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Old 12-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #3281
 
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Hope it goes well CIBC!
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #3282
 
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CIBC, sending positive energy your way!

I'm still job hunting. I've lost four as to how many apps I've filled out and all, but I am going to complete and return the Hobby Lobby application I picked up. I search Craigslist for jobs, but I am a bit hesitant because of scams and all that unwanted jazz.
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CIBC, sending positive energy your way!

I'm still job hunting. I've lost four as to how many apps I've filled out and all, but I am going to complete and return the Hobby Lobby application I picked up. I search Craigslist for jobs, but I am a bit hesitant because of scams and all that unwanted jazz.
Have you checked out simplyhired.com or indeed.com or even Twitter?
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:23 PM   #3284
 
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I had a phone interview the other day and was called in for an in-person for tomorrow morning. The lady seemed PERFECTLY LOVELY (seriously!) and since it's a Jewish organization, I asked this other lady I know who also works at a Jewish non-profit if she knew her. She didn't know her personally, but said they were GREAT GREAT people over there and she'd drop them a note for me.

(Odd story of how I met the other girl! I applied to work in HER office and she sent me a very nice rejection letter saying the position had been filled, but:

But I did want to let you know that your cover letter stood out, among hundreds of others. Had we been looking for someone to do PR, you definitely would have made the cut. Job hunting is a tiring process and is frustrating. However I wanted to let you know that I'm confident with your great writing, shown in your cover letter, that someone with the right position will find you soon.


Anyway, she's very sweet and we stayed in touch!

Oh my gosh! This lady was absolutely AWESOME (and had huge curly hair!)

I was in there for about an hour-and-a-half.

Honestly? It went great, I did my best, I know I am perfectly capable of doing the job...but...I'm not Jewish! There's no way around that. And I have a feeling if it came down to me and a Jewish candidate, they would go with the Jewish candidate because they would feel they could connect better with the organization.

But, I had a great interview and she was really a lovely person!
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #3285
 
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CIBC, sending positive energy your way!

I'm still job hunting. I've lost four as to how many apps I've filled out and all, but I am going to complete and return the Hobby Lobby application I picked up. I search Craigslist for jobs, but I am a bit hesitant because of scams and all that unwanted jazz.
I feel like you need to use Craigslist for a while before you figure it out, and then you're good to go. Some are legit and good jobs!!!
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #3286
 
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CIBC, sending positive energy your way!

I'm still job hunting. I've lost four as to how many apps I've filled out and all, but I am going to complete and return the Hobby Lobby application I picked up. I search Craigslist for jobs, but I am a bit hesitant because of scams and all that unwanted jazz.
Have you checked out simplyhired.com or indeed.com or even Twitter?
I have. My only issue is lack of experience. I didn't work at all in high school or college; I wanted to focus on education (especially in college), but I was a Creative Development intern for a screenplay company, and I did a little work for ChaCha. Warning: Whine ahead!

I just wanna feel like a grown up and make my own money! Ok, whine over.

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CIBC, sending positive energy your way!

I'm still job hunting. I've lost four as to how many apps I've filled out and all, but I am going to complete and return the Hobby Lobby application I picked up. I search Craigslist for jobs, but I am a bit hesitant because of scams and all that unwanted jazz.
I feel like you need to use Craigslist for a while before you figure it out, and then you're good to go. Some are legit and good jobs!!!
I definitely agree! I need to take this paranoia and box it up...
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:53 AM   #3287
 
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If one more person tells me "At least you are getting interviews!" I am going to scream.

Interviews don't give you someplace to go every day and pay the bills...
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:58 AM   #3288
 
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Seriously, do you all think I'm this complete nutjob that I have been a regular contributor to this thread for nearly six years? Do you think I must be this terrible employee who gives awful interviews and gets a gazillion interviews and then gets hired and fired all the time? I feel like that's what it must look like.

I seriously feel like I am losing my mind right now.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #3289
 
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@ LaLa - internships and part-time jobs are work experience, especially if you're a recent college grad. Are there entry-level positions in your field?
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #3290
 
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CIBC - you're not losing your mind. You're under a lot of stress and are understandably frustrated. It is normal to feel crazy. I know you're not lazy or insane. For whatever reason, you haven't been able to catch a break.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #3291
 
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I've read parts of this thread, but not the whole thing, so I almost feel like an intruder.

I've recently been job hunting. I was applying and not getting any calls. All of a sudden I'm getting all kinds of calls. I had 2 interviews recently. I think job 1 might want to hire me because they had me fill out some background check forms and fax them back to them. My friend, who also works for that company, said that must mean they really like me because they don't do that for all candidates. Problem is, job 2 pays more. Job 2 said that they'd let me know by the end of the week regardless. Job 1 left me a message and asked for me to call them back. If they did offer me the job, how do I tell them I want to hear back from Job 2 before I make my decision? It seems like it might be an awkward conversation, and I don't want to come off as ungrateful for the opportunity they might be offering.

Also, like I said I haven't been following this thread from the get-go, just looking at it periodically. The jobs I've been applying to are at banks, utility companies and hospitals. All have great entry level pay with posibility to advance at some point. I don't know if you all are looking for that type of thing or not, just an idea if you haven't tried that yet.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:59 PM   #3292
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i quit my part time job for the month of Dec so i can enjoy the holidays. but after new year ill be seeking another one to supplement my full time job.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #3293
 
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Sigi - I'd call Job1 tomorrow. If they offer you the position, ask them if you can have a few days to think about it. With Christmas Being next Tuesday, they'll probably give you until Wednesday. If they won't give you any time or you don't hear back from Job2, you can accept Job1 and quit if you're offered Job2.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #3294
 
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I've been out of a job for a year plus one month now. I took some time to myself for a few months since hubby works, but I started applying for jobs in April. I've had two interviews after more than 50 applications. I was fired from my last job because of health issues (long story), so when employers call to find out if I'd be eligible for rehire, the answer is a no, which I think is what's affecting my getting hired, because otherwise I'd be overqualified. I'm so tired of getting rejection emails. I have a Master's in Virology and all I want is a secretary job.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:09 PM   #3295
 
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I've read parts of this thread, but not the whole thing, so I almost feel like an intruder.

I've recently been job hunting. I was applying and not getting any calls. All of a sudden I'm getting all kinds of calls. I had 2 interviews recently. I think job 1 might want to hire me because they had me fill out some background check forms and fax them back to them. My friend, who also works for that company, said that must mean they really like me because they don't do that for all candidates. Problem is, job 2 pays more. Job 2 said that they'd let me know by the end of the week regardless. Job 1 left me a message and asked for me to call them back. If they did offer me the job, how do I tell them I want to hear back from Job 2 before I make my decision? It seems like it might be an awkward conversation, and I don't want to come off as ungrateful for the opportunity they might be offering.

Also, like I said I haven't been following this thread from the get-go, just looking at it periodically. The jobs I've been applying to are at banks, utility companies and hospitals. All have great entry level pay with posibility to advance at some point. I don't know if you all are looking for that type of thing or not, just an idea if you haven't tried that yet.
My advice would be to return the call and see what they say. If they offer you a position, I would thank them and ask them if you could have some time to think about. I always say I want to discuss it with my husband and will get back to them. I am usually able to buy myself some time that way

Good luck to you!
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:03 PM   #3296
 
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Well, I did a lot of thinking today. Job 1 is at a credit union and is very close to my house (walking distance, weather permitting). Job 2 is at a medical center about 15-20 minutes away (maybe longer in rush hour as its on a very busy street). Although job 2 pays 1.50/hr more, job1 periodically gives raises and quarterly bonuses. I also think that there are more possibilities for promotion or other advancement at job1 than job2. So I went ahead and accepted the position based on the growth possibilities and the fact I live practically across the street. I start in 2 weeks.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:05 PM   #3297
 
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Congrats Sigi
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Yes, congratulations! I think you made a wise decision: money isn't everything. Location can more than make up for the cost and time spent commuting
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:33 PM   #3299
 
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Thanks, guys! It's quite a relief! I had been applying to all sorts of positions for well over a month. My phone didn't ring. I guess there must've been a close date or something because I had the 2 interviews and a phone message for a third.

Hang in there, fellow job hunters.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:47 AM   #3300
 
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I had two great interviews yesterday!

One was for a job back in the theatre world. The guy went on and on about my former boss, how he admires him more than most...I'm glad Former Boss posted that glowing letter on LinkedIn, so now there can be no question about whether or not he is saying anything remotely negative about me.

I told this guy who my favorite playwright was, and he said he went to college with her (forty years ago) and she wrote him a musical as a class project and he went-on to sing songs from it and tell me all about it! That had to be a good sign...

They asked if I'd be able to leave my current theatre job (which is mostly done remotely).

Fingers crossed!

The second was a non-profit that works with the blind. A lot of the staff was blind, which was pretty fascinating to me. They were really nice.

I'm pretty exhausted, and might take a break from applying until after the New Year...

This year has stunk!

Plus, my mother is up for Christmas and I seriously feel like my blood pressure is off the charts just having her in the same state. OMG. Glad to be working so much between now and Christmas Eve.
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