Anyone currently looking for a new job?

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    Jan 27, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    I am currently employed, however I've been looking for new jobs for about a month or so and maaaan, it is a real bitch.

    I've been sending out application after application and resume after resume and have had no luck!!

    I went on an interview last week at this school called "Florida career college" as an admissions rep and passed the assessment test and they called me back for a 2nd interview, however I didn't go.

    After showing up to the interview and learning more about the position I decided it wasn't the right fit for me. It was basically a glorified call center where I sit in front of a phone and make 200 to 300 calls a day begging students to enroll.

    Anyway, today this lady calls from a placement company offering me another position at another college in the area as an admissions rep. She says she will try and get me an interview but I just need to formally apply for the position. I agreed to apply, but I feel its gonna be "Florida Career College" all over again. . . More calls and more begging and selling students on the college.

    My work background is in higher ed at traditional universities, meaning no sales, the students come to us. I dont know how I'll be in these for-profit proprietary schools tho.

    I'm hesitatnt to leave my mediocre job for one of these high-pressure sales jobs, tho the pay may be a lot more. .

    I def need a change tho, but im indecisive as to what to do.

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    Jan 28, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    yeah so. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    I prefer self-employment.
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    Jan 28, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI prefer self-employment.


    me too.
    so what "self-employment" are u involved in?


    That's my fucking dream man, is to be self-employed and make my own schedule and do shit on my own terms.
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    Jan 28, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    Yea I am as of the 11th when I used my PTO for the last 3 days of the seasonal job I had as a telephonic insurance agent, But my situation goes a bit deeper in that I am pretty sure that the economy in Charlotte will not bounce back as fast as the overall country's. So I am casting a very wide net to secure one. It seems that most of the jobs being offered now are sales positions. But I see companies changing their structure. Like Lowes is dismissing about 1400 middle managers and this week will hire 8000 part time workers to cover the weekends mainly.

    I have also been given the opportunity to open my own insurance business and am doing the research for that as well. I have identified a few cities that I am doing research on to see which one might be a good fit for me. After some soul searching, have decided that a change in venue is in order for me. Doesn't sound like you are in dire straits at the moment and the grass isn't as green sometimes on the other side. So I would say do a bit more research and maybe talk to some folks over at the other university to get a feel for how they work. And then decide. Good luck to both of us!
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    Jan 28, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI prefer self-employment.


    me too.
    so what "self-employment" are u involved in?


    That's my fucking dream man, is to be self-employed and make my own schedule and do shit on my own terms.
    Photography and aviation.
    I still don't get to make my own schedule, though. Gotta work when clients want work done. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    In this crappy economy, I think it would be wise to stick with a mediocre and steady job. I tend to stay away from jobs that have any type of quota or performance metrics. But if you really feel the need for something different, then go for it. Maybe the looming thought of getting canned because you don't meet your numbers will motivate you and keep you busy.
  • shag91607

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    Jan 28, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    It's exceptionally tough. I have friends who graduated recently with master's degrees who can't get diddly squat, and some with 10+ years experience in whatever field their in who have to take entry level again. Hell, we just did an interview panel for my work and had over 500 resumes in 7 days and we didn't even post it on any job sites (just our company website). Pretty intense.

    Keep looking, but don't burn your bridges. I keep telling my friends when 500 resumes come in for one job, you have to make yourself stand out. Call & e-mail hiring managers or your resume will likely get lost in the sea of clutter. Dropping it off in person, or doing something creative (one of our interviewees sent theirs FedEx with signature receipt so right after our hiring manager signed for it, called 5 minutes later... pretty clever). Gone are the days where you could send out 10 resumes and get 9 callbacks in 24 hours.

    Oh, and sales jobs are great money, but the instant you fall behind quote there are 100 people out there that they can replace you with and start at "starting commission" again. My old job in transportation cycles through "account executives" about ever 9 months when they tap out all their black book leads. Exceptionally craptacular for company morale.

    Just my 2 cents.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 28, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    After sending out well over 300 resumes, within 5 months, and getting one job interview, but no job, I pretty much gave up.

    Thanks to all the Republicans who made this possible.
  • boilerup_82

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    Jan 28, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    after over a year and a half of looking, i finally got a job. i got it a week before xmas (great xmas gift, huh?) and i was so surprised, I wasn't even interviewed, i just got the call and they offered me the position. icon_biggrin.gif

    the only reason this happened was because a friend withing the company referred me. i'm sure you're already doing this, but if not, keep in touch with friends/acquaintances that are in a company you wanna be in...at the end of the day, it's all about who you know not what you know.


    but yeah, it's a bitch out there...even me as an aerospace engineer struggled, but keep looking and don't give up!
  • Echoes6967

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    Jan 28, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    I still can't believe how bad the economy is .. i'm in health care and there are next to no jobs within my field. I should have been headhunted when I graduated university icon_sad.gif

    This is why i'm heading back to university for my master's and PhD.. I figure by the time I graduate the market will be much better.

    p.s. I'm a clinical scientist
  • jim_sf

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    Jan 28, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    It's been almost three weeks since I had an in-person interview for a newly-created position with my current employer. As far as I can tell, I knocked many socks off while I was there. I spoke to the hiring manager on Monday (just offering to answer any further questions or clarify anything else) and she said there'd be a decision late this week or early next.

    It's the end of the week, and the position is still listed as "open" on the HR site. The suspense is AGONY.
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    Jan 28, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    I have been looking for a job for the past year and a half with no luck what so ever. I went back to my hometown to spend Thanksgiving with my family and decided to move back. I moved back 2 days before Christmas and had a new job within a week. I did not even apply with the company that hired me. They saw my resume on Careerbuilder.com and was impressed by it. I had a 20 minute interview with a store manager and had a job right then and a better one than they were interviewing me for. I think I would stay at your job and do not leave until you find something better than you currently have and make sure you give them plenty of notice when you do leave. You may want to work for them again some day.
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    Jan 28, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    Echoes6967 saidI still can't believe how bad the economy is .. i'm in health care and there are next to no jobs within my field. I should have been headhunted when I graduated university icon_sad.gif

    This is why i'm heading back to university for my master's and PhD.. I figure by the time I graduate the market will be much better.

    p.s. I'm a clinical scientist



    what undergraduate program are you enrolled in that leads to clinical scientist?

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    Jan 28, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidGotta work when clients want work done.

    Damn you, clients, if it weren't for you calling all the time I'd be all caught up with my work...!
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