Which of us are job hunting?

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tgreyz, that happened to my sister a while back. I felt terrible for her because she had gotten her hopes up. Sorry this happened to you! Wishing you good luck -
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please wish me luck, folks!

i just applied for a job working as assistant to the Director of court services at the county court house. it's a nice raise and still within walking distance of my house and it would get me away from here!
Originally Posted by rouquinne
well folks, it only took them 6 weeks, but i just got the call to do the typing test for this job. they want their own typing test, and won't accept my certificate from another place.

if i pass the typing test and they ask me to come for an interview, i can ask to be directly assigned into the position without an interview because my job will disappear next year. it's one of the few benefits of a unionized government job.
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Rou, do you drink coffee? I've read that some caffeine (coffee or tea) improves speed on typing tests. Just don't have too much so that you are jittery.

All the best of good luck to you!!!
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sweetie, i babysit tax auditors for a living - how the heck do you think i get through a day doing *that*????



coffee it is...

thanks!
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I'm also job hunting. I was laid off two years ago this March. I have spent more time unemployed than actually employed since entering the working world. Sick of being laid off.

I have an ongoing temp assignment that I work at every couple of months which has extended my unemployment. I had a temp job that could possibly become full time but they decided to let me go because they were looking for someone "with more experience". I had absolutely nothing to do except answer the phone and whenever I asked for work they said there was none. How do you gain experience if no one will hire you?
Originally Posted by tgreyz
This is my issue. Unfortunately, I am still unemployed. I have been very depressed lately and very restless. I hate not doing anything with my time except for online job hunting. I recently joined a gym and I'll be going every day... I almost feel like I'd be better off with a trade instead of a college degree. I feel like a bum because I feel like I'm stuck while my peers are progressing. Nothing has come through and I'm tired of all of this...
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I'm also job hunting. I was laid off two years ago this March. I have spent more time unemployed than actually employed since entering the working world. Sick of being laid off.

I have an ongoing temp assignment that I work at every couple of months which has extended my unemployment. I had a temp job that could possibly become full time but they decided to let me go because they were looking for someone "with more experience". I had absolutely nothing to do except answer the phone and whenever I asked for work they said there was none. How do you gain experience if no one will hire you?
Originally Posted by tgreyz
This is my issue. Unfortunately, I am still unemployed. I have been very depressed lately and very restless. I hate not doing anything with my time except for online job hunting. I recently joined a gym and I'll be going every day... I almost feel like I'd be better off with a trade instead of a college degree. I feel like a bum because I feel like I'm stuck while my peers are progressing. Nothing has come through and I'm tired of all of this...
Originally Posted by Ajidahk


If it's ANY consolation, you are NOT alone. I know you feel like all of your peers are progressing, but they're really not. One of my closest friends got laid-off two years ago and has had no luck finding anything. She keeps getting more degrees but she can't find a job. I feel like even had I gone back to school, there would never be a guarantee.

I'm glad you're going to the gym, though, and I've been thinking of taking yoga a few times a week myself. I'm really making an effort to find other things to do to fill my days, too.

Too bad we don't live closer to each other...we could start a support group
I'm also job hunting. I was laid off two years ago this March. I have spent more time unemployed than actually employed since entering the working world. Sick of being laid off.

I have an ongoing temp assignment that I work at every couple of months which has extended my unemployment. I had a temp job that could possibly become full time but they decided to let me go because they were looking for someone "with more experience". I had absolutely nothing to do except answer the phone and whenever I asked for work they said there was none. How do you gain experience if no one will hire you?
Originally Posted by tgreyz
This is my issue. Unfortunately, I am still unemployed. I have been very depressed lately and very restless. I hate not doing anything with my time except for online job hunting. I recently joined a gym and I'll be going every day... I almost feel like I'd be better off with a trade instead of a college degree. I feel like a bum because I feel like I'm stuck while my peers are progressing. Nothing has come through and I'm tired of all of this...
Originally Posted by Ajidahk


If it's ANY consolation, you are NOT alone. I know you feel like all of your peers are progressing, but they're really not. One of my closest friends got laid-off two years ago and has had no luck finding anything. She keeps getting more degrees but she can't find a job. I feel like even had I gone back to school, there would never be a guarantee.

I'm glad you're going to the gym, though, and I've been thinking of taking yoga a few times a week myself. I'm really making an effort to find other things to do to fill my days, too.

Too bad we don't live closer to each other...we could start a support group
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You are very sweet, CIBC. Thank you. And yes, I wish we were closer to do a support group. That would be awesome!.. I was actually thinking of going back to school and finishing my requirements for a French degree (I have the minor requirements). I spoke with one of my French professors for a special permission into one of his courses during the summer and he obliged. I just don't think I'll be able to enroll until fall because I owe my school some money AND my student loan payments start in July! Oy vey...
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I'll be the big 3-0 at the end of the year and feel like a big loser because I should be so much further ahead than I am. I have pretty much no valuable experience and if I haven't found anything in two years what are the chances that I ever will?

My unemployment is going to be over in a month or two and then what am I going to do? Attempt to find a minimum wage job. College was such a waste of my time.
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I'll be the big 3-0 at the end of the year and feel like a big loser because I should be so much further ahead than I am. I have pretty much no valuable experience and if I haven't found anything in two years what are the chances that I ever will?

My unemployment is going to be over in a month or two and then what am I going to do? Attempt to find a minimum wage job. College was such a waste of my time.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
I turned the big 3-0 in January of this year, and I had a mini-breakdown because I wasn't where I wanted to be. I am currently employed, but I only make $14.50 an hour. I took my current position so that I could get into a more related field to my desired career, and I was worried about being laid off at my last job in commercial real estate. Out of a 40- hour work week, I had only about 15 hours of real work to do. Not a good situation. I also got laid off at the position that I had before that, and I couldn't find a decent position after I graduated college in May 2009 with my bachelor's degree.

All of that is to say that it is hard out there; it isn't you. The economy is in favor of employers more so than those looking. They can be extra picky because people are desperate to be employed.

I know that you have a wide range of skills because of past posts. You could do graphic design part-time or freelance. If you don't have access to the programs at home, there are always agencies, not-for-profits and corporations who will let you work in-house, even if it's temporary. There are TONS of those out there. You could do those while working retail part-time. I know that isn't great, but it's a start.

I freelanced as a writer while unemployed, kept my college retail job and temped in offices (when I could). It was draining, but it kept my resume up-to-date and got me in front of people who could be references.

Currently, I volunteer a lot and freelance so that in another six months I can leave my current, low-paying (even for a not-for-profit), little advancement job.

Also, it could be where you live too. Some places are better than others, even in a recession.

Don't give up hope. Your path is just harder. Some of your peers just got lucky breaks, and others had an easier time - not worrying about money, being able to pursue interests without financial worry. You just have to create your own path.

What about teaching sewing classes or other crafts at a YMCA or hobby shop? From your blog, you seem to be quite talented.
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What type of field are you trying to transfer into? What type of volunteer work are you doing?

One of the things I absolutely knew I didn't want to do with my life was teach. I'm shy and socially awkward which doesn't help for job hunting or teaching.

I'm sure part of it is where I live. There are articles in the paper all the time about how little job growth there is in this state because it sucks. But I grew up here and I'm not the go-getter type that is just going to pack up and move. And even if I was I fear due to lack of experience I wouldn't find anything anyway.

I was signed up with a temp agency before and they would frequently call about short term assignments or possible temp to hire jobs that paid $10 or $12/hr. Better than minimum wage but far from what I need to be making.

I have all the adobe software but don't know how you find people to freelance for. There is an internship that I had to pass on previously due to actually having a paying job that I'm hoping to apply for again that starts in May. And I'm taking a web development class at the local community college. I went to a networking event awhile ago and felt like a huge loser because everyone else had a job and I did not. And I don't even know what type of job to say that I'm looking for.

Life has definitely not worked out the way I would have liked and I fear it probably won't.
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What type of field are you trying to transfer into? What type of volunteer work are you doing?

One of the things I absolutely knew I didn't want to do with my life was teach. I'm shy and socially awkward which doesn't help for job hunting or teaching.

I'm sure part of it is where I live. There are articles in the paper all the time about how little job growth there is in this state because it sucks. But I grew up here and I'm not the go-getter type that is just going to pack up and move. And even if I was I fear due to lack of experience I wouldn't find anything anyway.

I was signed up with a temp agency before and they would frequently call about short term assignments or possible temp to hire jobs that paid $10 or $12/hr. Better than minimum wage but far from what I need to be making.

I have all the adobe software but don't know how you find people to freelance for. There is an internship that I had to pass on previously due to actually having a paying job that I'm hoping to apply for again that starts in May. And I'm taking a web development class at the local community college. I went to a networking event awhile ago and felt like a huge loser because everyone else had a job and I did not. And I don't even know what type of job to say that I'm looking for.

Life has definitely not worked out the way I would have liked and I fear it probably won't.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
I am in the marketing communications field. I currently work as an event planner for a not-for-profit with an emphasis on administrative work. I would prefer to be more a part of the creative process and business strategy side - working on campaigns, designing marketing collateral, writing. In another week, I'll start as a volunteer for CASA, a program that provides advocates for abused children navigating the court system. I'll write for its newsletter/website and do public speaking. I am also volunteering for a group that puts on a large event every year. I'll be assisting with preparing presenters. I figured it's a good way to meet more people in a professional setting and maybe gain future references. I also freelance write for a small newspaper website; eventually, I'll volunteer as an editor, working on its print layout.

It sucks to be at networking events when you don't have a job. I actually found a group that was for the unemployed. I actually got great advice about how to extend my unemployment by working part-time. In that case, volunteering, taking part in a hobby or working part-time in a field that you're interested in may be more beneficial than networking events.

Taking that class is a great idea. You're adding new skills. You can find freelance jobs on the regular job sites, but also those that cater to the advertising/marketing/communications fields. Also, if you're still in touch with your old professors or the one currently teaching your class, they may be able to point you in the right direction to find these jobs. You may also have to do one free job in order to gain some clients.

These may help: Graphic Design jobs ~ all jobs in Graphic Design with one search (USA) | GraphicDesignJobs.org
Graphic Design Jobs | Simply Hired

Don't worry about being shy. Getting involved with something that you're interested in, taking a class, those all get you in touch with others, which is the point of networking. If you don't have a position now, then take the temp jobs. Those skills will come in handy, and you can update your resume and use your contact at the temp office as a job reference.
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Visited my grandparents yesterday - so I had it from all sides. Them and my Uncle all telling me to get a job. My gran of course went on about 'wonder boy' (my 17 year old cousin) is looking for a summer job and is earning bits and pieces here and there. Slightly different situation but then she always thought the sun shined out of his as*.

Im feel like such a failure. Most of my friends now have something.

The trouble is - I've been at home alone for months now and I have just gotten lazy. Its far to easy to sit around doing nothing and sleeping in.
Visited my grandparents yesterday - so I had it from all sides. Them and my Uncle all telling me to get a job. My gran of course went on about 'wonder boy' (my 17 year old cousin) is looking for a summer job and is earning bits and pieces here and there. Slightly different situation but then she always thought the sun shined out of his as*.

Im feel like such a failure. Most of my friends now have something.

The trouble is - I've been at home alone for months now and I have just gotten lazy. Its far to easy to sit around doing nothing and sleeping in.
Originally Posted by kat180
Don't you love it when people tell you to get a job? Because, you know. It's really THAT simple.
I had an epiphany last night, going through some old emails, and realized just how abusive and toxic my old office was. I did love the perks...but everything else would have eventually killed me. It was truly toxic. In fact, there were probably a number of things I could have sued him for. A big part of me wishes I had walked out and quit MANY times. (Especially after he made a fat joke about me at a staff meeting.)

He's a bad man. No matter how successful he is in the industry, that will not change. I'm pretty sure he has no friends and definitely no relatives. When I think about all the support I got after I lost my job and kinda went off the deep end, I realize I already have one-up on him because people care about me.

I do feel bad that I "lost" my friends in the office except for one. I understand that they just want to pretend the thing with me never happened because it makes them feel better.

The guy who used to sit next to me sent me an email with a recommendation letter from our boss and the former coworker wrote a note with, 'Miss you! Know you miss me too (winky face)" and it made me want to punch him. I mean...I'm not at a spa. I got fired. I was humiliated in front of everybody. And you're still there.

But...I'm grateful to be out of there. Very grateful. No matter how unhealthy I feel right now, mentally and emotionally, it's nothing compared to the abuse I went through every single day for three years.
Man triple whammy.

Mum bumped into an old friend. And all her kids (my age or just below) are

a) moving into their own place with their boyfriends
b) earning a high wage in London (thats the one thats younger than me)

I can't describe how crap this makes me feel. Im sorry I just moan in this thread - I'm not even looking for responses I just need to let it out.

I feel like such a pathetic, worthless failure.

I've never even had a boyfriend. And several of my friends my age now not only have the money to move into their own places, but they are doing it with a partner. Or they are earning a strong wage, or are working in the field they are passionate about.

I feel sick. I feel like my life is passing me by. I feel panicked that I've lost something and that the rest of my life is going to affected by how far behind I am from seemingly everyone else.
I think I'm several years older than you and I feel EXACTLY the same way...I think many women do, they're just not all as honest and open about it as we are.

I have a book rec for you...Fortytude by Sarah Brokaw. She talks about feeling like you've fallen behind and constantly comparing yourself to others. It helped me a lot (even if I don't sound like I've gotten much help lately )
Thanks Christine.

You guys - I could really use some tips.

I want to apply for this assistant editor job at a book publishing house. First of all - I have to write a cover letter which I've never done and I don't know where to start/what to say.

Second I really need some advice to make it very good - because Im an illustration graduate and love books and reading and did very well on writing my dissertation (essay are my thing) but I do not have a degree in publishing or English, or any experience and I know I will be up against a lot of people who will have those things.

Am I mad to go for it? What should I write? Is there anything I can add to my CV to make me more of a candidate?

I feel sick. I feel like my life is passing me by. I feel panicked that I've lost something and that the rest of my life is going to affected by how far behind I am from seemingly everyone else.
Originally Posted by kat180
You know what I hate about those random meetings with old friends (& to certain extent, I'll include facebook on this rant)? You only get to hear about the perfect version of this person. You hear about the huge engagement ring, the new car, job, baby, etc., etc., but nobody broadcasts to the world that they are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt or that their SO gets abusive when he's drunk or that they can barely control their kids.

When you hear about your friends/relatives fantabulous lives, understand that you are only getting a fraction of the story. Everyone struggles with something. I don't think that there's anything to be gained from looking at your life and comparing it to theirs like it's a contest. You're just going to end up feeling sorry for yourself and that's not going to help you reach your goals any faster.

Look at your life, instead, as a work in progress. Make practical goals & promises to yourself and then take steps to acheive them. You may not have done ___, yet but, one day, if you are presistant, you probably will. One book that has really helped me in that regard is this one: Amazon.com: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (9781576754221): Brian Tracy: Books

In fact, I need to thumb back through it and revise my list when I get home today.
You are totally right ^

But I do forget that sometimes!

I wouldn't want to be moving in with a boyfriend right now anyway - but its more the feeling that their lives have direction, and mostly feeling that my family are starting to think badly of me.

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