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Old 12-27-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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How is the job hunting going? Is it any better now, than say six months or a year ago?
Curious how the market is.
Koale
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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I think its better but still difficult from 2 years ago when I first found a job after being unemployed 2 years, still at that same job and not all that happy about it but many that started that job when I did have moved on to better jobs over the last 2 years, just not me , at least its just barely paying the bills though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Deep Dirty South
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I've been unemployed for almost half a year. I have two degrees including a master's as well as 20 years of experience in two separate fields.

I have put in over 200 applications and while I've had some interviews, no dice so far.

We actually relocated back to Oklahoma from Oregon because the cost of living is lower and I thought I'd have better job prospects.

We'll see.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:56 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I still see many ads in the Sunday Seattle Times, far more than in the last few years. In 2009 it was less than half a page, now running close to two pages. Most are high tech, many at Microsoft and Amazon. Also some upper level management in government. One website we use to advertise openings (for public agencies) is running about 3 times the number of positions as it did in 2009-2010.

http://www.awcnet.org/apps/jobnet/search.asp
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i
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obviously i think it depends on what you do and what skills you can offer, and how much you are willing to take in terms of salary vs. unemployment pay, and yes I stilll think that is a factor with some. Here in Hawaii, there seems to be several office positions available, but the temp wages are low. Sometimes I am shocked that I can be offered an hourly pay of what I made 20 years ago in San Francisco. The pay isn;t necessarily econony related but Hawaii related. Its always been a low pay state vs some others.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:16 AM
 
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The Western New York region is worse than ever. Very few newspaper ads - agencies have next to nothing - Labor site does have some high tech and skilled jobs. I heard one of the last remaining manufacturing plants is hiring - going to through in an application - but I also heard that they keep most worker 89 days and then let them go before they are eligible for benefits and union status. Just have to wait and see.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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For me, it hasn't changed at all in the past 14 months. Seeing more junior positions out there, when I'm looking for senior. I apply to them anyway. Started going to my local CareerLink (PA) office's workshops -- they are surprisingly good. It gets me out of the house, connecting with people, and helping me revise my resume. Again.

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Sometimes I am shocked that I can be offered an hourly pay of what I made 20 years ago in San Francisco.
I was also shocked that freelance rates in my area are the same or less than they were 15 years ago. Same field, same place.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Florida
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How is the job hunting going? Is it any better now, than say six months or a year ago?
Curious how the market is.
Koale
For some reason I have noticed a significant increase in jobs available on Employ Florida Marketplace over the last month or so. That's great, more jobs to apply to
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