(Closed) How did you get your job?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: How did you find your job?

    Someone I knew

    Online job finder (monster/career builder etc.)

    Craigslist ad

    Newspaper (online or paper)

    Head hunter/Staffing agency/Temp Agency

    Other (explanation below)

  • Post # 17
    1085 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I got my job the good old fashioned way. Door to door. I went to each place I wanted to work at and dropped off my resume. My current job was hiring so I got an interview and the job on the spot

    Post # 18
    1975 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I am a finacial adviser. When I was a teenager I worked at KFC my store manager quit and moved into this industry where he contacted me and offered me the job

    Post # 19
    9050 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I did an unpaid internship with my company and was offered a permanent, full time position at the end of it.  I’ve moved a bit within the company since, but that’s how i got my foot in the door at first.

    Post # 20
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m a teacher and I got hired at the school I did my student teaching at. I didn’t get the job because of someone I knew, because when I went there I didn’t know anyone, I just acted like my entire student teaching time was an interview. I got called for 4 job interviews after I got my degree, all on the same day. None of the other schools knew who I was, and I was offered all 4 positions.I chose my “home school” because I was familiar with the school, I didn’t really know the principal other than 2-3 team meetings with her.

    I think it is unfair to say getting hired as a teacher is all about who you know. The 3 ladies we hired this year we all out of towners and no one knew them before they got hired. They were hired because they were best suited for the job. When learning to be a teacher I made sure to put a lot of effort into my resume and to show traits that would make me best suited for the job. Granted, who you know gives you an edge, but no… getting hired as a teacher is NOT all about who you know.

    Post # 21
    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I did an internship during university and they hired me back. And I am a petroleum engineer. 

    Post # 22
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I found mine on WashingtonPost.com and applied through their website.


    Job before this one, I found on the company’s website.


    Job before that, I was referred.

    Post # 23
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Through my college’s alumni network after I graduated.

    Post # 24
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m a staffing consultant.  I went to a staffing agency after losing my last job (there’s a thread about that floating around on the career board) and they ended up hiring me internally to work for them. Never thought I’d be in HR, but I love it!

    Post # 25
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My last two jobs have been the result of recruiter friends recruiting me for their companies.

    Post # 26
    1695 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I found my job through career services at my law school. 

    Post # 27
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    This is how I found my first three teaching jobs. I have to say, I think one really led to another in a very serendipitous way. 

    1) I was working as a secretary and hating every minute. I saw a facebook post from an acquaintance that she was looking for one more teacher to work at her playgroup/preschool that she was opening. I messaged her, my mom told me not to take it, I took it and it worked out.

    2) I had to leave that job in March to student teach. I student taught at a local day school that I am familiar with. At the time, I was also looking for a job for the coming year. I applied to that school and it just so happened that one of my professors had opened up a speciality program within that school. Although I was originally up for a job as a preschool assistant, my resume was passed on to her without the school actually knowing we knew each other, and when she saw it she knew she wanted me for an assistant in her program since one of the assistants was moving. That job was pure luck and connection. 

    3) While I was working for that program I graduated and got married and began looking for a head teaching position. I sent resumes to a few places, and I also sent one to a school I had attended for two years in elementary school and where my mother had taught for 15 years. I got an interview there since they were letting go of some teachers, and after my model lesson they hired me. That was not the only interview I went on. I went on one other interview but chose this other position because it was full time and paid more. 

    Now that I have a lot on my resume, more than just being an assisant, I’m not necessarily worried about finding another teaching job when we move in a few years. Granted, getting your foot in the door is much easier when you know someone and are connected, but if a school is looking for new teachers and you are qualified, capable and prove that in your interview and model lesson, then you have a really good shot. I know it’s not as easy as that, but apply to any and every public school, private school and everything in between, and prove that you are a teacher worth having on staff. 

    Post # 28
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m a teacher also. I got my job by going to job fairs and applying on EdJoin which is a website in CA that lists all public teaching jobs.  My mom works in the district, but she didn’t know any of the people I interviewed with or anyone at my school, so it wasn’t about who I knew at all.  I agree with 

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    @wbg21, teaching definitely isn’t all about who you know. If anything, I feel like it is less like that than other jobs.  Good luck on your hunt though! Running a before and after school program is a great way to get your foot in the door and have people see what a hard worker and how qualified you are! 

    Post # 29
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I work in nonprofit, so I look at job sites specifically for my field- idealist, opportunityknocks, MN Council of Non Profits. 

    I had only been living in MN for about a month and a half before landing this job, so I did intense research looking for orgs I would want to work at, other job boards, and networking opportunities… I strongly recommend networking!

    im also really skeptical of CL postings, they always seem a little off to me.

    good luck!


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    Post # 30
    1924 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am currently a grad student and the education program just held a job fair.  I talked to someone there, and got an interview that way.  I lucked out, it was the first and only job I applied to last year!  I know a lot of charter schools will have job fairs, keep an eye out!

    Post # 31
    1428 posts
    Bumble bee

    I applied for a job there on the company website. The next day I got a call for an interview. I took that job at the time, but have since been promoted within the company.

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