Unemployed

United States
December 6, 2006 12:44pm CST
I have been Unemployed since September 18th, 2006. My husband has been Unemployed since the first week in November. I receive unemployment benefits, he does not. Our bills keep piling higher and higher. He has applied to a few job leads and has only had one interview. I finally have an interview! It is with a doctors office. Although it isn't 100% of what I would like it to be, I would be willing to accept the position if the money was good. My husband is having a difficult time finding jobs to apply for. Even if he gets his foot in the door, once he opens his mouth and they realize that he has an accent, he usually doesn't get the job. This has happened more than once for him. People need to slow down their thinking so they can understand a person who has an accent or a speech problem.
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173 responses
@beckyomg1 (6761)
• United States
6 Dec 06
yes i think people should base it on whether they can do the job.
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@Tejass (108)
• India
7 Dec 06
everyone is not the same..there are people who has the ability to recognise the talent...and give weightage to it rather than the communications skliis vich can be definitely be improved in a course of time..
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• India
9 Dec 06
i m sure hell get a a job my best wishes r wtih u keep trying!!!!!!!!!!!!
@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
6 Dec 06
You need to find an agency that can help you both find a job! If you have an accent and you are being discriminated against, that is exactly what it is! Discrimination. It's better off that he isn't working for them anyway.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
But the problem is that he isn't contributing any money to the bills. I don't have enough to pay them and buy food too.
@mkup30 (494)
• United States
6 Dec 06
hang in there. you'll find jobs. It takes time and it can be very frustrating trust me i know! a year ago i moved to a new state with my husband and with 4 suitcases. we had nothing else and were both unemployed. everyone in the world said we were crazy to do it. We worked so hard for employment and eventually both got jobs and started our own successful business on the side from our free time. Our busines sis growing everyday. just stay focused and work hard. Use your free time to be productive somewhere else. keep sending your resume out to 100's employers a day if possible. this should be your full time job. that's how it was for us for 2 full months with no jobs..good luck
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Trust me, I am hanging, just coming to the end of my frayed rope.
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@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
7 Dec 06
unfortunately, your not alone.
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@liza101 (26)
• United States
7 Dec 06
That is a real tough thing to go through, Agencies are really good and this time of year is the hardest to start a new job things always get better in Jan. and Feb. Stay up things will get better.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Can I ask what his first language is? If it is spanish and he has a profesional demenor, then he could very easily get a job in many sales locations, car sales real estate, etc.
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• India
7 Dec 06
peoples should not calculate on the physical nature or apperance,they should see what talent they have,and use that,knowledge is a great asset for any one.Dont worry sure your husband will egt the job soon,you will reply me soon that your husband as got the job or start a discussion my husband got the job.
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• India
7 Dec 06
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• India
7 Dec 06
right now u shoulnt think about wat u wud like to do and u wat u wudnt... just grab the opportunity for now and atleast get out of the little problems and then i m sure u ll feel a bit relaxed and think on other pending matters with a cool mind and about ur husband he can keep trying on getting a job and simultaneously work on his accent.... well i feel this the best solution for now and dont take things negatively..... just remember:EVERYTHING IS GOOD IN THE END... IF IT ISNT... ITS NOT THE END gud luck
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I wish you all the luck in the world. I remember when both of us were unemployed at the same time, it was incredibly hard. Money was so tight, we ate pasta, rice, and eggs for two weeks straight. It was the cheapest way to get by. Good luck.
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• United States
26 Dec 06
We are holding our heads above water right now. But if this goes on much longer it will definately be harder to tread water.
@adnan007 (1083)
• India
26 Dec 06
Be positive with yourself is the best way u can handle any problem of life,so interview is just a small one.confidence to say anything u want without thinking of it much is also one way.
• United States
26 Dec 06
We are thinking positive. There are so many possibilities out there. I know one will come our way.
• United States
7 Dec 06
is he bilingual. if so, look for jobs where he can make money for having his accent. a lot of jobs especially jobs that pay well are looking for bilinguals in customer service, warehouse, etc.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
We live in an area where these skills will not be useful.
• India
7 Dec 06
dont bother ,might be god want to provide u better job ,have faith in god n urself ,both of u get the job soon,my best wishes
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• United States
8 Dec 06
Thank you...I do have faith that we will find something.
@seabreeze (661)
• China
7 Dec 06
You can study skill of new work.Chinese adage speak "not hang oneself at one tree"
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• United States
8 Dec 06
Thank you for that adage....I like it.
@TasksGirl (216)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Take the job ! I'm sorry but especially at this time of year it is always possible to find SOME sort of job.. Maybe you two should be lowering your standards a little bit .. it may not be what you are used to but its something seasonal to tide you over until you can get that fancy job you are seeking.. that is ridiculous to just sit around and let bills pile up. I sincerely hope you don't have kids!
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• United States
8 Dec 06
I have lowered my standards when it comes to applying for jobs. They find that I am overqualified!
• United States
7 Dec 06
I think that is terrible that an accent is keeping him from getting a job. Where is his accent from? Is he really that hard to understand or are people just not trying?
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• United States
8 Dec 06
He is Dutch and when he gets excited his accent becomes more profound.
• Philippines
7 Dec 06
Does your husband stutter or stammer? What exactly is his speech problem. I think his accent or speech problem is not actually an hindrance. He can hide it if he wants to. I tell you, I stutter and stammer sometimes. But comes the interview, I am able to control my speech and speak slowly and clearly. Kindly advise your husband to read books about public speaking and tutorials on how answering interview questions. I hope was able to help you with this advice. Godspeed to your job-hunting activities.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
My husband is Dutch. He speaks with a Dutch accent.
@rosey2006 (945)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Has your husband tryed getting hired by a temp agency. If the employer likes his work they may keep him permently.
@doniker (493)
• United States
7 Dec 06
temp agencies suck. I have many skills and applied at many temp agencies and I couldn't get a decent job. They want you to work all day with no benefits for like $50 a day. The gas in my car to get to work, my lunch and the cost of a babysitter for the day cost me at least $25. I ain't working for $25 a day.
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• Singapore
7 Dec 06
Sorry to hear about your situation. The good thing is at least you might be getting the job with the doctors office. As for your husband, I guess he must be going through hard times going through all that interviews and getting rejected because of having an accent. "When the sky is the darkest, it means that soon the day will break ... Press on!" One good way how I keep myself going always is reading inspiring stories. If you like, you can read my collection of inspiring story at: http://inspirationalnetwork.blogspot.com. Recently I added in a story of a dancer who loses her leg but did not lose her dream to dance again and in the end she made it big again. All the BEst! More POWER to YOU!
• Singapore
7 Dec 06
I like to add in something, "Tough times never last, Tough People do!"
@krankies (811)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Oh elusivebutterfly, why are you both unemployed. Do you normally work seasonly jobs or are you middle management. Middle management gets layed off first. My next door neighbor was unable to find work for one year, white, about 30 something college degree no accent. He took a job at grocery store stocking shelfs to make ends meet. Just last week found a real job after many interviews, so keep appling you both will find work, but do not expect work to find you.
• United States
7 Dec 06
We are out there everyday searching.