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It's already been a couple of months since I became eligible to work and getting a job has been pretty elusive until now. I know it took some people here longer but I am getting stressed with the fact that I am unemployed (plus the fact that I am bored!) and my husband asking me everyday if I already have a job doesn't help either. I live in a small county 70 miles off the City where job opportunities are pretty scarce so I am doing part-time remote admin assistance. This does not pay much but at least I have something to do on the computer other than reading the news.

Anyway I tried applying everywhere, finance where I have 14 yrs experience, clerical and retail but no success yet. Going personally to offices with your resume at hand does not work anymore since they will just refer you apply through their websites. Staffing agencies such as Kelly Services and Manpower don't have openings either.

I know I should be more patient, I guess I only wanted to vent. I just want a job that takes me out of the house and be with other people. :)


12-16-2010 (Day 1) I-485, I-130, I-131 and I-I-765 applications sent to USCIS received
12-27-2010 (Day 11) NOAs received thru USPS plus Biometrics schedule for 1/12/2011 @ Michigan City IN and Rejection Notice for I-131.
01-05-2011 (Day 20) I-131 Refiled
01-12-2011 (Day 27) Biometrics completed in 10 minutes (whereas the drive is 1.5 hrs one-way, thanks to snowstorm in IN)
01-31-2011 (Day 46) RFE received (received via email alert)
02-22-2011 (Day 68) Response to RFE received by USCIS (received via email alert)
03-03-2011 (Day 77) EAD Card in Production (received via email alert)
03-14-2011 (Day 88) EAD/AP Combo Card Received
04-14-2011 (Day 121) Interview, Approved!
04-18-2011 (Day 125) E-mail alert received for Card/Document Production
04-23-2011 (Day 130) Green card in the mail
Removing Conditions
01/14/2013 (Day 1) Mailed out I-751 documents to CA Service Center
01/22/2013 (Day 8) Received Receipt Notice
02/13/2013 (Day 30) Biometrics Schedule @ Michigan City, IN

06/19/2013 (Day 156) E-mail alert received for Card Production

06/29/2013 (Day 166) Received card in the mail

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My co-worker commutes close to 60 miles each way from Valpo, IN to Chicago - using car to get to train station and then commuter train. I used to do similar until I made my husband move so we're closer to my work (only I work, he is a student).

Consider job market in Chicago area - companies are hiring. Commute until you get some experience and then move closer to work.


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Hi milimelo!

Yes, I am seriously considering working in Chicago eventually. The problem is I still have to start saving up for my own car as my husband works weird hours so sharing the car wouldn't work for now. With the cost of gas now, yes taking the train is the best option. I take it every time when I have to go to the city.

Ideally, I would like to work somewhere here that is accessible by bus ($1 one way) so I can save for a car. But if an opportunity in the city comes up my husband will get a loan for a second-hand one.


12-16-2010 (Day 1) I-485, I-130, I-131 and I-I-765 applications sent to USCIS received
12-27-2010 (Day 11) NOAs received thru USPS plus Biometrics schedule for 1/12/2011 @ Michigan City IN and Rejection Notice for I-131.
01-05-2011 (Day 20) I-131 Refiled
01-12-2011 (Day 27) Biometrics completed in 10 minutes (whereas the drive is 1.5 hrs one-way, thanks to snowstorm in IN)
01-31-2011 (Day 46) RFE received (received via email alert)
02-22-2011 (Day 68) Response to RFE received by USCIS (received via email alert)
03-03-2011 (Day 77) EAD Card in Production (received via email alert)
03-14-2011 (Day 88) EAD/AP Combo Card Received
04-14-2011 (Day 121) Interview, Approved!
04-18-2011 (Day 125) E-mail alert received for Card/Document Production
04-23-2011 (Day 130) Green card in the mail
Removing Conditions
01/14/2013 (Day 1) Mailed out I-751 documents to CA Service Center
01/22/2013 (Day 8) Received Receipt Notice
02/13/2013 (Day 30) Biometrics Schedule @ Michigan City, IN

06/19/2013 (Day 156) E-mail alert received for Card Production

06/29/2013 (Day 166) Received card in the mail

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Was applying for a job for 5 months before I got my job right now, It was frustrating... just keep looking until you'll find the right place :) .


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It's already been a couple of months since I became eligible to work and getting a job has been pretty elusive until now. I know it took some people here longer but I am getting stressed with the fact that I am unemployed (plus the fact that I am bored!) and my husband asking me everyday if I already have a job doesn't help either. I live in a small county 70 miles off the City where job opportunities are pretty scarce so I am doing part-time remote admin assistance. This does not pay much but at least I have something to do on the computer other than reading the news.

Anyway I tried applying everywhere, finance where I have 14 yrs experience, clerical and retail but no success yet. Going personally to offices with your resume at hand does not work anymore since they will just refer you apply through their websites. Staffing agencies such as Kelly Services and Manpower don't have openings either.

I know I should be more patient, I guess I only wanted to vent. I just want a job that takes me out of the house and be with other people. :)

Your location is the most critical factor in the job market because as the overall market goes, so goes the job market.

A case in point is my ex-wife has been trying to find another job for many years; she is also in a rural area and they just

are not there. My Thai wife found 2 part time jobs but we live much closer to New York City. I know there is the tendency

for all recruiting to be online now but in both cases, my wife's in-person skills helped her get both jobs. In the ladies'

retail job, she spoke to the manager in person and it was this contact that got her the job.

{EDIT: My ex-wife's inter-personal skills are abysmal compared to my wife's.

Her current job is a service job and she deals with people very well in that,

but when she is job-hunting she gives the appearance of being painfully shy

or annoyed; her disposition is a very cloudy one and that is the other main

factor in why she has not found another job.}

In the case of the supermarket deli job, the tenant of our next-door neighbor worked at that store and recommendd

my wife to her boss; although I didn't know her personally, I have known her landlady for many years.

When she met my wife she almost offered her the job on the spot.

Hang in there, don't be afraid to try something different; I'm thinking of becoming a recruiter in my retirement.

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Where exactly are you located? If near or in the Northwest suburbs I know a great company that is always hiring, I've been here for almost 15 years now. Pay is competitive & we're open 24/7 so flexible work schedules are not hard to come by.

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Where exactly are you located? If near or in the Northwest suburbs I know a great company that is always hiring, I've been here for almost 15 years now. Pay is competitive & we're open 24/7 so flexible work schedules are not hard to come by.

Hey Bob!

I am south of the South Chicago Suburbs. That's how far I am from the city! :)


12-16-2010 (Day 1) I-485, I-130, I-131 and I-I-765 applications sent to USCIS received
12-27-2010 (Day 11) NOAs received thru USPS plus Biometrics schedule for 1/12/2011 @ Michigan City IN and Rejection Notice for I-131.
01-05-2011 (Day 20) I-131 Refiled
01-12-2011 (Day 27) Biometrics completed in 10 minutes (whereas the drive is 1.5 hrs one-way, thanks to snowstorm in IN)
01-31-2011 (Day 46) RFE received (received via email alert)
02-22-2011 (Day 68) Response to RFE received by USCIS (received via email alert)
03-03-2011 (Day 77) EAD Card in Production (received via email alert)
03-14-2011 (Day 88) EAD/AP Combo Card Received
04-14-2011 (Day 121) Interview, Approved!
04-18-2011 (Day 125) E-mail alert received for Card/Document Production
04-23-2011 (Day 130) Green card in the mail
Removing Conditions
01/14/2013 (Day 1) Mailed out I-751 documents to CA Service Center
01/22/2013 (Day 8) Received Receipt Notice
02/13/2013 (Day 30) Biometrics Schedule @ Michigan City, IN

06/19/2013 (Day 156) E-mail alert received for Card Production

06/29/2013 (Day 166) Received card in the mail

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Your location is the most critical factor in the job market because as the overall market goes, so goes the job market.

A case in point is my ex-wife has been trying to find another job for many years; she is also in a rural area and they just

are not there. My Thai wife found 2 part time jobs but we live much closer to New York City. I know there is the tendency

for all recruiting to be online now but in both cases, my wife's in-person skills helped her get both jobs. In the ladies'

retail job, she spoke to the manager in person and it was this contact that got her the job.

{EDIT: My ex-wife's inter-personal skills are abysmal compared to my wife's.

Her current job is a service job and she deals with people very well in that,

but when she is job-hunting she gives the appearance of being painfully shy

or annoyed; her disposition is a very cloudy one and that is the other main

factor in why she has not found another job.}

In the case of the supermarket deli job, the tenant of our next-door neighbor worked at that store and recommendd

my wife to her boss; although I didn't know her personally, I have known her landlady for many years.

When she met my wife she almost offered her the job on the spot.

Hang in there, don't be afraid to try something different; I'm thinking of becoming a recruiter in my retirement.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, thong4me! Actually, I already had an inkling how the job market is here I just did not expect it to be this difficult once I got into the job hunting process. Anyway, I know the job will come with more persistence and with the help of a fairy godmother. Thanks again! :)


12-16-2010 (Day 1) I-485, I-130, I-131 and I-I-765 applications sent to USCIS received
12-27-2010 (Day 11) NOAs received thru USPS plus Biometrics schedule for 1/12/2011 @ Michigan City IN and Rejection Notice for I-131.
01-05-2011 (Day 20) I-131 Refiled
01-12-2011 (Day 27) Biometrics completed in 10 minutes (whereas the drive is 1.5 hrs one-way, thanks to snowstorm in IN)
01-31-2011 (Day 46) RFE received (received via email alert)
02-22-2011 (Day 68) Response to RFE received by USCIS (received via email alert)
03-03-2011 (Day 77) EAD Card in Production (received via email alert)
03-14-2011 (Day 88) EAD/AP Combo Card Received
04-14-2011 (Day 121) Interview, Approved!
04-18-2011 (Day 125) E-mail alert received for Card/Document Production
04-23-2011 (Day 130) Green card in the mail
Removing Conditions
01/14/2013 (Day 1) Mailed out I-751 documents to CA Service Center
01/22/2013 (Day 8) Received Receipt Notice
02/13/2013 (Day 30) Biometrics Schedule @ Michigan City, IN

06/19/2013 (Day 156) E-mail alert received for Card Production

06/29/2013 (Day 166) Received card in the mail

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It's already been a couple of months since I became eligible to work and getting a job has been pretty elusive until now. I know it took some people here longer but I am getting stressed with the fact that I am unemployed (plus the fact that I am bored!) and my husband asking me everyday if I already have a job doesn't help either. I live in a small county 70 miles off the City where job opportunities are pretty scarce so I am doing part-time remote admin assistance. This does not pay much but at least I have something to do on the computer other than reading the news.

Anyway I tried applying everywhere, finance where I have 14 yrs experience, clerical and retail but no success yet. Going personally to offices with your resume at hand does not work anymore since they will just refer you apply through their websites. Staffing agencies such as Kelly Services and Manpower don't have openings either.

I know I should be more patient, I guess I only wanted to vent. I just want a job that takes me out of the house and be with other people. :)

I feel your pain! Granted I don't think my wait has been as long as yours and I am still waiting to be eligible to work but I am already frustrated and depressed from doing nothing all day. I watched the movie The Secret again yesterday and Im working on being more positive and sending out good energies. I hope you find something soon! :)


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Me too! Me too!!

been hunting for 4 months as well. living about 1hr's drive from boston and 20min from providence. struggling to find work in my field (data analysis, market research, statistics)...

it's really really frustrating and also a little humbling. i'm glad i'm not the only one. i'm sure the right job is waiting for us but staying positive can be really tough sometimes.

good luck to all of us job hunting out there.

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I feel your pain. Have your tried Careerbuilder? Since moving to the States, I have found that Careerbuilder has been more useful than sites, such as Monster. Give it a try and see what happens. Good luck! :thumbs:


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I can't seem to get a job too. I'm into my 4th month of job hunting. I live in a small town too and the number of new jobs every week is minimal. I have switched from looking for a job that i'm qualified in (early childhood) to just any good old job. I can't even get a job at CVS ;_; It's indeed comforting to know many others are going through the same thing as i am.


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If you feel better, you are not the only ones in this boat! Me too jajjaaj! tired of being at homeeeeeeeeee, watch tv, exercise(sometimes), eat, sleep :( I have been in this jobhunting 4 months now.

Trying to be positive and never stop knocking doors :thumbs:

oh wow!! im happy now coz i thought im the only one experiencing this boredom...lol

ive been searching online for a job...im getting frustrated but what can i do?...i guess its not yet time to WORK...lol

i'm getting tired doing nothing...wake up early ...clean the backyard..do nothing but to go online and search for job openings...

for us guys...welcome to the club of jobless...hahahhahaha

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