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Old 04-11-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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For programmers/MIS/networking, try ACS. They are continually hiring and have locations all over the US. They suck to work for, but it's a job that will keep your skills current and potentially expose you to a lot of people to network with for a better position. Additionally they will hire you for a job that is below your skill set and allow you to transition to a different positioin within their organization when one opens. So a DBA could get hired to do QA and then move up once a DBA opens. ACS currently lists over 250 available positions in the US on their web site--I have a feeling there are quite a few more as well that they don't even have listed.
Was this suggestion some kind of cruel joke to put on a mostly-American forum? I ask because I went to their website and searched for various "programmers/MIS/networking" opportunities and the vast, vast majority of them were overseas: India, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. America is in big trouble. Long live the CEOs and stockholders who need to have more money than they can spend in several lifetimes!
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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Don't be Discouraged. Remember you are competing with many people with more work and life experience than you, even for jobs at McDonalds.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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**THERE ARE NO JOBS**
It's not you. You are not an idiot. Nor am I, or anyone else out of work.

There is a recession.

Here in Vermont it went from bad to horrific. I can't see staying here unless things change dramatically.
Same down here in Tucson. There are NO JOBS! especially for an office professional like myself. Sure, you can say "If there are no jobs, move!" but if you don't have money, what good will that do? If you are use to paying $500-$600 on an apartment, in the city you are moving to, your rent would go up to $1000 a month or more. But if you do have the money to move, more power to you.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:38 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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And if no one's hiring there aren't any interviews. I guess that would be the Employment Specialist' fault, too? Also, when there is high unemployment (and that's relative) there are more applications so employers can afford to be choosier. Are you sure you're in your 30's?

Let me say this one more time. "If you are getting a SALARY to place people in jobs, then it is not supposed to be a such thing as-"NO ONE IS HIRING" It's the ES job to FIND out what opportunities are out there and if they can't do it then what are they being paid for??????
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the other replies...I am glad that it's not just me.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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You know 12 that got jobs last month while 630,000 lost their jobs in the same month. I really don't know what to say about that.
Thank you I was wondering the same thing.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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I have a friend who is the HR manager at a local big box. They won't even consider people who are out of work in another field and looking for employment because they know that as soon as that person gets a job in their actual field they'll be gone, and often without notice.

They are looking for people who have had a career in retail, hospitality, and food service, because those job seekers are making lateral moves, so the chances of them looming for another job and leaving are far lower.

Have any of you considered contract work?

If you have a background in finance, real estate, or law, look to mortgage companies. Mortgage companies are hiring contract workers left and right. Here in the Orlando area there are at least three mortgage companies looking for contract processors--those with experience are making about $40K.

For those with experience in administrative work, web design, writing/editing, and marketing, look at virtual assistant jobs. There are several web sites you can sign up with--don't sign up with any that require you to pay, the reputable ones charge the client. Clients post jobs and a range that they are willing to pay, and then you can bid on the job--it's not always the lowest bidder, but rather the one with great skills and references offering a reasonable fee for the work. Some of the projects are small--creating a 15 page powerpoint presentation that might take you a few hours for example that pays maybe $50, but others are large and complex--creating a 30 page web site with an ecommerce companent and a variety of forms that might take a week or two and pay a couple grand. I took a few small Powerpoint jobs while I was job hunting because I could make up to $75 a week without it affecting my unemployment, and to be honest, I enjoy working with powerpoint, so it was "fun" money.

For programmers/MIS/networking, try ACS. They are continually hiring and have locations all over the US. They suck to work for, but it's a job that will keep your skills current and potentially expose you to a lot of people to network with for a better position. Additionally they will hire you for a job that is below your skill set and allow you to transition to a different positioin within their organization when one opens. So a DBA could get hired to do QA and then move up once a DBA opens. ACS currently lists over 250 available positions in the US on their web site--I have a feeling there are quite a few more as well that they don't even have listed.

Granted none of those are neccesarily ideal jobs, but they are jobs that will provide income and networking opportunities.
What about those of us with no work experience?
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:24 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Thanks for the other replies...I am glad that it's not just me.

That's why I cancelled my interview for a Employment Specialist position because I didn't want to put that kind of pressure on myself to place people in jobs with the way the economy is right now. And I;m sure my boss wouldn't want to hear-"No companies are hiring"-lol
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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That's it in a nutshell. Add to that the influx of foreign L1 or H1 visa workers and illegal aliens ... and of course there are less jobs for those of us who are actually American citizens or permanent residents! I got harassed on another thread for posting against the J visas for foreign college students because others thought I was being "petty" as the foreign students only wanted to work here for a few months. Well, my coworker with 2 sons in college told me a story about AMERICAN college kids looking for summer jobs. One of her sons went out looking in the usual places, stores, restaurants, etc., and was told that there were no jobs because they had already hired a lot of out of work older adults. Fortunately, her other son can get him in at his summer job, but there are many other college kids who don't have that option, YET we are GIVING IT ALL AWAY EVERYDAY and people who tell me I'm cracked because I would rather see American taxpayers get the jobs than foreigners looking "to see America and get paid at the same time" are part of the problem!
Just wait until Obama gives them all a free ticket and they will be flooding over the border to get in on it... Wait until all of those IT workers from south of the border start coming here. Doubling or tripling what they can make at home but less than an American gets here for the same work... Who do we think the corporate America will be hiring?

He's going to start pushing for it next month..
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Well making sweeping statements like, "play the game" or 'wear a nice suit' and you will get hired doesn't help those of us looking for work.

Let's agree to disagree...
I never said that either of those were guarantees to jobs. But acting abusive towards a potential employer and not wearing professional clothing to an interview can definitely hurt your chances.
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