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Old 04-04-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Thanks for the response. I am not a Facebook person. I like my privacy. I could amp it up though.
Churches: no I think not. Around here in churches it's mostly old ladies, newcomers who are searching for greencard marriages, and my denomination requires that you stand throughout the entire service. I have a herniated disk and won't be able to do that. Do I want to come with a cane so they let me sit? No. I am not looking for pity from old ladies and don't feel job networking with a cane is going to be effective. I am not a church person anyway. Russian churches really don't have the kind of people who would be helpful when it comes to job networking. A lot of weird people and scammers though. As far as friends, all of mine know I am looking for work.Nobody is in my field or knows anybody else who is. Family? I have none.Relatives lead their own lives and are indifferent, parents are not alive, no siblings. I'll think of something.
It sounds like you are holding yourself back. You could do a Facebook page or a Linkedin, but you don't want to. You could begin to network through a church, but you don't want to. Even if you don't like church, you could pretend for the sake of getting employment. You have no friends with similar employment backgrounds?

Your unemployment will not last forever, the idiotic thing you're doing is setting your standards too high. Perhaps you could take an entry level job in an unrelated field and continue applying with your degree skills elsewhere. Or you could go back to school in a job field that actually has job growth and demand, that'd be the smart thing, not getting a degree in a field that yields no job growth.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:43 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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It sounds like you are holding yourself back. You could do a Facebook page or a Linkedin, but you don't want to. You could begin to network through a church, but you don't want to. Even if you don't like church, you could pretend for the sake of getting employment. You have no friends with similar employment backgrounds?

Your unemployment will not last forever, the idiotic thing you're doing is setting your standards too high. Perhaps you could take an entry level job in an unrelated field and continue applying with your degree skills elsewhere. Or you could go back to school in a job field that actually has job growth and demand, that'd be the smart thing, not getting a degree in a field that yields no job growth.

Holding out for a job so you can pay bills without struggling is not considered high standards in my opinion.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:45 AM
 
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I don't understand why he hasn't tried parading on the highway with a sign.

It sounds frustrating, seriously.

It's all the unemployed's fault remember?
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: USA
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Networking is key. Talk to friends and family and ask to connect with their network. Be a part of a community like a church or organization that services people in your field. Find a group on MAtchup.com for people in your field or have same interests. It sucks I know first hand. I still suffer depression at what I lost in salary and benefits from my job I lost in 2009. I also have a college degree and 17 years experience. I know people in their 50s who can't find jobs. But do something different.
It's certainly not impossible to find work without reaching out to your contacts; however, networking improves your odds of getting the job a great deal. Things are still really tough out there.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:28 PM
FBJ
 
Location: Tall Building down by the river
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The popular advice on this board

1. Networking

2. Volunteering
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:19 AM
 
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The popular advice on this board

1. Networking

2. Volunteering
I have no idea about networking..but volunteers helps I guess if its relevant to the job but in my opinion it doesn't help much if not at all..in my case anyway. Alot of these rink-e-dink volunteers opportunites have no relevence to most jobs and frankly
not really impressed. At least it is something to put on a resume.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:12 AM
FBJ
 
Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I have no idea about networking..but volunteers helps I guess if its relevant to the job but in my opinion it doesn't help much if not at all..in my case anyway. Alot of these rink-e-dink volunteers opportunites have no relevence to most jobs and frankly
not really impressed. At least it is something to put on a resume.

Yes if it's relevant to the job. Not just doing it to be ACTIVE so you can please a interviewer
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ ̡
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At least out here in Vegas, you never know who you are going to meet at a soup kitchen, clothing drive or homeless shelter. Even though I am not looking for a job, I have been able to work with the mayor, governor, chief of fire department, casino owners, casino CEO, the lady that owns a crap load of McDonalds franchises in the area and a couple others.

All of these types need photo ops and/or a vote. If I was in a position to where I needed to network, this is where I would start. Serving soup to needy people has nothing to do with my job skills. I won't even put it on my résumé, but the potential of who you can meet doing these good deeds is worth it. Two birds, one stone.




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Old 04-07-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: USA
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I have no idea about networking..but volunteers helps I guess if its relevant to the job but in my opinion it doesn't help much if not at all..in my case anyway. Alot of these rink-e-dink volunteers opportunites have no relevence to most jobs and frankly
not really impressed. At least it is something to put on a resume.
Volunteering/unpaid internships are definitely the way to go if you have no experience, but I realize that these options do nothing to help your wallet.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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It's in my post. I was laid off from a financial company since the recession hit financial companies hard. I worked for anther financial company as a temp and wasn't meant to be there permanently. Also didn't quite fit in that environment. I worked for a real estate company and that company was suffering from a soft real estate market so they laid off people including me. That's why.
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