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[–] Dumbtickles 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Three things. Keep your routine. Routine is key. When you stop working you lose a routine and without one it's so easy for your time to get away from you. So get up at the same time every day, each meals at the same time. Look for a job at the same time.

Two, finding a job is now your job. And like any job it's got long regular hours five days a week. Mon-Fri, you should be looking for a job for 4-8 hours a day. It doesn't even matter if you want the job you apply for. Applying is good practice. You need interviews.

Three, your resume is not good enough. Even if you think it's good enough, it's not. Have it professionally checked. Resume standards change almost yearly as to what people are looking for. Computers scan resumes looking for keywords. You need to have those keywords in a resume.

I learned these three steps in a job class offered by my county after being unemployed for 2 years. One week after the month long class, I had a job. A year after the class I was off social assistance. Two years after the class I had a new better job. Three years, I am now in a stable career with benefits and a future. It gets better. Dont' give up. I will reply to any questions you may have. Good luck.

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[–] MCgrimalkin21 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have been taught these things as well, so it's good to know that they work. I've got a routine, my number priority is job hunting, but I'm probably lacking in the keyword department. I'm happy that things worked out for you. I'll get my resume re-reviewed as suggested.

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[–] Blckbrry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Very good advice. I would add to that to take some time to go to the gym if you didn't used to... "Mens sana in corpore sano". I really beefed up the last time I was between jobs!

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[–] damio 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is pretty standard advice. I just want to add one: Instead of working too hard on marketing yourself, you should also focus on improving your skills. Do online courses on new useful that companies are looking for, do projects, participate in communities related to what you're looking for,.... With that, finding a job will be become easier and easier.

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[–] sqeak 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What was your reason for getting a job? I seem to be lacking motivation to get one at all. I assume you'll say something like bills but the only bill I pay is rent but I have no problem living out of a car.

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[–] Dumbtickles 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

At first it was because I hated being broke. But then I realized how depressed I was no working. Having a purpose is the best reason to get out of bed, take a shower, and start your day. If you have no purpose everything loses meaning.

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[–] MCgrimalkin21 [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

We moved because my husband got a job here, and we didn't want to live where we were living anymore. We moved to have a better quality of life and be happy. We moved from the north east to the south west. We factored in how unhappy we were during the winter, how people are nicer here than in the northeast, its cheaper to live here, and there is a lot more to do. We knew going in that it was not going to be easy finding a job for me. I didn't arrange a job ahead of time because we only had about 3 weeks to move. Which, I might mention is stressful as we had such little time to just pack up our lives and head across the country. I have been tailoring my resume and cover letter to each job. I've been casting a wide net to all different sorts of jobs that I could do. I even started looking into entry level positions in other fields. I will not give up but it's so easy to feel like such a loser when you can't get anything even though you have experience and the education to perform the job.

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[–] TerribleTexan 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The biggest one for me was working out. When I was between jobs I got up and did an hour workout of some kind to get myself moving and then sat down to look for jobs. It's easy when you're stuck at home to just graze on junk food as you work or take naps between job searches. Moving around will keep you active and right now you've got the perfect opportunity to form some new good habits.

I would add try to meet with recruiters. Don't sign anything to exclusively work with one firm but at the very least they might be able to find jobs that you wouldn't otherwise have access to and can provide feedback on your resume, interviews and qualifications.

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[–] Griddelman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Not the same situation but here goes: Back in 04-05 there was a period of about 6 months to a year that I was not allowed to work while waiting for my green card. Obviously I still needed money to survive, so I ended up doing whatever odd job came my way. From washing dishes to building PCs and reselling them on the net and everything in between. I also began to focus on me, by exercising and reading (most of the reading ended up being fitness related as that was the only subject I enjoyed). Exercising was key for me, after a crappy day nothing made me feel like I accomplished something and improved my mood as exercising did.

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[–] feedmemorescrubs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This seems really, really silly. I hear right-wing conservatives complain about immigrants on welfare and other supplemental assistance programs, but if you can't work for half a year, then what do they expect to happen?

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[–] Griddelman 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, I can't recall exactly but I might have been a "special case" since I had worked with a "fake" social for a year or two prior to going legit, and I was dumb enough to fess up about it. I think the reasoning behind why I wasn't allowed to work for that time span was as a penalty, I also had to pay the government several $$$$.$$..also as penalty.

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[–] DreamkeepersFan 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

For me, I try to study different fields and get certifications for those during my unemployment. Cheaper than college and allow me to switch between jobs more easily in a long run, because HR don't know what the hell each certification does, but they valued it anyway.

On other hand, I'm deaf, you would NOT believe how many times I've seen with appalling behavior around the deaf for employment. It usually something like these:

"Oh sorry, we can't schedule an interpreter (within a couple months which is plenty under ADA law) and that should be ok, we'll just use paper and whiteboard (yeah right, I won't get to make the same or better impression like other candidates.)"

"No, you can't bring your own team of interpreter even if you hire them (but missing the point that a deaf dude managed to find a team of interpreter in a week while we sit around our asses and can't find interpreter after 2 months.)"

This stuff is very depressing for me to even consider trying to get a job in today's world and it's even far worse when I seen a pyramid scheme in the interview.

How I stay positive in all this? I don't, but I can't get anywhere if I stand around doing nothing.

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[–] robdpope 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This might not at all be what you are looking for, but I remember reading a lot from the time I was unemployed. I read scientific papers in scientific magazines about stuff I could hardly pronounce and I read some classics as well as top-selling authors. Not for any particular reason really. I just figured that since I have some free time on my hands, why not read. The books I had finished ended up making a nice pile next to my bed or all around the apartment. It felt as if I could look at them and see that I was actually making something out of my time (apart from looking for a job!) It felt as if I had a small journey to undertake. Something to learn from all of these letters and stories.

Start reading a couple of books to keep you floating on. Might be a really stupid suggestion on my part but it made those times when I thought that unemployment sucked easier to deal with. Granted, I was not unemployed for five months, but yeah.

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[–] MCgrimalkin21 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am already an avid reader, and my profession is centered around research, literature and those types of resources. I've been going through a lot of books, but luckily my local library have plenty of new material to check out. Thanks for suggestion! I would have made the same one : )

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[–] Kimmybjonsson 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Exercise! I battle depression since many years now. However, I started taking long walks a year ago just to get in shape. Now, about 1.5 months ago my fitness level got good enough and I finally started running. Doing that one thing has improved my well-being and I recommend any other human being to get into shape. I also cut down on masturbation. Also that improved my mood.

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[–] MCgrimalkin21 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My husband and I enjoyed a gym yesterday! Its over 100 everyday, so going outside isn't really an option. We worked out last night and both felt much better! Thanks for your suggestion!

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[–] fizzl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The waiting

Do something. Anything.

Get random gigs from freelancer.com. Study latest research papers from your field daily. Try to market your skills not only to corporations, but also to individuals who could perhaps use just couple of hours of your expertise.

The world is changing. "Jobs" do not exist in the future. I started my own change 2 years ago.

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