Post # 1
I have been off and on searching for a new job for over a year. I only get hits from staffing companies or from companies that don’t work out. I recently got offered a job for a mortgage company and was super excited to leave the hell hole I’m working in, but it fell through last week. They said they would only be paying me minimum wage and I would be taking a $500 a month cut in wages. I am barely making it now, so that can’t happen.
I was really sad about it and the next day I applied to like 12 jobs and then another 4 or 5 the day after that. I always end up getting discouraged and then make myself even more miserable. I know the first year after graduating it tough, but I need to figure out a way to not get discouraged.
Post # 2
Hugs. I am in a similar boat. It is so hard and it is easy to feel depressed at the constant rejections. All you can really do, though, is remember that every application you make is one closer to the one that will come through!
We just found out that my fiance’s contract might be ending soon too, so it is all a little crushing. I just have to keep telling myself that we have some savings and it’s going to be OK. One step at a time! Clearly you are employable and have a lot to offer, so I am sure good things will happen for you.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
You need to have a credible application that stands above the crowd. Also, you would need to understand the company’s culture and tell the recruiter how you’re a fit. Most of the time, recruiters look for:
- relevant experience
- attention to details; typo-free resumes and cover letters
- communication skills: how you organize your resume to show that you understand the job description/job profile. Keep in mind that this can take hours. It takes me on average 5 to 6 hours to customize a resume to a job I’m applying to.
Also, be picky and apply only to positions that you really want to start your career plan with. If I had to help with screening resumes at work, if I see that there’s a desired drastic change in industry, I would want to know how it’s relevant to your new career plan.
Always be active on the job search, even when you’re employed. I’m bored of doing the same job for almost 2 years; the tough part is that not all jobs are posted, even internally. You’d have to know the right people, at the right time.
Don’ts of Cover Letters:
Please, please, please… do not tell the recruiter your personal anecdotes about how you’re a determined/motivated person by sharing very personal experiences, such as weight loss journeys. Remember that the aim is to have your application in the “Yes” pile.
For those who are freshly graduating, if you do not have much work experiences, please do not put a generic objective that looks like: “To gain experience in …” It will not get you noticed. Recall any volunteering experiences you’ve had. Highlight relevant volunteering experiences to job requirements on the job’s profile. That is more valuable to both the recruiter and the applicant.
Make it easy for the recruiter to choose you. Remember, going through 50 to 100 resumes a day is not a fun activity either.
Post # 6
Have you looked into any of the staffing companies that are interested? I started out at a temp agency (I believe they are the same thing?) and was able to get my foot in the door in my industry. I ended up getting hired on full time but if I hadn’t, I would have at least gained experience in my field that would have helped me find a new job.
Post # 7
Network!!! Find networking events in your area and go to everything you can and meet everyone you can. I have a PhD and it took me about 4 months to find a job, which was longer than I was expecting and pretty humbling. Just stick with it and try not to lose hope!!
Post # 8
1) Can you join/start a job-hunting club (on meetup.com, or at your local library or employment centre), or make a facebook group (or a job-hunting group) for graduates of your program? The constant rejection is discouraging, it’s helpful to have a group of people to motivate you and support you.
2) I’d treat job-hunting like a job. Dedicate a specific time each day for job hunting, then allow yourself to relax when you’re done. Take a walk, read a book, enjoy a bubble bath. Job-hunting is hard work, and even if you didn’t get an interview, you’ve accomplished something by applying.
Post # 3
Maybe try doing some more work on your resume and cover letters? If you’re applying to 12 jobs per day, are you tailoring each resume and cover letter to each specific company and their position description? If you mention areas of the position description and company values in your application, and show that your skills and values match the position and company, then you are going to look like a great candidate.
I hope everything works out for you. Job hunting is so stressful.
Post # 4
I totally get where you’re coming from! It’s nice to know other people are in a similar position. I’ve recently graduated as well, and I send in application after application with no response. At least it sounds like you’re working in the meantime, which is a good thing! I’m crossing my fingers for you that something comes through soon. Good luck!
Post # 9
Not sure what you have your degree in but when I was stuck and couldn’t find a good job, I googled 100 Best and Brightest Places to work in Chicago (thats’s where I live). I started to apply to some places listed on there and I got hired at one! It has been my best decision! My work is so flexible, the pay is good, easy to move up! Don’t get discouraged from starting at the bottom either, if you find a place that will move you up just work hard.
Post # 10
While I was in college I started working in banking because it was steady income and looked better than retail positions. Well that was 6 years ago almost and I’m kind of wanting to know what else is out there. I’m currently a Loan Officer at a small, terribly run credit union and I am not fond of what I do mostly bevause of where I am.
I have been searching for “career path” type jobs rather than just “any” job. My resume was built with the help of the career center from the school I graduated from.
Unfortunately a lot of positions that I haven’t 100% had before, but tweak my work experience to possibly fit the position, are so hard. Since I am looking for a regular, full time position to start within a company, a temp agency isn’t something I’m looking for. I need benefits and etc and none of those come with temp work. Nor is the job at the end of the contract.
My SO is trying to be supportive and tells me that there are thousands of people in the DFW area that are applying for the same jobs, but that only makes me feel worse. I want to ask him about the position that may be opening where he works, but I don’t want to push too much about it.
Thank you guys.
Post # 11
Aly7489: I don’t have much in the way of practical advice but just wanted to say I hear you! I’ve been job hunting for two months now and it’s soul destroying. I can’t tell you how many jobs I’ve applied for and never heard back from. Just know there’s light out there – I got a call out of the blue last week to set up an interview the next day and a week later I’m within a whisker of having the job (had a “trial” that was more like training and a second interview yesterday). It’s come totally out of the blue and happened so fast! You WILL find your dream job 😀