my unemployed life

Don't Put A Rosy Spin On July Jobs Numbers, Please

Don't Put A Rosy Spin On July Jobs Numbers, Please

I always pay close attention to the monthly unemployment statistics. I'm not an analyst. Or an economist. But I've been unemployed for 2½ years, scraping by on freelance work. I like to dig a little deeper into the numbers to get a better feel for what's really going on -- and what that might mean for... Read More »

Unemployed? Don't Bother With A Career Coach

Unemployed? Don't Bother With A Career Coach

I'm sorry to say that I've developed a skeptical attitude toward career coaches and interview counselors and, in general, toward the profusion of job search advice I find everywhere on the Internet. A whole industry seems to have sprung up to serve the needs of unemployed people. While I'm sure this is good... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: A Job Can't Buy You Love

My Unemployed Life: A Job Can't Buy You Love

Earlier this year, AOL Jobs solicited resumes from our readers as part of our "Employing America" Jobs Week Resume contest and we splashed the winning resumes, as voted by our readers, on AOL.com for millions of prospective employers to see. This Jobs Week, we caught up with a few of the winners to see how... Read More »

My Unemployed Life Update: Without A Job, Who Am I?

My Unemployed Life Update: Without A Job, Who Am I?

Riding home after an evening bike ride, my friends and I were discussing their business, a local fruit and vegetable market that requires long hard days and nights to run. "Do you realize I've been there over 30 years?" my friend mused. "Why don't you think about retiring?" his wife jokingly... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: From Corporate Desk to Squad Car

My Unemployed Life: From Corporate Desk to Squad Car

January 8, 2010. That's the day I walked out of my office in Melbourne, Fla., with a box full of personal belongings: A picture of my boys, a smiley-face coffee mug, mementos from my military past that I had used to decorate my office. All were just remnants of the five years I had spent working behind a desk. Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Job Seeker 'Of a Certain Age' Struggles to Find Work

My Unemployed Life: Job Seeker 'Of a Certain Age' Struggles to Find Work

Four-and-a-half million Americans over 45 remained unemployed in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's like the entire Boston metropolitan area being out of work. But as some people will attest, while wisdom comes with age, employment may not. "I'm living the American dream. I'm... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Choosing Happiness Despite Being Laid Off Twice

My Unemployed Life: Choosing Happiness Despite Being Laid Off Twice

Confession time: I am an unemployed writer. And I couldn't be happier. No, seriously. I couldn't be happier. I've been laid off twice since the Great Recession began and I've gone from being a Jaguar-driving, gourmet-food-shopping, designer-clothes-wearing marketing executive to being a... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Magical Changes

My Unemployed Life: Magical Changes

My name is Chris Miller. I am a 49-year-old living in the "Sportsman Paradise" state of Louisiana. I was born in a small town in southern Mississippi called Pascagoula and developed a great work ethic as a child. I worked on a family newspaper route for seven years, mowed the neighbors' grass, washed cars,... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Held Back by Obesity

My Unemployed Life: Held Back by Obesity

My name is Bob Moore, and my journey into unemployment began in 1999. I lived and worked in a small town west of Daytona Beach, Fla., when I accepted a buyout package from my employer, after nearly 17 years of service as a machinist. Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Just Let Me Teach Again, Please?

My Unemployed Life: Just Let Me Teach Again, Please?

My name is Amanda, I am 30 years old and for the last 18 months I have been unemployed. In my previous life, the one where I had a job with great benefits, I was a high-school English teacher. I taught for six years, blissfully unaware of just what happens when you lose the stability of a paycheck. I lost... Read More »

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 »

My Unemployed Life: A Grandmother's Lament

My Unemployed Life: A Grandmother's Lament

My name is Alma Grady and I'm a single 58-year-old mother of three sons and a grandmother of six grandchildren. I was employed as an executive administrator at American Express for 7.5 years. After watching the departures of many employees around me as a result of company restructuring plans, my turn finally... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: The Forgotten Woman, But Now Not Alone

My Unemployed Life: The Forgotten Woman, But Now Not Alone

873 days unemployed, and 7 days since my story was first published via AOL SEED, I have more hope for the future than just a week ago. While still traversing the tight rope, I have renewed faith that I may be closer to the other side, closer then I could see for myself. Now freelance writing for five media... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: The Forgotten Woman

My Unemployed Life: The Forgotten Woman

My name is Mollee D. Harper. I am a 41-year-old single woman, never married with no children and unemployed now for 836 days and counting. In my previous life, I was a successful and effective CEO/CFO of a construction company where I increased annual revenues from $600,000 to $1.3 million in one year's time... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Overqualified and Discouraged

My Unemployed Life: Overqualified and Discouraged

My name is Michelle. I am a 43-year-old administrative and operations management professional with over 20 years of experience. I was laid off in March 2009, as director of operations for a real-estate services company, and since that time I have been on a challenging and seemingly unending job search; one... Read More »

My Unemployed Life: Finding the Silver Lining

My Unemployed Life: Finding the Silver Lining

When you lose your job, it's easy to jump right into panic mode. The challenge is being able to find something good when everything seems to be falling down around you. This was the challenge that I faced when I was laid off, and I'm still working through it. But knowing that there is something to look forward... Read More »

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