(Closed) ** Job Seeking Bees’ Support Thread**

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 437
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Bumble bee

Rants?  Yes.  I am about to run out on the street with a box full of resumes and just start handing them out to people.  

Either that, or stand on the corner like and start yelling like a crazy person.  This is getting old. πŸ™

Post # 439
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@surkim:  Haha..that’d probably be pretty  effective πŸ˜› 

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@Eva Peron:  That battleship analogy is spot-on!!! Puts things in perspective for me. Thanks! πŸ™‚

Post # 440
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Anyone have any other ideas besides the following sites?

Careerbuilder, monster, local papers, craigslist…. I have 2 local papers so I have been following both online.

Post # 441
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

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@Mimoza:  I agree that you should take the new job.  Not only does it sound like you are more interested in it, but it sounds like a better opportunity.  I’ll be sending you good luck vibes for your interview!

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@surkim: You never know what will work πŸ˜‰

Also, I have a triumph to share–I passed the VA bar!  I was super excited to update my resume, but I’d be happier if it were a job πŸ™‚

Thinking good job vibes for everyone!

Post # 442
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@StormyRose: 

1) A method I used to get my job (just started last week!) was I Googled the heck out of my city and state websites to finally find all the private companies within my industry that is registered with the county, city or state. I did this because I live in the land of start-ups and so they are not very well known (meaning I probably wouldn’t have found them on Indeed.com and other job boards). It had info on the # of employees, their main contact email, website and phone #. I looked up each company individually, and of the ones I was interested in, if there were no job postings on their website, I sent a somewhat personalized cold-email telling them who I am, my skill set and how it fits with their company’s interests. Also attached latest copy of resume. Out of about 500 emails sent, I only heard back from 3. 

It’s unconventional and it didn’t yield a high response rate but the great thing about it is, of the ones who DO respond, 100% of them are very interested. And most likely, very little competition since it wasn’t even posted. 

2) Another way is to network. LinkedIn would be good for this since it will tell you how you are connected to someone at a specific company. I think LinkedIn works best if you are targeting better-established places. Networking helped me get the interviews but sometimes I felt they only extended an invite and gave me some of their time as a favor to someone, and that they wouldn’t hire me otherwise. 

ETA: The first method seems daunting but it doesn’t really take very long. I cranked those out pretty quick. Finding a job posted and filling out their extensive online applications actually took longer. 

Post # 443
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks for the congrats :). My first day went very well, except one mishap with a phone call (with a high up person in the company), otherwise no problems. I was left on my own for about an hour & no one else was there to help me! So nerve-wracking… but nothing went wrong. Everyone’s very friendly & I think they all like me & the job I’m doing. My other job I’m going to stay with through the summer since its pretty slow & I can’t just leave it (wouldn’t feel right).

Wierd thing is, I keep getting bad dreams about messing up my new job & they wake me up many times during the night/morning :(. Hopefully, now that I’ve started they’ll stop!

Post # 444
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@Eva Peron:  I like that, its good to be selective! That way you will stay with the company long-term & you’ll probably do a better job because you want to be there :). I know the wait is long, but once you find the right job, it won’t seem like it took as long/was as hard to find. Hope you find something soon!!

Post # 445
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sigh…..so I had 2 interviews for 2 different lab positions recently and was not selected for either one, although I thought both interviews went well. At each interview I spoke with the person for more than an hour and one wants to keep my information for potential future openings. I know things happen for a reason, but I’m really ready to have a full-time job that pays even just half decently. Teaching part-time as an adjunct just plain sucks.

I check in on this thread from time to time because it is encouraging to hear that other ladies are successfully finding jobs. So congrats to y’all that have found a job! πŸ™‚

Post # 446
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@StormyRose:  Google your industry in your area. Find all the companies in that industry and go to their career pages and apply direct to the company.

You can always also “cold call” the HR department (usually by either e-mailing or mailing in a cover letter and resume). That approach usually doesn’t work, but if you have the time (and paper) it might be worth a go.

 

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@mspony:  Congratulations on passing the bar! That is huge!! Definitely a cause for celebration.

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@canthugallcats:  Yay for a good first day of work! Sorry about the one mishap, but I’m sure it’s fine. It was your first day after all!  I hope the dreams subside a bit. I had nightmares ALL NIGHT before my most recent interview. They were so bad I barely slept!

 

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@StarryNight2011:  Sorry to hear those two didn’t turn out, but it is a good thing they are keeping your info on file. The interview I had on Friday was a company I interviewed with back in November. They promoted from within at that point but said they’d “keep my info on file” and it actually did result in them calling me for another interview a few months later.

I’m keeping good job thoughts for you!

No update from me. Still haven’t heard back from the place I interviewed with on Friday. I also sent a follow up/thank you e-mail on Friday afternoon. Hopefully I hear something soon, even if it is just, “We have a few more candidates to interview and should make a decision in the next few weeks.” Anything is better than radio silence.

Post # 447
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@Mimoza:  Oh my goodness our dream jobs are pretty much the same!!

 

1. Florida

2. I currently have a job. I’ve been there since late November and I am OVER it. It’s full time, $10 per hour, $15 per hour overtime, I get benefit options (I have to pay for them), Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5pm. The problem is that it’s in a field that is completely irrelevant to my life goals: Home Health care. I am an Office Assistant/Administrative Assistant for this company which apparently is code for “whip me, Master.” No, I don’t have to pick up coffee or whatever, but it’s a different kind of slavery. I do a little bit of everything: order medical/office stock, data entry, hunting nurses down for their paperwork, HR, scanning/uploading, answer phones, payroll stuff, check faxes and the list goes on and on and on. My job description is long, complicated, and they keep adding more crap to the list. My desk is literally covered with stacks and bundles of papers and it makes me want to spoon my eyes out with a paper clip. Sometimes I get disoriented and can’t tell if I’m working in Wall Street or Indonesia. I think the worst part is really that I feel like we are robbing Medicare, there are too many politics, and unless I want to stick around for 6-7 years it’s a dead-end.

3. B.S International Business, B.A Interdisciplinary Studies (Religion/Theology). Yep, double majored for this fab-glam job. I know you’re jealous. Haha.

4.Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful. Before getting this job I applied everywhere, I was desperate, and it sUUUcked. I was inexperienced yet overqualified. My current dilemma is: A positioned opened up at my hubbFI’s work (we secretly eloped, but wedding is 12/1/12). One TYPICAL day after work, I was feeling kind of drained and suicidal, and applied to the position on a whim. One thing led to another, went on a group interview, and now they want to hire me. It’s minimum wage, Part Time, no benefits. HubbFI and I would be co-workers, and although it’s entry level I would be working for a non-profit. Starting in June I will be working with kids in summer camp, and once the school year starts do after school programs. No desk or fancy title, and if I take the position that means on my resume it would say I stayed at my first full-time job for only 6 months.

The big question: should I “downgrade” to something that is closer to my life goals, or stay at a “better” job because it might look better on paper and it pays more? 

5. THIS ONE. Or maybe Checkers in high school. It was SO disgusting, I quit after 2 shifts and didn’t eat at Checkers ever again. You don’t want to know what goes on in those nasty, rat-infested, mini establishments. If you did you would not eat there.

6. Dream job would be working for the public sector (Govt./NGO/Non-profit) doing some sort of program coordination, implementation, or evaluation. I want to help people. I would love to do it at an international level though, perhaps establishing development programs overseas. I just don’t know how to get to that point. I’m thinking of getting my M.A. in Public Policy but I’m not sure if that’s what I need to get there.

7. I am not a failure. I will pay off my student loans. *REPEAT x 100*

Post # 448
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@LuluInLove:  Oh-mah-gosh. Reading your post I laughed, teared up and felt inspired alllll at the same time. You are hilarious girl. But I know where you’re coming from.

Your situation is a toughie, I don’t have it as hard as you and I STILL don’t know what to do. I’m probably the last person who should give you advice. The only thing I would say is that a pros and cons table should come in handy at this current junction of your present time…(and that is my makes-no-sense politician speak). Still, I think that table would do you good. I was brainstorming last night (and all the nights since this new job came up really) and realized that I probably should take the corporate job if offered. 

As far as your education goes, that is entirely and completely up to you. I cannot and will not advise you what to do there because it is a personal choice. I chose to gain some experience for a few years while i also realize exactly what it is that I want to do (apparently having a general idea isn’t enough for me – I’m goal oriented). 

Overqualified and inexperienced sounds like the biggest oxymoron there is and yet, it actually exists!!! It’s insane, I know. I say network. Network your butt off!! Apply on usajobs because that is a great start for gov/ngo type work. It pays less (way less) but it is a great start and it gives you the field experience you need…and also I really think that knowing what you want also means trying out different situations where you either love or hate them – either way, they bring you that much closer to knowing exactly what you are cut out for and what you absolutely should steer away from.

Remember, you are not alone in this!

Hugs. 

Post # 449
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@mspony:  Thanks!! I will definitely need them! And congrats, no step is too small when it comes to a career. Placing that on your resume will attract many more potential employers!

Whoohoo I’m excited for you!

If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of law do you practice?

Post # 450
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@KatNYC2011:  Thanks! I have my fingers crossed that you hear back soon on the interview. That might be the hardest part of job seaching…..the waiting to hear back.

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@LuluInLove:  Tough call on staying with the money or going for the experience. You are really the only one who knows what the right decision for you would be. But I can relate to the overqualified, since I fall into that category too. I have a whole lot of education but I’m not qualified to do anything. It’s frustrating.

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@canthugallcats:  Congrats on the new job! Nothing ever goes completely right on the first day. Hang in there! πŸ™‚

Post # 451
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Interview on Thursday in the City, same place as last week lol just a different job and dept. Fingers crossed yet again.

Also, I need some advice. I’m currently working Freelance (altho I haven’t had any clients in a while) and part time as a Nanny. The girl is 13, about to turn 14 (I was already babysitting at her age and allowed to stay home by myself) and really doesn’t need me anymore. These jobs that I keep applying to and interviewing for all want me to come in on a trial basis (Which I’m certainly thrilled about) but I still have this job and therefore can’t give them all of my time. Should I drop the part time job so that I can open myself up to these trials? What do you think?

(a little background, I’m 28, living at home with my parents since I can’t afford to live on my own, SO lives at home with his Mom but makes just about enough to support himself if he were to move out, but has recently found out his job may be done away with at the end of the year.)

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