Adam Camacho is still unemployed! He is a writer/editor/customer service rep living in Portland, OR. If you are interested in hiring Adam, check out his resume.

 

I think I may have found a job.

I don’t wanna jinx anything before it’s a done deal, but things are looking good.

U.S. economy adds 103,000 jobs

Not sure this number is high enough to get excited about, but some improvement is good I suppose.

Unemployed Father Takes In Homeless Family For Christmas.

the405club:

“Earlier this month, Gregory Schauer, 50, says he looked around his large, one-bedroom apartment in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and realized that he was barely using his master bedroom. Since he slept on the couch most nights anyway, he decided the best thing he could do with all of his extra space would be to invite in a homeless family for the holidays.”

-via The Huffington Post

"Reports paint (slightly) improving picture of Oregon’s economy" via OregonLive

"Reports paint (slightly) improving picture of Oregon’s economy" via OregonLive

A Week with the Unemployed: Saturday & Sunday

I missed my post for Saturday, but hey, even unemployed people lose track of stuff. I browsed the normal job boards and took the day to gather my thoughts and gear up for a new week of job searching.

Sundays are filing days. Each Sunday I head on over to the Oregon Employment Department’s website and file my weekly claim for unemployment benefits. There, you answer questions like, “Did you actively look for work this week,” and, ” Were you physically and mentally capable of performing the work which you sought this week.” If you’ve reached the extended benefits tier like myself, you have to submit a weekly job search consisting of three jobs that you applied for.

I’ll still continue to file my weekly claims just in case, by some magical stroke of luck, a 5th tier of benefits is added. Short of actually finding a job, I’m not really sure were I can go from here. Perhaps I’m wrong about my eligibility for benefits, maybe I can file a new claim and receive a significantly smaller check each week, or maybe I’m just shit out of luck.

Whatever happens, something has got to give and it needs to happen real soon. I think I’ve rationed enough money to pay my bills through January, so the clock is definitely ticking.

This has been a week in my life. It’s been 99 weeks and I’m STILL unemployed!

A Week with the Unemployed: Friday

I’d say thank God it’s Friday, but when you’re unemployed everyday is Friday. As usual, I do my typical search on a Friday. The new job postings have slowed to a trickle at this point.

For most of the day I’ve been distracted by T.V. and an amazing amount of rumors about potential Trail Blazers being traded away.

A large part of Friday is trying to justify spending some money to go out with all of your friends, and then coping with the guilt of doing so because you know you shouldn’t have.

I know this is a short post, but hey, it’s Friday. I’ll be back tomorrow.

A Week with the Unemployed: Thursday

Thursday is another ho-hum day for the unemployed. There isn’t much to say about a Thursday. You do your normal searches and try to delve a little deeper into jobs sites you might not normally visit on a daily basis.

Searching sites like Monster and Career Builder, is just a formality; it’s a way to make you feel like you’ve covered all of your bases. In truth, I find those large job search sites pretty useless. Major job sites have accounted for less than 5% of all jobs I’ve applied to in the last two years. If you want to sell real estate or insurance then Monster is great, but Craiglist, the local newspaper’s website, and smaller job boards like Indeed are where unemployed people are actually finding jobs.

I’m up to 6 resumes sent out this week so far. Today, I’ve only sent out one so far. I applied to be a copywriter at Norm Thompson in Hillsboro for about the fourth time since I’ve been unemployed. There is no doubt in my mind that I been be exceptionally good at that job, but the odds are against me. That’s okay though. I understand that companies receive hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes when they list a job opening and that responding, or even looking at everyone is a major pain. I just try to bank on the fact that my persistence will at least get me in the door for an interview, because in this job market something as small as that is a huge accomplishment.

A Week with the Unemployed: Wednesday

Wednesday is one of the few days of the week when unemployed Oregonians have something to look forward to. That’s right people, it’s check day!! Today I just received my 99th check for $309(after taxes), so this will be the last happy Wednesday I have until I find a job.

It’s been a pretty good week on the job search front. I believe I’m up to about 5 or 6 jobs applied to so far, which is way above my weekly average. Some of the resumes I sent out were for jobs I am excited about, some were retail jobs, and a few were just shots in the dark.

Aside from counting my unemployment check on Wednesdays, I pay some of my bills, because of course I am drowning in debt, but who isn’t? After I pay my bills and bask in the small amount of money I have left, I hit the job search again.

My Wednesday searches are basically the same as Monday, I hit CraigsList and peruse the job alerts in my email inbox. Basically though, Wednesday is a chill day for me and probably most unemployed. We search for work for a bit and then spend the rest of the afternoon justifying to ourselves that it’s okay to go out and spend a little bit of money on ourselves.

Let’s not overlook the fact that on this particular Wednesday Senate voted to pass the new tax bill, leaving the House to complete the vote on Thursday. The bill will extend the current structure of unemployment benefits, but will not add a new tier of benefits for those individuals who have exhausted their 99 weeks.

It’s a bittersweet day overall. It’s great that people who haven’t been unemployed very long are eligible to receive benefits for as long as I have, but myself and other 99ers are officially out on our asses. We just have to stay positive this Wednesday, decide what needs to happen to change our lives, and do what we do at the end of every day: stay calm, focus on the good things in life and try again tomorrow.

Yes, it most certainly will. Be patient with your unemployed friends and family, they’ll make it up to you someday.

Yes, it most certainly will. Be patient with your unemployed friends and family, they’ll make it up to you someday.

A Week with the Unemployed: Tuesday

Tuesday is an uneventful day for most unemployed people. A lot of companies looking for employees posted their jobs on Monday morning so there aren’t a lot of new opportunities.

My main course of action for a Tuesday is to repeat the same searches I did on Monday morning/afternoon. So as not to bore myself with the repetition, I might try searching a site that I don’t normally check on a daily basis. Allretailjobs.com for instance is a great place to search for local retail jobs. I’ll also go directly to job boards and do searches rather than simply checking my email for the alerts that get sent to my email inbox everyday.

Again, we Unemployed just keep plugging away. You try not to strangle anyone, try not to cry in public, try not to spend your remaining money drowning your sorrows in booze. You simply try to remain calm and hope shit will work out.