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Old 07-28-2009, 12:21 AM
 
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Default Will I ever find a job in this city?

Sigh. I've been unemployed since February, and have been looking ever since. I'd ideally like to continue in the publishing/editing industry, but I've expanded to administrative work, even customer service. I use all the usual job boards, but I've noticed Craigslist seems to have more and more bogus ads. Anyone else in a similar boat?
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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It's all about who you know not what you know in Chicago. I saw some crazy nut on the streets, with the bums, holding a sign saying I need a job and some other stuff. She kept asking everyone walking by, do you know anyone hiring? I was like get outta here with that weak and desperate ish.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Your best bet is to find a sales job and look @ other industries.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Sigh. I've been unemployed since February, and have been looking ever since. I'd ideally like to continue in the publishing/editing industry, but I've expanded to administrative work, even customer service. I use all the usual job boards, but I've noticed Craigslist seems to have more and more bogus ads. Anyone else in a similar boat?
It's not just here. The whole country is in termoil job wise. There are just no jobs. Chicago is one of the few that is still not up in the teens unemployment percent wise. You could try applying at State Farm's headquarters in Bloomington, IL as I've heard they are still doing ok, but you would have to move most likely.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Sales gigs are always hiring! Telemarketing, outside sales, inside sales! They don't care about your background. There is turnover and you might not have a job if you don't meet sales goals - but sales forces are the backbone of the us economy!
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Did you move here with no job lined up?
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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Sales gigs are always hiring! Telemarketing, outside sales, inside sales! They don't care about your background. There is turnover and you might not have a job if you don't meet sales goals - but sales forces are the backbone of the us economy!
I've only worked in a sales force since college (over 3 years). It might be a good temporary job, but long term it sucks. Since companies are more and more desperate for revenue, they will find ways to cut your compensation and make you do more work and work longer hours. These managers will be all over you 24/7.

12 hour days, work weekends, take calls to your cell phone from home, while handling almost all operations (invoices, accounting, service issues), and less compensation are all to be expected.

It's a job, but I assure you that you will hate it.

Oh, and nobody is buying.....damn economy.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I've only worked in a sales force since college (over 3 years). It might be a good temporary job, but long term it sucks. Since companies are more and more desperate for revenue, they will find ways to cut your compensation and make you do more work and work longer hours. These managers will be all over you 24/7.

12 hour days, work weekends, take calls to your cell phone from home, while handling almost all operations (invoices, accounting, service issues), and less compensation are all to be expected.

It's a job, but I assure you that you will hate it.

Oh, and nobody is buying.....damn economy.

Yeah -- actually all of which you said is 1000% exact! Right on the muhfuggin money! However, it is a job....I'd suggest doing that temporarily until the economy rebounds and then maybe get a teaching gig with CPS or leave the US and go teach spoiled Korean kids how to speak English.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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The whole country is in turmoil and I think we have over an 11% unemployment rate that is steadily rising. Sucks but you are not alone in your quest for employment. :\
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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I got two job interviews comming.

Some office around Foster and Pulaski(Never thought Id ever have a chance at an office job )
And at target....
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