Why do so many people who have jobs forget how hard it can be to find work? I know a lot of us are trying to find something, and are not having much luck at all.
My husband and I have both been out of work for more than six months. We both apply for work, in the fields we were trained in, and in other areas we are qualified for as well. I have had more recent success than he has, if we are to base it on the number of interviews I have had. If it is based on the ability to get the job, neither of us is successful.
When the economy went bad back around 2008, my husband lost his job at a light bulb manufacturing plant. I was still working at a coffee shop, so we had insurance. But we went from being able to pay our bills and living in our own home to selling our home and moving in with his parents. Also, we both went to school to try and get retrained for careers we thought would help us be more employable.
Not finding work after school is frustrating. The debt from student loans doesn't help. Then, in the course of several months, applying anywhere and everywhere makes me feel like a complete failure. Everyone I know tells me about every help wanted sign, every want ad, and every new business they see open. They are trying to help. I understand that.
What actually bothers me are the people who think everyone who is unemployed is that way because they are lazy. They think anyone who would put forth any effort should be able to find a job. Or maybe, the people who don't have jobs are too picky. We won't take whatever scraps are available. That isn't the truth in a lot of cases. I have applied for all sorts of jobs, from cleaning motel rooms, to dishwasher, to daycare assistant, to fast food restaurant,and anything else I can find.
I know there are some people who may not be working because they don't want to. And I am sure there are some lazy people out there. I just wish people didn't assume unemployed people were that way because we are bad, and that we all want to live off of their(the lucky ones who still have jobs) money. I don't personally want to live off of anyone else. I want to work and pay my own way.