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Old 09-08-2011, 05:38 PM
Location: Manitou Springs
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I'm pretty sure it's as simple as the fact that for every job posted, there are TONS of people applying. It doesn't matter what field you're in, the competition is stiff, and it's really hard to get yourself noticed. I know, I've been job-hunting for 3 years now. No, it's not a fun time to find work.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:38 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Gee, I guess I have to "stick up" for the good old boys network. When I was a school principal, each season I had to hire perhaps a dozen teachers, give or take for any one particular school year. Usually I just had to select from the applications we received in the mail...usually candidates who had no local ties and whose references I didn't know at all. Sometimes, however, a colleague principal would call me up and say, "Hey, don't you have an opening in math? I know an applicant who would be great for your school." So, if I have the choice between hiring an unknown with references in another state by someone I don't know at all, or hiring someone known by a trusted colleague, why would I hire the stranger UNLESS he has some qualification(s) that make him or her stand out? That's really all most "old boy networks" are.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:16 PM
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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My MIL, who moved from Michigan in March, just found a job 3 weeks ago. It took her months and a couple interviews to finally get employed. She loves her job and is glad she refused the $12 phone center offers.

Also, make sure you have a local number and local address listed in your resume. I refuse to contact people that don't have a local number.
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