This economy is killing me

United States
March 12, 2013 11:38am CST
I worked for the county government for many years and I loved my job. I was there from the beginning, when the department I worked in first opened, therefore, I made the most money. The county went through a few lay offs (due to budget cuts) throughout my employment but I was always spared (thank God). It all came crashing down April 2012 when they looked at my salary and decided I needed to go so they could save money. They laid me off and hired someone who settled for half of what I was making. Since then I have gone to many unemployment workshops, had 3 different professionals analyze my resume, applied for every job (even fast food) known to man, and only received one interview so far. During that interview, the owner of the company was opening his mail the entire time and was barely paying attention to my answers. He made absolutely no eye contact and was asking the questions in a monotone, bored voice. It was definitely the strangest interview I have ever been on. Towards the end he said "everything sounds good but I need to know one more thing, do you have kids?" My whole world crashed. I have two kids and I cannot lie about it. I told him the truth but in the back of my mind, I knew that he was not allowed to ask me this question, it's discrimination. That was the reason why I did not get the job. Since then I have done nothing but scour the newspapers/internet, go door to door to businesses, and send my resume everywhere. Nothing. Wednesday I am going to visit a career counselor who is going to set me up with a temp agency. This is my last resort. I am really sick of staying home and being on unemployment. It's terrible. I am the kind of person who likes to do things, save money, strive for higher goals, and here I am unemployed and miserable. I pray a lot but nothing has happened yet. Wish me luck. I will take any job at this point. I have heard from many companies that when they advertise a job, they receive literally thousands of applicants. This economy sucks.
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6 responses
@merylpan (38)
1 Apr 13
wish you good luck..
• United States
17 Mar 13
Before the company laid you off you should have asked them to give you a pay cut and keep you with the company I am sure getting raises would have got you back up in no time. now your willing to work in fast food that is a shame since you clearly deserve better employment. you might make more being home on unemployment till you get blessed with a better job. the agency will just get half of your pay and your going to do all the work. good luck.
• United States
15 Mar 13
There's not a much worse feeling than downsizing It makes you feel like you're nothing anymore I know because I was laid off from a job a few years back and I wasn't sure if I'd ever find another job but you will oh,by the way I got that job through a Temp agency---so don't be too discouraged about that meanwhile I'll say a prayer for you
@Raine38 (9195)
• United States
12 Mar 13
Good luck! And I admire your perseverance and for dreaming big still despite the odds. Most people in your situation would have been contented collecting unemployment. Like you, I also have my dreams and I will pursue them.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
12 Mar 13
the economy is growing at a rapid rate and with little rates of compensation and it is hitting a big high which is worrisome
@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
12 Mar 13
Hi ambull2683 Welcome to Mylot, I hope you will enjoy your stay here, with us and make lots of friends, while you are here, you sound like you have really, gone through a lot, since you have lot your job, don't give up trying, something will open up for you, I was listen to the news, and they were saying, how the economy is slowly moving so there is, a great chance you will, be able to find you another job.