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Old 05-02-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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We need help. Contrary to popular opinion, the jobs are not out there yet. Governor What if you had no money? How would you survive.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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The job market is still very rough. There are more job fairs and job postings now in the past two months, but there are so many people applying, it's still very difficult to get through. Nearly all companies (even places like Target & Publix) require you to apply through their websites, which they use a filter that picks out resumes according to whatever keywords they type in (like "customer service"). I try to make sure that my resume has common keywords so I can get through, but I still have not gotten an interview. I network, follow job leads through news articles, etc.
All that I ask is that everyone not be so judgemental on the unemployed-a lot of us are trying the best we can.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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All that I ask is that everyone not be so judgemental on the unemployed-a lot of us are trying the best we can.

You are right - mmg. No one should be judgmental of the unemployed because they are unemployed. I wish you the best of luck as do, I am sure, most of your fellow CDers.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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The job market is still very rough. There are more job fairs and job postings now in the past two months, but there are so many people applying, it's still very difficult to get through. Nearly all companies (even places like Target & Publix) require you to apply through their websites, which they use a filter that picks out resumes according to whatever keywords they type in (like "customer service"). I try to make sure that my resume has common keywords so I can get through, but I still have not gotten an interview. I network, follow job leads through news articles, etc.
All that I ask is that everyone not be so judgemental on the unemployed-a lot of us are trying the best we can.
It's a better world being able to apply online. With sprawl and gas prices the way it is it works out better.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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The job market is still very rough. There are more job fairs and job postings now in the past two months, but there are so many people applying, it's still very difficult to get through. Nearly all companies (even places like Target & Publix) require you to apply through their websites, which they use a filter that picks out resumes according to whatever keywords they type in (like "customer service"). I try to make sure that my resume has common keywords so I can get through, but I still have not gotten an interview. I network, follow job leads through news articles, etc.
All that I ask is that everyone not be so judgemental on the unemployed-a lot of us are trying the best we can.
It's a better world being able to apply online. With sprawl and gas prices the way it is it works out better.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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It's a better world being able to apply online. With sprawl and gas prices the way it is it works out better.
I found it to be a mixed blessing when I was looking myself. Since there is no cost to solicit and receive applications, lots of extraneous nonsense pops up everywhere, and companies "careers" pages always claim to be hiring even when they're actually laying people off. Jobs will always get hundreds of applicants who are just taking a shot in the dark and don't even bother to put together a cover letter; qualified applicants can get washed away in the sea of nonsense.

The amount of signal has definitely increased, but the level of noise seems to have increased tenfold. Many of the jobs posted are utter nonsense and scams.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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It's a better world being able to apply online. With sprawl and gas prices the way it is it works out better.
Not really. Being able to apply with someone directly is much better because you can show that you are a well groomed, pleasant personality that would be an asset to the company;not just a piece of paper.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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I found it to be a mixed blessing when I was looking myself. Since there is no cost to solicit and receive applications, lots of extraneous nonsense pops up everywhere, and companies "careers" pages always claim to be hiring even when they're actually laying people off. Jobs will always get hundreds of applicants who are just taking a shot in the dark and don't even bother to put together a cover letter; qualified applicants can get washed away in the sea of nonsense.

The amount of signal has definitely increased, but the level of noise seems to have increased tenfold. Many of the jobs posted are utter nonsense and scams.
I agree totally. Even supposedly respectable companies post 'jobs' to fulfill quotas, make themselves feel better, or something like that without any real enthusiasm for hiring anybody. I've noticed Google and Turner doing this in my job search experience. They keep posting the same exact jobs for months and months in this crappy economy. Something is fishy about that. Either they are WAY too picky or these postings are in some way BS.

You really have to network your ass off in this city to get a decent job. I've always felt a little uneasy doing it since I'm basically 'using' someone.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Scew that. Driving cost money and if I'm looking for a job I don't need to be doing it unless I have a interview. I get my resume to way more hands too. Unless I'm applying to about a bar or something.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I agree totally. Even supposedly respectable companies post 'jobs' to fulfill quotas, make themselves feel better, or something like that without any real enthusiasm for hiring anybody. I've noticed Google and Turner doing this in my job search experience. They keep posting the same exact jobs for months and months in this crappy economy. Something is fishy about that. Either they are WAY too picky or these postings are in some way BS.

You really have to network your ass off in this city to get a decent job. I've always felt a little uneasy doing it since I'm basically 'using' someone.
On that point, you always get the feeling when you look at a job opening that it has probably been posted on 18 sites and once it's filled the employer makes no effort whatever to track down all the postings and remove them. So you spend 2-3 hours applying for a job that has about a 10% chance of actually being anything real.
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