Jobless in Toronto

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    Jul 10, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    omg... i have been searching for a job about 5 months now. i'm frustrating and worry about my future life. am i only one with jobless in Toronto??? it seems everyone got a job except me~!!! wtf is going on??? if i don't find a job soon, i might have to sell sex for cheap money. seriously~!! icon_confused.gificon_cry.gificon_evil.gificon_mad.gificon_sad.gificon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    I know little of Toronto. Perhaps there is retail or something.
  • geojock

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    Jul 10, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    Know how you feel. I am in the same boat. My experience is all in research and parks (not at all related I know) so I am having trouble even being talked to when applying for part-time service industry jobs. Craigslist and Kijiji have lots of ads. And try the job bank sites of the federal and ontario govt.
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    Jul 10, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    Have you tried a call centre? Lots in GTA and good way to make some cash while still looking for your career job.
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    Jul 11, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    did you just move Toronto few monthsicon_eek.gif ago?
  • oursirpeace

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    Jul 11, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    You are not alone girl. I've been searching since the beginning of the year, I quit my part time starbucks job over a month ago just to focus on this, still no leads on the job front atm. Is TO's job market particularly tough or what?
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    Jul 11, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    I was laid off for 7 months, but the company call me back for part time. Now actively searching for something else. I'm searching everyday, sending out resumes and following up, but so far nothing.

    Even with jobs I know I'm over qualified for, I still send in a resume...McDonalds is looking good now. But the smell of it makes me want to hurl.
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    Jul 11, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    I've been "in career transition" for 21 months now. Hang in there, and keep seeking. Utilize the time to learn new knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques. Utilize your professional association to put those new talents to use in a volunteer capacity so that you will have real world experience that you can put on your resume.

    Network. Don't hesitate to tell people the you are "in career transition" and that you are seeking opportunities. If and when you see a position posted on a a website or job board, try to avoid the temptation to apply online. Instead, try to find a connection through your network that is on the inside of the company. Also, utilize LinkedIn.

    There is a "ring in the rubble". You just have to keep digging. I've lasted 21 months, you can make it. Just don't be the last person in the room to lose hope.

    Feel free to ask any quesitons about "surviving" and "thriving" during this unuaual economic event. I'm always happy to share. We're all in this together.

    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan
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    Jul 11, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    i have tried craiglist, torontojob, jobbank, workopolis, etc. i sent resume by email, also gave resume in person around toronto. but so far, nothing heard from any job locations. i really don't know what else to do now, only wait for miracle. icon_confused.gif i'm also a new student of art school in this sept, and i won't have enough money to pay for tuition fee if i don't find a job now. it's more pressure on me. grr~!!! icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    IrisSoul saidomg... i have been searching for a job about 5 months now. i'm frustrating and worry about my future life. am i only one with jobless in Toronto??? it seems everyone got a job except me~!!! wtf is going on??? if i don't find a job soon, i might have to sell sex for cheap money. seriously~!! icon_confused.gificon_cry.gificon_evil.gificon_mad.gificon_sad.gificon_neutral.gif


    You know every time I think about making one of these threads I open up this forum and find out that three other people made even more desperate threads than me.

    You are not alone IrisSoul. I've been searching for a job that long too. In LA it's worse because people interview you based on your (fake) personality, not your credentials.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    Oh also, I made this thread with a SHITLOAD of jobsearch engine websites

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/859797
  • oursirpeace

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    Jul 12, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    JakeBenson saidOh also, I made this thread with a SHITLOAD of jobsearch engine websites

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/859797

    Jakey that's mostly for the US icon_wink.gif

    Honestly what's the success rate of applying online and landing an offer? Seems these days you can't get most things done without connections.
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    Jul 12, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    This all depends on the experience that you have as of now. The media has been feeding us bullshit about how recession has finally ended and the job market is getting a lot better, but I think it's still a bitch to get a job these days.

    For younger students or people with little to no experience has pretty much zero chance of finding a job since they have to compete against those who are now jobless, but still have shitloads of good work experience.

    And because not working for a while won't look pretty to the employers, it might be a good idea for you to be more open-minded and search for jobs that may be "below your standard". I think a job in either retail or customer service fields where it's almost always in demand isn't a bad idea. If you are really desperate, it might be even easier to apply and get a job at fast food chains such as McDonald.

    Also, keep in mind that, unless if it's the only method of application, applying in person will land you with a job faster than applying online. If you believe that you have a good presentation skill and you can display a good first impression of yourself, you should walk around downtown areas, search for places with NOW HIRING sign, prepare your resume for the position they are requesting and come back to apply in person.

    Well, I hope this was helpful and I wish you best of luck! I know that constantly applying for jobs can be extremely frustrating - trust me, I've been there, done that - but if you keep at it, you will find something. Just try not to be too picky about where you are applying, and a little off-the-Internet, "outdoor" research would do you good too because not all places advertise their employment opportunities online.

    Steven
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    Jul 12, 2010 7:28 AM GMT
    oursirpeace said
    JakeBenson saidOh also, I made this thread with a SHITLOAD of jobsearch engine websites

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/859797

    Jakey that's mostly for the US icon_wink.gif

    Honestly what's the success rate of applying online and landing an offer? Seems these days you can't get most things done without connections.


    My bad

    Well help out your fellow Canadians by giving me the sites you've been to so I can post them up on that thread.
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    Jul 12, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
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    My bad

    Well help out your fellow Canadians by giving me the sites you've been to so I can post them up on that thread.



    Thanks for the help, JakeBenson. It's the thought that counts. icon_biggrin.gif
    Also thanks to other fellows for advices and thoughts.

    www.craiglist.com
    www.workopolis.com
    www.torontojobs.ca
    www.jobbank.gc.ca
    and many other sites for Canada.

    i was looking for a job that's related to art and design. now i'm not picky, becos it's not right time to find a specific job that i want. so i sent out resume to any job i can find, such as busboy, hotel cleaner, gardener, extra for background stage, janitor, clerk, etc.

    i even volunteered for Gay Pride Toronto in July 2 - 4 this year. 3 days of volunteering was fun and awesome. but i'm not sure if i should put that in my resume. i doubt it would boost my chance to get a job.

    anyway... i'm still praying and searching for a job today. good luck to all jobless people. sigh...
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    Jul 12, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    I was unemployed for almost 3 months so I can relate. Then again I voluntarily left my job close to a year ago. The one I had to replace it kinda sucked. Flexible with the hours but I really wanted something FT. Posted as FT, in the interview was PT then became per diem. I applied to about 40 positions and only got a call back from one of them. Then there were a few companies that contacted me to do promotions or sell insurance. Both of which were not really up my alley.

    I say look on some forums for people in your area and see get advice from them. No better way source of advice than from people who were recently in the same boat.

    My advice is to keep at it and leverage your networks as much as possible.

    Also, good luck man!
  • Smiling_Eyes

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    Jul 15, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    I've been transition to a new career for 13 months; haven't landed the job I'm looking for as of yet (in social service). My background is in the financial industry and while I really don't want to go back there, my savings are starting to creep to low levels. It's a tough economy!