Trouble getting a job

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red lightening
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   Posted 9/14/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Due to a recent severe depression I had to quit my job.
I'm better now and actively looking for another job. I have
applied at least 10 places, been on 2 interviews and not been
hired. One problem is that I have a spotty work history due to
my Bipolar. I am attractive and smart but I can't seem to stick to
any job for too long. I feel frustrated and hopeless that I'll ever
get another job.

serafena
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   Posted 9/15/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally hear you red lightening, and you're not alone. So many of us have that spotty work history.

Just keep applying and try to keep your chin up. Remember the economy's in the can right now, whatever the "experts" say, and tons of people are out of work. Competition for the jobs is high, but you'll find something. Just try and believe in yourself.

serafena
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red lightening
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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena. Appreciate your support. I'm still trying!

debaser
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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
National unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, highest it's been in many, many years. Economic indicators seem to say the recession is ending but the labor market is always the last to come back.

My point is that there are lots and lots of people out of work right now and it's not just you. As someone who has had to hire people before I've seen lots of resumes and I'd say most are spotty once you've interviewed, checked references, and have done even the most basic of investigation. For example you'd be surprised about how many people have lied about their education.

So it's not really your fault. Lots of people have dropped out of the labor force so it's way north of 10 percent who are unemployed and many, many more who are underemployed.

There will always be something out there, though. For my part, I'm in business for myself and am struggling very, very badly. But that's my field. I'm sure there are fields you could go into by yourself that may work out well for you even in this economy. The only reason I haven't switched to something else is because I've built something and am trying to see it through. But if one were to take the initiative and fight like crazy, they can still be successful.

Other than self-employment you could settle for a job you wouldn't usually take and just try to ride things out the best you can until businesses start hiring again. It will happen. And you could always get lucky when sending out resumes. I have a friend who somehow just landed a pretty good job, so it's definitely possible.

I am not bipolar but I'm all too familiar with depression so in a way I sort of know how you feel. Kind of powerless and at the mercy of luck. Sometimes I really want to give up but I haven't yet and probably will not. If we keep trying I'm sure we'll have success. It may not be easy but we'll get there.
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red lightening
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
The unemployment rate is especially bad here in Las Vegas.
People are getting laid off from the casinos right and left but
I do feel that the economy is slowly improving.

I have heard that low tech jobs such as plumbing, heating and air and house cleaning
are more stable as many high tech jobs are being sent to India. I thought that was
interesting

I have to look at this down time as a gift. I am able to meditate, read
look after the house, and take long walks with my dog.

I appreciate your encouragement and the time you took to share with
the board. I wish you luck in your business. I'm sure things will improve.

bipolarempress
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   Posted 9/17/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Keep your chin up; it will happen.  For me I have never in 38 years been without a job and I suffer depression big time. That's because my father was an imigrant and told me to get a job anywhere even a gas station if I had to.  Even when I got my college degree and could not get a job in my field I worked in a grocery store as a cashier and a secretary and other so called menial jobs.  I worked two jobs for 10 years.  I took anything I could get.  Now I am lucky to have a career that pays well but it took years to get here.  Luckily the medication helps me but it is still so hard to go to work everyday.  I know the economy is bad but I believe there are jobs out there perhaps not the ones you want yet but it will happen; keep the faith as I did.


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sukay
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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
red lightening,
 
Just wanted to let you know that I hope things fall into place for you. sad
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Linx
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   Posted 11/26/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean, I am bi polar and have a spotti work history. I am looking for work now. Work for a while then get sick and can't work. very frustrating. They are tweking my meds in hopes that will help....good luck and keep trying...every day is a gain...

serafena
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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linx,

Welcome to HealingWell and the bipolar board. Happy Thanksgiving!

serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


jlodgesfryer
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   Posted 12/2/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand your frustrations as I also have a history of working for a few months then leaving my job when I would get a major depression. I am still struggling daily with my depression and mood swings. I have the added burden of dealing with fibromyalgia now. I now work for a company that provides employment for people on SSI and SSDI.


{I edited out the portion of your post that violates Forum Rule #5 -- Thanks, serafena}

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 12/2/2009 6:36:04 AM (GMT-7)

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