Job Help. (I feel like I'm drowning. Help please)

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    Apr 13, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    A little while ago, I made a post asking for advice on my current situation, and the consensus was that I should start my own life and get a job. I've been spending all my free time organizing my artwork and working on my resume, and all that other crap that goes with it. While I am hopeful a miracle will happen and I will get a job in the industry of my choosing, I've been trying to find other positions that would be good for me too.

    I'm a bit overwhelmed just trying to find a job, any job, that I can get. No one around me knows this stuff any better than I do, so I'm a bit lost here. I would love to have someone I could go to for help, but no one around me knows about job searching.

    How can I find a job. I'll take anything really, retail, restaurant work, anything really. Is there a website that I can use, should i check for job opening on chain retail stores? What's the best option here. How can I find a job that utilizes my skill-set?

    I know most of the stuff about resume building (though it would help to have a person to get some feedback on) and I have books and articles about job interviews, but I just need some help to get it going.

    Would anyone be willing to message to discuss this more in depth?

    Thanks for the help guys.
  • Varanus

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    Apr 13, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    Ahh Job hunting is always such a fun experience. icon_confused.gif

    Unfortunately I don't know how it works over in the states but I'm presuming is very similar to Aus.
    Look at job boards on line, try craigslist?..Another alternative is to make an appointment to go see your local recruitment agency ive had some nice job placements by going through recruitment agencies in the past.

    I take it your professional skill set is very limited thus far?..If thats the case look for entry level positions like Admin assistants, junior payroll, check out etc.
    If you really want to make your goals a reality you will find a way to achieve what you want, I managed to get a job about 900 miles away from my home town starting out with nothing.
    Keep your head up and take each curve as a learning experience.
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    Apr 14, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    Join LinkedIn and connect with former co-workers etc., find American job searching websites (for Canada there's Monster.ca, Workopolis.com, and Jobs.ca), and ask your friends and family to keep you in mind if they hear about any opportunities. You could also try a recruitment agency as Varanus suggested.
  • kevmoran

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    Apr 14, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    I'll give you the not so fun advice for retail and chain stores. First and foremost, go for a store that pertains to what you want to do. You'd be surprised at how helpful this is on a resume. It seems you're interested in 3D art and video games, I'd apply to a GameStop, The Exchange, etc. With a degree, and being a responsible adult, you have a huge leg up, and they may be willing to promote you to some sort of manager or merchandiser very quickly, they usually make pretty good pay (managers at my store make 50-70K) and you get responsibilities that pertain to your skills. But it's also important to keep reminding yourself that this is not a permanent solution. Many people get "stuck" in the whirlpool of retail because it's a simple, enjoyable job, but it can only take you so far.