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Old 12-10-2015, 12:56 AM
Location: The Borderlands
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Lost both my jobs last July/August and submitted 100+ applications and resumes sent in a six month time frame. 4 interviews. Not even at places I had previously worked and had left amicably 20 years ago. By February of this year I took a part time gig at a friends business (cooking) but still, after just over a year; I had not found a job that came close to what I'd had before.

I'm a nervous interviewer and talk too much. I'm often too open with people. I also haven't had any use for a real resume until now and have no idea how the job market works since I've never had to actually work to find a job. It's daunting so I decided it was time to make some changes. So, I moved because the area I was offers nothing I want and am currently taking a break to regroup before I consider working again.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:44 AM
Location: Tennessee
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I mainly resume blast. It's probably 20%-25%, but I'm applying in bulk. I rarely apply with a long form.
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Old 12-10-2015, 11:10 AM
Location: Memphis, TN
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My results from above may not be typical. The vast majority of my applications are with out of state companies, some of them significantly large companies. My skills don't seem to play well locally. On one hand, I am disappointed that I have not succeeded like I had hoped. On the other hand, I have had some surprising interest from the non-local companies. In a few instances, I may have been a finalist, or close to it. I suppose that's the nature of a job search where the odds are not in my favor. My current company has finally decided to move me into a new role that is a couple of steps up, but a big change from what I do now. It has been slow to materialize, and I have restarted my job search after approximately a 2 month pause. I can't wait around while quite a bit of the new potential role has yet to be revealed to me.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:46 PM
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4 months searching, 16 applications, 5 initial phone interviews, 3 first in-person interviews (and 1 callback for an in-person interview where they never returned my call after saying they'd call back), 1 second in-person interview. However, I think most of these jobs did not require a second in-person interview.

My application frequency is 1-2 per week... I cannot relocate to another city right now, and there are relatively few opportunities here in the fields I'm qualified for. Considering that I have what might be considered a "problematic" resume (many years at one company), I can't say I'm incredibly disappointed in the callback ratio right now, but of course I would like to get a job.

I have a feeling I don't get through the automated resume gatekeepers because of my age (late 40s) and of course when they insist on you entering your salary history, there's no place to explain "but I am not looking for that salary, I'm looking for a career change!"

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