ON THE JOB HUNT

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    Nov 03, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    So its been a month since my return to the land of the red and white and been job hunting since.

    I know its not easy and you have to apply a hundred fold to be offered one job. I'm also applying as a part time positions in retail as a foot in the door technique and the ability to get something coming in....

    However I'm kinda thinking that there is a biased against me because I have more working experience in Karachi, Pakistan than I do have here.

    As a background info, the industry/corporate work methods are just as professional and stringent. My background in the textile/retail industry is strong and I drew whatever experiences I had in T.O and worked hard in Karachi

    So why do I feel that application is not being considered. I am still trooping it through, but I don't drain my savings completely icon_sad.gif



    I'm just feeling a little down. icon_cry.gif
  • Iakona

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    Nov 03, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    You will find something soon enough.....just takes a bit of patience!
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    Nov 03, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    I'm there with you man. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    Hey, MB. Hang in there, bud. You will find something suitable eventually. Everything will work out--it always does.
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Is there a professional association for your industry?
    Is there a local "chapter" of that professional association in Tononto?
    If so, volunteer to serve your professional association chapter in Toronto in a "meaningful and manageable" role. "Meaningful" in that what you would be doing would be a higher value contribution to the organization. "Manageable" in that you can continue your commitment once you find work.

    Providing pro-bono service to your professional association is a great way to network and get to know other professionals in your area. Also, by volunteering, people get to see your work ethic, your work style, leadership, and your professional expertise.

    This can lead to people asking you, "Are you looking for opportunities?", and this can lead to job offers.

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    Nov 03, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Also, "applying through HR" is not the way to get a job.

    Network. Use LinkedIn. And, once you have found a job posting that looks like what you want, then look to see if you know somebody who has a connection inside the company. Go around HR, not through.
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    Im in the same position as you are atm, so I wish you luck, and you will find something soon!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    Why don't you just say the title/type of job, but don't mention that it was in Pakistan?
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    I'm in the exact same position. I graduate December 15th and I have applied to over 30-40 positions thus far, none have stood out to me...I'm not gonna give up, obviously, but it's SO annoying filling out these applications ugh.

    I should add I want a position in Los Angeles, currently live in Phoenix for school.
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidAlso, "applying through HR" is not the way to get a job.

    Network. Use LinkedIn. And, once you have found a job posting that looks like what you want, then look to see if you know somebody who has a connection inside the company. Go around HR, not through.


    Thanks for the info. I've been exploring around HR as well.

    BTW

    The HR dept for H&M is terrible. I've been rejected for a part time job several times now! I mean WTF.... As a sales associate. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Nov 03, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    I have a good friend, recent grad with a bachelors, in the same position here in Montreal. She was ready to give up and started packing to go live with her parents in Toronto, in shame. In a last ditch effort, she set out on foot determined to shake hands with every retail store manager in the area. She quickly landed an entry level retail management job at Bedo -- and LOVES it. I think it was the personal approach that landed her the job. All this happend just a month ago.

    Another technique that I have seen work is to identify individuals who have the dream job that you want, ask them to lunch or coffee, and find out more about what they do and what opportunities are like in your area and field, and ask for advice on how to proceed. For many accomplished professionals, this kind of mentoring is an ego boost, and they are often happy to help out.
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    Nov 03, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    The job market is tough right now, so I'm sure it's nothing personal - you're smart and good-looking, an employer would be lucky to have you. You are getting good advice about figuring other ways to get in front of the hiring decisionmaker. Good luck, buddy.
  • metta

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    Nov 03, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    I have heard that the particular words you use in your resume is more critical now than it has ever been. One human resource person I spoke with said they have software that scans in the resumes, and if certain words are in there, they are automatically rejected. Make sure you have keywords in there that they are most likely looking for. She said that they sometimes do not even have time to look at all of the ones that the program did not reject.

    If you do not know what words are necessary to keep in and out of the resume, then you might want to find someone that specializes in that.

    Good luck with your job search!
  • ohioguy12

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    Nov 03, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    I have a job you can do
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    If you can't find a job, start a business.
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    Nov 03, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    BAMF saidIf you can't find a job, start a business.



    where will the capital come from?
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    Nov 04, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidGo around HR, not through.
    And if you have to, start as a temp somewhere. That's what got me the job that eventually put me through flight school (and subsequently changed my life). icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Will definitely try some pointers out.... As for the words software...That's really tricky and kinda biased...

    *sigh*

    I do have one job interview scheduled for next week and some job applications to fill out.

    Gimmie Money!!

    Oh and I do have a business which has been temporarily halted..icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 5:44 AM GMT
    Welcome back to Canadaland.

    I'm not offering any useful tips tonight other than to wish you good luck.

    *hugs*