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I was told by one of the jobs I interviewed for that they let you know, good or bad, in 72 hours. Nothing! Ugh. So frustrating. I haven't been unemployed for long and I'm still collecting severance from my previous employer so I've got a little cushion but job hunting is just so frustrating.

I had an offer that I turned down last month, I'm starting to feel like I've made a mistake!


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Originally Posted by IAmJordanNicole
You can't look back! You really can't.

I hate when people don't get back to you when they say.

I've been applying for part-time work in offices and on Sunday, I'm going to poke around some coffee shops/diners just to find SOMETHING. There's really nothing around here, everything is either in Manhattan or in the state but a long drive away (I'd rather just take the train into the city.)

I'm INCREDIBLY frustrated.

My best guy friend keeps telling me, "It is JUST a job, do NOT let a job define you, you're an amazing writer, that's what matters the most, etc. etc. etc." BUT he's also quite independently wealthy. I NEED a job.

It's really hard to stay positive...I feel like I'm in limbo.
Oh CIBC I know how frustrating it is. I'm looking for something else closer to me.....and I'm not hearing anything. The fiancée is still looking for a job too and he's having no lock at all.

Something has to give for you!! I keep saying little prayers for you.
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Oh CIBC I know how frustrating it is. I'm looking for something else closer to me.....and I'm not hearing anything. The fiancée is still looking for a job too and he's having no lock at all.

Something has to give for you!! I keep saying little prayers for you.
Originally Posted by Trixie1979

Thank you so much!
Had a breakdown today, which I've been fighting lately, and I just need for something to break SOON...not even job-wise...creatively, romantically, socially. SOMETHING. I really just feel like I'm in such a hole right now. Something's gotta give.
I'm not really sure what it feels like to walk around with two black eyes, but I'm pretty sure it feels the same as getting rejected for job after job after job after job after job. Actually, I'd rather have two black eyes at this point. (Just got yet another rejection. After that interview in which the guy SAID, "I'll tell you the truth...THIS INTERVIEW WENT GREAT!") What GIVES? WHAT GIVES?



Last edited by CanItBeChristine; 12-19-2011 at 02:46 PM.
I can't stop crying. I'm so sad and frustrated and disgusted with everything. I really can't do this anymore. I don't understand what people want from me or what is wrong with me.

Last edited by CanItBeChristine; 12-19-2011 at 02:46 PM.
My goodness its heartbreaking and scary to read all of this. Just remember sweetheart to not act out of emotions and anger just think..things can only move up at this point.

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Thank you...I definitely won't do anything crazy...I'm just SO FRUSTRATED. Even if I think positively and keep my hopes up...I just end-up feeling worse than ever.
This email should make me feel better but it kinda makes me feel worse. There is NOTHING I CAN BE DOING DIFFERENTLY. It's just rotten luck and I have to keep waiting and praying for a miracle.

I am so sorry that your job search has not gone to your favor yet. The only thing I can do is encourage you to continue the pursuit and not give-up! I am honest with you when I say that you gave a fantastic interview and seemed like an ideal candidate in my book. Our final decisions were in no way affected negatively by your interview. The few applicants that Tom chose to interview had extensive arts administration experience such as yourself, the only difference was they had a personal history with the studio either as a former student or a collaborator that he felt was important to the job. I know this is not what you want to hear, but there was absolutely nothing you could have helped or done differently. You really did give a great interview.

I wish you the best of luck on your endeavors and again, if we look for more additional help at the studio, I will be sure to let you know.
I know it bad but I have been looking for work for three yrs. Now and just got a job that only pays 40 a week. And still looking for work hlp

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I've been having panic attacks every night lately I'm averaging about two hours of sleep a night. I can't believe I don't have a job. I can't believe it's been over a year and I lost three jobs in the past five years.

I'm so sick of this and so disgusted with EVERYTHING. It feels pointless and hopeless to even keep going-on interviews at this point.

My sister lectured me on Christmas Eve about, "Why don't you just work at a non-profit like I do?"

--she has no idea where I'm applying. I'm applying and interviewing EVERYWHERE, including many non-profits

--you know WHY she works at a non-profit? Because her best friend hired her for the job and is her boss. She's never applied for a job in her life.

I can't do this. I can't turn 30 with no job or no accomplishments of note and nothing to show for myself. I really feel like this pathetic loser and a waste of space right now. I'm so embarrassed and ashamed. I am so scared to run into anybody and have to tell them what is up with me. I just feel like such a failure.
And I am applying for part-time retail/restaurant work, but I'm also unsure of where I want to work partially because I don't want to run into people I know.

I KNOW how stupid and irrational that is. I KNOW that, when it comes down to it, nobody really cares about anybody but themselves anyway.

But, I also know if I'm working retail and some girl I went to high school with walks in with her two beautiful children and I'm ringing her up with no job and no relationship, I'll feel bad. I know that's ridiculous...but I can't help it.
I had an interview today that went great. It was a smaller theatre company and everybody was British! The man I met with was very nice (and British! haha) and loved my experiences.

We'll seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

There's gotta be a cosmic reasoning for all of this. Gotta.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Rejected

I'm scared. I'm scared if I don't find something soon, I'm going to have a complete mental and emotional breakdown. I think I'm already almost there.

I just can't do it anymore. Why doesn't anybody want to hire me?
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TSA is now hiring! Starting @ 15.55hr Full benefits. Must go to usajobs.gov and type in Los angeles, then click agencies and click department of homeland security and apply.
I hope there are still openings. Just wanted to pass this along.
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And I am applying for part-time retail/restaurant work, but I'm also unsure of where I want to work partially because I don't want to run into people I know.

I KNOW how stupid and irrational that is. I KNOW that, when it comes down to it, nobody really cares about anybody but themselves anyway.

But, I also know if I'm working retail and some girl I went to high school with walks in with her two beautiful children and I'm ringing her up with no job and no relationship, I'll feel bad. I know that's ridiculous...but I can't help it.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Please try to hang in there! It seems like a big step down, but apply for the retail jobs like you are right now. Many of these retail stores at the mall are part of big corporations...and since you would already be working at one of these retail stores, you could explore internal job opportunities within corporate (and I am not just talking about sales jobs or store manager positions either--there would be a diversity of openings because it would be within corporate)--there'd most likely be a whole job database for internal applicants who would be considered for these corporate openings first before it would be advertised to the public. Not to mention many of these retailers would probably have their corporate offices in NYC, which is a plus for you because you're within the vicinity as opposed to applicants from farther away. Seeking part-time retail work for the time being may be a good idea--a little extra cash flow and the chance to explore internal job opportunities. If things go well and you get along with your managers, you could leverage them as resources in applying for these internal positions and getting you connected with the right people for certain openings.

When I was looking for a job while working part-time in a store for a major global retailer, I was also looking internally (within corporate and looking at non-sales positions and non-store--I was going for more of the corporate business side in which my education was relative). I happened to meet the district manager of my store's region and told her about myself and my career aspirations, education, etc. (in a very conversational and casual way). She gave me her business card and told me to email her my resume. I did just that and also included that I would love to chat with her some time about her professional accomplishments and career path the next time she visited my store or even over the phone.

I didn't hear from her for awhile, but I had started looking for openings within the company's corporate offices to get an idea of what type of jobs I would apply to when the time was right. I finally heard back from her almost 2 months later--and the reason for the delay was that she just happened to catch my email which was sent to her junk mail. However, she basically kind of took me under her wing when I told her the openings that I was interested in--prepped me with some extra info for the positions that I applied to, connected me with corporate employees already working in that position who could give me additional knowledge of what the job required and what the interviewers would ask, provided with some of the company's material that I could utilize for the interviews, etc. At the same time, I directly reached out to the recruiters of these positions and was able to get a few phone interviews with the hiring managers of the openings.

Although I was rejected for these positions, the recruiters told me to keep applying for any openings and they would set up the phone interviews for me and continue to do so until I landed an opening that was right for me. Around this same time, fortunately, I received a job offer from another employer that is a non-profit, and therefore, ceased my job hunt at the retail company. However, I think that I would have eventually landed a position with the retailer because I kept those ties open with the recruiters, who really seemed to want me to get one of those openings, and also because I did some networking with current corporate employees who worked in the areas that I was applying to.

So don't rule out retail, because you can use that as an opportunity to expand your job search and move up within the company. And with all of your capabilities, talents, and amazing personality, all of this could work in your favor when you connect with the company's recruiters for openings that interest you.

Sorry for this long post! I just wanted to share my personal experience in hopes that it could be helpful to you. Please don't lose hope!

Last edited by KinkyCoils10; 12-28-2011 at 10:44 PM.
CIBC - I promise to never mention this again, but as posters have said before, this may be the universe's way of saying that it's time for you to move on. You need to start over somewhere else. You can always return to NYC. Think of it as an adventure that you can write about someday.

You have done - and are still doing - all that you can do. It's not you, so as hard as it is, don't take it personally. I wish you well.
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And I am applying for part-time retail/restaurant work, but I'm also unsure of where I want to work partially because I don't want to run into people I know.

I KNOW how stupid and irrational that is. I KNOW that, when it comes down to it, nobody really cares about anybody but themselves anyway.

But, I also know if I'm working retail and some girl I went to high school with walks in with her two beautiful children and I'm ringing her up with no job and no relationship, I'll feel bad. I know that's ridiculous...but I can't help it.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Please try to hang in there! It seems like a big step down, but apply for the retail jobs like you are right now. Many of these retail stores at the mall are part of big corporations...and since you would already be working at one of these retail stores, you could explore internal job opportunities within corporate (and I am not just talking about sales jobs or store manager positions either--there would be a diversity of openings because it would be within corporate)--there'd most likely be a whole job database for internal applicants who would be considered for these corporate openings first before it would be advertised to the public. Not to mention many of these retailers would probably have their corporate offices in NYC, which is a plus for you because you're within the vicinity as opposed to applicants from farther away. Seeking part-time retail work for the time being may be a good idea--a little extra cash flow and the chance to explore internal job opportunities. If things go well and you get along with your managers, you could leverage them as resources in applying for these internal positions and getting you connected with the right people for certain openings.

When I was looking for a job while working part-time in a store for a major global retailer, I was also looking internally (within corporate and looking at non-sales positions and non-store--I was going for more of the corporate business side in which my education was relative). I happened to meet the district manager of my store's region and told her about myself and my career aspirations, education, etc. (in a very conversational and casual way). She gave me her business card and told me to email her my resume. I did just that and also included that I would love to chat with her some time about her professional accomplishments and career path the next time she visited my store or even over the phone.

I didn't hear from her for awhile, but I had started looking for openings within the company's corporate offices to get an idea of what type of jobs I would apply to when the time was right. I finally heard back from her almost 2 months later--and the reason for the delay was that she just happened to catch my email which was sent to her junk mail. However, she basically kind of took me under her wing when I told her the openings that I was interested in--prepped me with some extra info for the positions that I applied to, connected me with corporate employees already working in that position who could give me additional knowledge of what the job required and what the interviewers would ask, provided with some of the company's material that I could utilize for the interviews, etc. At the same time, I directly reached out to the recruiters of these positions and was able to get a few phone interviews with the hiring managers of the openings.

Although I was rejected for these positions, the recruiters told me to keep applying for any openings and they would set up the phone interviews for me and continue to do so until I landed an opening that was right for me. Around this same time, fortunately, I received a job offer from another employer that is a non-profit, and therefore, ceased my job hunt at the retail company. However, I think that I would have eventually landed a position with the retailer because I kept those ties open with the recruiters, who really seemed to want me to get one of those openings, and also because I did some networking with current corporate employees who worked in the areas that I was applying to.

So don't rule out retail, because you can use that as an opportunity to expand your job search and move up within the company. And with all of your capabilities, talents, and amazing personality, all of this could work in your favor when you connect with the company's recruiters for openings that interest you.

Sorry for this long post! I just wanted to share my personal experience in hopes that it could be helpful to you. Please don't lose hope!
Originally Posted by KinkyCoils10

Thank you so much.

My issue with retail is that I just wouldn't know where I want to be if I went into a longterm career in a corporate office. I worked retail last Christmas and I just didn't care enough about clothes. I like clothes for myself...but they just don't hold my interest.
CIBC - I promise to never mention this again, but as posters have said before, this may be the universe's way of saying that it's time for you to move on. You need to start over somewhere else. You can always return to NYC. Think of it as an adventure that you can write about someday.

You have done - and are still doing - all that you can do. It's not you, so as hard as it is, don't take it personally. I wish you well.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly

Thank you, but it's really not that easy. I HAVE put in applications in other cities but haven't heard from any of them. Seriously, I think NY companies are skeptical enough to hire somebody who lives in NJ, let alone a far away state.

I don't have much in savings AT ALL. Nothing that would last me more than a month. Any friends I have in other cities are either in studios or have several roommates. I don't even have restaurant experience so I can't even get a job waiting tables or bartending.
I worked for a non profit and my job was outsourced in June. I have been able to get one interview and that's it. I've applied for every job I've found that I could do and I'm getting nowhere. Then you watch the news and hear about all these executives that are getting paid huge salaries, meanwhile there are a vast majority that can't find work or can't find work at a decent wage. It's disgusting.

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