Which of us are job hunting?

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In case you don't already know..you don't have to meet all of the requirements exactly. Even with years experience and things like that. When I send them out('a million')
Originally Posted by Josephine
I know that the requirements are usually a wish list of what the perfect candidate would possess. Chances are no one will match all of the requirements. But if they are looking for someone with 5-10 years of experience and I don't meet any of the requirements, they will probably toss my resume in the trash.
I am still looking for full time employment..I have been looking since I was fired last year. I am currently working part time and it is so hard to pay bills. I have to have dental work done..My dentist said he will charge me 300.00. Every time I have some money saved, I need it for something else.

THe thing that I hate the most is I have revamped my resume a total of 5 times and still have not receieved any calls or rejection letters. I want to relocate, but looks like I will have to wait. I am extremely pissed. Life in a small town totally sucks. I was so angry and frustrated, I told my parents when I see a way out, they are going to have to relocate also, I refuse to come back here. I overeheard one of their conversations and they are definitely looking into this. Accroding to them it will be 2 more years.. This is fine with me...

Question for everyone who mentions sending out "a million" resumes. Are you sending out the same resume for everything you apply for or tailoring it to each position? Also where are you finding the jobs to apply to? Are you using mass job sites like careerbuilder, company websites, sending them to network connections? I'd love to be sending out more resumes but don't qualify for a lot of jobs.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
Pretty much I send out the same resume. I do change the cover letter more than the resume, but even that is basically the same thing with a few different sentences to highlight a certain skill.
I don't really send out a "million " resumes . It's really about 4-8 every day. I send out to the ads that I read are a good fit, I hardly ever see much more than that in 1 day.

In case you don't already know..you don't have to meet all of the requirements exactly. Even with years experience and things like that. When I send them out('a million') I do look at those big websites and send out the same resume for most of them..but then there are a few or maybe even just one that is something I am really interested in or matches my skills exactly..then I'll take the time to tailor my cover letter and resume(if needed) for that job.
Originally Posted by Josephine
In my experience, I have yet to be called for a job that didn't look like a perfect fit or almost a perfect fit.
I have tried sending out to jobs that are not a closer fit and all I got was once an email telling me tailor my resume better if indeed I wanted that position or the more likely, no response.

Has anyone here gotten interviews for jobs that didn't fit too well?
Had an interview today...

I had to take a grammar/spelling/typing test and wasn't allowed to have my interview unless I passed all of them.

(96/92/75 WPM! Wahoo!)

They had me wait for a while for the interview, then the guy came running out and was all apologetic and said that he can't talk to me today and that he'll call me to reschedule.

I leave and walk down the street rolling my eyes, figuring I'd never hear from them again, but I did...going back there on Tuesday.

I still can't believe that company I met with last week hasn't called me!

I'm not even getting REJECTIONS! I guess no news is good news. Humph.

Absolutely exhausted! It's been a long week. Plus, I have a therapy session tomorrow...I need it!
Has anyone here gotten interviews for jobs that didn't fit too well?
Originally Posted by violets
I don't know if this is the same, but I've done several different types of jobs (all within the same field) and occasionally I will get calls asking if I'm interested in a similar job I've done in the past.

Once after interviewing with a guy he told me I wasn't good for the position I was interviewing for but he would like me to consider a job completely different that was open.
I rarely change my resume, but usually tweak my cover letter to fit the position or play up certain experiences.
I have a phone interview with Time, Inc. on Wednesday...

I am tired of this! Somebody hire me, please.
Oooo! Good luck, CIBC!!!

Start now doing visualizations, but instead of just seeing yourself in the position, FEEL yourself in the position. What's it going to be like? What time will you get there? How will you do your tasks? Who will you work with? Where will you go for lunch? etc., etc. Notice what it feels like. Is it where your really want to be?? If so, then continue every day until Wednesday with this exercise. Each day feel it more and more a part of you Then, on Wednesday morning, just let it go. No more visualizations. Just be there. (If you're not really feeling the place and you don't "light up" about it, then I don't think this exercise will be useful.)

Again, good luck!
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...So apparently someone who recently graduated from high school can do a better job at a data entry position than someone who is almost finished college and has data entry experience. I have nooo idea how I'm going to pay rent!!
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Had the stupidest interview today It was on entertainmentcareers.net and when they called me, I couldn't find much online about the company, but I figured it couldn't hurt to go in.

My interview was at 5:15 (weird) and the lobby was full of people my age in business attire waiting to go in. One would go in...for literally, 90 seconds...come out...next! 90 seconds...come out...next!

So I just told myself, "You're gonna be in there for 90 seconds, it's not you, it's just how they're doing it, don't even worry about it."

The woman asked me three questions (my salary requirements, my goals, and what I have been doing since I wasn't working...well, looking for a job IS my job. And it's only been a month!)

She told me she'll be in touch if she wanted a second interview and dismissed me.

I walked away and smiled sheepishly at the poor souls waiting to go in.

Sheesh!!!!!!!!

What a waste!!!!!!! I wish I had other interviews today instead of going up to the city just for that!
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine



Well, this place called me for a second interview
I applied to be a receptionist at a cat clinic (double yay!) and they called today to ask some questions. They said they'd call later and have me do a two hour observation if they were interested. Oh, please, please, please, I want to work at the freakin' cat clinic!

I applied at two other vet's offices, too, so here's hoping.
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In today's installment:

Interviewed with a publishing house...it's a good company (working at the bookstore all those years has made me familiar with most books!), great location, and the interview went pretty well (I think!) We spoke for about a half hour.

My favorite quote:

"Would you be okay with frequent businesstrips to London?"

Lemme think about that...heck yeah!
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Got a rejection email from this place today

I swear, if this lasts for two years, I'm going to enter a nunnery.
Ughhhh. This is soooo frustrating. I can barely even find anything to apply for anymore. I keep seeing the same jobs advertised over and over that I AM qualified for and have already sent my resume to. One week I got about four responses and then . . . NOTHING. I think I'm driving my cats crazy being here at home :x
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Ughhhh. This is soooo frustrating. I can barely even find anything to apply for anymore. I keep seeing the same jobs advertised over and over that I AM qualified for and have already sent my resume to. One week I got about four responses and then . . . NOTHING. I think I'm driving my cats crazy being here at home :x
Originally Posted by WavingNotCurling

That's how I feel today! I actually have dial-up at home and my computer is crazy slow and it's hard to apply for a lot of things that make you register and stuff...so I went to the library today and was there for an hour and only found about four jobs to apply to
I applied to be a receptionist at a cat clinic (double yay!) and they called today to ask some questions. They said they'd call later and have me do a two hour observation if they were interested. Oh, please, please, please, I want to work at the freakin' cat clinic!

I applied at two other vet's offices, too, so here's hoping.
Originally Posted by wonderdiana
Which cat clinic? I take my cats to the Cat Clinic in Danbury, CT and I love it there! I always thought it would be a cool place to work, as I am a total cat lover.


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I applied to be a receptionist at a cat clinic (double yay!) and they called today to ask some questions. They said they'd call later and have me do a two hour observation if they were interested. Oh, please, please, please, I want to work at the freakin' cat clinic!

I applied at two other vet's offices, too, so here's hoping.
Originally Posted by wonderdiana
Which cat clinic? I take my cats to the Cat Clinic in Danbury, CT and I love it there! I always thought it would be a cool place to work, as I am a total cat lover.
Originally Posted by bushyhead
This one is in West Hartford.
2C/3A -- wurly!
Well, I didn't get that job. Not sure what all happened there, but whatever. Back to square 1.

The most recent job I applied for sounds like it'd be a pretty good fit for me, but the thing that worries/annoys me is that it would actually be a pay cut from my current job. Not a huge one, but a good 7-8% based on the published salary range for the job. But I would try to negotiate that up, or look for other perks, or try to get assurances that I could be up for a raise sooner than a year. Of course, I have no clue if I'll even get called for an interview, let alone be offered the job, so this is all a little premature.

On one hand, I can afford the cut, mostly because I am single and thus only have to take care of myself. And I am good with my money--no debt except student loans. But at the same time...the thought of taking less money = ugh.

What about all of you? What's the biggest pay cut you'd consider, and just how perfect would the job have to be in order to take it? (Obviously, this assumes you're like me and have a perfectly fine job that you can just as easily keep. If you're out of work it would be a different story.)
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What about all of you? What's the biggest pay cut you'd consider, and just how perfect would the job have to be in order to take it? (Obviously, this assumes you're like me and have a perfectly fine job that you can just as easily keep. If you're out of work it would be a different story.)
Originally Posted by meegs
Ugh! Don't even ask. Right now I am making about 1/3 of what I was making 5 years ago. 7-8% cut from that would be a dream job at this point to me.

What about all of you? What's the biggest pay cut you'd consider, and just how perfect would the job have to be in order to take it? (Obviously, this assumes you're like me and have a perfectly fine job that you can just as easily keep. If you're out of work it would be a different story.)
Originally Posted by meegs
Ugh! Don't even ask. Right now I am making about 1/3 of what I was making 5 years ago. 7-8% cut from that would be a dream job at this point to me.
Originally Posted by violets
That happened to me too several years ago, or at least nearly. I had been laid off, and the job I took paid almost half what I was making at the company that laid me off.

In a normal, non-layoff situation, I wouldn't take a paycut. At all. There's no such thing as "the perfect job".
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i got a job!

it is in my second choice of city, but i still think i'll be very happy there.

i was brave and did a tough salary negotiation with the smaller school that i liked a lot better, and it turned out that they were able to offer me a bit above what i was willing to take as my bottom figure.

the contract is coming in the mail this week. i'm so happy!!!!



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