If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I was "let go" from a job back in January. Granted, the job was ridiculous and the environment was awful, it was a job and I had an income. Now, I am still unemployed and living off of the government. I'm that person who's "lazy" that those right wingers warned you about. In the past five months, I have had three interviews--none of which have obviously panned out. When you apply to (minimally) five jobs a day, you expect to get more interviews. However, the economy is shitty, so there are a lot of us looking--A LOT.
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I've been unemployed since early January. I'm receiving Unemployment benefits and have recently applied for Food Stamps. I practice yoga every day. It all doesn't sound so bad, but life is becoming pretty isolating. I'm a very social person. I'm lucky I have roommates, or else I probably wouldn't have human contact at all. You see, I have friends, but not many here in Chicago. Also, the people I know here have jobs, so it is usually me and my thoughts from 9-5. I'm craving friendships and relationships like never before. I need to be "outside" of myself.
Anyone (specifically women) in customer service positions shares my pain. It seems to me, through my own experience as well as others', that being female and being in customer service is one of the most difficult jobs. It perpetuates the idea that women must always smile--it twists the knife in deeper, telling us to be subordinate and take everyone's shit, regardless of how they treat us.