Frustrated beyond belief

I’ve been unemployed since December 4, 2013.  I was RIF’ed (Reduction in Force) with 11 others.  Who would figure that I’d still be unemployed 6 months plus later?  Certainly not me.

I’ve loved being home, so don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t pay the bills.  UI (Unemployment Insurance) helped a little, but not much.  Fortunately hubs is still working, so we have insurance.

Sure I’ve applied for jobs which I’ve been underqualified for, but I figured, what the heck?  I’ve also applied to jobs I was qualified for.  And of course, jobs that I’ve been overqualifed for.

I’ve been in the mortgage business in some capacity for from 1999 to 12/3/13 from everything from closing to the end.  I’ve applied for several “mortgage processor” positions, and haven’t been hired for any of them yet.  No processor experience despite being familiar with what it entails.

Before that, I’ve worked retail.  Mostly in HS and college.  Though since it was so long ago, it never makes it on the application.  So I’ve been turned down.

  • For Penney’s, I had to take some sort of preliminary assessment with the application.  It told me right off the bat, we have no jobs that meet your skills, or at least that was the gist of it.
  • We appreciate the time you have taken to apply for employment with Dollar General, specifically your interest in the 17972BR LEAD SALES ASSOC-PT, 613 W RAAB RD, NORMAL IL position. At this time we have made the decision to pursue other candidates. You will be eligible to reapply and take our online assessment 6 months from your original assessment date of May 29, 2014
  • Thank you for completing all steps of our application process for the SALES ASSOCIATE position at the following  location with The Children’s Place: NORMAL, IL.

  •  Unfortunately, there is no position that meets your qualifications at this time.

  •  We respectfully ask that you do not call the store to check the status of your application.


I’m searching administrative assistant/secretary positions, but most require 1-5 years experience.  I don’t have that.

  • Thank you for your interest in employment as Secretary at the Bloomington Public Library.  We recently interviewed numerous candidates (not me) and have chosen one whose experience, technical skills, and other attributes most closely match our needs at this time.
  • Thank you for your application for the full-time position of Secretary — Business Office (Heartland Community College).  While your application is no longer being considered for this position, you were among a field of highly qualified applicants.


I’m looking at accounting/bookkeeping type positions.  Again, no experience/degree, so no job.  Coding job at a hospital?  Nope.  No experience.  I can’t even take classes to get coding certification because I can’t afford them.  Any job requiring web development or programming?  Forget it.

I’ve had interviews, I’ve taken assessments, I’ve waited,I’ve been rejected more times than I care to count.  I’m frustrated.

2 Responses

  1. I am so sorry you are going through this and I won’t even pretend to understand how frustrating it must be.

    Last summer our business decided to hire an office administrator/executive assistant. Basically someone who could do just about anything we needed done in our small business office. I was charged with posting the ad, choosing applicants for interviews, and four of us made the ultimate decision on who to hire.

    Because I had never done anything like that before, I was eager to do the best job possible. I spent hours researching which questions I should ask, etc, but I was unprepared for the feedback we would get from the ad.

    I placed it on Indeed with a short summary of what we were looking for and that the job would include benefits such as vacation time, holiday pay, health insurance, and retirement. We got over 80 applicants in 4 days!

    I am not trying to depress you, but I couldn’t believe how many people wanted the job. I felt like such a terrible person as I went through the resumes and decided which ones to interview. I have always heard the term “overqualified” and thought it was dumb until I saw the resumes. I wondered why on earth some of these women wanted a job that paid $12.50/hour when they were clearly used to very high-paying professional jobs with large companies.

    I told you all of that just to give you some insight on just how flooded the workplace is (as if you didn’t already know). Don’t ever think you didn’t get an interview because you don’t deserve it; there are just too many people vying for open positions.

    I really hope this doesn’t depress you even more. I almost deleted it. I know something will come along for you eventually. Keep your head up!

  2. yeah. I know something will come up. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

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