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My friend shared this site with me...never heard of it before...www.indeed.com.
I got a call for another theatre company, but the first three months would be an unpaid internship. That makes me a little apprehensive...maybe I'll go interview with them to check it out.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Yes, but are there puppets involved???

Sorry, I'm still laughing about puppet dog walking. You're funny. I'd totally hire you in a minute!!
Originally Posted by avatar
Thank you! I'm glad somebody would!
One of my good friends just got a new job! She is one of the lucky ones who got a great job right after graduation, then moved onto another great job a year later. She was at her current job for almost two years, but was feeling a bit insecure with changes being made and is moving onto another job!

I love her and I'm happy for her...but I want that to happen to me!

Actually, it took this new place over a month to finally make her an offer!
Today's updates!

1) First, I went to the newspaper company for a second interview. I WANTED IT SO MUCH! The first interview with them went SO well, and I think I just built it up too much in my head and started stressing too much I didn't sleep much last night (my dog was walking around making noise all night too!) and wasn't my best today I met the director of the division, and I wasn't in there too long. I feel like I rambled. HOWEVER...maybe I can hope that I made enough of an impression on the HR woman and the other lady I met with on Monday and maybe when they're making their decisions, those two can root for me in case the director wasn't sure of me...
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine

Got a rejection letter back from this place today. I'm not going to lie, I got VERY upset. I really wanted this job. It would have been such a great opportunity, and the salary was perfect, great location...

I'm disappointed...mainly because I am just afraid this is going to happen again and again like it did during my last jobhunt! I went on so many interviews, had a lot of ones that I thought went wonderfully, and it took me two years to find a job, then I just got laid-off anyway!
Aw, I'm sorry CIBC. Is it possible for you to contact them to get some feedback. I know that's hard to do, but maybe they can give you an idea why they decided not to hire you so that you can see if you can adjust things for your current job search. They may or may not be honest or give you anything at all, but it's worth a try.
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Thanks...I actually had asked for feedback a few times during my last hunt, and it always came down to "somebody with more experience came along."

One time, I was going for an entry-level job, had a great interview, and somebody with FIVE YEARS experience ended up getting it! (The woman told me she really DID like me though, and I know she meant it, because a little while after our interview, her friend from another company called me to tell me she had my resume. Her friend said the original woman thought I was "awesome.")

So I'm not dreaming that these interviews are going well...they really are! Which kinda makes it even more frustrating because there's nothing else I can do.
I can understand your frustration. I have no doubt that you interview well-- just from reading your posts. So, in that case, you are doing all that you can do. At this point, it's just about getting a break. Not easy to wait and be patient, but the best opportunity for you is soon to come. Yes, I know, easier said than done, but I am learning more and more about patience and faith these days.

I am actually switching careers (lawyer to spa industry-- starting at the bottom). It was hard for me to even get people to take me seriously (they wonder why I would want to leave all that money to work in a spa-- various reasons, the least being money!). I only got interest from the kind of place where I was sure I didn't want to work. Anyway, I'm not even sure how it came up or worked out, but my friend got me an interview at the spa she works at and I'm moving all the way across the country to take it. Her two bosses have never even met me (I interviewed with someone junior to my friend), but I talked to one of her bosses and she said she just trusts my friend. This is not an opportunity I even sought out-- it just developed organically.

I just tell that story because you never know when your break is coming. I'm not saying something will just appear out of thin air like that, but I think things will fall into place soon. I can tell that you enjoy your industry and that you are doing what you need to do to find the job that you want. Yes, it is easy to get discouraged. But for some reason I think you are about to get what you are waiting for. Plus, just know that we are all pulling for you here. So, keep coming here and sharing. Our collective energy and positive thoughts can do more than any of us can imagine.

(Now, did you ever stop by the puppet place?? I don't know why I'm obsessed with the puppets. I just am. )
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." --- Abraham Maslow
I recieved an offer!! Yeah!!! Now I'm just waiting for my background check and drug test to comeback. I know I haven't done anything wrong nor have I done any drugs but I'm still kinda worried.
I have an interview today. God, I hate interviews.
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OK, so.... that was the most "interesting" place I've interviewed at so far. It's called Miles Per Hour Advertising and I guess they're in the process of hiring a lot of people. And there were a LOT of people there. People in suits, people khakis, people in athletic shorts. Whoa.

They were playing, like, loud Top 40 music in the reception area. Uneditied and everything. The dude who interviewed me had long dreads pulled back in a pony tail. I just sat there rambling and sweating. Honestly, it does seem like a cool place to work, but I am always so skeptical that anything will come of these interviews. And they're doing a freakin' three interview process. Like one or two isn't bad enough.

*sigh*
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Congrats on your success Papayahed!


Does anyone have any experience working with a staffing agency? I'm thinking of trying one after I get back from vacation. Most of the ones in my area advertise temp-perm opportunities. I'm not really interested in working continuous temp jobs, but I was hoping they'd be a good way to get my foot in the door. Any opinions?
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I recieved an offer!! Yeah!!! Now I'm just waiting for my background check and drug test to comeback. I know I haven't done anything wrong nor have I done any drugs but I'm still kinda worried.
Originally Posted by papayahed

Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
I recieved an offer!! Yeah!!! Now I'm just waiting for my background check and drug test to comeback. I know I haven't done anything wrong nor have I done any drugs but I'm still kinda worried.
Originally Posted by papayahed
I know exactly what you mean!

I did get my offer letter, etc. in the mail, but it's all contingent on the background check. Like you, I've never done anything wrong (or at least I haven't been caught at it ), and I didn't lie on my resume or anything...but I'm still nervous!
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Allrighty:


1.) Haven't heard back from the interview I felt I nailed on Thursday.

2.) Had an interview today with that theatre company that would begin as an unpaid internship. It actually went really well, partly because I totally didn't care and wasn't nervous or stressed, since it was an unpaid internship. The girl was very nice, and we chatted for a while, and she told me I had a great resume and experience but that she would understand if I didn't want an unpaid position. Who knows, maybe a paid position will open up soon!

3.) Had my unemployment orientation today. I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect! It went fine. The guy was basically like, "Oh, great, your resume is up-to-date. Oh, great, you're going on interviews! Keep up the good work! It's just a number games, after all!" Was in there for about ten minutes!

4.) There's a certain company I have been crazy to work for since graduation (and probably before then!) I have interviewed there about five times! Each time goes great, and I get some email saying, "So so sorry, wish we had another position for you, we gave the job to somebody from another department who wanted to switch over." I still would love to work there! Last night I came across a businesscard from a woman I interviewed there, so I go, "What do I have to lose..." and emailed the woman, reminded her who I was, sent her my resume and told her I still wanted to work for the company very much. I had been applying to everything I was qualified for that came up on their site, but haven't heard from them, but heard from them today! Not sure if it had anything to do with emailing that lady or if it's just a coincidence! Interview with them tomorrow!

I AM TIRED!
Congrats papyahed!!!

I decided to cancel the interview that I have for tomorrow with the Red Cross. I'm just not feeling very positive about the position, and I know that if they did offer it, I'd turn it down. It's shift work, which means I could end up working over-night or very early in the morning or some weird thing in between. There's also some on-call work involved. All that for money that would equal what I make now.

That's okay....I'll find something eventually!
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I had 3 recruiters call me 2 fridays ago. I've heard nothing up until now, so I am assuming I didn't get interviews with any. Oh God!
So I gave this place one last call. I had toyed with telling them that I had another opportunity and needed to know now, but that had the drawbacks of:

(1) not being entirely true, unless you count my fantasy about just quitting my job and becoming a full-time lady of leisure an "opportunity" and

(2) risking that they'd cross me off the list not because they weren't interested but because they weren't ready to make a decision.

So instead, I left a message saying that I wasn't pressuring them for an immediate decision. However, I was interpreting their lack of communication as a sign that I was no longer in the running, but was still interested so I wanted to find out if that was really the case (I phrased it all nicer than that).

So if I don't hear in the next day or two, then either I am really out of the running, or they don't value me enough to spare 3 minutes to pick up the phone and let me know that I am still under consideration. And in that case, I don't particularly want this job anymore.

But then it'd be back to the drawing board. *sigh*
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The phone interview was so-so. Totally am not interested in the position (it would basically involve driving around to hospitals and schools.) I would never be in the headquarters building in the city, and I am really not a driver...(the most I will drive is to the train station.) Plus, as much as a mess my last office was, I enjoyed knowing I had friends there every day...blah...I told the lady I was very interested in the company, but not sure about the position. She was nice.

I am disappointed that I haven't heard from the one that went well on Thursday I can't imagine it having gone any better!
Congrats on your success Papayahed!


Does anyone have any experience working with a staffing agency? I'm thinking of trying one after I get back from vacation. Most of the ones in my area advertise temp-perm opportunities. I'm not really interested in working continuous temp jobs, but I was hoping they'd be a good way to get my foot in the door. Any opinions?
Originally Posted by WavingNotCurling
Since being laid off I've met with two staffing agencies. So far nothing has come of it and I have heard many people speak of the same type of experience. Since I have so little experience that may have something to do with it. But it doesn't hurt to meet with them.
I am having crazy ups and downs!

One minute, I'm very excited about the possibilities and am on a great high like I was after my next interview...

The next, I am just anticipating that this is going to be like my last jobhunt, which lasted 2 years and left me so incredibly frustrated and depressed

I think I need to back away from the jobsites for a couple of days.

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