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Old 04-19-2011, 09:18 PM   #1041
 
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:28 PM   #1042
 
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(((Hugs CIBC)))

I hope things turn around soon
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:56 PM   #1043
 
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Just had a "it's never going to happen for me" mini panic attack (regarding job and love) followed by a lot of tears. I am really really down, guys.
CIBC, I have a book recommendation for you. It's called "How We Choose to Be Happy" by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks.

I found it in a bookstore one night when I was pretty much where you are: unemployed, single, feeling very low, like my prospects were nil. I could not snap out of it, I was stuck.

It wasn't the only thing that helped me, but it was a part of it. It's a great read too, because it has the little stories about people overcoming obstacles. It really helped.

I hope you're feeling better soon. I think you should make it your goal to feel better no matter what your life circumstances are. You deserve happiness.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:44 PM   #1044
 
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I am just starting to look for a job. I graduate with my BA next month...hopefully I find something.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:51 PM   #1045
 
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I am just starting to look for a job. I graduate with my BA next month...hopefully I find something.
Best of luck to you! Graduation scares me.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:13 AM   #1046
 
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Just had a "it's never going to happen for me" mini panic attack (regarding job and love) followed by a lot of tears. I am really really down, guys.
CIBC, I have a book recommendation for you. It's called "How We Choose to Be Happy" by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks.

I found it in a bookstore one night when I was pretty much where you are: unemployed, single, feeling very low, like my prospects were nil. I could not snap out of it, I was stuck.

It wasn't the only thing that helped me, but it was a part of it. It's a great read too, because it has the little stories about people overcoming obstacles. It really helped.

I hope you're feeling better soon. I think you should make it your goal to feel better no matter what your life circumstances are. You deserve happiness.

Thanks so much, wild~hair. I will definitely check out that book.
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I volunteered with a holocaust foundation today and worked alongside a survivor.

Major perspective.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:06 AM   #1048
 
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So I'm totally new to this whole looking for a job thing. And. It's quite tough.

I haven't actually submitted an application yet. I've volunteered tons, have stellar academics and extracurricular activities but I doubt that'll help me much here.
I look at the "job experience" section of my resume and it's blank, and I end up feeling so dumb. That whole "why even try" feeling sets in.

The whole process is so strange and awkward to me, since I'm so shy and sheltered, and especially since my parents never had to do it themselves. For the longest time they didn't even let me work. And they, nor I, really have any "connections".

I feel like I'm going through this blindfolded and like I need someone to hold my hand, but then again, I need to grow up at some point.

lol, I just thought I'd share my random feelings and get them out there. Do you guys remember your first job? Was it weird for you too?
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:41 PM   #1049
 
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Wavie - Actually all of that volunteering will come in handy, especially if you volunteered in an area that you're interested in pursuing a career in. Use your volunteer experience as your job experience on your resume, especially if you have any previous internships, just make sure to list your position as a volunteer. Are you part of any student/professional organizations? Those would be your connections. Also, see someone in your school's career center or ask a coach, professor, etc. in your field to review your resume.

You may have to take a low-paying job to begin, but that is more experience, and after 6 months or a year, you will probably be able to move on to something that pays better.
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So I'm totally new to this whole looking for a job thing. And. It's quite tough.

I haven't actually submitted an application yet. I've volunteered tons, have stellar academics and extracurricular activities but I doubt that'll help me much here.
I look at the "job experience" section of my resume and it's blank, and I end up feeling so dumb. That whole "why even try" feeling sets in.

The whole process is so strange and awkward to me, since I'm so shy and sheltered, and especially since my parents never had to do it themselves. For the longest time they didn't even let me work. And they, nor I, really have any "connections".

I feel like I'm going through this blindfolded and like I need someone to hold my hand, but then again, I need to grow up at some point.

lol, I just thought I'd share my random feelings and get them out there. Do you guys remember your first job? Was it weird for you too?
I think your volunteer work/extracurricular work will help you TONS when looking for your first job!

My very first job, while I was in college, was working in a bookstore. They ended-up putting me in the children's department. On my resume, I had things like volunteering with the children of my parish/teaching CCD, so I clearly had a lot of experience with children. I had been published a bunch of times in school publications and a national magazine, so that showed I was a big reader (writers usually are.)

You can really tailor any experiences you have had to work for you!

(I was horrendously shy as well!)
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One of my best friends got a call today about a job she REALLY wants...she has an interview on Wednesday. She's been out of work for two years and is one of the most educated people I know (I guess that says multiple degrees don't help you much ) I hope she gets it.

I haven't gotten any calls, but with Easter/Passover I know a lot of people were out of the offices last week. I'm being a tad more selective with the applying like mad stuff...I stopped applying to everything on Craigslist because nothing really sounds legit on there anymore!

I had lunch with my closest friend from my last office...he's working on another project on the other coast for a while and has been gone for a few months and came back here for a week. He stopped by his/my old office and he said there is absolutely NO work to be done and everybody is just on Facebook or staring at a wall.

This kinda made me feel bad, like, "Okay, why was I the sole casualty?" but I have to keep telling myself that I am the "lucky one" to have gotten away from that sadistic psychopath.

It also made me feel better that I am missing NOTHING exciting. There was so much excitement with that job. I thrived on it and that's why I stayed for so long. But I'm not missing anything now...and I really hope that by the time that office IS working on something great, I'll have moved on and be involved with something great and won't even care.

I went in to volunteer for that Holocaust foundation last week, and I'm looking for other similar things to do. My issue is that since I'm not directly in the city anymore, getting in is quite expensive for volunteering, since I no longer have my monthly commuter pass.

I really just want reassurance that everything is going to be okay...that I'll find a great job, that I'll be writing successfully, that I'll finally really fall in love. I know getting reassurances like those things are impossible. Ah, well...that's life, right?
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CIBC, I've also given up on Craigslist. Either they ask for the impossible, or it isn't a real ad.

I give you credit for getting up and volunteering. Some days I'm so discouraged I don't even do that, but this week I'm going to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Wavie, I'm shy also. Good luck to you and as everyone is saying, your volunteering will help. Years ago, when I first started out, it was very easy to get a job because they were very plentiful, so my experience wouldn't relate to yours and wouldn't help you, since the economy is so different now. Please keep us updated on your progress.
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Getting ragged on by my mother again for not having a job.

She hasn't got one either, but thats 'beside the point' apparently.

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i just got the call to do the typing test for this job.
i did the test this morning - they wanted 50 wpm. i did 72 with 100% accuracy.

now i just have to wait again...
waiting is over...

they called to ask me to come to an interview in a week.

the first thing i did was contact Redeployment Services to tell them that i want to be matched to the job. the second call was to my union rep in case they decide to pull something like NOT matching me to this job!

more waiting....

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I am just starting to look for a job. I graduate with my BA next month...hopefully I find something.
Best of luck to you! Graduation scares me.
It's starting to scare me too, but I'm still really excited because I am completely sick of college and much rather be working. I had an internship for the first part of this year and I really loved working in a office. Writing papers for classes soon felt useless because the whole point was to get a grade. At least when I'm working and writing its for a real reason.

I got a phone interview for an internship at a PR firm next week. They are looking for someone who is still in school and can get college credit but hopefully they will take me!
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I just finished a temp assignment and had to call unemployment. Turns out they are knocking it down to something relatively useless.
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I am just starting to look for a job. I graduate with my BA next month...hopefully I find something.
Best of luck to you! Graduation scares me.
It's starting to scare me too, but I'm still really excited because I am completely sick of college and much rather be working. I had an internship for the first part of this year and I really loved working in a office. Writing papers for classes soon felt useless because the whole point was to get a grade. At least when I'm working and writing its for a real reason.

I got a phone interview for an internship at a PR firm next week. They are looking for someone who is still in school and can get college credit but hopefully they will take me!
Excellent!
I am sick of college too, but I will admit there is a certain bubble of comfort here. I am just scared.
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I finally found a job after being unemployed for two years... I'm working seasonal at Sea World
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I finally found a job after being unemployed for two years... I'm working seasonal at Sea World
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Since its such a long tedious process, Please post here if you are on the job search. We can give each other support.

I started looking in January. I've had 4 interviews - 1 in January and 3 in March. I send resumes out practically every day, except for weekends.
I'm looking for a job, preferable something involving makeup/beauty. I just bought a car, so I need some skrill.
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