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Question Longest you've been unemployed


Sally Twit
What's the longest amount of time you have been out of work? What were the reasons?

For me it was more than 2 years. The first year was my own fault because I'd just left school and was a typical lazy teen. The second year was still my fault because I left it so long, but I just couldn't find work. Nobody wanted to take on someone without experience. I applied for every office junior job I could see but I couldn't even get an interview.
I ended up signing on and joining a course where you go in to this place each day to actively look for jobs. The people that worked there would help you the best they could.
I eventually started getting interviews and ended up being accepted. I am still there more than seven years later. Loyal much?


still nobody's bitch
Before I started the job I'm in now, I was out of work for almost 16 months. Part of that was by choice because I was in school, and in Michigan you can get a waiver so that you can go to school while collecting unemployment benefits. Once I started looking in earnest, it still took me 6 months to find something, and then it was through a temp agency.


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
When I was nineteen or so I got fired from my grocery job for doing something stupid. Till this day I regret doing it, but what's done is done.

After that happened, I had so much trouble trying to find jobs, it took me about eight months or so to find another one. But when I did find one, another place called me the next week. I lost a lot of money during these eight months since I was still paying room and board at my parents house, so I decided to keep the two jobs and I worked 64 hours a week. So, all I did was work, eat sleep for those six months. One of the most boring part of my life.


AKA Ass-Bandit
Probably coming up to about 4 years now. Actually, no, make that just three. Halfway through last year, I was on a work placement at a large retail chain called TJ Hughes. The work placement is just where you work for a company without them paying you. Anyway, at the end of the placement, I was offered a contract to work with them. I accepted, and was told things would be confirmed the next day.

Next day came, and they went into administration.


Embrace the Suck
I didn't work during the first year of law school. Other than for about 4 months during college, that is the only time I was unemployed since I was 15. It's highly recommended that you do not work during your first year of law school and some schools require it. I can understand because of the time constraints that you have.


Where is my Queen?
The longest I have been unemployed I think was 3 weeks. I got called into work on my day off and my boss told me that I was no longer company material. What's funny, was that he hired me for another company he worked for a year later.


I was unemployed for a year and a half and it sucked however I did side jobs when needed.


Well-Known Member
The longest I've been unemployed was 1 year. The first 4 months of that I wasn't actively looking for a job though, so only really 8 months. And i'm sure if i'd been more motivated I could have had a job sooner.


Better Call Saul
Staff member
Well in college I didn't really work. I worked when I came home for the summer months but that was it. When I graduated from college I was finishing up an internship and then got another job right away and I've had that one ever since.


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
The time I gave birth to my son until last year. Eight years. I had gigs every now and then, like private translation services, but not really like a thing I would call a regular job. I took out that much time off to give birth and raise 3 kids.