The Unsuccessful Adulting Guide to Being Unemployed

Here’s how the universe works: just when I am starting a blog about how unsuccessful I am at being a grown up – I lose my job. #thanksuniverse

After crying about it, napping on it, crying some more, and a couple of beers. I realized how relieved I was. Is that a grown up way to feel when you’re on the brink of having to move back home? Probably not. But I realized that shit happens, I was already looking for other jobs, and this will give me more time to write, which I had missed doing, and figure out what I really want to do with my life. Because I am a 27-year-old who still doesn’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

And now, the point of this post – The Unsuccessful Adulting Guide to Unemployment. This is a working list though, it’s what I just came up with over the last maybe 4 hours when I got sick of looking at Monster.com and Craigslist, and didn’t want to type any more cover letters.

1. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB. Really. People will help you. As soon as I told my closest people (still haven’t told Mom though, sorry Momma), they came to the rescue – with advice, contacts, job openings, and of course – chips & guacamole. You’re not going to find another job via Craigslist and Monster right away, if ever (though I’m still trying). All of the jobs I have ever had I got because I knew somebody who knew somebody.

2. DON’T TELL YOUR PARENTS JUST YET. Or, well, if you have normal parents, do tell them. If you have a mom like mine who worries about everything and watches too many Indian soap operas and will think the world is falling apart and O MY GOD YOU ALREADY AREN’T MARRIED AND NOW YOU’RE UNEMPLOYED… then I’d suggest you wait a little, come up with a back-up plan before you tell her. Or maybe you won’t have to tell her at all because you will find something right away.

3. DON’T BUY A NEW DOMAIN FOR YOUR BLOG THAT NOBODY IS READING YET. Which is exactly what I did. Peep my “about me” section to find out what this blog really was supposed to be about. What’s another $26 to tell the world that I’m a sucky adult?

4. BE BETTER WITH WHATEVER MONEY YOU HAVE SAVED. Perhaps I should change this blog to “Successfully Hypocriting” because I am currently making plans to run away for the evening to my best friends in another city. But hey, I can *totally* go out tonight and not spend ANY money on drinking. I’ll even have dinner at home before I go… (yes I can see you rolling your eyes).

5. DON’T BOOK ANY TRIPS. An extension of #4, really, and also another fail on my part – as I had already booked a trip to Europe the night before I was let go. I could probably still cancel it. But I’m not going to… #yolo

6. SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE MONEY. My current solution is to try to get out of my apartment lease or sublet it, and temporarily stay with a friend. That will help me save over a lottttt of money a month in rent and utilities. And it helps I have wonderful people in my life who will let me stay with them very briefly so I don’t have to move back home to Jersey. I also might cut off my internet because my apartment building has free wifi, I have unlimited internet on my phone, and I can go to starbucks and/or Barnes & Noble. Okay… I’m definitely probably not cutting off my internet. But I promise I’ll turn off my A/C to save on the utilities.

7. TAKE ON ODD JOBS, PART-TIME, OR TEMP JOBS. I just posted on fiverr.com that I can do anyone’s paper for free (because I’m just that darn good) and within 5 minutes someone asked if I can write a 35,000 word story. Topic: Spicy Romance. So perhaps I’ll be getting published soon. Wonder how this person will feel about a fictional story about Chicken Curry (what’s more Spicy and Romantic than Indian food???). I’m also on the market for bartending (never done it before though) or dog walking (also never done before, unless walking my own shihtzu counts). But really, just figure out what you can do to keep going until something permanent comes along, and do it!

7. STAY POSITIVE. I was really sad for a short while last night. But I woke up this morning with a new sense of purpose because “hey look! I’m currently jobless… BUT THE WORLD HASN’T ENDED!” Remember… Everything happens for a reason. Something good always comes from something bad. And, when one door closes, another opens. There, I just gave you three inspirational-ish quotes you can use to remind yourself that it’s not the end of the world.

So here I am: loan payments, rent payment, bills, suffering from an immense case of wanderlust, obsessed with sushi, and enough saved to last me a month. On the plus side, I might qualify for food stamps in the mean time (once I figure out how it works). On the negative side: I don’t think food stamps pay for sushi at my favorite sushi place (Hi Aloha Baltimore!).

Also, I’m a little TOO excited that I was able to start my blog off with the topic of being unemployed.

But having said that – please feel free to share any tips on unsuccessfully (or successfully) adulting, being unemployed, job hunting, staying positive, or… whatever you think could help!

3 thoughts on “The Unsuccessful Adulting Guide to Being Unemployed

  1. Oh my gosh- this was like reading my life. haha. The minute I thought I had my life together, I got fired. Cried, ate comfort food, got drunk and went to an arcade, and then buckled down again. I still have no Idea what I’m doing (or want to do) but that’s the fun of it. Good luck & keep your head up!

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  2. Hi Neetu! I came across your blog from your link on twitter. Totally don’t know you personally but I’m so sorry to hear about your job loss 😦 nothing is worse than being unemployed while having so many bills, loan payments, etc. to take care of. Being an undergrad nursing student with no experience in my field makes it even harder for me to find a decent job to pay my bills with (I recently moved to an off campus house after two years of convincing my parents lol whoo). I 100% agree with you about getting a job via networking. I feel like it’s the only way to get a job! ugh! I currently have a temporary job while I search for something more related to my future career. I basically act as a driver for these two lovely girls. I take them to their summer camp and bring them back home. I don’t stay there or anything, I just pick up & drop off. (i get $120 a week for working about 8 hours a week). Since you mentioned taking up odd/temp jobs…I thought I should mention the website I used to get a hold of this job! You might have even heard of it? But it’s called http://www.care.com. A lot of parents even post one time jobs like babysitting for a single night for a certain number of hours (one offered $33 per hour for about 4 hours!). Another website I recently came across is called http://www.WyzAnt.com. You can be a tutor for basically anything at all (any subject or even for board exam preperation). The cool thing about this is that you get to set your own pay rate. I may not fully understand your pain as I am still an undergrad and not out there in the “real world” but I hope those websites help you in some sort of way? Keep your head up. And like you said..everything happens for a reason!

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  3. Hi Neetu! I came across your blog from your link on twitter. Totally don’t know you personally but I’m so sorry to hear about your job loss frown emoticon nothing is worse than being unemployed while having so many bills, loan payments, etc. to take care of. Being an undergrad nursing student with no experience in my field makes it even harder for me to find a decent job to pay my bills with (I recently moved to an off campus house after two years of convincing my parents lol whoo). I 100% agree with you about getting a job via networking. I feel like it’s the only way to get a job! ugh! I currently have a temporary job while I search for something more related to my future career. I basically act as a driver for these two lovely girls. I take them to their summer camp and bring them back home. I don’t stay there or anything, I just pick up & drop off. (i get $120 a week for working about 8 hours a week). Since you mentioned taking up odd/temp jobs…I thought I should mention the website I used to get a hold of this job! You might have even heard of it? But it’s called http://www.care.com. A lot of parents even post one time jobs like babysitting for a single night for a certain number of hours (one offered $33 per hour for about 4 hours!). Another website I recently came across is called http://www.WyzAnt.com. You can be a tutor for basically anything at all (any subject or even for board exam preperation). The cool thing about this is that you get to set your own pay rate. I may not fully understand your pain as I am still an undergrad and not out there in the “real world” but I hope those websites help you in some sort of way? Keep your head up. And like you said..everything happens for a reason!

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