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Jan 13, 2018 11:58 PM

Hi guys,

I was layed off from my job yesterday and it was one of the only jobs i could physically handle. I cannot get umemployment because my state has a rule where you have to have made $2500 or more from the job to get benefits and i did not make that much. I cannot stand for very long, i cannot lift very much, and i am young and do not have very much experience.
I have been applying for receptionist/office jobs, but i have carpel tunnel and even typing this is difficult for me. If anyone has any suggestions i really could use the help. I do not know if i can even pay my rent next month.

Jan 14, 2018 11:30 AM

I'm in a similar situation to you, although thankfully I'm able to live with my mum. I have been looking for employment for the past 7 months. All the jobs in my area require the ability to lift 25 pounds (11 kg) or more above the head, and I don't meet the qualification requirements for most jobs. It's hard enough to find jobs for normal people, it's nearly impossible to find jobs that are willing to hire people like us with disabilities or chronic pain.

Jan 15, 2018 3:46 PM

I have applied for all the jobs ive found i could maybe handle.

Jan 15, 2018 11:09 PM

Can I ask what is your medical condition? I do know that carpal tunnel is from repetitive movement of the wrist, so I am thinking that you worked somewhere to get this condition

Jan 16, 2018 3:20 AM

I work on our city's Transit system as a cleaner. It a physical job. It started really getting bad for me last year. This was the worst flair up ever. I have osteoarthritis, cervical stenosis and chronic pain.

Jan 16, 2018 4:47 AM

Have you considered front desk at a hotel or a library aide? Hotel front desk could be good since there is minimal typing, if any depending on the system and you can usually sit or stand and no lifting. Good luck and best wishes.

Jan 16, 2018 2:06 PM

When it get bad enough, I will have to change, but for now... It boils down to the money and Pension. I have to do it till I can't. We are probably all in that situation.

Jan 17, 2018 2:50 AM

I found a little gem in call centre work! Not sure about US but in the UK generally they’re great for disabled workers (back, leg and hand problems). No manual work besides moving a mouse, generally not much key board useage, only thing is it’s a lot of repetitive talking!

Jan 17, 2018 7:32 AM

I've heard good things about work from home customer service jobs, I know Amizon was doing a big hire push accross the US for thoes. You just need a head set and a computer that meets somewhat new requirements.

Jan 18, 2018 11:23 PM

Sweetpea,
I have fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel both diagnosed. I also have nerve damage from a car accident. The carpal tunnel is a pinched nerve in the wrist normally caused by over working the wrist. It cost a lot to get surgery for and the chances of it working is 50%. Unfortunately i do not have the money nor time to go through with the surgery or to pay for rehabilitation. Plus you are not suposed to return to anything that would cause the carpal tunnel to come back afterwards. My doctor believes the carpal tunnel is from typing too much at school and my old job required constant wrist movement.

Jan 18, 2018 11:27 PM

America says they are for equal opportunity including for disabilty, but we have no job for people like us who need a job with physical limitations. I have some interviews at two schools being a special education assistant. I hope they work out.

Jan 20, 2018 10:49 AM

I am a CMA at a doctors office so I'm om my feet running patients all day. I stand in the room and do all the notes and have to stand to help with procedues. As soon as I'm standing in one position for 3-5 mins my back locks. By time I get home from work my back is so exhausted and about 5-6 pain level. I'm 11 mos post L5 SI fusion and I'm scared and frustrated.

Jan 20, 2018 11:23 AM

I work at GM in Aurora Colorado! It is a parts warehouse we ship auto parts to all the dealer! I constantly bend and lift all day! Hard to cope at times! I have restrictions but they don't care! Tough place to work!

Jan 20, 2018 11:23 PM

I was working at a retail store then in a factory. I could no longer take standing all day as much as i tried. I hate looking for jobs. It is hard when we get to the point to where our functions become so limited. Especially when we love what we do.

Jan 21, 2018 2:14 PM

Are you able to apply for disability? Could you qualify for public assistance? Are there agencies or churches in your area that would help you with rent. Is the a public information number in your area that could give you the numbers of places that will help you. Have you looked into telemarketing? The suggestion about hotel desk. How about your public bus transportation company as a dispatcher. In my area American Greetings is always looking for people to service stores and the hours are flexible.
I'm a Licensed professional but my employment is shaky because the agency is having financial difficulties.

Jan 24, 2018 8:02 PM

You could try school districts or city jobs, they have good insurance too

Jan 31, 2018 1:04 AM

Have you found a job?

Feb 01, 2018 4:59 PM

Stores such as aldi’s have cashiers that sit down for their position and you can possibly do close captioning work through Rev.

Feb 02, 2018 2:20 PM

Work for WSDOT. lucky to have this job since the 6 compression fracture in 2016.

Feb 08, 2018 11:42 AM

I’m a medical courier. My job is physically demanding. I frequently need to run with a heavy specimen bag. I hope you can find a position that is manageable.

Feb 20, 2018 2:07 AM

I’m shocked to see that no one has suggested finding a job online, and working from home yet! That’s usually on the top of the list heheh.
Have you looked into becoming a virtual assistant, social media manager/Consultant,web design services, blogging, etc. it’s not something that makes you rich overnight. You’ll have to put some time and work into it, but you’ll be able to pick your own hours, price your services, pick and choose the # of clients you have, etc. it’s pretty awesome! You should check out Pinterest and type in “stay at home work” and you’ll see a bunch of blog posts with lists of to make money online. It’s a good place to start 🤗 hope this helps! online 💁🏼.

Who knows, you may end up

Feb 20, 2018 2:10 AM

you may end up turning something that you love to do, into a way to make $ 😬 ***

Feb 20, 2018 4:31 AM

Definitely school jobs. It's usually less than 8 hours per day and no weekends with many holidays. I only work at a school part-time, which is 4 hours per day. I just cannot work more than that - even though I really want to.

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