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The Unemployed Blogger

Chronicles of a Job Hunter: Chasing Her Dream

SavvySugar Community member littlemissjobhunter is part of the sobering statistic: nearly one out of 10 Americans are out of work. Join her in the trials and tribulations of a job seeker — a journey that'll maybe help you understand that the unemployment figures aren't just a number. Disclosure: this new series may incite sorrow, humor, and maybe even a little hope.

So without divulging my entire life story, I found myself, 23, in a foreign city halfway across the world from family and friends and in a career that was not even remotely close to my aspirations of being a fashion buyer. What’s worse, although having its perks (free rent) was the fact that I was residing with my 87-year-old grandma who took sheer pleasure in hearing the bits and pieces of my disheveled and often nonexistent love life. After 11 months of deliberating with friends via the mighty power of Skype, I made the final migration home to the United States. Managing to pack my life away in two suitcases, I found myself back at square one — jobless and running low on cash.

To hear more, read on.

After spending countless hours in pajamas and sweatpants, I decided to document the tribulations, hardships, anecdotes and ramblings of an unemployed girl trying to make it as a fashion buyer.

So think of me as Rachel McAdams from Morning Glory without the glamorous unaffordable luxury apartment or the two-day job hunt that is portrayed so effortlessly in the movie. I will document the grungy, ugly, often comedic and frustrating topics that go along with hunting for a job.

Although I can rant on for pages about myself, it'll be nice to hear from readers who can relate to the same job search woes, anxieties or any frustrations facing the employment process. I hope you enjoy and if not for anything, grab some comedic relief from some note worthy experiences that I have encountered on my rocky search for a job!

Until next time . . . signing off,


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Baconlover Baconlover 5 years
unemployment is tough for everyone. Not only is it a financial drain but it is also a mental drain. Good luck with your search.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 5 years
So back to square one? I imagine this means living with your parents. Must be nice, I had to suck it up and get a restaurant job when my post-college job search resulted in several months of unemployment. A year later and I have three jobs, all of which could have been obtained without putting myself into $50,000 in student loan debt. Btw, those payments are tough when they're sucking up 40% of your meager earnings and you're working 60 hrs a week. Here's hoping you had better luck than I did, though I didn't have the luxury of going home to Mom and Dad.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
It sounds like you made a big leap of faith, and for that, I praise you. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your story.
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