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Corbin

I'm so depressed I can't find a job

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It's been so long and I feel like I want to **** myself because I feel like I'll never have a future. I'm starting to dread my life and all I could think about is going back to college on May 22nd. I just want to go back. But it's so hard finding employment.

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@Corbin, join the club buddy :).

I suppose being a job hunter myself I can attest to the mental difficulties one may face during a prolonged job hunt. Trust me, I have been there many times and am there again. But don't let your mind wander into the negative territory of suicide!

Before you continue reading, know that I don't know your situation exactly so I can't give precise advice. Take what I say here with a grain of salt. Also long post ahead ahoy!

With every generation of human society, it has been an increasingly difficult task securing employment. In today's world that is both politically and economically uncertain, this holds truer than before. BUT that doesn't mean that you don't have a future. Your future is what you make of it, not what your employment will carve out for you. Meaning, for employment if you aren't having any luck in the field you studied for, then try getting a job in something else. It's a bummer, spending lots of money and time to get a piece of paper only to realize the brutal world of job hunting, I know. But the world stops for no one, and one of the greatest traits of humans is to be adaptable.

Have you considered getting a part-time job while you look for full-time work?

If part-time hasn't panned out. Have you considered volunteering to get the experience necessary for either part-time or full-time work?

How are you conducting your job search, is it mostly online or do you make use of any networking contacts that you have?

What I am about to say may not sit well with you, so keep in mind that I say this with the intention of helping. Go find ANY legal work that you can and I mean anything within your respectable zone. Should you succeed, keep on looking for the type of job you actually want in the grand scheme of things. That way, you have some income coming in while you continue your job search after work or on your days off.

Other things you can try:

- Start a small online business.

- Start a low cost local business.

- Start a blog which you can grow to start getting sponsorship opportunities and adverts revenue from.

- Think of improving yourself through other means than just college. This point is really dependent on your career field. Some careers don't even need college but are required by employers for that piece of paper. Careers like IT have so much knowledge online that college nowdays for programming seems to be somewhat of a waste. Only really useful for making friends and industry contacts as well as career services. While there are other careers that can't be self-taught due to a lack of free information or equipment.

If this is a matter of self-improvement as a person, then consider taking up a new hobby. Perhaps meet new people and go on adventures with them to experience what you normally wouldn't be able to by yourself.

- Try contacting the career services of your college if you are a recent graduate.

- Try going into informational interviews, you can use this opportunity to make contacts, market your skills and get feedback on your resume and anything else you see fitting to require constructive criticism on.

Those are just some points. The business points I realize still require capital which you may not have. There is always the prospect of partnerships to help with  that. But if you research online what else you can do, surely there must be more popping up than what my limited knowledge can provide right now.

You may not like reading this right now, and honestly sometimes I forget to follow this, but don't let life get you down like this. Don't take things seriously all the time, we all grow old eventually and the things that seem so mind wrecking right now may seem like a laughable matter in our old age. Live life with a certain level of seriousness, but not so much that it begins to suck the joy out of it. Laugh, eat, sleep and experience things this planet has to offer other than worrying about a 9 to 5 job. If you are trying your absolute best in your job search, then you can't really ask for any more than that out of yourself. Job search is like communication, it is a two way street. You did your best, the rest is left up into the hands of the potential employers.

Don't be afraid to ask for help from others if you ever need it in sustaining your standard of living. And if you ever need to, there is no shame in going on government programs as you are simply doing what is necessary to survive a harsh society. No one will ever have the right to judge you for it. :)

Again, since I don't know your exact situation I can't be specific myself. I do however hope that some of these points helps, or at least alleviate the heavy feelings on your mind by knowing that you are not alone. There are others out there that feel like this, for it is only natural and human to do so.

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Well, now that you mentioned it, I recently applied for a job about an hour or two ago, so that's a start after 8 grueling weeks of finding one. Considering how I mentioned I have less than a month before I go back to college, I thought about doing a work-study program and working as a library assistant part time or something. I've also considered selling some of my stuff, but it wouldn't be enough. However, business isn't my forte and I prefer if I helped people, rather than compete or hurt them. I generally hate business as a whole, to be honest and I'm 19 and heading back, because the first time I went it was an hour away, along with some medical issues, so I'm trying to be a bit more realistic with myself and how I handled the situation. I just hope I can head back someday.

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Just a heads up that I managed to apply for a retail job back in late April, so chances are I would be able to get a job there in the meantime.

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