How to Answer “What Do You Do For a Living?” When You’re Unemployed

How to Answer “What Do You Do For a Living?” When You’re Unemployed - My Life, I Guess

When you meet someone new for the first time, one of the first questions asked is “what do you do for a living?” It seems like an innocent enough question to start a conversation with. Right up there along with a comment about the weather we’re having today. But when you’re unemployed this question can hurt. A lot. It can be an extremely difficult and embarrassing question to answer. Because...

How Much Being Unemployed Actually Cost Us

How Much Being Unemployed Actually Cost Us - My Life, I Guess

Throughout this blog and social media, I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I really struggled after being laid off back in April of 2014. How I struggled for over 2 years to find a full-time job. How working a part-time, minimum wage job in my 30s affected my mental health. And, of course, how I struggled financially after my personal income was cut by over 75%. But I...

Why You Should Apply For Unemployment, Even If You Quit or Were Fired

Why You Should Apply For Unemployment, Even If You Quit or Were Fired - My Life, I Guess

Unemployment insurance, employment insurance, social security, job seekers allowance – no matter what you call it, having to rely on it is never ideal. It means that you have lost your job. And that usually means you’ve also lost a big source of your income, if not your only source. Even if you know your job is about to come to an end due to seasonal work or the end...

Do You Feel As If Your Job Is Crushing Your Soul?

Image Credit It’s 7 in the morning and your alarm clock rings! You wake up bleary-eyed, and resisting the temptation to throw the blasted thing across the room again (remembering the window you accidentally smashed last time), you stumble out of bed with a sorrowful heart. You keep telling yourself that you should be glad to have a job in the first place. Many people don’t. But that sick feeling...