- Posted September 26, 2011 by
Raleigh, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The new faces of poverty: How are you getting by?
Finding a good job is hard to do.
I am one of those whose numbers are not counted in the unemployment. I owned a consumer electronics store and had to shut it down due to the economy. Since I was self-employed I can not apply for unemployment. I owned the store for 3 years after managing a large retailer selling consumer electronics and major appliances for 21 years. I find it hard to understand why places like Sears and others say I am not qualified for MOST positions. I can only assume they read the length of my employment and assume I am older than they want. Yes, sounds tough but it happens more often than it should. I have a lot of good years left in me and the job offers I get are the sales jobs with high turnover since their people aren't making a decent wage. I spend 40+ hours a week looking through job sites on the internet and out on the prowl for jobs. I have fine-tuned my resume and adapt it for each job and still can't get most places to respond. One place that I am well qualified for won't even acknowledge they received my resume. Another I interviewed with and although I am positive I nailed the interview I never got a call or even an email saying sorry, not this time. I live in the Raleigh, NC area, so if anyone knows of an employer hiring here that hasn't posted it online please tell me. I have been unemployed for over a year and really hate being supported by my hard-working wife.