My Unemployed Life

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: 58 and Searching

    My Unemployed Life: 58 and Searching

    My name is Anthony (or Tony, as they call me) and I am a 58-year-old photo consultant and photographer with over 23 years of experience in the field. I live in Northwest Florida, a region with one of the highest unemployment rates, hovering around 10.8 percent. Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Out of College and Jobless

    My Unemployed Life: Out of College and Jobless

    It was less than reassuring to hear repeatedly throughout my final year as an undergraduate that this was the worst time to be graduating from college, that the job market was more bleak than the daily dining hall options, and that soon I would be emerging into the dark underbelly of unemployed American life,... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: A Soldier Without Work

    My Unemployed Life: A Soldier Without Work

    I always thought that employment was a choice people made, and that the unemployment rate was just a term they threw around on the news. Before it happened to me, I was a full-time soldier certain that I would ease into the civilian workplace without a hitch, until I found myself unemployed long-term. After... Continue Reading

  • Quitting My Job Saved My Life

    Quitting My Job Saved My Life

    I worked at a major regional bank in Pittsburgh for over four years before I had to call it quits at the age of 30. I was having chest pains, was 40 pounds overweight and at the end of my physical and emotional rope. I quit five months ago, completely of my own volition and for no other reason than I honestly... Continue Reading