Post # 1
Been feeling rather low lately as I still have no job, and was thinking maybe I should ask for other’s input.
I’ve applied to nearly 100 jobs since September and have had 3 interviews.
My background: I have an Interdiciplinary Degree in Psychology, Peace Studies and Music (note I am not a musician, it was mostly history.) I intended on applying to grad school to study conflict resolution or mediation or perhaps a kind of mixed-arts therapy…. but I met Darling Husband and moved to a new country. I have only worked a little over a year (aside from arts-related jobs) my entire life – always as an office assistant or something similar-, while I was at University until I was too busy with my studies to continue, and have graduated nearly two years ago now. My relationship, going back and forth between two counties made it impossible for me to find a real job, I worked for a family friend for a short while to fund my trips, but it wasn’t something I was very good at or would help me get a later job.
So here I am, I’ve been legally able to look for work since September and have applied to nearly 100 jobs. Most of these are administrative jobs, that require more experience and less education than I have. Some of these jobs were very good matches to me previous experience, some were completely different. I’ve contacted Temp agencies with friends that have worked for them as references and not heard a word back, I’ve contacted groups that are related to what I studied for volunteering opportunities, and they give me information about an expensive trainig that would qualify me to be able to volunteer…. I’ve appled to jobs at youth programs – related to what I studied, but I have no experience, and course I’ve gone door to door to shops and cafes that are not interested in those without relevent experience, and applied to everywhere I could think of during Christmas time.
I just feel very stuck and frustrated… I feel like I am going to have to get a Masters Degree before I get anywhere…. but to study something related to my BA would require actually getting into the program, moving (while Darling Husband has a good job here) and… a nice big addition to my already large student loan…. I was planning on holding out till I at least had citizenship (several years) to get cheaper education…. but really, the current situation sucks.
What would you do?
Post # 3
@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 # 4
Most of the jobs I apply to are actually through recruitment companies, and a lot of it is temporary work… and many say that they will hold onto your information in case a more suitable job comes up… but nothing has ever come of it. Thanks for letting me know about the budget thing, I wasn’t really taking that into account… just feels like one long expanse of time hah.
Post # 5
@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
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
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
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.
Post # 9
@KatNYC2011 Yes yes, good luck to everyone 🙂
@Miss Sardine I’ve actually heard health care was a good one, I shall invistage this. Thanks
@jenangeles While I do contact recrutiment agencies frequently, I hadn’t thought of the stadium idea – I will look into this! And I’m a long ways from Manchester but thanks for the offer.
@ skyeatnight Thanks for your perspective too. 🙂