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Old 08-03-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Default Why Is It So Hard to Find a Job in Jersey???

While I went back to take part-time classes in college on July 5th this year after 10 1/2 month hiatus, I had to look for a position for 18 months before I landed a seasonal position with Target over the holidays last year until they cut me on the night of New Years Day. Right now, it has taken me another 7 months.

I've called some employers after a week or two to check out the status, and whenever I fill out an application, I'm asked to put down the hourly wage I'm looking for. If I fill out a paper application, I put "Open", but sometimes when filling it out online, I'm required to put a specific number. Do I really have to put down minimum wage if that's the case? What am I doing wrong that's taking me so long to find a legitimate position that matches the skills listed in my resume? How can I even get a part-time job? Or is it because of the economy the way it is especially in Jersey?
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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The economy in general is really crappy.

That said, what's your background? I'm assuming you don't yet have a college degree?
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:53 PM
 
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\What am I doing wrong that's taking me so long to find a legitimate position that matches the skills listed in my resume? How can I even get a part-time job? Or is it because of the economy the way it is especially in Jersey?
I know un- and underemployed people who recently graduated from Ivy league undergraduate programs and T14 law schools.

It's not you, and it's not Jersey, the economy has simply been extraordinarily rough on graduates who can't find a job via nepotism, connections, or for a few stroke of luck, since the economic crisis started.

Bright side is you could be in the same situation, except 50 years old with kids. Lots of people are -- both ends of the age spectrum have been hammered.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:14 AM
 
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The economy in general is really crappy.

That said, what's your background? I'm assuming you don't yet have a college degree?
I'm 23 years of age, black, and if I'm very lucky, I get from home to college within an hour which is highly unlikely (I'm sick and tired of taking the stinkin' bus for the most part) versus a 35 minute ride by car which I would love to get after hopefully passing my road test October 14th. I do think college is important in order for me to move into my career and not just "a job", but while focusing on my education I would like to have some extra cash to save up but also be able to get out the house more and do more of what I like to do.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:28 AM
 
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When you are just looking for a retail job like stocking shelves or being a cashier for a big box store, I think it is more of a numbers game then anything. Just filling out a lot of applications.

Might want to look for a job at a non-chain store via craigslist
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:28 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Apply for a work visa and look in the Canadian Province of Alberta which created over 150,000+ jobs in the Q1&Q2 2011. There having an Oil Boom like Texas did and now the jobs and population are growing. Alot of Montanans work in Alberta now.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:29 AM
 
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When you are just looking for a retail job like stocking shelves or being a cashier for a big box store, I think it is more of a numbers game then anything. Just filling out a lot of applications.

Might want to look for a job at a non-chain store via craigslist
There have been people telling me that Craig's List is non-legit. I'll check it out again, but I just hope I don't get scammed.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:37 AM
 
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Apply for a work visa and look in the Canadian Province of Alberta which created over 150,000+ jobs in the Q1&Q2 2011. There having an Oil Boom like Texas did and now the jobs and population are growing. Alot of Montanans work in Alberta now.
Canada's not a bad choice. But I'm only looking for jobs that are in North or Central Jersey. I would also look into NYC if I want to go out-of-state.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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My profession is very in demand, EMT. when i posted my resume online i instantly heard back from 3 different companies (same day) and a couple more over the course of a week. The EMT class in NJ takes about 6 months to complete (part-time, you can complete it in a month or 2 full time) and you can earn 10-13 an hour or so fresh out of school. There are companies all over the state that seem to hire non-stop, so it seems like it might be a good option for you.

Regardless, good luck to you sir, I hope you find something soon!
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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If you're looking into retail, don't make your resume look like the company you're applying to (Target, Kohl's, etc.) is a temporary step until you get your degree. Don't look better than the position you're applying for. Good luck.
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