I don't know how to hunt a job.
November 30, 2012 9:37 AM Subscribe
I have come to the realization that I don't know how to look for work. How do I find a job outside of searching craigslist (unuseful in this part of the country) or other local job boards (that are all overwhelmed with medical field or mental health jobs....or temp jobs)?
posted by furnace.heart to Work & Money (15 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Right now I work for a small, new, and magnificently failing specialty grocer in a small town in Maine. The owners are going insane because the business is failing, and it is making my working here totally untenable. They're getting increasingly difficult to work for and with as the business degrades. I need to quit, but my family can't really afford it (even though I am not the primary breadwinner). So, I need to find a new job, and I just straight up don't know how. I landed this job through a random craigslist post.
I've always fallen into jobs, The first 10 years of my working life, I worked for small produce markets and specialty grocery stores (a path started by a family friend who gave me my first job when i was 15). I randomly (total right time-right-place-right-friends) fell into the coffee industry (roasting, wholesale side of things) and worked there for 5 years, which I excelled at and have an impressive resume for (at least in the industry). I've got a ton of admin experience, and general office experience, but zero medical experience, which seems to be where most of the jobs are in this area for full time office work.
All of the cold-calling/applications/resume's that i've dropped off at both the coffee industries and grocery fields have yielded no results. I've gotten phone calls back from a couple coffee roasteries in the area saying 'yeah no, we don't hire from outside.' I don't have a lot of personal contacts in the area, which is primarily how I've landed jobs in the past. My resume is rather nice, and I've been complimented on it before, I can also write a slamming cover letter. These factors have typically received remarks when I do interview with someone.
Temp agencies are not finding any placement for me in temp-to-hire or straight hire positions.
-Our budget is super tight, and it's not realistic for me to temp.
-My kid is in daycare 3 days a week; this can be flexible but it might take a few weeks or a month or two to get him into other days of the week.
-I can't work past 5pm or so, because I have to pick kid up from daycare.
-To make any money past our childcare costs, I need to be making approximately $11/hour or more. Anything less than this, I may as well be staying home with kid.
-On days I can jobhunt, I have the kid in tow. This makes it very difficult to drop into places.
I'm not really sure what to do, or how to go about finding new work, and I'm getting kind of desperate and helpless with the situation. I'm sort of freaking out that I've missed out on all the skills needed to actually find a job, and now that I need to do it in a terrible economy, I'm paralyzed on what to actually look for or how to go about landing a job.
*sigh* Any help mefi?