(Closed) What am I doing wrong? Jobsearch stress (Warning, I’m long winded)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jenspadiva: I really feel you.

I moved to the UK in October and started looking for jobs. I’ve applied ALL over and like you only had 3 interviews. 

The end of the year can be really hard because companies are focused on their bottom line and usually don’t have a lot of a budget left at the end of the year.

Have you tried working with recruitment firms? They usually get the job postings first and want to get someone in the role because it makes them money when they place people (the companies pay them, not you). 

From the recent “informational meetings” I’ve had with companies who currently have no open positions, the market tends to open up a bit more at the end of January. People wait for their bonuses to pay out and then make a move. 

If you can, look for contract work as well. It is usually easier for a company to get a budget for a 6 month contract worker than budget allotment for a permanent employee. But, at the same time, companies want to keep good people, so if you prove yourself in those 6 months they are more likely to either extend your contract or offer you a permanent role.

Post # 5
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jenspadiva: I feel you. It really seems like the job search takes SO much longer here than in the US and there are so many rounds of interviews spaced out over weeks to months. 

Hang in there. Hopefully things will open up for both of us as this month progresses.

Post # 6
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911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is one of the most difficult things you will go through in life. After I graduated I spent a full year looking for jobs, and ended up going back to school for health care (which was the best choice ever!!) I also had my BS in psychology…I would suggest moving to a new area, and nepotism, lol. Use anyone and everyone you know for a foot in the door. I know it reaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllly sucks, but something will pop for you eventually.

Post # 7
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1037 posts
Bumble bee

As you’ll be aware the UK (along with the rest of the world) has hit a bit of a slump in the job market.  I’ve been in the same job for 3 years (and I classed it as a temp position when I started here) and I’ve been trying to get out for 2 and a half of those years.

I’ve always lived in the UK (born and bred) and there are no jobs.  I’m applying for several a week and either get no reply or an interview and no follow up.  About 5 years ago the job market was much better.  You applied, had an interview and were rejected or accepted within the space of a week.  I think many of the firms that advertise (my company did this) receive a lot of applications and then decide, in order to save money, to not hire as they can manage without the extra body and salary.

The whole country’s in a slump so try not to let it get you down.  People in the UK can’t get the jobs either.  Nightmare situation.

Wishing you the very best of luck with your hunt and keeping my fingers crossed for you.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I found that I had better luck with the agencies in the UK when I would ring them up once a week or so.. or if they had a store front office, I would stop in.  the more you call them, the more likely it is that they’ll have an opening on their desk that they’re trying to fill and you’ll be at the front of their mind.  also had luck with temp catering work – find the agencies that place people at the stadiums bc on any given weekend, they’ll be needing a couple thousand people to work football or rugby matches and sometimes you can make awesome tips.  🙂  if you’re in manchester, I can give you the info of the agencies that I worked with.

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