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Old 11-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #3201
 
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Back in the swing of things since the train system is back-up.

I have a phone interview tomorrow and an in-person interview on Tuesday, and another that sounds nice that we are trying to coordinate a date.

I applied to TONS of receptionist/admin jobs today with my special receptionist/admin resume. I stress how at every job I've ever had, I've always also taken-on the role of receptionist/admin and that I love those type of tasks. (And I do! And I would so be very perfectly happy with a receptionist job in a nice office right now.)

I just read a Joel Osteen book called I Declare and it made me feel a lot better. Stuff had gone down at my most previous job after I left and it made me realize that these were truly not nice people...and in this book, yes, it's cheesy and he talks about Jesus a loot, but he says something about how God will remove bad people from your life.

And that's why I got fired! They were bad people and shouldn't have been in my life. Thinking of it that way makes me feel better.

EVERYONE's hours got cut big-time for the week after next...we're all a bit confused...hope it's just temporary.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:17 PM   #3202
 
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There's an admin assistant job open at the college of journalism...
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #3203
 
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The main types of positions I've been applying for are administrative and research assistant jobs. Any other entry level positions that I meet the qualifications for I apply for as well, but the overwhelming majority are administrative or research assistant. I'd prefer to work in a healthcare/hospital setting but I've applied in various fields.




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Old 11-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #3204
 
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I left a voicemail to the place I interviewed with a few weeks ago. I was a little nervous but I feel relieved and hopeful.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:08 PM   #3205
 
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The main types of positions I've been applying for are administrative and research assistant jobs. Any other entry level positions that I meet the qualifications for I apply for as well, but the overwhelming majority are administrative or research assistant. I'd prefer to work in a healthcare/hospital setting but I've applied in various fields.




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That's what I am applying for as well. Admin and research. But tell me why this admin assistant position requires 1-2 years of "office management"? The other ones require 1-2 years of clerical experience.

Like who goes from managing an office to assisting administrative duties? What?
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:08 PM   #3206
 
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Good luck CocoT!!
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:06 AM   #3207
 
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I had an interview yesterday to be an admin at a college in the city. The ad said they preferred a Master's degree or higher. (Which I do not have.)

I went in for the interview and they said they prefer people with MBA's, but that my cover letter was SO SO SO SO great that they had to call me in because maybe I could offer a fresh perspective.

I asked why they preferred MBA's, and they said because it says a lot about somebody that they put themselves through higher education.

(I don't quite think that's fair? I mean, there are many reasons why some people go to grad school...a lot just go because they have nothing else to do...and why some people DON'T go to grad school...no money/not sure what they would exactly want to study...)

And before anybody says, "But I don't you didn't want a day job"...no no no no NO, I am not waiting tables again. I don't WANT TO DO THAT. I feel like my confidence is too fragile to be treated like that by customers and management. No. I'm not doing that. At this point, I'll take a nice little receptionist job that would leave me time and energy to write, but that is proving way more easier said than done.

I feel incredibly screwy right now. I'm still blaming myself and I'm still looking back and I want to smack myself in the head every time I do so. I know it's the wrong move. I am SO FRUSTRATED. I feel like all my friends, even if they get laid-off, just go on one or two interviews and get a job. I feel like something is just so wrong with me that I struggle like this just to get fired all the time. I don't want to feel depressed and hopeless, but I do.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:14 PM   #3208
 
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I brushed-up my Linked-In profile, new photo (the one with straightened hair and the blue wrap dress and pearls that I look JUST like Kate Middleton in.................), updated my resume with my current "job" (working as the artistic assistant at a local theatre) and sent away for recommendations to go on my Linked-In profile.

My former boss (the one I was with for three years) IMMEDIATELY responded.

Now, this was the dude that some people thought might be trashing me. I'm SO GLAD to have this on public record and know that is not the case!



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Old 11-22-2012, 12:02 AM   #3209
 
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I just wanted to note that I shared my frustration about job hunting when this thread was just a baby. Now nearly two years later, over 52 interviews, and 310 job application (both in and out my field), I was offered a deceit low entry level position in my field, graphic design. I say this to say don't give up although you may become discouraged. Perseverance produces character and character--hope. Roman 5:1-5

There is a special career position out there for you. Just wait on The Lord and don't be dismay.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:00 AM   #3210
 
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Currently looking for a part time job for 2nd semester and summer, to help pay for a lot of the things that are coming up, plus some things that I'll need come college like a laptop and money for textbooks since I don't know how much my parents can contribute yet.

I sent in applications to 4 places- the movie theatre, Cold Stone, Starbucks, and Panera. Question: do I call those places and ask for the status of my application? Or do I just wait for them to call me?
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:02 PM   #3211
 
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I got a job at a temp service. I start Saturday & it pays $9/hr but I will be at work for 10 hrs. Its in a warehouse.
Hopefully everyone else will find jobs soon.


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Old 11-23-2012, 12:01 PM   #3212
 
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I'm so tired of people agonizing and obsessing to me over what they're gonna give/get for Christmas.

I'm just barely keeping a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs--I.DO.NOT.GIVE.A.SH*T.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #3213
 
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Currently looking for a part time job for 2nd semester and summer, to help pay for a lot of the things that are coming up, plus some things that I'll need come college like a laptop and money for textbooks since I don't know how much my parents can contribute yet.

I sent in applications to 4 places- the movie theatre, Cold Stone, Starbucks, and Panera. Question: do I call those places and ask for the status of my application? Or do I just wait for them to call me?
I wouldn't call...dress nicely and stop by to check-in. Go on a weekday morning when it's not too busy. Good luck!

When I applied for my first job ever (Barnes and Noble), I stopped by a couple of weeks after I applied and checked-in. I ended-up working there for years!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #3214
 
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I'm so tired of people agonizing and obsessing to me over what they're gonna give/get for Christmas.

I'm just barely keeping a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs--I.DO.NOT.GIVE.A.SH*T.

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I'm so sorry. This season does remind you how superficial people are. I'm working retail right now in an area VERY much affected by Sandy. I can't believe how concerned people are with THINGS when so many around us have lost everything.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:28 PM   #3215
 
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My mind (and feet!) are FRIED from working nonstop retail! I started overnight Thanksgiving and have worked 10 hour days the past three days.

I have an interview on Tuesday, after having a phone interview last week.

I'm so tired! I don't want to apply anymore and I'm so mad I'm going through this again. SO mad.

I am really relieved about my former boss posting that letter on my LinkedIn profile. That will put to rest the fear that he's trashing me.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:04 PM   #3216
 
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I had a great interview this morning!

I had had a phone interview with them last week, and the in-person second round today. It's for a very small non-profit.

The young woman commented on how wonderful my energy is (I get that ALL THE TIME, so I'm glad I'm not giving-off "psycho depressed unemployed desperate girl" vibe, because I'm feeling that.........) and came-right out and said, "I'm not going to bore you with all the details of this position because it's OBVIOUS you are EXTREMELY CAPABLE of being an office manager."

We actually have a friend in common (somebody I worked with!) and he said he'd talk me up to her.

I then went to another staffing agency and peeked (it was RIGHT THERE) at another woman's application on the desk. Her minimum salary requirement was $100,000. It made me remember how many very very experienced, qualified people are searching and in the same boat as I and how picky employers can afford to be. It's not just me. here's somebody who was making more than 3x my salary who was at a staffing agency. Maybe she got laid-off or fired and has been struggling for two years, too.

I'm a teeny bit nervous because I'm really not sure if my retail job is just seasonal. I had applied for both a seasonal and part-time position there. The seasonal was the most recent. When we filled-out my paperwork on my first day, the manager said, "I'm actually not sure if you're part-time or seasonal! Let me check." And she came back and said I was part-time. But then the brand-new assistant manager said that everybody is part-time if they're not mangers. I think I'm going to give it two weeks and then ask them if I'm strictly seasonal. I just don't want to worry about money/need to know if I should be looking for another retail job for January.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:08 AM   #3217
 
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I still haven't hear back from the hospital I interviewed with earlier this month. I have sent out more apps and I've heard mostly automatically generated rejections.

I'm frustrated and feel like whining and complaining but I know that will accomplish nothing positive. I am trying so hard to remain positive but that's how I feel. I guess that's all that needs to be said.

I just need some luck. I need the stars to align and for luck to be on my side for once in such a long time.


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Old 11-28-2012, 07:34 AM   #3218
 
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Lots of positive vibes, luck, star alignment, etc. to CocoT and CIBC and everyone else who is looking!

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Old 11-28-2012, 09:14 AM   #3219
 
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I'm honestly burnt out from looking. my head hurts and I never have enough time to do anything. im taking a break from filling out apps for now.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #3220
 
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I am too. Burnt out. Already having a job...and a kid.... severely cuts down on how much time I can spend looking.

Seriously, I'm convinced there are no jobs here....none. I think the listings on Indeed are just put there for sh*ts and giggles.....the ones my friend sends me, 9 times outta 10, I've already applied to them.

About to seriously devote myself to finding a part-time, weekends-only job now. My BIL said his unemployment ran out as of last week. Whewwwwww.......just a mess. WTF DO THEY EXPECT US TO DO OUT HERE??!!!!

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