Which of us are job hunting?

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No need to apologize, I do think he's full of it!

He tests video games or something...he was in Tisch for performing arts and dropped out in his last semester to move to San Francisco and work with video games.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
I think what your cousin said is probably true to his industry. Certain industries are very competitive and getting your foot in the door is half the battle. Positions like that usually aren't advertised and you need to network and have connections to land a job. Obviously that isn't true for every industry, and some of what he said just doesn't make sense. Some places specifically state not to call them. And if anyone were to repeatedly call a hiring manager I would think that would get him/her taken out of the running for being annoying.

Sounds like you are having good luck in your job search and I'm sure you will find a job quickly.
Does anyone look in the local paper for jobs? I wonder if its more productive that way instead of online

I have noticed that a lot of them post their physical address, with no email, so I always kind of let it go. I like to do everything online.
The major newspaper around here serves a large metro area and all of their classifieds are listed on CareerBuilder.com. We get a free local paper but the jobs section is more of the "Babysitter wanted" type. Needless to say I stick to the internet.
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I've always job searched on the internet, but I've never found the big job sites (like Monster or CareerBuilder) to be any help at all. I've always applied online to the specific company's website, or found the job posted through a univeristy website and then emailed my resume and cover letter. I still consider this searching on the internet, though.

I know other people have supposedly had luck finding jobs with the big job sites, but I honestly think they're a total waste of time....so maybe if your cousin was only picturing you searching through Monster and sites like that, and just blindly sending your resume, he has more of a point.

But it's also true that different industries do it different ways.
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The major newspaper around here serves a large metro area and all of their classifieds are listed on CareerBuilder.com. We get a free local paper but the jobs section is more of the "Babysitter wanted" type. Needless to say I stick to the internet.
Originally Posted by mazey
yeah, I meant the "larger area" newspaper, with real jobs in it. not small local one.

I never got much luck with Monster either, so I don't use it. I do use careerbuilder, Dice.com ( for it profesionals) and Craigslist.org

Should I be doing more?
I'm in the IT/software industry and I've usually gotten interviews from applying online(monster, careerbuilder, etc.). When I was unemployed I tried to send out as many as I could (about 20 or so a day). I only did cover letters or really changed my resume for maybe a few day for ones that I was really interested in. I had to take crappy pay for a year or more before I got something decent since I didn't have experience and my field wasn't too hot when I graduated.

Networking helps a LOT. If you know anyone that works at a company that might have a position for you, you can hand him/her your resume and they could pass it along to HR. Also sometimes companies release job openings to the employees first to see if they can refer someone they know. It's definitely a whole lot more likely you'll get a call for an interview that way unless other industries are really that different.
I have had a ton of luck with CareerBuilder. All the other ones--Monster and such--have been completely useless to me, but I've had several good opportunities via CB, even if I didn't wind up taking all of them.

I have also had good luck going to company websites directly.

And I too find that, if they're interested, you usually hear back pretty soon. If I hear, I hear within a week or less. If I don't hear within that week, I assume I'm out of the running (and prepare to be pleasantly surprised if I'm not).

As far as calling the potential employer, these are my thoughts. If you've just sent in your resume and haven't heard anything at all within a week or so, it's probably not worth it to call because you're probably not on their short list. Direct your time and energy to applying for other jobs. I wouldn't avoid calling because I'm worried about annoying the person. If they weren't going to hire me in the first place...nothing to lose in that respect. It's just a matter of spending my own limited time and energy wisely.

However, after they've contact edyou (for a phone interview or an in-person interview or whatever), I think it's perfectly OK to follow-up a few weeks later if you haven't heard anything. Just something like: "Wanted to let you know I'm still interested. Hoping to hear back from you soon." or whatever.
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The major newspaper around here serves a large metro area and all of their classifieds are listed on CareerBuilder.com. We get a free local paper but the jobs section is more of the "Babysitter wanted" type. Needless to say I stick to the internet.
Originally Posted by mazey
yeah, I meant the "larger area" newspaper, with real jobs in it. not small local one.

I never got much luck with Monster either, so I don't use it. I do use careerbuilder, Dice.com ( for it profesionals) and Craigslist.org

Should I be doing more?
Originally Posted by violets
The area you live in could be different but most of the postings on craigslist in my area seem sketchy. I've had more luck with careerbuilder than I have with monster. There are also a couple search engines that will search a bunch of job sites at once. www.simplyhired.com and www.indeed.com I like simply hired better.

Also if there are any companies that you are interested in working for go directly to their website and search their job postings. And of course if you have contacts that can help you, put them to work.
When I was going through my jobhunt after graduation (a very long one!) people would always always ask me, "Did you try Monster.com?" and I wanted to, "YES AND IT IS USELESS!"

I've had a lot of look with Yahoo HotJobs though, and occasionally careerbuilder.

Since I'm into publishing/media jobs, I like:

MediaBistro.com
BookJobs.com


And, of course, Playbill.com for NYC theatre jobs.

The area you live in could be different but most of the postings on craigslist in my area seem sketchy. I've had more luck with careerbuilder than I have with monster. There are also a couple search engines that will search a bunch of job sites at once. www.simplyhired.com and www.indeed.com I like simply hired better.

Also if there are any companies that you are interested in working for go directly to their website and search their job postings. And of course if you have contacts that can help you, put them to work.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
Tgreyz,
Thanks for the websites!!!! I love simplyhired.com. I will be using that from now on.
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!
June 2005!!! Tell me you've been employed doing something for all this time. I can't image being without a job and searching for almost two years. (although, now that I think about it, being stuck in a job that I hate for all that time wouldn't be too great, either)
Originally Posted by quickcurl
This thread depresses me so I was avoiding it...I just saw your comment today. No, I haven't been employed the whole time. Right now I'm an intern because I can't find a real job.
Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.
Originally Posted by tantrum
I feel your pain. I was pretty much without regular work from May 2001 until August 2003. I was doing some contract work on and off but nothing regular at all.

In some ways, of course, it was horrible and terrifying. In other ways, it really took hold of me and forced me to shake loose of some stuff I had been holding on to too tightly.

I also met my husband while I was unemployed. He didn't care that I was unemployed, although at that exact point in time I was feeling like a schlub about it.

tantrum, good luck. Maybe, if it isn't too personal to you, you could post what you're looking for and where. You never know who you might "meet" on this board.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
Thanks for the good wishes. ResumeWriter has helped me tremendously, and others have given good tips, but I don't think there's much that can be done for me. I'm in a stagnant area of the country for jobs, and I have few marketable skills.
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
That's great. May I ask what kind of a job position did you interview for?
"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.
Originally Posted by tantrum
I feel your pain. I was pretty much without regular work from May 2001 until August 2003. I was doing some contract work on and off but nothing regular at all.

In some ways, of course, it was horrible and terrifying. In other ways, it really took hold of me and forced me to shake loose of some stuff I had been holding on to too tightly.

I also met my husband while I was unemployed. He didn't care that I was unemployed, although at that exact point in time I was feeling like a schlub about it.

tantrum, good luck. Maybe, if it isn't too personal to you, you could post what you're looking for and where. You never know who you might "meet" on this board.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
Thanks for the good wishes. ResumeWriter has helped me tremendously, and others have given good tips, but I don't think there's much that can be done for me. I'm in a stagnant area of the country for jobs, and I have few marketable skills.
Originally Posted by tantrum

Okay, let me tell you my story!!!!

Ever since high school, I had always kept busy, with jobs, internships, lots of writing stuff, etc.

When I graduated college, I had what I thought was a great resume for somebody my age, and was really confident.

It took me two years to find my first full-time job after graduation!

I probably went on about 100 interviews, had some awful interviews (of course) and in the beginning was CLUELESS about what to say, etc...then got the knack of it and had some interviews where I walked out singing in the streets (sorta...)

I watched MANY of my high school and college friends get jobs with the FIRST interview they went on.

I also had a mother who criticized absolutely everything about me, saying it was MY fault I didn't have a job, while when my sister was interviewing for teaching jobs, but every time SHE didn't get a job, my mom grumbled that the principal's daughter must have gotten it instead!

I would completely obsess over what went wrong, and I actually was pretty depressed for a while. My self esteem was really bruised.

Then I found a job! A job I was so excited about! In my industry! I gave that job my all!

...and I got laid-off a year later...

So, I feel like I am at square one again. The day they told me my job was gone, I was so incredibly depressed, because I just kept thinking, "I cannot do this again!" But you take one step at a time, one resume here and there, and pretty soon, I WAS doing it again and it wasn't as hard.

I feel slightly frustrated because three of my friends from my old office are moving onto other jobs after going on only 1 interview a piece, and I'm the sole one who got laid-off and is still searching a month later!

It's rough! It really really is...but hang in there.
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
That's great. May I ask what kind of a job position did you interview for?
Originally Posted by mafalda

It was to be a Sales Assistant...honestly, I'd rather be in editorial, but I'd be really happy to be in publishing in general.
Here is my story:

I got a job out of college out of only two interviews. I worked there for 9 years until I got laid off and at the same time my son was born. That was 5 years ago.
I started looking last summer with absolutely no luck. I had NO IDEA what do do. My resume was not great, my interviews skills were not polished. I looked for 3 months and I only got 1 interview and another one that a friend set up for me. Then I got a job full time just so have some income but its not a career type job at all, you only need HS to work here making a third of what I was making 5 years ago.

After I got the job in September I got lazy and didn't look anymore. I started looking again in January of this year. I've been on 4 interviews but no luck so far. Almost 4 months of looking and no job yet. I've been very good about it, sending out resumes almost every day. My tecnical skills are a bit outdated too, but I am looking for something less technical and I get a lot of "you don't have experience with that".
I am trying to sound more aggressive at interviews and I need to learn to sell myself better.

The area you live in could be different but most of the postings on craigslist in my area seem sketchy. I've had more luck with careerbuilder than I have with monster. There are also a couple search engines that will search a bunch of job sites at once. www.simplyhired.com and www.indeed.com I like simply hired better.

Also if there are any companies that you are interested in working for go directly to their website and search their job postings. And of course if you have contacts that can help you, put them to work.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
Tgreyz,
Thanks for the websites!!!! I love simplyhired.com. I will be using that from now on.
Originally Posted by violets
No problem. Hope things work out better for you than they have for me so far.
tgreyz,

I have gotten 1 interview from Craigslist and 1 call from an employment agency. There is a few get rich scams but I can weed those out very easily. I think the problem is that its free so its open to that kind of thing.
I'm kinda annoyed...

When my last office let me go (after 1 year, in which I really did give them my best), my former boss and the HR head told they'd do anything they could to help me find a new job.

Last night, I saw a job that I'd LOVE with another theatre company. I applied, then emailed my old boss to tell him I was applying and asking if he knew anybody there.

He responded and said he couldn't help me, it was against policy.

Seriously, it's FINE if he can't help me, but why did they tell me that they could??????????

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