Trying to find a job is not a job

  • swimbikerun

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    May 05, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    "Keeping the unemployed busy is an exercise in denial -- and social control.

    In most parts of the world, from Paris to Beijing, mass unemployment brings the specter of mass social unrest. Not here, though, where 13 million people have accepted joblessness with nary a peep of protest."

    This is a really good article. It made me think about alternative ways of living...

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenreich3-2009may03,0,4064609.story?ref=patrick.net
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    May 05, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    ...or you can just post your resume on Monster and let them call you.
  • DrewT

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    May 05, 2009 5:45 AM GMT
    Rather interesting article. I like it! I hate job searching and if you have the money, don't bother. Sometimes it is better to do other things, like volunteer work.
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    May 05, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    posting resumes on sites don't work and i think that's the laziest thing man can do. Go out and find your place in society. I got my first job in a law firm because i hounded job employers. i even set up appointments with supervisors under false pretenses. I swear some Americans rather sit back and get things handed to them and that's not how it works. I think there are too many systems set up that motivate the American people to sit back and relax and not hustle. Maybe its my insight from being raised in another country where you had to make the first step for your own success or im crazy. Stop using websites and get personable and meet people face to face.
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    May 05, 2009 6:05 AM GMT
    12-16 hour days job hunting? What are these people thinking? That when thousand of doors close because of the economy thousands more will open up?

    What people need to be doing is networking. Volunteering like Simplydrew said, going to social events, and common interests groups. Just talk with people, and you never know. It could be the CEO of XYZ company, and he may be looking for someone just like you.

    The problem with jobhunting is that everything's gotten so impersonal with human resources, and applying via the internet. There's almost always going to be someone who looks better than you on paper depending on who's looking.

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    May 05, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidposting resumes on sites don't work and i think that's the laziest thing man can do. Go out and find your place in society. I got my first job in a law firm because i hounded job employers. i even set up appointments with supervisors under false pretenses. I swear some Americans rather sit back and get things handed to them and that's not how it works. I think there are too many systems set up that motivate the American people to sit back and relax and not hustle. Maybe its my insight from being raised in another country where you had to make the first step for your own success or im crazy. Stop using websites and get personable and meet people face to face.


    I totally agree with u...icon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2009 8:54 AM GMT
    I have been unemployed since Sept 08. I have been to multiple job fairs, etc....I have posted my resume' on different websites. In fact, most companies will not accept your resume' unless you post it online through their site or a third party site. And this was going on before the economic collapse. So to say posting resume's online is lazy and those who do simply enjoy being unemployed is ridiculous. icon_evil.gif
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    May 05, 2009 8:55 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidI have been unemployed since Sept 08. I have been to multiple job fairs, etc....I have posted my resume' on different websites. In fact, most companies will not accept your resume' unless you post it online through their site or a third party site. And this was going on before the economic collapse. So to say posting resume's online is lazy and those who do simply enjoy being unemployed is ridiculous. And when it is done 3 or 4 hours a day and the transportation is public transit, yea it can feel like a job, at the very least a part time job looking for another job. icon_evil.gif
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    May 05, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    Is Barbara Ehrenreich calling for a revolution?
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    May 05, 2009 9:26 AM GMT
    Well this really makes me impatient for post-college life
  • swimbikerun

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    May 05, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    Tapper saidIs Barbara Ehrenreich calling for a revolution?
    Yes.
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    May 05, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    tereseus1posting resumes on sites don't work and i think that's the laziest thing man can do. Go out and find your place in society. I got my first job in a law firm because i hounded job employers. i even set up appointments with supervisors under false pretenses. I swear some Americans rather sit back and get things handed to them and that's not how it works. I think there are too many systems set up that motivate the American people to sit back and relax and not hustle. Maybe its my insight from being raised in another country where you had to make the first step for your own success or im crazy. Stop using websites and get personable and meet people face to face.


    I'm sorry, but this is crap. It definitely helps to have social/professional connections in the field you're applying for, and indeed this is the ideal way to find a new job. This is very hard to do though if you're not already well established in a professional track. If you're just graduating from college, though, or have recently moved to a new city like many people, then this approach is unworkable. Apart from job fairs and pre-existing connections, the Internet is probably the only place where most people find which jobs that are available. How would you even know which firms to hit up for appointments if you never saw their job postings? And many firms would not appreciate you going to elaborate lengths to set up meetings with their busy staff under such pretenses, which could disqualify you from consideration rather than mark you as a go-getter. Nearly all major firms that I've seen require an online application
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    May 05, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
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    tereseus1posting resumes on sites don't work and i think that's the laziest thing man can do. Go out and find your place in society. I got my first job in a law firm because i hounded job employers. i even set up appointments with supervisors under false pretenses. I swear some Americans rather sit back and get things handed to them and that's not how it works. I think there are too many systems set up that motivate the American people to sit back and relax and not hustle. Maybe its my insight from being raised in another country where you had to make the first step for your own success or im crazy. Stop using websites and get personable and meet people face to face.


    I'm sorry, but this is crap. It definitely helps to have social/professional connections in the field you're applying for, and indeed this is the ideal way to find a new job. This is very hard to do though if you're not already well established in a professional track. If you're just graduating from college, though, or have recently moved to a new city like many people, then this approach is unworkable. Apart from job fairs and pre-existing connections, the Internet is probably the only place where most people find which jobs that are available. How would you even know which firms to hit up for appointments if you never saw their job postings? And many firms would not appreciate you going to elaborate lengths to set up meetings with their busy staff under such pretenses, which could disqualify you from consideration rather than mark you as a go-getter. Nearly all major firms that I've seen require an online application


    ah, that makes me feel better