I apologize ahead of time but I'm so frustrated; while I was working, I helped people connect with employers, provided support and sometimes simply responded if I didn't have anything to add so they felt valued.
February 24,2023 at 11:28PM UTC
Now that I'm searching, my 1000 plus LinkedIn connections, very few have even responded. I haven't asked for a job but when there's a relevant role posted at their company, I asked for advice, is there someone I should speak to or if they know more about the role or its status. For closer connections, I have asked if they would submit my resume but I'm told to apply on the website. My non-linear trajectory does not play nicely with forms and that's why I spend so much time trying to find a contact or someone who I can help in my behalf.
I've now entered my 10th month of job searching and I can't even find a role that I can do for the time being to keep my house. Next month, I'm going have to put it on the market and then I'm not sure what's next.
I spend hours each day, forging new connections, tailoring resumes and I don't feel like I'm any further along than when I started. People talk about career coaches or resume writers but at this stage, I don't have that money. I don't qualify for unemployment and have supported myself due to my savings but now I'm reaching the end of those.
It's true that I've learned more in recent months and have additional grey hairs but while I've remained positive and continued to push after each setback, I'm reaching my breaking point. I've tried freelancing and even applied for retail roles without any luck. I was actually told this week that I'm overqualified and that the supermarket's management team only hire retirees and students.
I keep hearing about all these jobs but when I'm willing to do whatever I need to in the time being and I can't land a role, it's so frustrating! I apologize for my rant but instead of months of looking, I would have been better off taking a holiday as at least I would have something to show for experience!
Please don't worry that I'm going to harm myself, I'm at that stage but I feel out of options. If anyone has any advice, I'd welcome tying something else. I'm willing to do the work and I've created portfolios, assignments and gave my all to each interview. I receive the same response each time during a final interview after months of interviews and it's funny enough that it's the same verbiage. Your experience is impressive but not for this area.
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