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Old 08-01-2011, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Galt, CA
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Greetings my fabulous city-data beings! I had just located to the area from the city of Angels, and alas, I am seeking a job, (am I the only one)? Right now I am stationed in Galt, but spreading my wings around the area in search of my forever home for me and my beloved kitty, and in that search comes my dream job. But where is it, I ask? 50 applications June - 1 interview, no call back. Another 100 in July - no call back. I had gone out and inquired about my applications as well, only to be greeted with many handshakes, fake smiles and a post it note on my app, only to be soon forgotten.

I am curious if this is happening to anybody else. I am educated with 2 degrees and 10 + years experience in many different areas (retail sales, customer service, worked with pets/animals/vets, videography, editing, etc.) and I am not sure what exactly is going on. Is the economy in the Sacramento area generally this bad? Or is it just a bad time of year that I am applying. Please help, it would be SUPER appreciated. I've checked out some areas that I liked (Elk Grove, Midtown, Fair Oaks, etc.) though I think Midtown is really cute, reminds me a lot of Silverlake in LA.

PS. I'm aware of the state jobs, but have seen a lot of advertisements stating that they are in a 'hiring freeze'.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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You came at the wrong time buddy.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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The world is changing, faster now than ever. If you want to secure your future, find a job skill that is niche and difficult to outsource.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:33 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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For the record, hiring freezes in state employment are rarely "hard" freezes. The wheels of government may turn slowly but they continue to need to fill critical slots; and some not so critical.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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Welcome to Sacramento-the city of no jobs!

Been looking for 3 years now and the only thing I got was temp jobs.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Galt, CA
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Welcome to Sacramento-the city of no jobs!

Been looking for 3 years now and the only thing I got was temp jobs.

Good Luck!
Sounds exactly like Los Angeles. I really regret moving back to California. When I lived in Ballwin, Missouri a few years ago, I could always find a job and an apartment within a month time frame. My parents kept ushering me to move back to California, but it appears that there is NO WHERE safe here economically. My folks in Eureka are also facing the same scenario.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Sounds exactly like Los Angeles. I really regret moving back to California. When I lived in Ballwin, Missouri a few years ago, I could always find a job and an apartment within a month time frame. My parents kept ushering me to move back to California, but it appears that there is NO WHERE safe here economically. My folks in Eureka are also facing the same scenario.
Just curious, what sort of jobs were you offred in MO? Good jobs or minimum-wage type McJobs?
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Galt, CA
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I worked two jobs, Veterinary Assistant and on weekends for a little extra cash at Macys in the Juniors/Girls department. I had actually just gone to Missouri to go to University initially; and I remember when I began looking for work, I had to actually turn-down jobs for the ones I had secured and liked. I really liked it there, the friendly folks and the BBQ. I felt so much guilt from my family being far away that I finished my degree and moved back to LA RIGHT when the economy dived in 2008. After feeling the hit the past few years, I decided to move back up closer to where I grew up (Vacaville). It's cheaper to live here than in LA and so far I'm loving it, but I'm going out of my mind bored without work. I'm looking mainly for Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist type of work or any type of work with animals. I'm considering just volunteering for SPCA and United Animal Nations in the meantime.

I LOL'd at Mcjobs :P I could never fathom flipping a burger without my own flipping out. I do respect those however that work these hectic jobs, at least they are not sitting at home like me sending out resumes and surfing Reddit, wondering when my ship will come in
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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What are your degrees in?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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You have such a great attitude. I feel really sorry for you that you moved back to California at such a bad time. Have you tried applying in areas like Napa, Vallejo, Richmond, Concord, or Oakland? I understand the commute would be long but I think you'd have a much better chance at finding a job in those areas than Sacramento.
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