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Why is it so hard to find a job???
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Date: 9/19/05 1:06 PM

I moved to Dallas a month ago for schooling and have been looking for a job for at least that long. I'm not unqualified - I have years of experience as an admin assistant and great references. Yet here I am filling out more applications in the hope of yet another interview and still waiting for The Call. Arg! My savings can only last so much longer. My grad school schedule isn't helping, most places want someone who can work either full time or on the days I have classes. No one seems to want a general assistant who'll work hard two-and-a-half days a week. I've applied for retail but haven't even gotten called back - perhaps I'm overqualified? Overqualified doesn't pay the bills, though. I'm really feeling stuck. I've tried all the avenues I know - our school's job board, temp agencies, asking friends, the want ads - and nothing. Later today I'm applying at Starbucks but I'm overall discouraged. Since I'm at seminary, not a state school, there's no full-ride TA or GA positions. Arg! Anyone have any ideas I haven't yet thought of? I'm nearing desprate and the looming rent and tuition bills aren't helping. Thanks for letting me vent!

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Date: 9/19/05 1:16 PM

Kit, I am in my third layoff in two years. Like you, there are jobs out there but for one reason or another, I wasn't considered.

I'm suppose to start a new job this week. Previously they would not talk to me because all my programming experience was in Financials not Human Resourses or Payroll. This company reconsidered when all my other qualifications were what they were looking for.

I got my best leads from the Michigan Talent Bank where I had to post my resume in order to receive unemployment. Check and see if your state has something similiar. Also consider posting your resume on HotJobs, Monster, Dice, etc. I found that most employers seem to use these boards when hunting for employees.

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Date: 9/19/05 1:20 PM

I feel with you. I have been temping this past year and a half. I have had several interviews... but interviews don't mean jobs. I am temping here, almost 5 months, and just found out I am not one of the few who are being interviewed for the job! I did everything I was told, kept a low profile and smiled a lot only to be overlooked for someone with lots of personality! I have so much of it that I was advised to tone it way down... so I did and look what happens. Oh, well, G*d has a plan and a place for me... I just hope it's not just Greenlawn Cemetary! It's just kind of embarassing to be announcing the interviewees as they come in for interviewing. Oh Well, or Oh Hell, Or ....

Good luck to you, especially if you are competing with Katrina victims!

Janie

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Date: 9/19/05 1:47 PM

Kit, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! I hope you get The Call really soon.

I'm sort of looking for a job too, and I know what you mean about overqualified! Being a PhD student makes one very very specialized, and DH and I want to stay in our town...

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Date: 9/19/05 1:59 PM

The dallas craigslist is still pretty small, but you might want to try it....they have resume posting for free. Apparently, the SF craigslist has the highest rate of success for resume postings of any internet job sites (so I have read).

With the holiday season coming up, there ought to be more openings for part time retail soon...

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Date: 9/19/05 2:11 PM

Kit - I know what you mean! My last day at this job is Oct 14 after 5 years. I quit because of harassment - in this day and age you would think that was a thing of the past. Not so!!! I have an appt with an agency next week and have sent my resume to Kelly Services. Like you, I have tons of experience. I think part of the problem is they don't like our pay scale - we may have too much experience. If you are in seminary, what about some of the local churches??

Good luck!

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Date: 9/19/05 2:41 PM

Seems to me that FEMA might be hiring at this time. I hear that phones are going unanswered etc, etc. Any hope there. If people can solve our problems via phone in places like India can't see why a computer and a phone can't put your skills to work.

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Date: 9/19/05 3:00 PM

That is not a bad idea - Houston and Dallas have lots of "evacuees".

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Date: 9/19/05 4:26 PM

Good Luck Kit- I hope you get a call soon. Keep positive.

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Date: 9/19/05 4:41 PM

When my daughter was in college, she worked for a temp agency, they kept her busy with all types of work, some during the week and some on weekends.

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