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Old 04-10-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine, FL
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I've been out of work for over 8 months now. I updated my resume, had someone from Worksource review and helped me improve it. I've since filled out countless applications online, and in person. And in these months the only call I've gotten is from the Census Bureau - which only required that I take a test... no interview. However, as soon as the 40some hours of training was completed I was terminated because the project I was hired on for was done.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Ga Tech and I can't get a single phone call for a job!!! What is the matter with this picture? Whether I'm applying for a cashier position at Kmart, or manager job at McDonalds, I can't get a call. My employment history is varied since I did not stay in computers long after I graduated. But I have a brain people and nobody will talk to me. I realize that the economy is bad right now, but to not get one little interview in all these months is ridiculous. I've left numerous messages asking for information about positions and nobody bothers to return my calls. No wonder this country has gone to hell in a handbasket if this is how it's citizens treat people.

For low level positions I'm starting to leave my college education off my application and resume. God forbid you hire a smart person to do a low paying job. Last week alone I applied to 25 different jobs. This week, not a single call.

I don't know what to do. I'm behind in my rent, have borrowed money from family who really can't afford to give me much. I've tried charities only to learn you have to call them at the first of the month if you're to get any help b/c they exhaust their monthly budget w/n the first few days. Food stamps is my only salvation.

The longest I've ever been out of work is 3 months. This is infuriating!


gojackets95
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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What languages do you know?

St. Augustine isn't exactly a mecca for I/T jobs. Have you looked in other areas?

Have you looked into contract work?

Are you willing to relocate?
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:01 PM
 
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I've been out of work for over 8 months now. I updated my resume, had someone from Worksource review and helped me improve it. I've since filled out countless applications online, and in person. And in these months the only call I've gotten is from the Census Bureau - which only required that I take a test... no interview. However, as soon as the 40some hours of training was completed I was terminated because the project I was hired on for was done.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Ga Tech and I can't get a single phone call for a job!!! What is the matter with this picture? Whether I'm applying for a cashier position at Kmart, or manager job at McDonalds, I can't get a call. My employment history is varied since I did not stay in computers long after I graduated. But I have a brain people and nobody will talk to me. I realize that the economy is bad right now, but to not get one little interview in all these months is ridiculous. I've left numerous messages asking for information about positions and nobody bothers to return my calls. No wonder this country has gone to hell in a handbasket if this is how it's citizens treat people.

For low level positions I'm starting to leave my college education off my application and resume. God forbid you hire a smart person to do a low paying job. Last week alone I applied to 25 different jobs. This week, not a single call.

I don't know what to do. I'm behind in my rent, have borrowed money from family who really can't afford to give me much. I've tried charities only to learn you have to call them at the first of the month if you're to get any help b/c they exhaust their monthly budget w/n the first few days. Food stamps is my only salvation.

The longest I've ever been out of work is 3 months. This is infuriating!


gojackets95

Well, every situation is different, especially depending on where you live! Before the recession the quickest way for me to get a job was through the temporary agencies! Have you thought about doing catering work if you are in good shape? Also, some people have posted here, that there are many hidden customers out there that have computer problems...so how about putting a low bid, computer help ad. Just make sure you don't make it worse!

good luck!
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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I feel your pain. Even in "booming" Texas, and with an employment specialist, I still can't get a single interview, let alone a job, to save my life. Everywhere I go, everybody says, "Sorry, we're not hiring. The economy is bad." Everywhere, from Tom Thumb to Kroger, from McAlister's to Mickey D's, not a single place is hiring.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:05 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I feel your pain. Even in "booming" Texas, and with an employment specialist, I still can't get a single interview, let alone a job, to save my life. Everywhere I go, everybody says, "Sorry, we're not hiring. The economy is bad." Everywhere, from Tom Thumb to Kroger, from McAlister's to Mickey D's, not a single place is hiring.
That's why I said Employment Specialists were Full of sH*T. They supposed to specialize in placing in people in jobs and like you said-"no Interviews"
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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Yes, unfortunately you have to create your own job.....
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I've been unemployed since August 15th and had to move back to my Parent home to live rent free!
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:18 AM
Status: "Not hardly" (set 23 days ago)
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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That's why I said Employment Specialists were Full of sH*T. They supposed to specialize in placing in people in jobs and like you said-"no Interviews"
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?
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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this is terrible !! I am sorry. I know how discouraged this can be. There must be something wrong, maybe you can post your resume leave out your name and address and we can take alook. There has to be something on it that just does not click. I mean thats the only answer. Please have someone take alook at your resume /a smart friend, anyone and get some outside opinions. Something on that damn paper turns people off.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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For low level positions I'm starting to leave my college education off my application and resume. God forbid you hire a smart person to do a low paying job. Last week alone I applied to 25 different jobs. This week, not a single call.


gojackets95

I am having that same problem. I have a bachelor's degree and associate's degree. I also have a part time job making a decent amount of money. However, I need another part time job to pay my bills. I am applying at places like you, kmart, petsmart, frys.. but I STILL am not getting any calls. I am worried that they think I have too much education and will want too much money, but I don't, I will even take minimum wage, I just want another job to help pay bills!! I hate when I have to put all my education and how much money I was making at my last jobs

Or maybe it is all in my head and I am just paranoid and they just aren't hiring anyone in this bad economy.. not sure.. but I haven't receieve a single call either.
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