Unless you are a STEM graduate, don’t bother posting your resume unless you like commission-only insurance sales, commission-only financial planning sales, or network marketing schemes.
Acquiring skills will cost money because you need to pay money to a brick and mortar college for a certificate in a skill.
Simply moving to where the jobs are don’t help unless you have the money and if then, the jobs may not be hiring.
Prepare to hear the following a lot: Have you thought of/considered/looked at x,y,z?
While people tell you don’t let your x or unemployment define you, in reality to society: if you don’t have a job for any reason, you’re worthless.
If you’re not willing to be a wage-slave for any reason even through no fault or opportunity of your own, you’re worthless.
You need money to do anything in this country, even in going to free events in terms of transportation and food.
Most job boards are a waste of time, many job listing are fake, or merely exist to avoid lawsuits for job discrimination.
If they say or involve any variant of starving African children or people unemployed longer than you, they have no interest of helping you and want you to shut up because your situation is too real for their “happy” lives.
If they say “just keep looking”, “keep applying”, and “keep plugging in those resumes”, they don’t want to help or they have no real advice because if they did they fear that the person will do their jobs better and may replace them.
Blame-shifting and victim blaming the unemployed is cheaper and more socially profitable than actually helping them.
If you got a job from a job board via an application, you’re lucky.
For every person who has been employed, one does not get employed, one becomes homeless, one commits suicide, and one goes to prison for resorting to crime.
If people insist that you’ll be “all alright”, they have no experience in what you been through and can’t help.
If they give any positive advice, positive reassurances, or blame you for not being positive when you describe how awful your job search is, they don’t want to help because it’s does not fit into their fantasy world, and it’s too real.
You can’t walk in to apply for a job anymore. They will tell you politely that they will call police or security if you don’t leave or tell you to piss off and apply online.
MLMs, direct sales “marketing companies” insurance companies, and outright scams profit from this dead economy, in addition to the poverty industry such as rent-to-buy companies, check-cashing companies, and payday loans.
Socio-economic prejudice exist and the great recession revealed the sometimes outright prejudice against the unemployed for not willing to be wage-slaves.
If you do get a job, you will never completely recover, you’re scarred from being a regular consumer because you are so used to be in “survival mode”
Job fairs are a joke outside of STEM, they exist to advertise and not to hire, and mlms and similar businesses sometimes go there.
Eventually, you will see reports of people will expect you to move overseas to an autocratic or Asian country for a job away from your support network, in a difficult to learn language for employment.
The instant you start a job, people will expect you to suddenly not care and expect to maintain and perpetuate the “fuck you, got mime” mentality.
If people say “I don’t know”, or “how you tried x” or “have you considered y”? They have no real advice.
People don’t reply back because of a) too many applicants, b) despite advances in technology, they’re lazy to create auto-emails to those not selected, c) collect resumes to sell to marketing companies.
Personality tests exist for you to project a certain personality a company wants in a retail or fast food job.
As soon as the baby boomers retire from their job, they will take their jobs with them. Meaning, they will not replace the boomer with another person.
See a recruiter and it’s Indian and he/she says or you read in an email: “urgent” or “immediate requirement” or “immediate”, hang up or delete the email.
Positively thinking these days meaning not complain and being “happy” with a straight face.
Got training? They want to see a certificate from an accredited brick and mortar facility, online training from code-academy or coursea do not county to some employees.
Advertising and seeing successful people in any media (like TV or movies) make the unemployed more worthless and clinically depressed in the long run.
If you have certain degrees (journalism or government and politics/political science) there is no hope in getting a paid job in that field ever.
People who have graduated from 2008 to present are facing a hostile job market, so hostile that they want paid job experience to prevent you from being employed. When I mean paid job experience, they mean “Internships don’t count” and “Volunteering does not count”
If you get a decent paying job, finding an affordable place to live after reemployment is just as bad and worse as trying to get a job. Especially for some if are stuck at home with authoritarian/controlling parents and have to move out for your mental well-being.