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Old 10-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #3141
 
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Never got this question at an interview before: "What will you do if you don't get this job?"

Was I supposed to respond with, "Punch my fists to the heavens and scream,"Whyyyyy God whyyyyyyyy?"
Well, I just got my rejection.

...Punches fists to the Heavens and screams, 'WHYYYY GOD WHYYYYY?'...
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:46 AM   #3142
 
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I just had two temp agencies basically tell me "We just have temp reception and admin positions...given your impressive background, we don't really have what you're looking for"

Well, I'm also overqualified to have sour cream in my hair, damnit!!!
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"I am forwarding your letter and resume to the hiring committee…but wanted to drop you a note and tell you that you win the “Best Cover Letter” award in my book! It made me smile!"

It's the same ol' bewildered unemployed girl song...
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CIBC - you are remarkable. :-) I admire you for always getting back out there because you've had a rough year. Most people would have given up by now. This will make a great book or movie when you're famous for your writing. :-) keep hanging in there. Something good has to happen.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #3145
 
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Hi everyone. This is my first semester not working... It's my final semester of undergrad so I thought I'd focus on school. But now the semester is more than half gone and I'm thinking about the future.

Old plan: Continue volunteering as a research assistant at the health sciences center... Gain valuable clinical/research experience. Possibility of a manuscript(!! huge deal), and many posters/conferences. Apply for phD program in fall of 13 and begin in fall of '14.

New plan: Considering physical assistant school. I'd have to take about 1-2 semesters of per-requisites... and most programs are 2 years. Also: money and job security. I want tangible skills.
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Saila, a good friend of mine has started PT Assistant program in school. It's a tough program but once she is through the jobs are going to come begging for her and the pay is excellent. Sounds like you have a great plan.

CIBC, when I was job hunting I had 4 different resumes. I just emphasizes certain aspects depending on the job for which I was applying. Can you have a separate resume for when you apply to temp agencies so that they are less likely to say you are overqualified? I know it is very hard not to put down your accomplishments, but it is a means to an end.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:57 AM   #3147
 
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Saila, a good friend of mine has started PT Assistant program in school. It's a tough program but once she is through the jobs are going to come begging for her and the pay is excellent. Sounds like you have a great plan.

CIBC, when I was job hunting I had 4 different resumes. I just emphasizes certain aspects depending on the job for which I was applying. Can you have a separate resume for when you apply to temp agencies so that they are less likely to say you are overqualified? I know it is very hard not to put down your accomplishments, but it is a means to an end.
Thank you! I started doing that a few weeks ago when a staffing agency woman suggested I do so for her. I stress in each position how I was the primary receptionist/admin at each job I've had (which is the truth) and took out anything that sounded too "I got paid six figures for this" (even when I wasn't even breaking the NY poverty line )

I posted this in the tipping thread, but I quit my waitressing job on Friday and am going to do 30-40 hours a week of retail now. I didn't have the greatest experience waiting tables, was really slaving and the most I'd make would be about $80 ($100 if I had a double) and others only $4!!!! I thought I was doing a good job, had several tables come-right out and tell me I was great, and then my manager called me on Monday morning (at 8 AM...) to tell me there had been complaints about me Friday night. I asked for "another chance"...she was all set to fire me...and she gave me "one more shot" and said I really had to "bring it."

So...I decided it just wasn't worth it, and I was NOT letting them fire me, so I went on a retail interview on Friday morning, got an offer on the spot, and gave the restaurant a week's notice.

I always felt a little out-of-place there...one day the owner and the male manager got into a SCREAMING MATCH in the kitchen (while there were people in the restaurant that could hear) about everything, including the hostess, and "I KNEW YOU EFFED HER! SHE TOLD ME YOU EFFED HER!" and then they were screaming about blow jobs and it's like, "Oh good lord, I want to leave right now."

The female manager has the filthiest mouth on her that just makes me uncomfortable, and I just think it's so inappropriate and unprofessional. For Heaven's sake, have some class!

I can't TELL you how great it felt to quit a job after everything I've gone through with job losses

I enjoy working retail during the holidays and am very excited to wear nice clothes and my hair down again!

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:02 AM   #3148
 
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CIBC - you are remarkable. :-) I admire you for always getting back out there because you've had a rough year. Most people would have given up by now. This will make a great book or movie when you're famous for your writing. :-) keep hanging in there. Something good has to happen.
Thank you, thank you, but I have no other choice! Haha. I know things eventually work-out...
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:05 AM   #3149
 
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I think I'm going to get an offer, finally. But I am waiting for another one for a job I really want in my field. I hope they contact me soon so I can make an informed
decision & not burn any bridges.

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I think I'm going to get an offer, finally. But I am waiting for another one for a job I really want in my field. I hope they contact me soon so I can make an informed
decision & not burn any bridges.

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That's great news!! I hope it works out in your best interest.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #3151
 
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Update on my daughter:

She completed the CNA training course and past the test to get her certificate of completion. She now has a month to study and pass the test for certification. She wants to work her way up to LPN to have the hands on experience.

She will be changing her major to Healthcare Administration.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #3152
 
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As of today, my SO.
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Ohhhhhh no. Was he laid-off?
Yeah, he was laid off, they eliminated his position.

It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks, but I think we're doing better now. He's a web developer, which are very marketable skills so that's good. He's networking with previous freelance contacts and signed up with a web dev temp agency as well.

It was just a shock because he had concerns about his billability in his job and kept asking his boss about it and his boss would reassure him everything was just fine and it was HER job to worry about billability, not his, blah, blah, blah. Then BAM.

We're pretty pissed about that. Legally she might have been prevented from saying anything too specific, which we understand. But to completely reassure him everything was peachy when it obviously wasn't, that she did not need to do. She could have stated it less glibly and given him some idea of what might be coming.

A few weeks ago, he actually would have called her a friend. Not so anymore. :/
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Saila, a good friend of mine has started PT Assistant program in school. It's a tough program but once she is through the jobs are going to come begging for her and the pay is excellent. Sounds like you have a great plan.

CIBC, when I was job hunting I had 4 different resumes. I just emphasizes certain aspects depending on the job for which I was applying. Can you have a separate resume for when you apply to temp agencies so that they are less likely to say you are overqualified? I know it is very hard not to put down your accomplishments, but it is a means to an end.
Thanks for the info!

I've been researching it a lot and it seems like they have some AMAZING hospitals in Texas where my mom lives. UT Southwestern in Dallas has a 100% pass rate (for the national PA Exam) for the past 5 years... Pretty impressive.

The only thing is the cost... The program is on average about 30-ish months and costs around 30-40k... There doesn't seem to be any scholarships that I can find. (Just the broad ones that ANY grad student can apply for so your chances are slim.)
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I have two weeks left at my current job (6 days). I saw Xmas bookseller going at Foyles bookstore and I could really really use a job like that, as my aim is to start applying for internships at publishers.

How can I make my CV as good and stand out as possible?

I read a lot (already read 170 books this year) I have a review blog for YA. I'm working alongside an illustration agent which means im begining to contact publishers about picture books/jobs. But I've never worked in a bookstore before. Only retail and then I've only ever managed to find seasonal positions.

I know ALOT of people will be going for this job. Foyles is the biggest bookstore in London and one of the most famous. Jobs are still over applied for anyway and I can also only work one half of the week because of my internship.

So any help or advice you guys can give I would really appreciate. I just want to get on the pathway to a career so I can eventually start making enough money to move out. This is a little step but it's a step in the right direction - much more so then another retail job.

Should I leave out my waitressing jobs for before uni? We are talking 6 years ago now :S
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I finally got a job offer, at a local law firm. I need to go shopping.

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I finally got a job offer, at a local law firm. I need to go shopping.

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That's awesome! Is that the one you wanted?
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That's awesome! Is that the one you wanted?
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Never got this question at an interview before: "What will you do if you don't get this job?"

Was I supposed to respond with, "Punch my fists to the heavens and scream,"Whyyyyy God whyyyyyyyy?"
Well, I just got my rejection.

...Punches fists to the Heavens and screams, 'WHYYYY GOD WHYYYYY?'...
Would "I'm gonna kill myself" have helped? Seriously, what a dumb question!
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I'm still in high school but I'm going to try to apply to CVS or payless when I turn 18 in December.
I've never had a job before but I might work at the poll voting next week.I signed up but they haven't called back yet.
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I have two weeks left at my current job (6 days). I saw Xmas bookseller going at Foyles bookstore and I could really really use a job like that, as my aim is to start applying for internships at publishers.

How can I make my CV as good and stand out as possible?

I read a lot (already read 170 books this year) I have a review blog for YA. I'm working alongside an illustration agent which means im begining to contact publishers about picture books/jobs. But I've never worked in a bookstore before. Only retail and then I've only ever managed to find seasonal positions.

I know ALOT of people will be going for this job. Foyles is the biggest bookstore in London and one of the most famous. Jobs are still over applied for anyway and I can also only work one half of the week because of my internship.

So any help or advice you guys can give I would really appreciate. I just want to get on the pathway to a career so I can eventually start making enough money to move out. This is a little step but it's a step in the right direction - much more so then another retail job.

Should I leave out my waitressing jobs for before uni? We are talking 6 years ago now :S
Are you near a university/college? If so, see if they have a career services department that would be willing to look over your resume. It's best to get feedback from people who are relevant to what you're applying for.

Match on keywords in their application. Emphasize the skills they want (that you have) and basically tailor your wording and format to fit their needs.

Good luck!
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