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violets 04-04-2007 11:15 AM

Which of us are job hunting?
 
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.

quickcurl 04-04-2007 11:19 AM

I'm joining the job hunt club!

I started looking probably about three weeks or so ago and I've only gone on one interview. I'm hoping that I get a second interview, but we'll see what happens. I was sending resumes out almost every day, but I've had to cut back recently due to being buried under a ton of work at my current job.

It's frustrating to send out so many resumes and get nothing back! This is a great idea!

PartyHair 04-04-2007 11:53 AM

I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.

SweetPickles 04-04-2007 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by PartyHair
I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.

How many times do I have to offer you MY job? :D You can have my house too! Pittsburgh is *great*! Hahaha.

If my husband gets the job he's up for, I'll be looking myself as soon as we get moved and settled. And if he doesn't, I still plan to look aggressively. I have my oh-so-generous 5-year-staff-appreciation coffee mug. It's time...

PartyHair 04-04-2007 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by SweetPickles
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Originally Posted by PartyHair
I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.

How many times do I have to offer you MY job? :D You can have my house too! Pittsburgh is *great*! Hahaha.

If my husband gets the job he's up for, I'll be looking myself as soon as we get moved and settled. And if he doesn't, I still plan to look aggressively. I have my oh-so-generous 5-year-staff-appreciation coffee mug. It's time...

Honey, I can't get the boy out of Texas. He occasionally will say something about moving nearer to Mom, but it's fleeting. Plus his parents would NEVER forgive me for taking their 'jito away from them. :roll:

Can I ask what job J. is up for, and where? PM or email me if you want.

SweetPickles 04-04-2007 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by PartyHair
Honey, I can't get the boy out of Texas. He occasionally will say something about moving nearer to Mom, but it's fleeting. Plus his parents would NEVER forgive me for taking their 'jito away from them. :roll:

Hee. Not that I'd wish all this on anyone. Especially not someone I like!

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Originally Posted by PartyHair
Can I ask what job J. is up for, and where? PM me if you want.

He's one of 2 candidates for a TT teaching job at Shasta College in Redding, CA (far north). Second interview is on Tuesday. He's also got a phone interview for some school in VA this week. I'd rather go to California. Heck, at this point, I'd go anywhere.

browniepoints 04-04-2007 12:36 PM

:cry: I will be in the next month or two if my grant is not renewed. I really want to start my own arts education non profit but.....

PartyHair 04-04-2007 12:37 PM

MANY thousands of good job vibes for J.!

Also, I know someone who went to Shasta College. Her name was Shasta - her parents were pseudo-hippies, and named her after the mountain. :lol:

My fingers are crossed!

papayahed 04-04-2007 12:55 PM

I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

PartyHair 04-04-2007 01:09 PM

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I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?

battinlash 04-04-2007 02:59 PM

Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.

quickcurl 04-04-2007 03:22 PM

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)

PartyHair 04-04-2007 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by tantrum
Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.

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.

papayahed 04-04-2007 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by papayahed
I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?

I had to drive an hour and a half from the airport to a small town.
I locked myself out of the hotel room.
I didn't get my wake up call.
The interview was akward, the guy said I know your qualified so I want to see if you'd fit in to the team and preceeded to ask bizarre questions.
The place is in the process of being built so most of my questions couldn't be answered.
We went to lunch, he took a coworker and they proceeded to talk about sports the whole time.
My flight home was delayed and I hung around the airport for about 5 hours

Wasn't my worst interview but certainly not the best.

PartyHair 04-04-2007 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by papayahed
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Originally Posted by PartyHair
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Originally Posted by papayahed
I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?

I had to drive an hour and a half from the airport to a small town.
I locked myself out of the hotel room.
I didn't get my wake up call.
The interview was akward, the guy said I know your qualified so I want to see if you'd fit in to the team and preceeded to ask bizarre questions.
The place is in the process of being built so most of my questions couldn't be answered.
We went to lunch, he took a coworker and they proceeded to talk about sports the whole time.
My flight home was delayed and I hung around the airport for about 5 hours

Wasn't my worst interview but certainly not the best.

The best way to look at that is, "Hey, it's over".

It sounds like the interviewer was somewhat inept. I'd think long and hard before accepting that position if it's offered!

WavingNotCurling 04-04-2007 05:09 PM

Looks like I'm in good company. My company just closed. I've worked there for 8.5 years and had a lot of good friends there. I've been actively searching since January, also. I've had exactly one interview. I've sent out at least one resume a day, inlcuding weekends.

The good news is I have another interview on Friday 8)

curlytwirly 04-04-2007 05:14 PM

im on the job hunt!...ive been hunting for about a month...not as aggresively as i should though. ive had 4 interviews and one job offer which i rejected. i went to my 4th interview today. it is for an entry level position with a marketing company. it was really nerve wracking because they didnt ask me ANY of the traditional questions...they didnt even ask me why i wanted to work there...all they did was ask me behavioral questions, eek! the two people that interviewed me said they were very impressed by me and so it seems pretty promising.

one thing i think i TOTALLY screwed up on was the salary...he asked me what i was looking for, i said "im flexible with salary, mainly looking for the right opportunity"...then he told me that their starting is 38K...and without thinking i said "my minimum was 35K so that sounds good"...i dont know why i said that. i left no room for negotiation. is it possible to negotiate once i get the offer...IF i get the offer?

bushyhead 04-04-2007 05:27 PM

I'm job hunting, but it's not going well. It's difficult because I'm satisfied with the job I have now, but I feel there is no growth for me there and I would like to make more money. So I'm being pretty selective in terms of the positions I apply for.

I have great benefits at my current job, which are hard to walk away from. I'm also finding that I'm in this awkward in-between stage in terms of my skills and experience - beyond entry-level, but not ready for management. I'm afraid I won't be able to find the type of position I want at the salary level that would make it worth my while to change jobs.

PartyHair 04-04-2007 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by bushyhead
I'm job hunting, but it's not going well. It's difficult because I'm satisfied with the job I have now, but I feel there is no growth for me there and I would like to make more money. So I'm being pretty selective in terms of the positions I apply for.

I have great benefits at my current job, which are hard to walk away from, and I'm finding that I'm in this awkward in-between stage in terms of my skills and experienced - beyond entry-level, but not ready for management. I'm afraid I won't be able to find the type of position I want at the salary level that would make it worth my while to change jobs.

I'm in a similar situation as far as being ok with my current job but not ok with the salary. I'm also being selective as far as the positions I apply for.

It helps me to remember that I am actually in a GREAT position. I have the luxury to look for something new while working at a relatively satisfying job.

Resume Writer 04-04-2007 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by curlytwirly
one thing i think i TOTALLY screwed up on was the salary...he asked me what i was looking for, i said "im flexible with salary, mainly looking for the right opportunity"...then he told me that their starting is 38K...and without thinking i said "my minimum was 35K so that sounds good"...i dont know why i said that. i left no room for negotiation. is it possible to negotiate once i get the offer...IF i get the offer?

Nerves will do that! :) So many people leave interviews realizing what they "should have" said. Live and learn. You can still try to negotiate, though--no harm in trying. Yes, he could remind you that he is offering more than your stated minimum. You could, however, say that after thinking through the position (and perhaps other offers, if applicable), you believe a fair salary would be X. If the 38k is reasonable to you, though, I wouldn't push it too far (after all, it is still more than you originally wanted). After you have proved yourself to the company, you should have room to further negotiate. In fact, you could ask for a six-month salary review if he doesn't budge on the initial offer.


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