Post # 1
I’ve applied for probably 5 jobs in the last few weeks and I’m DYING to hear something back. I have one great lead and the rest are average. The waiting game (especially when you may NEVER hear anything) just stinks.
Okay. Pity Party = Done.
Post # 3
My Fiance has applied to probably 50 jobs and hasn’t heard anything… the job market sucks here. 🙁
Post # 4
Yikes!! When I was applying for my current job I maybe applied for 40 jobs and only heard back from 2! ERR! I feel your pain.
Occasionally I still apply for new jobs if they’re super interesting and I’ve never heard back from any! And I’m highly qualified! It’s like the black hole of HR or something.
Post # 5
It is really frustrating, I’m now doing my second round of applying for jobs.
Post # 6
Crossing my fingers for you! I know it’s so frustrating to play the waiting game. Unfortunately, our timeline and the employer’s timeline don’t usually match up. I hope you hear something soon!
I applied to 45+ jobs during the second half of my final year of grad school, and I heard back from only four of them. Such is today’s annoying employment climate. 🙁
Post # 7
I’ve applied to between 50 and 75 jobs over the past few months.
Most I never hear from and since the first of the year I’ve only had “informational interviews” meaning they don’t have a position for me but will talk to me as a courtesy.
The job market right now is SO disheartening.
Post # 8
I hear you!!!
I have applied to over 70 jobs and heard back from ONE employer, simply to say I was over qualified. I really wish there was more ettiquette regarding human resources…..at least tell me something!
Post # 9
PS if you’re told your overqualified… change what your resume shows. Like if you really need to get your foot in the door and have a PHD, then leave the PhD off the resume.
I heard that one from a resume coach.
Post # 10
@Eva Peron: I agree. Although I don’t know if my ego could take 70 “Sorry you aren’t right for the job” e-mails/calls. It’s just SO disheartening.
Post # 11
@KatNYC2011: 75 jobs???? The last time I was in the job market in November of ’10, I only applied to like 10 before I got a call. Now I’m starting to wonder if this will take more time/applications that I anticipated.
PinkMagnolia is spot on about the over-qualified, by the way. I also teach a class as a “job coach” and this is great advice.
Post # 12
@aliavenue: I think a lot of it depends on the type of work/industry you are looking in.
My most recent experience is in finance (although the position I was in is not industry specific) so it’s just a really bad time for jobs in the financial world.
Post # 13
@KatNYC2011: I just read a case study about this (financial job market) – really very interesting.
I’m in education and dying for an instructing position, but will settle for an administrative position. I have “offers” from previous employers and some doors are open, but I would really like to “step it up” a bit and make sure I’m not selling myself short. But, THE WAITING STINKS.
Post # 14
THe job market is sucky, you gotta apply to atleast 20 just to hear back from one of them.
Post # 15
I went on 48 interviews before my last job. I hated the waiting but it’s part of the looking for a job job.
Read a book, listn to some music, try to get your mind off the waiting. Just sitting around waiting for a call will drive you crazy!
Post # 16
@KatNYC2011: Seriously , yea you are right. I’d probably need to crawl in a dark hole by the 20th rejection.
While I have never “had” to work necesarrily, I graduated in December of 2010 and would really like to be using my degree and paying off school loans. I have been applying to jobs since then! No such luck. Really babysitting or working with animals in an under the table sense may be my only options.
And thanks for the tip about dumbing down the resume 😉