Post # 1
And I am feeling really down. My Fiance applied for a new job last night and got a call this morning. I know I should be happy for him sice he hates his current job, but I seem to b stuck in total self pity mode without regard for anyone else. I have not heard anything back from any job I have applied for, save from one rejection letter without even having an interview. I don’t know the point of this post. I am just feeling so down. It’s hard not going to work everyday.
Post # 3
You aren’t alone, OttawaBride2011 ! Job searching is not fun – and it is stressful and discouraging. Hang in there, though.
Post # 4
Hi there! Chin up! It took me about 5-6 months to land worthwhile gigs. This year I graduated with my master’s. I applied to fast food joints, tutoring centers, everything. And yeah, I was rejected by those places too. I remember being rejected from a tutoring center. I have a MS in Education. They rejected me because my SAT score from 6-8 years ago wasn’t perfect. Holy geez! But now I have great jobs. It was worth the wait. Pick up a hobby. Knitting is nice. Especially when it is winter.
Post # 5
Definitely pick up a hobby. I have been looking for 6 months and I looked for 6 months for the job before that.
This is the toughest market, ever. Never before in history has there been this many employable people and so few available jobs. It’s not just you, and don’t take it personally.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
Oh no, i’m so sorry! When I was looking for my current job, it took me over a month of constant applying before I even got an interview, and I know others where it took even longer. It’s such an exhausting process, but I have heard that a lot of people get frustrated at this time of year and stop applying until the new year…giving themselves a break.
So with that in mind, it should be a good time to keep going–I got my job at this time of year last year, so it worked for me!
I hope it gets better…keep your chin up and keep plugging along. In the meantime, maybe you could find a project or a volunteer opportunity to keep you busy and keep your spirits up? I find staying busy helps me when I’m down.
Post # 7
I should add– I have ALWAYS gotten jobs in the months between november-february. A lot of companies close quarters in November and put out the projections and budget for the following year at this time, so positions tend to open up.
Post # 8
Oh! I should add…it really feels awesome getting your first paycheck too. The tutoring place would’ve paid me $15 an hour…and where I work now is almost 3 times more! Even if you don’t land a job that pays well right away, there is one out there especially for you!
Post # 9
I’m in the same boat hang in there:)
Post # 10
On the bright side, two weeks of searching is better than two months, haha! I’ve been applying and applying for weeks and haven’t heard a thing back yet. Trust me, you are not alone in this!
Post # 11
Self pity allowed, babe!
It may take awhile….took Darling Husband a solid year to get a real job =
(also i’m going to agree with a PP about this time of year–fiscal year is coming to an end. NOW is the time to job hunt)
Have you thought about volunteering at Habitat for Humanity (do they have that in Canada?)…a friend of mine (civil engineering) did that and she said it was the one thing every employer wanted to know about on her interviews. Definitely boded well for her….it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for mechanical, either.
Post # 12
I’m sorry 🙁
I’m jobless right now too (had two interviews scheduled for this week, but both have been cancelled and still need to be rescheduled thanks to the crazy snowstorm we got here with 100+cm of snow!), and I can tell you that, for me, the first couple weeks were the toughest. I felt like a failure and a burden on Darling Husband. It’s gotten better though and, for now, I enjoy being a Stay-At-Home Wife.
When you aren’t job searching try to find some other things on which to focus your time. I’ve been doing a ton of reorganizing and redecorating around the house. I’ve also been spending a lot more time cooking great dinners/experimenting with new recipes, since I can spend more time on them now that I don’t have a job.
I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest challenges I faced was letting Darling Husband help financially. He’s always been the main bill-payer in our house, but he has now taken on a lot more and at first I felt a lot of guilt because of this. But then a friend pointed out to me that this was a great metaphor for marriage: there will always be times when one person needs more support, whether it be financial, emotional or physical, and this was just an example of one of those times. Darling Husband will need to lean on me in the future and I will be there for him, just as he has been for me.
I know it’s tough. Try to keep you chin up and just know that you are doing the absolute best that you can and that is all you can do. This too will pass and it will work out for the better.
Post # 13
I just wanted to share some love. I’m not unemployed yet, but I will be in March, assuming I haven’t found a new job. Hopefully the economy will start turning around soon :(.
Post # 14
Hugs to you. I was laid off twice in a year and it was really hard. Both times it took months to find the next job, and that is very hard emotionally. To keep myself sane, I kept my routine as normal as possible (wake up, work out, job search, volunteer/see friends/etc). I also stopped watching the news (too depressing). Take care of yourself and trust that the right job is out there for you.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for the support! I am already feeling a little better.
I have thought about finding somewhere to volunteer, but I am planning on waiting until after the holidays. If I don’t find a job in January, I will definitely look into this. I know it would look great on my resume!
I’m also looking to take some classes to help out my chances too. I’m interested in project management so I am trying to find out what I should do to make my resume more appealing for these jobs.
Thanks again!! I will try to keep my chin up 🙂
Post # 16
No, no! get some resumes out now! Fiscal years have just closed and budgets are out, hiring takes a huge jump at this time of year but a lot of people quit looking until after the holidays.
I just got hired today, 2 days after an interview, after 6+ months of looking. Companies and hiring managers are eager to pin people down now to start in the first weeks of January.
Update your resume and apply for 10 jobs on Monster or similar before you quit for the season. It can’t hurt!