Job hunting tips?

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  1. smf2045

    smf2045 Autobot Air Guardian

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    Being unemployed sucks. My last job assignment ended 1/17, and I've been looking for something else ever since with no luck.

    I have a college degree (BA English), but apparently it's not anything in demand, so I'm stuck in temp agencies. I've signed up for something like six or eight agencies, three or four in the last week. I've called them all, and they either haven't finished calling my references or they don't have anything for me right now. I've also posted my resume at Monster, Career Builder and Hotjobs and filled out a bunch of online apps. Still nothing.

    Even the retail stores and restaurants around here aren't really hiring. I can't do graveyards because it screws up my internal clock too much and I'll get sick. Of course, if I don't get something to work that I can stand pretty quick, I'll have other problems.

    Can anybody please share some job finding tips that have worked for you in the past? Do you find that walking right off of the street and into an office and asking for the HR department is a viable method? This was recommended to me by a "resume specialist", but I haven't really done it because it seems rude to me. Should you keep calling a place you've applied daily or is once a week enough? How often should you bug a temp agency?
     
  2. Boggs6ft7

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    Walking in off the street is good if you can make a great first impression, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.

    You could look into teaching english, but that is a life chang in itself.

    I would just keep hitting the papers and calling around, some people can find jobs right away, others may take a while. Then there is the grail of a job where you actually like what you do....

    Best of luck to you.
     
  3. misterd

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    Yes to everything. Try it all and don't give up. Something will come along assuming you present yourself well.

    And remember that 1/17 was last week. I've gone months between jobs (admittedly in a worse market). Budget yourself to the bone, and be patient.
     
  4. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    Ask Shaun_C.
     
  5. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Why did you get a degree in English? What was your overall goal with that degree, and what are you doing to achieve it?
     
  6. Predaking

    Predaking Well-Known Member

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    You should consider getting a license or two. If you are interested in Insurance or Real Estate/Loans you can get the appropriate license and your resume would look much better. Also Sales is one of the easiest jobs to get so you should think about it. Good luck.
     
  7. Laquah

    Laquah Wanna be a Canadian Idiot TFW2005 Supporter

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    Walk the street with about 80+ resumes and hand them out in person the the HR rep on site.
    You'll probably get 5-8 callbacks (don't forget to follow-up 3 days later) or so but it's a start. That's how I got my first job
     
  8. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hmm, what kind of job are you actually looking for? Maybe you could focus your efforts in that direction, tailor a CV for that market and make lots of direct applications to companies which are a) worth working for and b) within commuter distance.

    Just going with agencies with a bog standard CV will get you nothing. Hell, using agencies might not be a great idea anyway, I remember a few years back I was looking for work and I was actually turned down for interview from a couple of places I applied directly to. Why? Because they had also recieved my CV from an Agency and they didn't want any dispute with the agency if they did want to hire me.

    Which sucked.
     
  9. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Well that was your first mistake.

    Just keep trying, something will eventually show up. If you want to work retail maybe just try "cold calling" and asking them if there's anything available. Otherwise ask your friends / family if they can hook you up with something.
     
  10. $5HotRod

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    I feel your pain. I'm going through this right now as well, except I have a job and it still ain't easy despite being an engineer with 3 years of experience and a Masters. My main problem is that everyone keeps asking for 5+ years of experience and some won't even honor the Masters as counting towards experience. Before I got this job, I searched for 7 months, a friend of mine has been looking for nearly 2 years now.

    Have you networked at all? Are there any friends that can help you out? Have you tried your college's career center? Is there an alumni network that you can look into? Do you have any additional skills and if so, are they current and up-to-date to stay competitive in the market? Are you a part of any societies for networking purposes? Does your cover letter make you sound like an attractive candidate and do you have at least some "buzzwords" in there since I know a lot of companies now use computer searches to look at resumes?
     

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