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Old 08-10-2013, 12:26 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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that isn't something even remotely close to any opinion i was expressing. Repeat: "please point out where i either said that or even inferred it."

maybe a better handle for you would be "non sequitur nonpareil".


lmao lol
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: USA
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and i think mass-sending generic resumes and cover letters is a terrible tactic. you'll get better results if you apply to 1/10 as many jobs that you are well-suited for with highly customized cover letters (and customized resumes, if appropriate). mass-applying to 100 jobs might seem like an efficient use of your time but it's really not.
Couldn't agree with you more. You're treading dangerous waters by applying for jobs you're not qualified for or interested in. I did just that a couple of years ago, and wound up getting the job. Long story short, I quit a month and a half later because the job didn't suit my personality. I always had a hunch it wasn't the right job for me; I should have listened to my gut.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:00 PM
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Couldn't agree with you more. You're treading dangerous waters by applying for jobs you're not qualified for or interested in. I did just that a couple of years ago, and wound up getting the job. Long story short, I quit a month and a half later because the job didn't suit my personality. I always had a hunch it wasn't the right job for me; I should have listened to my gut.

Funny,. always remember people on here saying the opposite when someone is on UC they should take any job so they could have a active resume lol

I agree with you, whatever job you apply to it must be something you are interested in so you won't be depressed going to work everyday
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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The article helped them a great deal, but here's what I don't understand: Why is it that so many people are clueless out there when it comes to polishing resumes, shining in interviews, etc.? Granted, I've had ample interview/job hunting experience, but it seems people just don't take the time to research the topic. And then they wonder why they aren't getting the jobs. It's not rocket science by any stretch.

Have you guys encountered the same?
Hmm, well I only held three jobs in the last 22 years, so I'm kinda rusty with the whole resume / interviewing thing. As with everything, the more you do it the better you get at it (or you starve). A lot of people haven't had to look for work for years and they are way out of practice.

One thing I did notice was people not taking the whole job search seriously. Myself and three co-workers were given 9 weeks notice that we would be laid off. One wanted to find something closer to home, another didn't even bother start looking until 6 weeks later, and yet a 3rd was holding out for a programming position in the same government organization that laid us off. I even told some of them that there were job openings in a call center I landed a job at. Too far away one said. Well that 6 month "vacation" will be over before they know it. Then it's cashing in the 401k, foreclosure and living on the street they have to look forward to.

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Old 08-18-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: DC/NYC
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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TRUE!!!!!!!!!! EVERY person I met in my area who got a great job was not because of their many professional degrees, experience, or appearance but because they were a RECOMMENDED HIRE. I lost many jobs to those. I'd come in prepared, looking beautiful, charming, witty, great resume, credentials, and experience but i'd lose it out to the recommended hire after a series of interviews for the same company .Usually they'd make me go on 3 interviews then when i go to the head roach of the company they told me that I was in the run with a recommended hire one out and told me that if they didn't like the recommended hire, they'd hire me. Unfortunately for me i'm an interovert and when people told me to call them when i needed a job with their company usually they'd act like they never offered to help me. Making them out to be fake friendly. I just don't have it in me to fit in with a company culture's fakeness.
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You can have the best job hunting and interviewing skills in the world. I've already tried every single tip in that article and more to no avail.

But when when there are way more people who want jobs than there are jobs and employers feel entitled to have an employee with specific skill/personality sets, it all comes down to luck of the draw and connections while everything else is irrelevant. Consider too that every HR Rep/Hiring Manager has different ways of seeing things, different tastes and different expectations. If you put 10 of them in a room and ask them individually what do they look for in a great candidate, they'll all have different answers. Some see your strides to land the job as taking great initiative, others see it as harassment/stalking/circumventing the process. There is no cut and dry way of approaching them.

The most helpful tip in that entire article was probably #3. It is indeed a numbers games, along with what I stated in the last paragraph. Just like with the lottery, the more combinations you play the greater your odds will be to win the jackpot.

I'm not sure why people (mostly who have jobs) fail to understand that. Maybe a reality check is in order?
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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I agree with you, whatever job you apply to it must be something you are interested in so you won't be depressed going to work everyday
That's true. Whether we like it or not, we spend so many of our waking hours at work that we ought to find something that suits both our skills and interests.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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I figured the unemployment rate would be under 7 percent by now, and that all my friends would have jobs. Not the case.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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I figured the unemployment rate would be under 7 percent by now, and that all my friends would have jobs. Not the case.
Jut depends on where you live and type of work you are looking for.


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Old 10-17-2013, 08:33 PM
 
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Jut depends on where you live and type of work you are looking for.


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How are things on the job front in your city?
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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I don't know who to job hunt or interview effectively because the last time I looked for a job was in 1983! And even then, there was one job I wanted and I applied for it and got it. No rigorous job search or interviewing.
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