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Which of us are job hunting?

violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
Since its such a long tedious process, Please post here if you are on the job search. We can give each other support.

I started looking in January. I've had 4 interviews - 1 in January and 3 in March. I send resumes out practically every day, except for weekends.
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  • quickcurlquickcurl Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    I'm joining the job hunt club!

    I started looking probably about three weeks or so ago and I've only gone on one interview. I'm hoping that I get a second interview, but we'll see what happens. I was sending resumes out almost every day, but I've had to cut back recently due to being buried under a ton of work at my current job.

    It's frustrating to send out so many resumes and get nothing back! This is a great idea!
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

    I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.
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  • SweetPicklesSweetPickles Posts: 850Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

    I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.
    How many times do I have to offer you MY job? :D You can have my house too! Pittsburgh is *great*! Hahaha.

    If my husband gets the job he's up for, I'll be looking myself as soon as we get moved and settled. And if he doesn't, I still plan to look aggressively. I have my oh-so-generous 5-year-staff-appreciation coffee mug. It's time...
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I'm sort of job hunting, but then I feel like I'm always sort of job hunting. :lol:

    I have a decent job now. I don't hate it. My horrible mean coworkers all resigned. I like my boss. The vacation and sick leave rocks. I get decent benefits. But the pay is positively abysmal. Plus I want to get back into instructional design before I completely lose my skills.
    How many times do I have to offer you MY job? :D You can have my house too! Pittsburgh is *great*! Hahaha.

    If my husband gets the job he's up for, I'll be looking myself as soon as we get moved and settled. And if he doesn't, I still plan to look aggressively. I have my oh-so-generous 5-year-staff-appreciation coffee mug. It's time...

    Honey, I can't get the boy out of Texas. He occasionally will say something about moving nearer to Mom, but it's fleeting. Plus his parents would NEVER forgive me for taking their 'jito away from them. :roll:

    Can I ask what job J. is up for, and where? PM or email me if you want.
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  • SweetPicklesSweetPickles Posts: 850Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    Honey, I can't get the boy out of Texas. He occasionally will say something about moving nearer to Mom, but it's fleeting. Plus his parents would NEVER forgive me for taking their 'jito away from them. :roll:
    Hee. Not that I'd wish all this on anyone. Especially not someone I like!
    PartyHair wrote:
    Can I ask what job J. is up for, and where? PM me if you want.
    He's one of 2 candidates for a TT teaching job at Shasta College in Redding, CA (far north). Second interview is on Tuesday. He's also got a phone interview for some school in VA this week. I'd rather go to California. Heck, at this point, I'd go anywhere.
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  • browniepointsbrowniepoints Posts: 8Registered Users
    :cry: I will be in the next month or two if my grant is not renewed. I really want to start my own arts education non profit but.....
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    MANY thousands of good job vibes for J.!

    Also, I know someone who went to Shasta College. Her name was Shasta - her parents were pseudo-hippies, and named her after the mountain. :lol:

    My fingers are crossed!
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    papayahed wrote:
    I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

    Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.
  • quickcurlquickcurl Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    June 2005!!! Tell me you've been employed doing something for all this time. I can't image being without a job and searching for almost two years. (although, now that I think about it, being stuck in a job that I hate for all that time wouldn't be too great, either)
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    tantrum wrote:
    Been searching since June of 2005. It's been the worst experience of my life.

    I feel your pain. I was pretty much without regular work from May 2001 until August 2003. I was doing some contract work on and off but nothing regular at all.

    In some ways, of course, it was horrible and terrifying. In other ways, it really took hold of me and forced me to shake loose of some stuff I had been holding on to too tightly.

    I also met my husband while I was unemployed. He didn't care that I was unemployed, although at that exact point in time I was feeling like a schlub about it.

    tantrum, good luck. Maybe, if it isn't too personal to you, you could post what you're looking for and where. You never know who you might "meet" on this board.
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    papayahed wrote:
    I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

    Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?

    I had to drive an hour and a half from the airport to a small town.
    I locked myself out of the hotel room.
    I didn't get my wake up call.
    The interview was akward, the guy said I know your qualified so I want to see if you'd fit in to the team and preceeded to ask bizarre questions.
    The place is in the process of being built so most of my questions couldn't be answered.
    We went to lunch, he took a coworker and they proceeded to talk about sports the whole time.
    My flight home was delayed and I hung around the airport for about 5 hours

    Wasn't my worst interview but certainly not the best.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    papayahed wrote:
    PartyHair wrote:
    papayahed wrote:
    I'm job hunting as well. So far I've had a few phone interviews and just returned from a disasterous interview in Ohio.

    Ok, now you have to spill. What happened in Ohio?

    I had to drive an hour and a half from the airport to a small town.
    I locked myself out of the hotel room.
    I didn't get my wake up call.
    The interview was akward, the guy said I know your qualified so I want to see if you'd fit in to the team and preceeded to ask bizarre questions.
    The place is in the process of being built so most of my questions couldn't be answered.
    We went to lunch, he took a coworker and they proceeded to talk about sports the whole time.
    My flight home was delayed and I hung around the airport for about 5 hours

    Wasn't my worst interview but certainly not the best.

    The best way to look at that is, "Hey, it's over".

    It sounds like the interviewer was somewhat inept. I'd think long and hard before accepting that position if it's offered!
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  • WavingNotCurlingWavingNotCurling Posts: 150Registered Users
    Looks like I'm in good company. My company just closed. I've worked there for 8.5 years and had a lot of good friends there. I've been actively searching since January, also. I've had exactly one interview. I've sent out at least one resume a day, inlcuding weekends.

    The good news is I have another interview on Friday 8)
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  • curlytwirlycurlytwirly Posts: 360Registered Users
    im on the job hunt!...ive been hunting for about a month...not as aggresively as i should though. ive had 4 interviews and one job offer which i rejected. i went to my 4th interview today. it is for an entry level position with a marketing company. it was really nerve wracking because they didnt ask me ANY of the traditional questions...they didnt even ask me why i wanted to work there...all they did was ask me behavioral questions, eek! the two people that interviewed me said they were very impressed by me and so it seems pretty promising.

    one thing i think i TOTALLY screwed up on was the salary...he asked me what i was looking for, i said "im flexible with salary, mainly looking for the right opportunity"...then he told me that their starting is 38K...and without thinking i said "my minimum was 35K so that sounds good"...i dont know why i said that. i left no room for negotiation. is it possible to negotiate once i get the offer...IF i get the offer?
  • bushyheadbushyhead Posts: 1,676Registered Users
    I'm job hunting, but it's not going well. It's difficult because I'm satisfied with the job I have now, but I feel there is no growth for me there and I would like to make more money. So I'm being pretty selective in terms of the positions I apply for.

    I have great benefits at my current job, which are hard to walk away from. I'm also finding that I'm in this awkward in-between stage in terms of my skills and experience - beyond entry-level, but not ready for management. I'm afraid I won't be able to find the type of position I want at the salary level that would make it worth my while to change jobs.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    bushyhead wrote:
    I'm job hunting, but it's not going well. It's difficult because I'm satisfied with the job I have now, but I feel there is no growth for me there and I would like to make more money. So I'm being pretty selective in terms of the positions I apply for.

    I have great benefits at my current job, which are hard to walk away from, and I'm finding that I'm in this awkward in-between stage in terms of my skills and experienced - beyond entry-level, but not ready for management. I'm afraid I won't be able to find the type of position I want at the salary level that would make it worth my while to change jobs.

    I'm in a similar situation as far as being ok with my current job but not ok with the salary. I'm also being selective as far as the positions I apply for.

    It helps me to remember that I am actually in a GREAT position. I have the luxury to look for something new while working at a relatively satisfying job.
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  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    one thing i think i TOTALLY screwed up on was the salary...he asked me what i was looking for, i said "im flexible with salary, mainly looking for the right opportunity"...then he told me that their starting is 38K...and without thinking i said "my minimum was 35K so that sounds good"...i dont know why i said that. i left no room for negotiation. is it possible to negotiate once i get the offer...IF i get the offer?

    Nerves will do that! :) So many people leave interviews realizing what they "should have" said. Live and learn. You can still try to negotiate, though--no harm in trying. Yes, he could remind you that he is offering more than your stated minimum. You could, however, say that after thinking through the position (and perhaps other offers, if applicable), you believe a fair salary would be X. If the 38k is reasonable to you, though, I wouldn't push it too far (after all, it is still more than you originally wanted). After you have proved yourself to the company, you should have room to further negotiate. In fact, you could ask for a six-month salary review if he doesn't budge on the initial offer.
  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    In addition to actively sending out your resume, posting your resume can be beneficial as well--especially for highly specific positions. Be careful though--if you are currently employed, your posted resume is apt to be seen by your current employer and could obviously lead to a termination. It's common for companies to scan the boards to look for their company name on resumes. I would only post your resume if you are unemployed (or using a highly confidential resume).
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    In addition to actively sending out your resume, posting your resume can be beneficial as well--especially for highly specific positions. Be careful though--if you are currently employed, your posted resume is apt to be seen by your current employer and could obviously lead to a termination. It's common for companies to scan the boards to look for their company name on resumes. I would only post your resume if you are unemployed (or using a highly confidential resume).

    I never even thought of that. My resume has been "public" on two job sites for over a year. :lol:
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  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I never even thought of that. My resume has been "public" on two job sites for over a year.

    :shock: :)

    Perhaps you could change the name of your employer to "confidential X." A college--if I remember right? Also, watch out for your name. Most people don't think about this. I always warn my clients about this.

    At one of my previous companies, we monitored this. We knew which employees were looking!
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I never even thought of that. My resume has been "public" on two job sites for over a year.

    :shock: :)

    Perhaps you could change the name of your employer to "confidential X." A college--if I remember right? Also, watch out for your name. Most people don't think about this. I always warn my clients about this.

    At one of my previous companies, we monitored this. We knew which employees were looking!

    I'm glad you said something. I don't think my boss would check, but HIS nefarious boss would.

    I'm going to go hide my resumes now. I don't get much traffic by having them public anyway - maybe two calls in the last year.
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  • quickcurlquickcurl Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    bushyhead wrote:
    I'm job hunting, but it's not going well. It's difficult because I'm satisfied with the job I have now, but I feel there is no growth for me there and I would like to make more money. So I'm being pretty selective in terms of the positions I apply for.

    I have great benefits at my current job, which are hard to walk away from, and I'm finding that I'm in this awkward in-between stage in terms of my skills and experienced - beyond entry-level, but not ready for management. I'm afraid I won't be able to find the type of position I want at the salary level that would make it worth my while to change jobs.

    I'm in a similar situation as far as being ok with my current job but not ok with the salary. I'm also being selective as far as the positions I apply for.

    Me too!! I'm not exactly happy with my job, but at least I'm employed and making some money. I work for a small company and there is little to no growth opportunities for me at this point, so that's why I'm looking. I've been doing this job for 2.5 years, which is a good amount of experience but for the most part, not enough for management positions.
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    In addition to actively sending out your resume, posting your resume can be beneficial as well--especially for highly specific positions. Be careful though--if you are currently employed, your posted resume is apt to be seen by your current employer and could obviously lead to a termination. It's common for companies to scan the boards to look for their company name on resumes. I would only post your resume if you are unemployed (or using a highly confidential resume).

    I actually got caught!!!! The VP of a previous company was looking for sales people and somehow came across my resume. I'm not sure how because my job has absolutely nothing to do with sales.

    The VP pulled me aside and asked if I was looking, I told him no (even though I was) but I alays keep a current resume on the websites just in case. He bought it. pfffwwwwh.
  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    papayahed wrote:
    I actually got caught!!!! The VP of a previous company was looking for sales people and somehow came across my resume. I'm not sure how because my job has absolutely nothing to do with sales.

    The VP pulled me aside and asked if I was looking, I told him no (even though I was) but I alays keep a current resume on the websites just in case. He bought it. pfffwwwwh.

    Yikes!! :shock: You must have been caught off guard. Good cover--glad he bought it! :)
  • zahrazahra Posts: 202Registered Users
    I am also looking for a new job. Im unhappy with my current job for various reasons including my nutso boss and unrewarding and unacknowledged 60 hour weeks. My problem is Im looking to move to a specific area and havent been able to find anything there that really works for me. :cry:
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  • curlytwirlycurlytwirly Posts: 360Registered Users
    one thing i think i TOTALLY screwed up on was the salary...he asked me what i was looking for, i said "im flexible with salary, mainly looking for the right opportunity"...then he told me that their starting is 38K...and without thinking i said "my minimum was 35K so that sounds good"...i dont know why i said that. i left no room for negotiation. is it possible to negotiate once i get the offer...IF i get the offer?

    Nerves will do that! :) So many people leave interviews realizing what they "should have" said. Live and learn. You can still try to negotiate, though--no harm in trying. Yes, he could remind you that he is offering more than your stated minimum. You could, however, say that after thinking through the position (and perhaps other offers, if applicable), you believe a fair salary would be X. If the 38k is reasonable to you, though, I wouldn't push it too far (after all, it is still more than you originally wanted). After you have proved yourself to the company, you should have room to further negotiate. In fact, you could ask for a six-month salary review if he doesn't budge on the initial offer.

    I didnt even think about a six month salary review. Excellent advice! Thanks!...your name is "Resume Writer"...is that something you do? help people construct resumes? or is that just a random name? just curious
  • meegsmeegs Posts: 354Registered Users
    I'm quasi-looking. Like PH, I have a good job which I mostly enjoy. But it is not a life ambition for me. I'm going to finish my MA in June, and I'm casually testing the waters. I can just as easily stay here for a while, but I'm kind of hankering for something better where I can put my newly increased skills to work.

    Right now my dilemma is this: do I look for teaching jobs (think I would like to do that eventually, maybe right now but not necessarily) or do I look for something closer to what I have now, but better?

    I've only put out a few resumes, but I did get called on one for a phone interview. The phone interview went great. The person told me that they were going to have a series of phone interviews that week, and then they'd call their top candidates in for an in-person interview. She told me "off the record" that I should plan on coming in, and they'd let me know at the end of that week or early the next week. Well, I hadn't heard anything by the next Friday, so I just gave a quick call...wanted to let you know I'm still interested, hoping to hear, etc. But I haven't heard back on that and it will have been a week tomorrow.

    Now, I think it would be a complete 180 for her to go from raving about how well I'd fit in with them, to not even bringing me in for an interview, but I realize things happen. No biggie. But I would at least like to know that so I know where I stand. And I also realize that things happen and things get delayed and it's possible they are just moving way behind schedule. With my current job, it took months to go through the whole process, and at at least two different points I had more or less written it off, thinking that I must be out of the running since I hadn't heard from them in forever. Well, obviously I wound up getting the job.

    But if this lack of communication and dragging out of projects is par for the course in this company, maybe I want to think twice about taking it (if I get offered it), even though it seems like a good opportunity. I'm a good spot; I can afford to be choosy.

    I've looked for enough jobs in my life to know this is a pretty common dilemma, but still. Soooooo aggravating!
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  • quickcurlquickcurl Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    Well I just heard that the first interview I went on was a bust. They felt my qualifications didn't exactly fit into what they were looking for. Grrrr. Back to the drawing board...
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