How do I find hidden job openings?
February 28, 2005 10:46 AM Subscribe
I've been unemployed for a few months, and have been actively looking for work, with no luck. All I have to go on are classified ads and limited online resources. I have two sneaking suspicions: 1) there are lots of jobs that don't show up in those venues, so how do I find them? and 2) HR departments are generally an impediment to getting a foot in the door, so how do I get past them?
posted by yesster to Work & Money (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is a sort of follow-up to a post from a while back, when I had a job: http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/7519
I'm now living in the town where I want to work. I think I'm reasonably intelligent, and put together a decent resume (thanks, pomegranate!). I'm guessing that employers see me as underqualified for the more senior/management positions, yet overqualified for the entry-level jobs for which I've applied.
Employment agencies don't seem to know what to do with me, and don't call back.
It's been six months now, and my partner and I are both terribly frustrated. I'll be broke really, really soon.
I'll do just about anything at this point, with a few exceptions: I won't do sales of any kind, even retail; I won't work with children (in the literal sense of "child," that is!); I won't do ethically suspect or ethically ambiguous work (e.g. telemarketing), and I'm rather averse to shift work.
What am I doing wrong? What creative approaches have worked for you?
I'm losing it here, folks.