About to join the 10%+ nationwide
- 04-06-2010, 06:04 PM
About to join the 10%+ in Unenjoyment
Well, it's been an interesting few months and there does not seem to be much progress made. It seems that in the coming weeks I will be another hard working individual in the unemployment line. This is getting quite stressful, and working with the public makes it worse as people ask questions daily.
Just curious on the other good folks opinions and any stories to share?
- 04-06-2010, 08:19 PM
04-06-2010, 08:56 PM
I'll be unemployed in a few months if not sooner but I'm going to finish my BS and join the Army after that. The stress I have is only from my school giving me the run around and making sure I can pay off my bills so I can stay with OK credit.
04-06-2010, 09:06 PM
04-06-2010, 09:24 PM
04-06-2010, 09:39 PM
dude i feel for you..im hoping to stay out of that 10% but in a few months i may be there with you...ive learned to hussle lately though and try to make cash on the sides...ive been buying Nikes and Ed Hardys wholesale for cash and selling to my friends etc...post some on Craigs list and try to find regular buyers..i have to have $1200 week just to pay my bills every week..already had my house foreclosed..so im at the bottom looking up
04-06-2010, 09:43 PM
04-06-2010, 10:21 PM
i have a bs in exercise science minor in management, 3yrs experience in management setting, 4yrs as a certified trainer (still a trainer, moved to mgr 3yrs ago)
sorry to hear about the others' situations, hopefully something good comes along for all of us. I've been searching but there isnt much in MI that pays a decent buck, at least with my degree.
04-08-2010, 09:30 AM
04-08-2010, 11:16 AM
I went a very long time unemployed. I was fired from a decently lucrative retail job (Macy's Sales) I had at the end of college (My department manager who I had many disagreements with *She disliked me because I was the goto guy in the department for the majority of my coworkers, and they treated me like the manager as opposed to here, as I have been there longer* was transfered to H.R. and shortly after I was fired on a complete technicality.) I graduated, but no matter how many applications I had sent out, could not secure employment. I also was denied unemployment because I was fired, and not laid off. I tried to explain how this was bull****, but they didnt take it. Later found out the other guy who was fired around the same time on another technicality filed a formal complaint, and because the person who actually let us go formally had also ceased to work for the company, his case won because Macy's did not have a defense. Wish I would have filed a complaint.
I then started working for Northwestern Mutual in financial sales. It was a very lucrative job, but only if you knew the right kind of people to sell to. I was very knowledgeable as well as a hard worker, but in the end at the age of 22 didn't have enough immediate contacts that were interested in securing a financial future (Imagine selling life insurance and investment products to recent college graduates who would rather spend it on what ever beer special was going on during the weekend). The job was 100% commision, so it got to the point where I was spending significantly more then I was making to continue working there. I had to take a step back, quit and seek employment again.
I recently (a couple months ago) have started a new job and am on the path to getting life back together. Previous to leaving Macy's I was completely independent from parents, receiving no money from them besides tuition support, and I couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, I have had to move back home. With the new job I am slowly gaining ground, but the level of debt that I have gathered while unemployed or even while with Northwestern, grew to staggering amount. I will be moving back on my own soon, (I loathe relying on my parents as I am a very hard worker, and definitly not a dependent type as I am very independent.) I will be taking the risk of moving out on my own while at the same time working to relieve my debt.
Although my job has been going well, a significant amount is going towards bills, so the move will be very tight. I however am very optimistic, and have also learned alot about money through this whole ordeal. It leads me to be a better person, so for that I feel lucky, and I am not the type to get depressed over this **** (although I have had times of high anxiety between checks, etc.), so I remain optimistic towards getting back to where I was.
All in all, good luck, and remain optimistic. It's life, and the best approach is living without regrets/doubt. Push through and you will make it.
Also, I would like to add:
Since many who hear this give a blah blah you got fired approach to a response, I would like to point out I was in the top 3 for sales in the department, attendance within the means of the job (they were for the most part understanding If I had to take a day off for school), and also was promoted not to long before getting fired. (I was a product specialist for a luxury fashion shoe label). Due to my incredible results in the department, I had become very close friends with the store manager, who had promised me management at 42k a year upon graduation. Unfortuantely, at the time I was fired, she was on an extended vacation out of the country (which many believed to be a strategic move on the part of the manager I had disagreements with). When she returned, she was very upset, but due to the corporate guidelines of the company, could not rehire me. She was upset enough that she even made calls to friends in the industry to see if she could get me a position with them. Unfortuantely, due to the economy, not many were hiring.
04-09-2010, 12:24 AM
i had been working as a mechanic for one particular shop for 3 years and had always gone to work early and was the last one to leave. I was making a ton of money and dropped out of college to pursue the job as a career. Well the economy bottomed out, my bosses son in law lost his job and guess what.... he took my position even though he is completely under-qualified.
So instead of joining un-employment i have gone back to college ( i am also a kin/exercise science major) and im graduating this semester. Unforntuately i dont have a job lined up out of college and it looks like im going to try and start putting in bids for plowing jobs next winter and landscaping jobs this summer.
04-09-2010, 01:52 AM
Sorry to hear this bro, hopefully something comes up for you man.
I spent a year unemployed with applications coming back...no degree yet, no certificates means I am at the bottom of the chain. Save I can operate any machine on wheels far better than most. Then lost my last job, luckily by Gods grace ended up in the position I am in now. Too little too late.
The results...well at the ripe old age of 23 I am(95% likely) forced to make life altering decisions that will make things harder for 7 years...50 phone calls a day, all my past mistakes catching up with me, everything going haywire, its all on the fritz, car got repo'd, own more money than I can make, etc,etc.
At first I was crushed emotionally, suffered severe depression, suicidal, the whole 9 yards. Especially when I compare myself to certain others...Then I realized none of it matters. We are so caught up in a world of money that we lose track of life. If you can provide for your family, your doing a damn good job. There are men making 80 grand a year but provide nothing for their family...I am speaking of your presence, love, and time. I have done missions trips....To see people living in shacks, and who are far happier then us, and have more solid faith and are better people per standard...its amazing how shallow you end up feeling.
I was so worried about "credit" and all this other bullcrap that is beat into your heads...well, with the amount of people filing bankruptcy in droves, the amount of homes going into foreclosure, the amount of cars being repo'd on a daily bases. Think about it. Every person I know who filed bankruptcy now owns a home, and has a good job. We are fed so many lies its amazing...That being said yes hard work, sometimes Very hard work is involved. As I have learned.
Even worse...or better, I have a complete apathy towards this world and life now. Its made living more fun, its made it easier, and its made me a better worker, and more inclined to actually move forward again(should be certified PT in 6 months time).
Working 40 hours in a warehouse for 10 bucks an hour sucks anal yes, but I can at least eat food again, and I am lifting again...And by doing this, I met a friend who is hooking me up to work night shift doing Valet 4 nights a week downtown making a helluvalot more in a 5 hour night than I do in an 8 hour day...which will introduce me to new people with connections.
The point I am seeing is meet people, talk to people. Be a good man, make friends, and things "come along". In this economy, its one of your best bets.
All I ever wanted was to finish schooling and become a teacher. 4 years of horrible times and mistakes later, you end up giving yourself a pep rally every morning to make sure you can make it another day.
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