(Closed) Job searching, how do you cope with it?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I try and keep busy, I clean a lot and watch a lot of mindless television. I tried working out but I got a little over zealous.  Right now I’m really fighting that voice in my head, thanks to that little voice I got four hours of sleep last night.

Post # 4
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Job searching is the worst.  I really have no advice since I failed majorly at job searching.  I am also an immigrant in a country I don’t speak the language in 😛 so I was seriously bogged down for the longest time.  I did finally get a job, but they found me and I’m underemployed but at least we have more money comming in which is well needed.

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was laid off in May.  I’ve been going to workshops at my local career center.  I spend alot of time cleaning and cooking.  I’ve also been writing letters to our relatives more.  Every now and then I have a freak out day and cry and cry.  I just feel like such a loser in a game that I can’t win.

I would suggest making your resume focused on your skills, rather than your employment history.  Here’s an example.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Are there colleges that offer career fairs near you? Maybe look at ads in the newspaper or something like that? I could give you more resources if you were in the States, but I don’t know of any in Canada. Maybe you could also post in the Canada boards for help?

Post # 7
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My husband went through this while looking for work after going through immigration.  Even places looking for temp help during the winter turned him down!  It was tough on him… he did everything he could to keep busy – cleaned, played MMO’s (he would have done that anyway, but then he got a lot more play time.  lol), watched shows.  At times he would have a day or 2 of feeling pretty depressed about it.

For him, what helped him finally get a job ended up being that he picked me up at work and was friendly to my co-worker friends.  One of them told him about a temp job opportunity for a summer remodel of a store, when he put in his application, she really went out of her way to promote him to the management at the remodel store (she works there too).  I pretty much am sure that he got the job because of her recommendation of him.  That job has now turned permanent.

It’s not the most prestigious job in the world (neither of our jobs are for that matter), but it’s work at a time when jobs are tough to get, AND it gets him a US work history.  

I hope something works out for the both of you!

Post # 8
4824 posts
Honey bee

Keep volunteering, especially in your area of interest. Like you said connections are valuable and through volunteering you will meet people. Also go to networking events.

This may sound crazy but go to Happy Hour at a popular spot in the business district. Obviously be careful not to drink too much, but go once a week. You would be surprised who you get to know by going reguarly (Thursdays are a good day) and when something in their office will open up.

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