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Old 03-10-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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Just wondering where all the jobs are? I constantly hear there are jobs being created all over the country, but how the heck do you go about finding them? The online job boards are so over filled with duplications and non existent postings, yet you can't walk into a store and ask for a resume. It seems like the only way you know of an upcoming job now days is to be employed in the company that is having a vacancy.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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North Dakota.

Their unemployment rate is currently 3.3%.

Unemployment in the U.S. - Google Public Data Explorer
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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Just wondering where all the jobs are? I constantly hear there are jobs being created all over the country, but how the heck do you go about finding them? The online job boards are so over filled with duplications and non existent postings, yet you can't walk into a store and ask for a resume. It seems like the only way you know of an upcoming job now days is to be employed in the company that is having a vacancy.
Contacts - that is the only suggestion I have. There are some jobs around, but you will never know that they exist unless you know someone there.

sorry it is hard, but you need to be creative in this environment.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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There are jobs. Just not enough to go around. And when the media starts talking about jobs created, you might as well not even listen. 200K jobs created isn't going to do squat. Many of the jobs being created these days are paying less, or require unique skillsets that are difficult to come by. It's a whole new ballgame these days...
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Ya, I agree contacts are the way to go, but you can't even find the contacts much any more, and if you do, they are usually not willing to help out. Ive had interviews for jobs where several contacts recommended me, and I didn't get the job.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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North Dakota.

Their unemployment rate is currently 3.3%.

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Yeah but how many JOBS are available there???
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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Ya, I agree contacts are the way to go, but you can't even find the contacts much any more, and if you do, they are usually not willing to help out. Ive had interviews for jobs where several contacts recommended me, and I didn't get the job.
Well from my experience the environment is totally different now. Why people think that contacts should help you to get a job?

What contacts do
(a) they can tell you if there are openings available
(b) tell you whom to send your resume - THIS IS THE BEST - you resume will be in the right place and not lost in black application boxes
(c) yes can give a reference...

The rest is really fit and how you perform..

I do believe that when the market was great, yes maybe you tell someone about someone and that someone can get a job. Now it is totally different.

I am not sure what field we are talking about, but LinkedIn is the best source for contacts. I am in finance so it works perfect for me.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The Seattle Times jobs classified section back for two years has been maybe 2-3 columns long. In the last few months there have been 2-3 full pages of ads, many at Mircosoft T-Mobile and Amazon. The less skilled jobs or those requiring less experience are sprinkled through but there are very few. The easier to qualify, the less they need to advertise. Businesses will hang a sign in the window and pull it down a day or two later with plenty of applicants
and save the cost or time of posting online or in the papers. Just yesterday I noticed a "Now Hiring" sign at Macy's at Westlake Center downtown and few more in small shops and restaurants.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:28 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Well from my experience the environment is totally different now. Why people think that contacts should help you to get a job?

What contacts do
(a) they can tell you if there are openings available
(b) tell you whom to send your resume - THIS IS THE BEST - you resume will be in the right place and not lost in black application boxes
(c) yes can give a reference...

The rest is really fit and how you perform..

I do believe that when the market was great, yes maybe you tell someone about someone and that someone can get a job. Now it is totally different.

I am not sure what field we are talking about, but LinkedIn is the best source for contacts. I am in finance so it works perfect for me.

Why does it work better because you are in finance?
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:30 PM
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Yeah but how many JOBS are available there???
Not only that how many and what type of jobs.
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