I am the jobless. Please help.

NOTE: This is my own version of the entry produced the other day by MinistryOfTruth.

I’m not homeless (not yet), but every day holds over it the threat of existence on the streets.  Although I’ve been technically unemployed since December of 2007, nearly two years, my official period of unemployment goes back to March 2006 – at least.  This is because my last “official” job was for a telemarketing firm that laid me off after four weeks in 2006.  My last actual job was as an Americorps VISTA (a volunteer position that offers a monthly stipend), which went from December 2006 to December 2007.  Since then, I’ve been enrolled in classes at the Parma campus of my local community college.  I’ve had to subsist on what money I get from financial aid as my sole source of “income.”  Often, I must raid the student food bank just to get myself through the weeks between semesters.

I have no car, public transit options are increasingly limited, and the longer I go without work further cripples my chances of obtaining employment.  No one wants to hire someone who can’t get a job.  It’s a vicious catch-22 situation.  I’ve had exactly one interview this year, with a bagel restaurant, and that went nowhere.

Like MinistryOfTruth, I need a job – BADLY.  It has to be in Cleveland’s west side or Middleburg Heights, Ohio, along bus routes.  At this point I couldn’t care less what job it is.  I just need one I can get out to in a timely manner so the manager will deign to hire me.  The problem is that I don’t know what else I can do besides what I’ve been doing, which is to keep my résumé updated and keep filling out applications.  I can’t relocate, because I haven’t got the money.  I can’t get a job because no one will hire me. I’m thirty-five, always broke, jobless, and ever on the brink.  I can’t keep doing this.  So, like MoT, I’m asking you for help.

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    • Edger on November 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I don’t know anything about the Cleveland job market myself, but have you tried http://cleveland.craigslist.org/?

    • dkmich on November 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Christmas retail or job board in Senior Center.  Might even find live-in home health care aid.  Most require absolutely no training, just a lot of patience and kindness.

    Local job service

    gov’t jobs

    Census Bureau jobs

    Extended family households existed out of necessity.  If you have family or friends, go home.  It isn’t your fault.    

  1. Cleveland does not “rock”, it sucks, so leave.  My friend went there because he’s a baseball fan and he told me it was a ghost town.

    Other than that, I have no good advice.

    I struggle everyday as well and more and more I begin to think nobody gives a shit about the plight of people since “the” economy is better….not our though.

    I have a brain, a few books, and just in case, a semi-auto I named “Sweetness”.

    Only advice I got for ya.

  2. and I dont have any ideas for you really. sorry.

    I just told my yard guy (who’s desparate and a long story) to go out and hang some signs … HIRE ME to put up xmas lights. Theres a neighborhood here that does a rather Big Deal Lights Fest in early Dec. Some go all out. He has power tools & a ladder. :-/

    Is there something seasonal you can hunt down? If not retail, maybe something like that, kinda outside the box.

    I know you need real work. Good luck.

    • Edger on November 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm

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  3. This really, really sucks, and I hope for the best for you Archangel M

  4. travel money to get to an economically more vibrant city.

    The State of California is out of money, but the larger cities have jobs. Try to save a few hundrd dollars and take the bus out of Ohio. I despair of hearing these unemployment stories. My thoughts are with you.  

  5. That is, in the comments to the essay he wrote?

    If so, did you think any of them applied to you?

    Next question, are you willing to accept part-time work? Temporary work?

  6. I admire that. A good first step.

    Here’s my comment from his diary. It amounts to 3 basic things, which I’ll summarize later, but here’s the comment:

    Catering during the holidays (4.00 / 6)

    Will be up, way up. Temporary help will be hired.

    Can you stand up? Can you walk? Can you be polite? Can you be interested in other people? – because you can’t really fake that 100%, and wealthy/rich people do want their servants to be pleasant if not interesting.  OK, sometimes they want them to blend into the woodwork, but to do that, you need the “polite but silent” skill.

    Alternatively.

    I don’t know squat about cities that big, but try to find an entrepeneur, preferably one whose business would peak during the holidays. All entrepeneurs have peaks and most have valleys of busy-ness. FInd a way to network yourself into a network of entrepeneurs. Offer to be available to help them when busy. What will your job be? Whatever they need done.

    Filing, walk the dog, sort tax piles, run products to FedEx or UPS, or… who cares, it pays, and it helps them. And you might get called back during the next busy peak, or for the next big project, if you are a good fit for that person.

    I’ll tell you a way to make a living, that I’ve seen a need for dozens of times. Go to some sort of convention that has lots of booths. Home Show, Boat Show, Sci-Fi convention, anything at all. In advance scope out a few nearby businesses with good food.  Get their take-out menus. Then go in, offer to various people working at the booths to go get food for them. Trust me… unless there’s a rule of “no outside food” brought in this will work. Even then, you could meet people outside the door of the place to deliver.

    • Timroff on November 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t have anything today, but I should have some positions opening in the fairly near future. Contact me and let’s talk

    tim at timroff dot com

    –Tim

  7. There are some remote / over the internet jobs depending on your skills. The pay is below crap, but it’s something.

  8. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to offer much advice in my comment yesterday.

    Might I suggest that that you check out the comments people left for me in my diary at Kos? There is a lot of useful advice in there, and even though it is directed at me you should know you are not alone. LOTS of us are struggling, and LOTS of us know why.

    We must starve, so Goldman Sachs may feast.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do for you, if I can.

    Peace, buddy

    • Edger on November 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    found a job. He never came back. 😉

    • publicv on November 24, 2009 at 5:05 am

    say except that I’ll pray for you.  Right now I am doing it, and I hope you wake up to a better tomorrow.  Love to you.

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