laid off, unemployment, looking for a job

@o2bnocn (2895)
United States
September 16, 2010 2:53pm CST
I have a friend that was laid off of her job and now she is looking for another job. She is having the hardest time finding a job and is trying to file for unemployment. Every time I talk to her she is stressed out about all of this. The unemployment has her on hold forever and she keeps hanging up because she doesn't want to want any longer for a representive. I feel hopeless in helping her other than talking to her and being a ear. I can't afford to help her out financially. I don't know anywhere that is hiring around me plus she doesn't live that close to me. She is put in a lot of applications and even got a job interview but no one called her after the interview.
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13 responses
• Indonesia
17 Sep 10
..ow..i'm sorry to hear that. I just remember when i was at senior high school, 'Tryal and error' theory. i think she should try this theory. 'Give up' is gate to the hell. So do you want to use that GATE? ... i prepare dont use it, there are another way....
@iamdee (158)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
Oh my! This is really one of my apprehensions after my graduation. I am expected to graduate next year and I'm really praying to land a job immediately after graduation. I know it's a very competitive world out there so one should really stand out out of the thousands of applicants. It really needs confidence in applying for a job and patience to search and apply for jobs. Right now I'm striving to do well in my studies so that I will have good records which will I hope somehow will give a positive impression to my future employers. God bless!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
17 Sep 10
It is a shame your friend is going through this and all you can do is offer emotional support and encouragement and the only thing she can do is not give up and make looking for a job her work and not give up and this is where she will need you to help her not lose her confidence. It is a tough place to be but something is bound to come along eventually. I wish her all the luck in the world and a couple of prayers.
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
I think your friends need a motivation or being positive in life. Because if we have that kind of thinking. She will suffer for the rest of her living and will only bring frustration on some aspect of your friends life. She needs to go to church and pray sincerely.
• United States
17 Sep 10
This is happening all over. I have placed a lot of job application and I get no calls or anything. It is very hard right now to get hired and if you do have a job, hope that you won't get laid off cause of the economy issues we are having right now. All I can say is just motivate your friend to keep trying on finding a job. As long she doesn't quit on searching, she'll find a job even though it takes time right now.
@nicole00 (141)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Wow I can relate to your friend because Im there right now. Last year I got laid off and I am still unemployed. I filed for unemployment and got it but it doesnt even closse equal to the amount I was making at work, sometimes they take your money and you dont know why and they dont even give it back the next paycheck, its horrible. Ive done over 30 applications since ive been laid off and out of the 30 I had 4 interviews and no call backs, and just did one yesterday and hoping they will call me back. So I know how she feels. Tell her to be strong even though Im down now if you give up you will never see what your end is going to be. It may seem hard now trust me some may not show it but it is hard for everyone! I have two kids and I struggle but Im going to make it, she has to tell her self daily she is going to make it. That way if she builds her self up while she is down she can at least be at peace until her greatness arrives. I wish your friend the best. God bless you!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Unfortunately this is happening all over. I feel so bad for individuals actively looking for jobs. Many of the jobs are outsourced to other countries and I am totally against that but who am I! I am a nobody who is retired and now lazy because I can be...lol Seriously, it's so sad that so many people are unemployed and unable to pay their bills. My heart goes out to each and every person who is not working and the bills continue to come in the mail.
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
Now a days it's very hard to find job and your friend is just only one of seeking and seeking job. All you need to do is to advice your friend to keep searching and don't lost hope. Give some inspiring advice and stories or rather try to open her the online job in the internet maybe she can try to apply and will enjoy surfing... Hope your friend gonna be fine...
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Hi o2bnocn, Your friend's story is sad, but not surprising; the unemployment rate is has skyrocketed and is steady climbing. Trying to collect unemployment is like trying to pull teeth with your bare hands. It is truly a shame how our citizens are treated when they are in desperate need of help. Your friend should not give up. She should post her resume online to some sites such as Monster.com and Indeed.com, which is how my brother got his new job after being laid off for over a year. His new employers hired him because they were looking for someone with his qualifications, so they called him for an interview and he was hired. So, employment is still possible, but she needs help right now, I know. Unemployment is due to her, so she has to keep trying to communicate with them. The secret to getting to talk to a live persons is to call first thing in the morning. If their operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., then she has to call at 8:05 a.m. No kidding. Good Luck to your friend.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
17 Sep 10
Unemployment is a very hardest time in our life. Without a proper job and consistent income, our life is really hopeless. Anyhow, we are not suppose to give up. We must try our best to earn for living. Before you can get a permanent job, your friend should look for those temporary jobs as janitor, recycling and so on. Besides, he/she should learn another skill to earn for living. I feel very bad to your friend but I can't help him/her very much. May I bless for him/her for getting a job soon.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
16 Sep 10
With the economy going up and down, many companies are laying off many many employees. Even people who had worked for the company for thirty years get laid off. This is quite understandable. It is not because of the performance of the employee. It is the economy as a whole. Hopefully, good times will come back when job opportunities will emerge when people like your friend can find the places of choice too.
• United States
16 Sep 10
I know this feeling quite well my friend. It is a constant self demeaning, over stressing feeling ever. I too do not want to be bothered by anyone as I have so many things fluctuation in my brain over the loss of my job. So please be a dear and understand her, and allow her time to try and get somewhere. Be a great friend and check up on her from time to time.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Prospective Employees are very tricky people. Some hate to be called and reminded that you have an app with them, others after the interview WANT you to call them and not YOU to call them. You've got to think the way they do... tell your friend to call the places back, depending on what they say, call back again the next week. I am looking for a job and called today about the results of the interview, the person still hadn't called me back, and so I called her. She said she hadn't gotten around to looking over the stuff again. Hopefully she'll call tomorrow or the next day, but if she doesn't I'll call On Monday. After that if she still doesn't know, I'll assume she just doesn't want to tell me that she didn't like me for the job... Just good luck to your friend, tell her to keep her head up, a job is out there for her, even in this economy.