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Anybody else looking for work and finding it kind of depressing?

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AlexanderSkarsgardOhYes Wed 22-Aug-12 17:13:57

I've been looking hard for a new job for a couple of months and have had only one (disasterous) interview (for details of that for those who don't know see here). Just rang up to get feedback for a job I thought I hadn't got and, though it turns out they haven't shortlisted for it yet so I'm still in with a chance, the HR person mentioned that they've had 105 applications. For a part-time library assistant job! I'm starting to despair a little bit.

Feel free to come join in my grumble!

madwomanintheattic Mon 01-Oct-12 15:42:16

<it isn't a risk, really. But they don't know that. grin in actuality, I'm a far better option than the transient work force that is being recruited in my stead - but they are cheaper, and will probably be leaving within the year, so no necessity to pay wage increments or keep staff that you don't get on with. It's a low risk strategy. As an employer, I'd be wanting someone who was going to stay around and build corporate knowledge, but they cost more. I'm not disagreeing that as a short term and financial route, it has merit. It's no good for me though! grin>

madwomanintheattic Tue 02-Oct-12 19:38:33

So, I have two interviews on Thursday. For identikit jobs, doing what I did ten years ago at entry level because we lived miles from anywhere. <deja vu>

I noticed a large local employer had readvertised a job that I had applied for, (I didn't get an acknowledgement, let alone a no thanks lol) so I called the manager and explained that I realized I had been unsuccessful, but wondered if he would be able to offer any advice to someone seeking an entry level job in the industry. He said no one would employ me, even for an entry level job. grin so, that's good to know.

So I turned up at the equivalent of the job centre with my résumé and asked the receptionist how in heck you get a job in this here town, and she skimmed it, said it was perfect, and booked me an appointment with the counsellor tomorrow, who might have some contacts. Having utterly failed myself, I've turned myself in to the Govt. grin

Beccatheboo Fri 05-Oct-12 13:13:32

How are things going? Any joy?

I have just posted in Employment Issues. I haven't applied for shedloads of jobs, but the few I have, I haven't even secured an interview. Feeling very down and wondered if any of you had good news to report?!

Reading GettinTrimmer's post has actually made me even more depressed (but reiterated what I thought), that volunteering doesn't count for anything :-(

madwomanintheattic Fri 05-Oct-12 14:29:06

I had my two interviews yesterday. Have done the jobs before, and am v well qualified. They are entry level and both turned out to be part time (one 30 hours, one 18.75). The first interview was a telephone interview pre-screen before final face to face interview sift. It was really very stilted and very scripted, and I didn't get any sort of fuzzy vibe from the interviewer, none of this making the interviewee comfortable crap. grin the second one was kinda fun, and even if I don't get the job, it was a pleasant enough way to spend an hour and a quarter! She actually wants to make a decision today, and they are looking for two newbies to do a job share, so that should up my odds a bit. She was concerned that with the experience on my cv I would be bored, and would end up leaving for something else though, so we'll see.

I've also had a two line response from a developer looking for a (lol) high class hostess (!) to essentially man the show home. It's complete slave labour, and just hanging around smiling at people and answering questions, and handing out floor plans. As an additional tide-me-over, it's the middle aged equivalent of a paper round, but beggars can't be choosers. It's only two days a week when the out of towners come in, so I assume they want a posh British accent and Italian leather shoes. The development is right next door to dd1's school and on a huge golf course.

Becca, the volunteering thing is interesting. I think it very much depends on what you are doing and whether they are additional skills for your cv. I've got grant researching and application (and successful outcomes!), and payroll for volunteer positions, none of which appears anywhere else! (And to be fair, no one wants me to do either!) but I think unless it is directly relevant to the position you are applying for, it makes no difference at all. Volunteering shows you are a nice person, but being nice doesn't appear to get you a job. (I'm blardy lovely, I am wink). Tis is all pure conjecture, obv.

GettinTrimmer Fri 05-Oct-12 20:54:39

Hi all, I am pleased to say I have a job in a library, on Saturdays & every 8th Sunday. Not ideal but I,m pleased to have something. No luck with school librarian job, had the interview but it went to someone who has been a school administrator and run a pre-school.

Becca, other people have got school jobs through volunteering - an 18 year old lad turned up to volunteer at school and was offered work, some are lucky and you can use them as a reference. What sort of volunteering would you consider?

Madwoman, just being nosey whereabouts are you? Scotland? I hope you get something soon even if only to keep the wolf from the door for a while.

madwomanintheattic Fri 05-Oct-12 21:12:35

No, we moved to Canada a few years ago, and relocated last summer to the mountains. Very deliberate choice, but I obviously hadn't quite grasped the complexities of the job market.

I have been offered a job this morning, though. grin twenty hours a week, and no weekends or evenings. It's the same as I was doing ten years ago (and even then it was retrograde step to the max) but I'm just grateful to have got something... Subject to refs, credit checks etc. they all seem very friendly. I start a week on Monday. grin

Dear god, I hope my credit check is okay.

GettinTrimmer Fri 05-Oct-12 22:43:12

Well done smile

madwomanintheattic Sat 06-Oct-12 02:41:07

You too! grin

asianmum Sat 06-Oct-12 11:00:10

Same problem here.Im a professional accountant and Im even applying for admin roles but nothing happens. Ive been looking for a year now. Deppressing and im losing my self esteem already. But I keep telling myself not to give up.

GettinTrimmer Sat 06-Oct-12 18:13:55

Hi asianmum, carry on applying don't let it put you off. Are you mostly sending CVs off? Agencies?

Everhopeful Sun 07-Oct-12 00:38:32

There's a lot of this about - I'm not sure how much it helps to whinge, though it is a small comfort to know it's nothing to do with any one of us. What to do about it though: I've technically had my own business for quite a while, largely supported by regular clients who knew me from before I set up, but they've both retired. I took my eye off the business a bit when DD turned up, for which I am now paying, as I can't seem to get any new clients (well, got one, but that hasn't proven very lucrative yet). If I go in for speculative applications, I worry that I'll look desperate, so they won't hire me as I'm obviously rubbish, or the business would have worked. I guess I'll have to get over it though, as it is about the only thing I haven't tried yet.

CorkandFelt Tue 16-Oct-12 22:16:04

Hi, good to see there have been some successes on this thread (well done madwoman smile). Hope everyone else is making progress too. Everhopeful, you sound a bit like me. I've technically had my own business for a year but haven't had any income for 6 months. For the first 3 months it was a deliberate choice not to work ... for the past 3 months I have been looking hard for new clients and getting nowhere. Very frustrating, though I do know people who've been through similar in the past couple of years and who ended up getting the kind of work they wanted eventually. It's comforting to know it's not just me! Good luck to all.

financialwizard Mon 22-Oct-12 17:03:16

Well ladies, I hope you don't mind me joining this thread.

My husband and I have been based overseas for a few years, until we moved back in August. Having just bought our 'forever' home I am now on the look out for work. Only applied for a couple of jobs so far, but got a big fat NO from both, even though I was doing the same job up until June this year.

I think my CV needs an overhaul but I don't really know where to start, can anyone recommend any employment services?

Salbertina Mon 22-Oct-12 18:55:07

Shame! Am overseas so will be in similar situation. Good luck.,

AlexanderS Mon 22-Oct-12 20:02:43

Hi financialwizard, been following your posts on the support for housebuyers thread!

And hello again everybody, 'tis me, Alex - I had a little name change. Well, I didn't get that library assistant job, or the library assistant job I had an interview for last Tuesday.

I have also done a lot of volunteering, including jobs involving a fair bit of responsibility (for example, I've managed volunteers, and been a school governor), but it doesn't seem to impress employers in the least. GettinTrimmer, the guy you knew got work through volunteering, but it was with the organisation he volunteered for. It would have been interesting to see if he'd got the job if he'd volunteered at another school and they didn't know him. I have got a great reference through doing voluntary work but prospective employers never ask for it coz I never get past the interview stage.

AlexanderS Mon 22-Oct-12 20:08:19

By the way, congratulations madwoman and GettinTrimmer.

financialwizard Mon 22-Oct-12 21:39:15

Hi Alex. I have seen you around there. Shame about the jobs. I guess we all have to keep plugging away.

Salbertina, thanks. Might need that luck! I am a qualified mortgage underwriter/advisor but everyone wants recent experience, or the hours are not compatible with a husband that goes away all the time and two children. ah well, something will turn up if I keep going I hope

ronab2 Mon 16-Sep-13 19:35:46

I have a great work from home opportunity for anyone whos interested PM me

Hardtofindwork Tue 17-Sep-13 13:43:36

Hi, I was totally dispressed, feeling a bit crap about myself in general after applying to so many jobs and not even getting an acknowledgement but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I have been back in work for 12 weeks now, I have completed all my training so now have accredited training certificates in Health and Social Care. I am not sure if I will be a Support Worker for ever but so far every day has been different and I feel like I am growing in confidence each day as I am making a difference. I found the job through the jobcentre, but their jobs page is if any of you are interested. My husband has also just joined their relief bank and is working some saturday afternoon shifts to get some more money in for Christmas..

M1SSUNDERSTOOD Fri 20-Sep-13 13:05:44

Hi I have just had 3 rejections in one day for interviews
I attended in last 2 weeks. At least I get to interview stage but I must look good on paper. Latest feedback is I don't know enough about post I am applying for. This is true as they had advertised two posts and I thought is was interviewing for weekend post and turns out it was the weekday one. However as I already have a post 2 days a week I wouldn't have been able to fit it in! Should I phone and ask for an apointment for more feedback and explain this? Tbh they didn't make it very clear either but did ask if I thought I could have done anything better.
I replied read up a bit more on the job I was interviewing for. The other two posts I knew i hadn't a chance and didn't want them either. I would have quite liked the other job though. Any suggestions so that I could be considered
for any other vacancies they come up with?

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