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Old 05-17-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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its tuff, but, you have to do what you have to do. As of today, I have been unemployed for 6 months, I was told on Friday, I was being investigated for a job, if my background check came back clear I had the job, The job has great benefits, only a little less than what I was making a year ago, but, closer to home, and the benefits, again are great. Lots of potential. 5 minutes ago I got the email that said welcome, you're onboard. So, 6 months ago, at this time on Nov. 14, I was laid off, now on May 14, Im told to start to work on Mon the 18, longest I have ever been unemployed in my life.
Congratulations!!! I can't wait to hear that news!!

I've been unemployed now 5 months (yesterday) and lots of jobs I apply to are at a slightly lower level than what I'm used to but I have no issue with that. That issue is not coming across as overqualified to the employer who makes the decision on whether I get an interview or not. Hiring managers seem very skeptical about hiring the overqualified.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Congratulations!!! I can't wait to hear that news!!

I've been unemployed now 5 months (yesterday) and lots of jobs I apply to are at a slightly lower level than what I'm used to but I have no issue with that. That issue is not coming across as overqualified to the employer who makes the decision on whether I get an interview or not. Hiring managers seem very skeptical about hiring the overqualified.

Which temporary agencies do you like and have signed up with? I think it helps if you sign up with an agency who is run by a single proprietor, who is highly invested in getting you a job. I have had my most success with those types, recently!

I am not sure what people mean by over qualified... does this mean that you have no experience in the job you are applying for, but have lots of other skills.

Or you have 5 plus years of recent experience and you are trying to get a job as an entry level person and the employer doesn't want a seasoned person.

It is also interesting, since to pick up pin money, I have recently worked waitressing, making food baskets, folding clothes for a retail shop and no one said we can't hire you because you have a bachelors/masters. But perhaps the reason why, was because these were temporary jobs.

But I know that when I worked as a file clerk, they were only interested in the fact that I was a full-time student, since they don't want to hire someone part-time WHO is looking for full-time work.

Their aim is to save themselves from having to re-advertise and re-interivew and possibly re-train.

just a thought!
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Which temporary agencies do you like and have signed up with? I think it helps if you sign up with an agency who is run by a single proprietor, who is highly invested in getting you a job. I have had my most success with those types, recently!
I've spoken to reps from 4 and none have found me anything. 3 I never heard from again even after following up and one only sent me telemarketing-type jobs which I have no desire to do.

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I am not sure what people mean by over qualified... does this mean that you have no experience in the job you are applying for, but have lots of other skills.
Or you have 5 plus years of recent experience and you are trying to get a job as an entry level person and the employer doesn't want a seasoned person.
Yeah, that is exactly it. They want someone with less experience and education (I often see ads for recent grads or "some college). I think for them, they view those candidates are more likely to stay longer and take it seriously instead of being a temporary situation.

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It is also interesting, since to pick up pin money, I have recently worked waitressing, making food baskets, folding clothes for a retail shop and no one said we can't hire you because you have a bachelors/masters. But perhaps the reason why, was because these were temporary jobs.
I actually haven't gone this route just yet cause I felt I was close to an offer many times but decided if none come by month's end, I'd start looking there. We'll see.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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I actually haven't gone this route just yet cause I felt I was close to an offer many times but decided if none come by month's end, I'd start looking there. We'll see.
You might want to try it, since in my own particular situation, with only one phone call to a temp. agency, I was offered to interview for an above 48k job. And a short term project. So, 2 job interviews with only one call.



p.s. to give you background, i have never worked for this agency, but I have interviewed with them in the past and just kept their contact in my hotmail, when i had a set-back in my fortunes last week.

again good luck!

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Old 05-17-2009, 02:05 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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You might want to try it, since in my own particular situation, with only one phone call to a temp. agency, I was offered to interview for an above 48k job. And a short term project. So, 2 job interviews with only one call.



p.s. to give you background, i have never worked for this agency, but I have interviewed with them in the past and just kept their contact in my hotmail, when i had a set-back in my fortunes last week.

again good luck!

What Agency is this? And how long is short term? I was going to ask why would you do short term but you did say it was over 48K so I can understand.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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What Agency is this? And how long is short term? I was going to ask why would you do short term but you did say it was over 48K so I can understand.

Thanks, but don't you already have 3 possible jobs. Also, the agency is for legal people.

Good luck next week!
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:11 PM
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Thanks, but don't you already have 3 possible jobs. Also, the agency is for legal people.

Good luck next week!

I had no plans on going to it was just curious-lol
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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I had no plans on going to it was just curious-lol

I just hope that Ms. Crabcakes takes the suggestion and then lets us know how it works. And yes, it does help if you go to a specialized temp. agency, then a generalized one.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:16 PM
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I just hope that Ms. Crabcakes takes the suggestion and then lets us know how it works. And yes, it does help if you go to a specialized temp. agency, then a generalized one.
So when do you start?
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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So when do you start?

june 4th!.... well, depending on how it works out tomorrow. ;-)
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