I have the same degree as you and I am also working in a different industry (IT) for more than 15 years. I too had a hard time finding jobs matching my educational degree after graduation due to the Asian Financial Crisis then.
I was jobless since Jan 14 after I left a company where I joined for 8 months.
I was recommended to join this company by ex-colleagues whom have been in the company for years.
Somehow, the company culture took a drastic change for the worst and many of us were left with no choice but to leave. The company have an attrition rate of more than 50% and my ex-colleagues left as well.
I have applied for more than 400 jobs during this period with only 3 interviews, surprisingly all from different industry. My friends in the industry have also recommended me for positions within their company but to no avail.
I think I share the same experience as many in this forum in feeling shame, despair, hopelessness and many other feelings which I don’t think can be expressed in words.
What helps to tide me through this whole episode is hope, continue to apply for jobs everyday, every job application gives me renewed hope.
I know this is easier said than done but try to do away with negative thoughts, there is more to life, exercise helps me feel better, I try to treat my family members better, making them smile where I can, this helps me as well.
Everyday is a struggle but I try very hard to stay positive.
I know it is difficult but each try makes me feel better.
I am happy to say that I am finally successful in the 3rd interview as I got a confirmation call and offer from the company yesterday.
I have a pay cut and will be taking on a different role in a different industry, a disruption to my CV but I feel positive regardless.
So Johnson, you and I share similar background and experiences, if I can get a job after being jobless for so many months, so can you.
Just don’t give up, keep trying, I have times where I feel so down that I don’t want to do anything and I can’t imagine if that happened on the day I applied for this job.
I know you are strong and have been through this before. I am writing to share my experience and to wish you all the best, don’t give up and have hope.
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