(Closed) Anyone else having a hard time finding a job?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.Lotus: Sorry you are going through this hard time. πŸ™ The economy is so rough right now, especially for jobs in the schools (I’m a teacher myself, so I see it firsthand!). 

Have you called the places you have applied to follow up about your applications? Sometimes that helps. 

Post # 5
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3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.Lotus: It’s okay; sometimes you just need to let it all out. πŸ™‚

My district works the same way as the one with which you’re frustrated. Our district covers a wide area, too, so it sucks because some people would take the job at a certain school but not at another because there’s literally an hour-long drive between them. Doesn’t make much sense to me how someone sitting in an HR office should decide where you best “fit.”

My best advice to you is to not get discouraged and doubt your abilities. Things will work out eventually! πŸ™‚

Have you thought about maybe getting a part-time job at a retail store or something in the meantime? I know you’re more qualified than that and would like a higher-paying position, but something’s better than nothing, right? 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.Lotus: Sorry if I didn’t write that well; I meant it sucks that they DON’T take into consideration the amount of driving you would have to do. For instance, you might apply at a school ten minutes from your house, but my district could refuse to allow you to go there but offer you a job at a school an hour from your house. See what I mean? Shady.

Maybe you could just walk into some of your local stores and ask if they are hiring. I used to work for a grocery store (again, I know not an ideal job, but it’s something), and we would always hire people who came in asking for applications above people that e-mailed us. 

And June 24 is definitely a great day. πŸ™‚

Best of luck to you!

Post # 8
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Newbee

I am so sorry you are having a hard time. As has been stated, and you of course know, this is about the economy, not you. I am sure you also know that some organizations are reluctant to hire/are not hiring those who are not presently employed. So you may want to just be very clear in your applications/conversations about your five years taking care of your child, that you still have the skills etc. have stayed on top of your field etc. Of course its an unfair bias, but its something to address.

Something will turn up,  just keep at it. A friend who had been out of work for over a year and a half and all but given up was just named an assistant attorney general. He was at his wits end and then some things came together (state budget stuff, network connection etc.). Just keep at it, vent as you need to and try not to lose hope. Best wishes.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

We are all in the same boat.  It has nothing to do with us, how good we are, how much education we have. it’s.the.economy.  McDonalds had a “job day” or something not long ago, and One Million People applied for 60,000 McDonald’s jobs.  There are 5 people for every one job out there according to reports from Huffington Post.  I went to an Ivy League school and I was unemployed for 14 months, accepted a new job, worked for less than 3 months, got laid off for 6 weeks.  Now I’m back with the same company-but a different job. It’s tough out there.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I have been trying to get a job with benefits for 3 years since I can’t get affordable insurance on my own.  I am a contractor for a major utility so I have a job, I just need one now with a 401(k) and insurance.  Oh, plus paid time off – haven’t had a vacation in 5 years.  And when I had my blood clot my doctor wanted me out for 4 months.  I was back at work the next day…  I’m tired!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m in the same boat as you. Frown I just got married and moved to a new city and this city is sucking MAJORLY. NO jobs here at all for I.T. Can you believe that!?!?! I.T. is such a VAST field. How can a city possibly have NO I.T. jobs? Cry I’d have to commute AT LEAST 85 KMs away to come to work. That’s all well and good now but it’s super-hell in the snow! And I have no prospect of moving any closer because even a timid little house anywhere closer than this would cost me up the @ss.

So yes, I know how you feel. I wish you get a job real soon. Try to ‘downgrade’ your resume so you don’t look over-qualified. But at the same time, also send your real resume around. This ‘downgrading’ is how people out of jobs generally get their transition jobs which is just to pay bills, etc.

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