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My Unemployed Life: Selling Off My Identity to Survive

My Unemployed Life: Selling Off My Identity to Survive

Day after day, week after week, month after month -- it's going on two years now since I lost my job. I've zapped thousands of resumes out, had only a few interviews and, as a 53-year-old Human Resources manager, I cannot get anyone to value a lifelong devotion to my profession. I'm business-impacting,... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: I Didn't Feel Angry, I Just Felt Lost

My Unemployed Life: I Didn't Feel Angry, I Just Felt Lost

In my experience, unemployment can come as a big surprise, but it can turn out to be one of the biggest adventures you'll ever take. "The rainstorm is not personal and yet we get personally wet." -- Werner Erhard Read More »

My Unemployed Life: I Felt Emasculated

My Unemployed Life: I Felt Emasculated

My name is Shane and I'm unemployed. I'm one of the millions of people trying to find a job in a stagnant economy. As a former mortgage broker I witnessed first-hand the collapse of the real estate bubble and experienced the anguish of losing my job due to cutbacks. At age 45, trying to find another job in... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Single Mom Learns to Cut Corners and Get Creative

My Unemployed Life: Single Mom Learns to Cut Corners and Get Creative

My name is Tonya, I am a 39-year-old single mother of three daughters and I am unemployed. My life in the unemployment line began in October 2009, just over a year ago. I was a hotel manager at a local resort for two years when the economic recession hit. Our resort took the hit quite hard and I was one of a... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: From Business Exec to Delivery Guy

My Unemployed Life: From Business Exec to Delivery Guy

After reading so many stories on AOL Jobs about some of the nearly 15 million unemployed, I find that their lives and experiences resonate strongly with me. My name is Paul and I am 52 years old. During the 1980s and 1990s, I lived in Manhattan and had a country house. Life was good, comfortable and exciting. Read More »

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