Just five years ago, $10/hr seemed real low for an administrative position. Nowadays, professionals and college graduates with bachelor's degree would kill to get paid that much. Oh how times have changed. I just finished my stint with one of the biggest retail stores in the US, and I was shocked to find out that for $9.25/hr, I was the highest paid seasonal employee. Why was I paid that "high?" Oh, I just have over 30 years experience in sales. Yap! 30 + years in sales experience armed with bachelor's degree and management and business ownership to boot. And all I could settle for is $9.25/hr. I thought the interviewer lied to me when I was told their most experienced employee is not even making close to $10/hr, which I was trying to negotiate. I also realized they never intended to keep me because I was too expensive. No wonder I was asked how my husband's job is. Do I hear "What we're you doing there?" I want a job - period! And oh, I couldn't even get a job as Medical Assistant (I graduated last year) even with a "Valedictorian" attached to my credential. Oh well, at least it gave me a bragging right. It's the most expensive bragging right I ever had in my life.

Let's face it; if it's tough for new college graduates to get a job - what more for people approaching senior years, or you maybe there already, with long list of credentials. There's just not enough jobs to get around with. On the bright side, as of 1/2011, the employment rate has dropped by .5% - yeeyy! Let's keep our fingers crossed that the drop will become drastic in the nearest future. Hang in there!

If you have any similar story.....please feel free to share.


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      Carmelita McMillin 6 years ago

      Thanks MPG Narratives. I'm having a problem getting adsense account. It keeps tossing me to many pages. I'm not a computer savvy as you can figure out. But thanks for the tips. I'll check it out. I'm currently working on my next hub per OpinionDuck's suggestion.

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Welcome to hubpages Fil-am View and best of luck in your search. There is money to be made on hubpages just keep at it. If you want more info about hubbing visit the learning center or join a hubmob for more of a challenge, Enjoy being part of this great writing community, cheers Marie, member of hubgreeters team.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      Your welcome and good luck.

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      Carmelita McMillin 6 years ago

      Wow! I knew you could help. That's an awesome suggestion. Thank you so very much!

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      FIL AM

      Being around doesn't really give me any special skills or knowledge.

      If I were to undertake a diary, I would probably use a main hub with days or weeks in hubs that you would link.

      Main Hub -- Diary of FIL AM Unemployed

      In this hub I would give the summary of what you are trying to accomplish.

      I would then use a time approach based on how long you think it will be before you are employed.

      Probably a weekly time frame

      The weekly hub would be the Main Hub Name with the Week and Number.

      The weekly hub would have the details of that week.

      I would use the Text Capsules to separate the days of the week.

      You could put the summary overview for the week in the Main hub.

      There is a link capsule that you can use to link from the main hub to the weeks hubs.

      So it might look like this

      Main Hub Employment Diary

      Employment Diary Week 1

      Employment Diary Week 2

      Employment Diary Week 3

      Employment Diary Week 4

      Employment Diary Week x

      In the main hub

      Week summary Link to week 1

      Week summary Link to week 2

      Week summary Link to week 3

      Week summary Link to week x

      The week summary in the main hub before the link to it would be short.

      You could also put links in the week hub linking back to the main hub in case someone finds the week hub before they find the main hub.

      I hope that helps.

      Employment Diary Week 1

      Employment Diary Week 1

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      Carmelita McMillin 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment OpinionDuck. I'm a new Hubber so I don't really know how to continue, and since you've been doing this awhile, can I ask for help? Since my title is Chronicles, I'd like to do a diary type hub under the same title. I can't find the answers to my questions in Hubpages Help button so I figured you could help. I'd like to do a daily entry until I get employed, but the only thing I can do it from what I see is just keep adding something from my current blog. But it will get very long. Can I do another hub with the same title? Thanks in advance for your help.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      We couldn't have gotten here without the decades long hard work of Congress and the loyal party voter.