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Old 04-19-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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I may just have to bite the bullet and call these people every 2 weeks and say I'm still interested. It's insane in my opinion.
i feel like a broken record but this will just irritate the crap out of them.

i have a decent amount of experience and no degree, i spent a good chunk of my 20s job hopping for various reasons (i am in my mid 30s) and my current job was a medium-sized step down from my last one. oh and i am job searching about 400 miles from where i live. the only advantage i really have is that i am currently working. but i get tons of interviews. no jobs yet, but interviews pretty much every week if i can manage to make the trip for them. the secret is not really a secret - i worked my butt off making my resume and cover letters as awesome as they can be. i read up a bunch, asked people i know who are hiring managers to look at them, and i make sure they're always customized to the job. i don't apply to nearly as many jobs as i used to and i get more interviews. if you're not getting interviews, i'd take a long hard look at my application materials.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:10 AM
 
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I'm just trying to get a simple job.....I don't care if it's mopping floors in mcdonald's. My condition doesn't disable me as much as it once did. I am ready to start life right. But I'm not being given the opportunity. I'd really like to work in a grocery store but it's very tough to get in them out here. The employers out here just simply don't call you back at all.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:25 AM
 
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ah, jobs like that it is harder to make a good impression with your application materials because they just have standard applications. Still, you can have someone else take a look at how you're describing past positions etc to make sure that is all written well, is clear, casts you in the best possible light, etc. i'm sure you've heard this a million times but there are just so many applicants for every job right now, the odds are against us from the start. the only solution is to apply to tons of stuff (i mentioned that i get a lot of interviews - i also apply to at least one job pretty much every day, and i am in a position where i can afford to be picky), and let all of your friends and family members know that you're looking in case there is a place you can apply to where you have a personal connection.

i feel for you, and i understand why you are so bitter - it's really tough right now. everything is stacked against the jobseeker. and then there are people saying "if you don't have a job it's your own fault" as if it's the 50s and there's a job opening out there for every person or something. the fact is, there is not a job for every person in the u.s. (or anywhere!) and it's simple math that keeps people unemployed, not necessarily laziness or incompetence or whatever.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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i feel for you, and i understand why you are so bitter - it's really tough right now. everything is stacked against the jobseeker. and then there are people saying "if you don't have a job it's your own fault" as if it's the 50s and there's a job opening out there for every person or something. the fact is, there is not a job for every person in the u.s. (or anywhere!) and it's simple math that keeps people unemployed, not necessarily laziness or incompetence or whatever.
You would think things like this would have changed in the last 5 years where we have seen about one in ten working Americans out of a job. You have 10 friends, one is likely to be unemployed yet people still think we are lazy, incompetent and/or entitled.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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You would think things like this would have changed in the last 5 years where we have seen about one in ten working Americans out of a job. You have 10 friends, one is likely to be unemployed yet people still think we are lazy, incompetent and/or entitled.
i guess it's comforting to believe that people who are successful deserve it and people who aren't are somehow lacking, not just unlucky.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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How about saying interviewing is your biggest weakness? I genuinely think that's my biggest weakness as I'm not one to toot my own horn, so to speak.
If that's not the perfect answer, I don't know what is. Why would I be an expert at being interviewed if I have never been through one?

I honestly never sat through a traditional interview process. During high school I always got hired on the spot or a manager would "try me out" to see if i could learn tasks quick enough. Next thing I knew, I was filling out W-2 forms for the job.

After I graduated, then came the Air Force two day "interview" process(MEPS). Now it's almost 14 years since I joined and still no interview.

If the "my biggest weakness" question ever comes up after I separate, I will have to say "probably interviewing, since I have always been hired on the spot".

"...now, if you can just focus your attention back to my skills on my résumé..."

Probably no second interview for me. Lol


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Old 07-08-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: USA
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i'm sure you've heard this a million times but there are just so many applicants for every job right now, the odds are against us from the start. the only solution is to apply to tons of stuff (i mentioned that i get a lot of interviews - i also apply to at least one job pretty much every day, and i am in a position where i can afford to be picky), and let all of your friends and family members know that you're looking in case there is a place you can apply to where you have a personal connection.

i feel for you, and i understand why you are so bitter - it's really tough right now. everything is stacked against the jobseeker. and then there are people saying "if you don't have a job it's your own fault" as if it's the 50s and there's a job opening out there for every person or something. the fact is, there is not a job for every person in the u.s. (or anywhere!) and it's simple math that keeps people unemployed, not necessarily laziness or incompetence or whatever.
Very sound observations, groar. Indeed, persistence eventually pays off.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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You would think things like this would have changed in the last 5 years where we have seen about one in ten working Americans out of a job. You have 10 friends, one is likely to be unemployed yet people still think we are lazy, incompetent and/or entitled.
It's hard to believe just how many people still find themselves unemployed.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:35 PM
 
Location: USA
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It's hard to believe just how many people still find themselves unemployed.
Just read that Detroit went bankrupt. The economy is still in tatters.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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Man, I'm going to have to start a separate thread about this last round of hiring I did.

Talk about a thin talent pool! Found a couple of good prospects and a few that I'll be saving for when I need a good laugh.
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