Applying for jobs is exhausting and soul-crushing

BarryAllen

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This topic title is taken from the other place. I thought this was a good topic. It showed peoples updates on looking for a job or a career or an internship.

Some guides for those looking for a job

Craigslist.org
Indeed.com
Monster.com
stella.ai

Linkedin also has a thing hidden with your profile and settings to flag your accounts so recruiters know you are looking for a job

I don't know if anyone here made a similar topic yet. I figure this is a good topic to post links and things for those looking for a change or an update on your job search
 
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MrRob

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Oct 26, 2017
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I remember this thread from the other place but never participated. I've been employed for the past 15+ years consecutively. Recently the company I work for lost the contract for which I was a manager on and since then I've been looking for work. It is a soul crushing experience indeed.

Needless to say after 15 years of not looking for a job I'm very out of touch with the current job market. I think that is making things a bit more difficult. I've got tons and tons of experience sitting on the 'other side' of the interview table but not much as the interviewee. I guess that is where I could use some help or tips, whatever.
 
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BarryAllen

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Well we are in the gig economy, also I mean jobs try to do what they can so they don't have to give out insurance
 

gigaslash

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And the best thing is getting a great job that you're really excited about and then... getting your work visa application refused. Oh well, back to playing videogames for me.
 
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CreepingFear

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Oct 27, 2017
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Assuming I pass my CCNA, I plan to polish off my resume and start sending it out there. It's been almost two years at my current job. I love my boss and I have pretty good benefits, but the salary is a little low and I want to move up from help desk to systems or network admin. I am hoping that the fact that I like my current job will give me the upper hand in interviews. I am so used to being nervous and desperate usually.
 

Jon Carter

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Oct 27, 2017
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I’m having a lot of trouble finding a new job because the type of work I like and am good at doesn’t pay well, but there’s nothing else I’m both interested in and have experience in. I’m a subtitle editor in L.A. I have a baby on the way, so I should hurry up, but I’m not finding much.
 

Macleoid

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Oct 27, 2017
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I worked for the same company for real until they went into insolvency. Looking for work is hard work. I ended up working somewhere doing something very different because I strictly applied for at least 1 reasonable job every day and this was the only half way viable opportunity one slow Tuesday.

I never got interviews for things I was sure I was better suited for.

I used to do a bit of recruitment for my old employer and my experience of both sides of the coin in the last 12 months is that it is really imprortant to project a positive attitude however you feel inside. No one cares to hear how tough things have been for you when they are recruiting.
 
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BarryAllen

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I worked for the same company for real until they went into insolvency. Looking for work is hard work. I ended up working somewhere doing something very different because I strictly applied for at least 1 reasonable job every day and this was the only half way viable opportunity one slow Tuesday.

I never got interviews for things I was sure I was better suited for.

I used to do a bit of recruitment for my old employer and my experience of both sides of the coin in the last 12 months is that it is really imprortant to project a positive attitude however you feel inside. No one cares to hear how tough things have been for you when they are recruiting.
recruitments always seem like a scam. They make it seem like YEA THIS JOB IS YOURS. Then ghost you
 

Bishop89

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I want to leave my job, extremely underpaid.

Currently a project Coordinator, would like to stay in that type of role but wouldn't be against some other type of coordination role
 
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BarryAllen

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I want to leave my job, extremely underpaid.

Currently a project Coordinator, would like to stay in that type of role but wouldn't be against some other type of coordination role
I always felt like project coordinator was such a jack of all trades job depending on what type of project coordinator
 

Rolento

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Oct 25, 2017
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Well, never wanted to have to come back to this thread, but I am here again -_-

Just got the boot today from the small business I worked at. Was making good income, but things have slowed down at work only needing one person, and I was the one to get outed.

I'm putting my resume together right now, and to be honest, it seems like it's the strongest its ever been. The only thing I hate though is requesting letters of recommendation and cover letters, bleh
 

Ahasverus

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Oct 27, 2017
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Aw this thread is so sad.

My story is very typical. Late Industrial Engineering graduate (25) with only 6 months of experience and a graduate degree in B.A. Have been out of a job for a month, and I've been applying online at like 50 offers with no luck, not a single call, nothing.

Right now I'm looking into doing an AIESEC international internship but it must be good paying enough for me to, well, leave the country. And my mom, who is in charge of the family, and I can't wait to help.

Sigh, one more to the rat race. Well, I love you guys, best of luck.
 

Mr-Joker

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Oct 25, 2017
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I got my first paid job in March but after suffering discrimination from my co-worker and my ex-boss being a total idiot, I got fired in June, and I have been looking since I recently did an unpaid 8 weeks of admin placement hoping that it would land me a job at the company but alas that didn't happen so my job hunts still continues.

I just recently sent off a job application, though I know that I won't get it because I am not that lucky, and I trying to send out three job applications a day.
 

Mesoian

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Oct 28, 2017
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I am in dire need of shoring up my portfolio, but everything I do professionally is under super NDA and the things I do for fun are...well...not work appropriate...

I need to start filming random shit.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Oh look, this thread's back.

Still looking, unfortunately, 6 months out with a master's in BME. I'm getting calls and phone screens and a bit of 1st round interviews here and there, which is a good sign, but never anything beyond that. I'm hoping that I'm already the best I can be, and improving my resume and cover letter one iteration at a time.
Networking as an introvert is tough.

Good luck to you all.
 
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recruitments always seem like a scam. They make it seem like YEA THIS JOB IS YOURS. Then ghost you

Sure, but they base that on how you sell yourself on your resume when you upload it. Indeed is pretty good about getting you noticed by recruiters pretty quickly when you upload a resume. Granted, you have to sift through a lot of crappy/shady companies blowing up your phone.
 

Ketkat

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Oct 25, 2017
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So, I have a CCENT and an A+. Yet, I'm having trouble finding a job because there just aren't any good job prospects around me, and its hard for me to find any relocation assistance for the things I'm qualified for. Is there any way to get employers to take me seriously for these jobs when I'm not local? Not even necessarily with relocation assistance, I can live in a car for a month if I have to.
 

Voror

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Oct 25, 2017
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Got terminated end of September and still looking. Had a few interviews and even gotten either to the last stage or next to last before getting dropped. Currently have one going right now that I'm going into the last stages for. I don't know whether to risk being hopeful or not. I suppose if anything it's made me rethink my spending quite a bit. Not that I was extreme before, but certainly being a lot more careful now.
 

Congo Jack

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Oct 25, 2017
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After having to quit my last job, I've been unemployed for the last five months and it's been pretty brutal. I was essentially promised a manager position with a company I used to work with, but they decided to screw me over again, so it's been a struggle to make ends meet. I've applied at dozens of places, had a few interviews, but nothing has developed. I think my luck might finally be starting to turn as I just applied for a position with a company that my sister worked with, and I'll soon be applying for schooling as well.
 

Benz On Dubz

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I’m currently looking at leaving my job. I have a few interviews lined up that I’m excited about, but I’m also a little fatigued from the preparation and stress.

Also, it looks like one of the places will get back to me much later than the others and that has me pretty bummed out. Ah well that’s business.
 

frankenstrat

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Oct 27, 2017
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Just signed up on Stella. Still looking for webdev work, 3.5 months after getting my certification. Hoping it helps!

Still waiting to hear back from a local company that sent me a coding challenge and said they would contact me last week.
 

isual

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Oct 27, 2017
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I’m having a lot of trouble finding a new job because the type of work I like and am good at doesn’t pay well, but there’s nothing else I’m both interested in and have experience in. I’m a subtitle editor in L.A. I have a baby on the way, so I should hurry up, but I’m not finding much.
but that is the thing. with 15 years constantly employed, i'm sure you have savings, and have built up a network of connections to at least help in looking for a job, yes ?
 

haimon

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Nov 22, 2017
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I don't know about jobs in the us but here in Israel linkedin is a great way to find jobs.

I got my latest one off of a LinkedIn post.

I guess for tech jobs it's great.
 

MrRob

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Oct 26, 2017
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This thread is as dead as my job prospects. :(

I saw this while doing my full time job of applying to positions and had a good chuckle.

The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop; kneel; or crouch The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Thought this thread might appreciate a bit of levity. Good luck to everyone in our continuous efforts to find meaningful employment!
 

Kindekuma

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Oct 25, 2017
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I had two panel interviews today after a second phone interview. 2 hours, one just a regular interview and the second was a technical assessment. I'm exhausted, I feel like I fumbled one or two parts of the interview but made a good recovery. I'm nervous as hell, I really want this gig. At least they gave me a full tour of the office before I left, and gave me some good expresso. If they didn't like me I'm sure they'd shoo me out the building after it was done. Now for the painful wait.
 

KingFrost92

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Oct 26, 2017
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Yeah, I'm looking too. I currently work in security compliance. I do program review and risk assessment for organizations, and it is awful. I'm extremely fortunate to have the job, but I work...maybe 5% of the time I'm actually at work? It's very project-based with not a lot of room for improvement or extra work when clients aren't being super responsive. I'm currently applying to two jobs a day, trying to get something in media. I run my own little video company but don't have the equipment to really branch out and have it be a full-time thing, so I'm trying to utilize my journalism and communications degree to get a spot in advertising and design. Have an interview next week with a company in my town to be a marketing manager, but the other 60 apps I sent out over the last few months have only gotten back to me with rejections.
 

louisacommie

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Oct 25, 2017
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Recently lost my job. I hate applications, I remember when I used to use career builder and literally applied everywhere no matter what and the only places I heard from were either commission based scams or nursing jobs I was not qualified for, I thought mathematically probability would get me one legit job from their but no. Eventually I did get a job but not from some career website.
 

nel e nel

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Oct 27, 2017
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Just recently got a job after a 3 month hunt. Some advice I would advise:

Flesh out your Indeed profile as much as you can.

Try out the LinkedIn Premium subscription for a month and apply for jobs you are interested in on their (after you get "All-Star" level on the profile completedness). This will show you your ranking among all other applicants. In the settings, make sure its enabled for recruiters to contact you.
You might also want to brush up on the differences between there, they're and their.
 

LosDaddie

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Oct 25, 2017
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LinkedIn is going to be your best shot at landing at job, IMO. I get at least a few recruiters contacting me through the website a month.

Any electrical/mech/civil engineers here would be wise to at least get your EIT certificate.
 
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Trying to find a job in the 4th quarter is nearly impossible. Thankfully I have a job but it’s become more than I can stomach. At this point I’m torn between continuing my search or putting it off so I can collect my bonus in late February.
 

caffe misto

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm visiting a company in January for a second interview (first was over Skype). I wore a suit for the first interview and was planning to again, but the company culture appears to be oriented more toward sweaters or collared shirts with pants. How serious is the risk of alienating myself by overdressing? My gut tells me if I dress professionally and behave friendly and confidently, it won't be a problem.
 

gaiages

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm employed, but desperately searching for a new job as I start school in the Spring and my job is far too rage and stress inducing to really deal with both at the same time. Man, it sucks. I've been applying to positions since March, but only in the last month or so have I been getting interviews. I guess I've been lucky that I've been getting a decent amount of them... but I'm getting zero call backs, and the interview and travel time is really draining my PTO. It's so frustrating because I feel most of my interviews go well (there was one that was a total bust), and there was even one where I legit had a 50/50 shot of getting an offer, but nothing. Yeesh. The worst part is that almost every position I get an interview for is a pay cut from my current position--I'm just really at the point where I need to move on from my current job.

Anyway I have another interview Thursday morning, and I'm waiting on a possible callback from another position (they said by the end of the year they'd know). I'm hoping something will pan out soon but my luck hasn't been all that great so far, lol.
 

Forerunner

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Oct 30, 2017
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I'm visiting a company in January for a second interview (first was over Skype). I wore a suit for the first interview and was planning to again, but the company culture appears to be oriented more toward sweaters or collared shirts with pants. How serious is the risk of alienating myself by overdressing? My gut tells me if I dress professionally and behave friendly and confidently, it won't be a problem.
Yes, wear a suit for the second interview. It's better to be overdressed than to be underdressed especially when it comes to interviews. Once you are done with interviews, and you start other parts of the hiring process then you can start dressing down a bit.
 

LunaSerena

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Oct 25, 2017
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There is nothing I hate more than impunctual interviewers. I'm at the waiting room of a company I'm interviewing for (third round of interviews), and the interviewer is late. He was supposed to be here 20 minutes ago...
Ugh. And I'm still waiting for a call from the investment bank I applied for, this week they should tell me if I landed the job or not.
 

Not Asleep

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Oct 25, 2017
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I have a phone interview in 2 weeks for a position that I'm maybe 75% qualified for. (Surprised that I got any response at all from just tossing a resume into the black hole that is applying for jobs online. Even more shocked when I cleared the phone screen.) Anyway, it's most likely a technical interview so there's a certain amount of cramming I'll need to do. But I have so much on my plate between now and then that I feel really overwhelmed in just mapping out what I should brush up on.

Either way, I'm planning on going part-time in January so I can embrace the job-seeker lifestyle. And to practice my extremely rusty programming skills. Looking forward to the latter part of that, at least.
 

CreepingFear

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Oct 27, 2017
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I have started sending out my resume last week to see if anyone thinks I am qualified for systems or network admin positions. For the first time in my life though, I have control. I have a great boss and stable job. If I strike out, it's no big deal.
 

Dartastic

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Oct 25, 2017
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Really don't know what to do at this point. I have an MBA that I got back in 2012 because I was freaking out and couldn't find work for shit back in 2009. I've been at an energy efficiency consultancy firm for the last 3 years as a program specialist in a market transformation initiative, but my roles have expanded and my wages haven't.

I've been looking around for coordination/management positions and I can't find crap. Every position seems to be so fined tuned to find the PERFECT candidate I just don't even know where to look or what to do. I need to get out of here, but... Bleh. I just feel like I'm submitting my resume to random crap for no reason. Also, I'm not even bothering with cover letters anymore. They take so much effort to do properly and I don't really see a benefit to them unless I REALLY want the position. Maybe I should care more? I don't know.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Currently employed in a quasi-consulting position in web/REST services testing, but not sure if it's going to be renewed/picked up for full-time in June (current end date), so I'll be getting into the hunt within a couple months if I don't hear anything soon about my prospects here as I know things can take quite a while even in best case scenarios. The last time I went hunting was about 3 years ago now, already not looking forward to the whole process again...