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Job Search Blues

I've been looking for a "real job" (as they say) in my field since May and, honestly, I've had no luck so far. I've had a handful of interviews, but nothing beyond that. Now that it's October and just over five months since I've finished my program I am feeling supremely depressed about this job search. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I apply for this job?

About a month ago I applied for a job, but was then told that the company had been put under a hiring freeze. They recently posted another interesting looking job opening; do I bother to apply? [more inside]
posted by Rora on Oct 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Invited back to interview for a different position...?

I recently had a job interview at a perfect-for-my-current-circumstances employer. I thought the interview was okay but I could've done better. Didn't hear a peep for two weeks. I received an email this Tuesday asking if I could come in this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to interview for a different and higher-paying position. I'm looking for some advice on how to handle interview #2 tomorrow. Confusion & mitigating circumstances inside! [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Oct 16, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I explain my most recent job dismissal on job application?

I live in the US. I am applying for a city job and the application asks if I've ever been involuntarily dismissed; if I answer yes, I am required to explain. Unfortunately, I have to answer yes (there is no way around it), and I don't know how much to reveal or how to word this explanation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Am I reaching for the unreachable? Career woes....

Approaching nearly 34 in a couple of months, and have been unemployed since end of June, I'm not so sure I can afford to be fussy when it comes to applying for specific roles/industries. I read 'What colour is your parachute', and it was very informative. Identified the skills I love to use and equally use very proficiently, the environments I would like to work within, and the people I would like to work with. The reality of applying for such roles/industries I am not so sure is a logical process to follow. I worry I am being 'too fussy' as a result of reading that job.... [more inside]
posted by emma33UK on Oct 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How should I navigate this job situation?

I want to ask my (new*) company for a transfer to a different office. I'm not sure how this will be received, so I feel like I need to have a back up plan. I'm not sure how best to handle the timing on asking versus looking at other options. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Work and job search-related depression

How can I stop feeling depressed about my job and the fact that nothing is coming up while I job search? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Oct 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Who and how to contact post-interview?

I need help deciding who to contact and how to contact them in regard to a job I interviewed for last week and need a decision on soon due to another offer that I've received. [more inside]
posted by vakker on Oct 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I reapply to this job?

In mid-August I applied for a job and was brought in for an interview. After the interview I never heard from them again. Now, the same organization has posted the same or similar job. Should I reapply to this job or contact the person I spoke with? [more inside]
posted by Partario on Sep 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Should I contact these potential employers, or wait it out?

I had a great job interview last week (on 9/18), and I seemed to be exactly what the company is looking for. I was told at the end of the interview that they would be making their decision in two weeks (week of 9/29, I guess). I sent them a nice thank-you email the day after. I've just now noticed that the job was re-posted on Craigslist today! [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Sep 24, 2014 - 10 answers

"I'm leaving this job because I already went to high school."

After less than six months in my new job (and on the advice of my boss), I'm looking for another one. I plan to go into major networking mode, and I need a good way to explain why I'm looking for a job after I just started one. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Forgot to mention something important at job interview -- what now?

I just had a job interview for a job I really want that went really well. So well that I forgot to mention something kind of important: I started a part-time retail job between applying and hearing back about the interview (it was almost a month and I've been unemployed since May, so needed something to pay the bills) that I'd have to give notice at, but I'd hopefully be able to get shifts covered. I haven't had any direct e-mail contact with the person who interviewed me, only with the administrative assistant. They would want me to start ASAP. I'll probably be going in for a second interview sometime next week. How and when do I mention this? More important, how and when do I mention this in a way that isn't going to ruin my chances of getting this job?
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Are cover letters dead?

I've applied to two jobs this week (the only two) for very different companies, and in both cases, when I applied on the company website, all that was requested of me was my contact information and a copy of my resume--no cover letter. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Aug 23, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I cut down on the time it takes to apply for a job?

I'm something of a Swiss Army Knife of a human being, so there are many things I can do and that I find interesting. I am an artist and don't particularly care what I do to earn a living, as long as I can finance my artwork. That said, it can take me A LONG LONG TIME to finish a single job application. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Aug 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I take this job?

Agonizing over my future career. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Any advice on job searching for the anxious and depressed?

I have social anxiety that gets worse when I'm depressed. I'm unemployed at the moment and really need work, but I'm in a lot of physical and emotional pain, so leaving my bed is a challenge. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

What if I don't want to be a lifer?

How do I find a new job when I've only worked one place for the decade-plus since finishing college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Job Search Woes: Online Application Edition

I am just a couple weeks from receiving my bachelor's degree, and thanks to my college career counselor I feel like I now know what I'm doing when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and the interview process. I'm applying for an administrative/HR position, and the company's online application has be concerned that I don't look like as good a candidate. Should I mail the resume/cover letter in, or deliver it personally, and ignore the online app? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jul 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you suggest what my husband's next job should be?

Can you suggest what my husband's next job should be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Remote job search guidance

How does one find a telecommuting job as a technical support engineer/similar in engineering and/or computer science? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Jul 7, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I increase my chances of getting a job in Vancouver, BC?

As a U.S. citizen with no family ties to Canada, what proactive steps should I take to make myself more employable in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by mrbeebz on Jul 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Job Search Etiquette

About a month ago I interviewed for a position through a placement agency. The interview went very well. So well, in fact, that the person with whom I interviewed didn't want to see any other candidates and wanted to hire me. Great, right? Well, not so fast... [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on May 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Dream Company wants me -- so why haven't I heard back from my recruiter?

Dream company headhunted me a month ago for dream job(s). They were eager to get to know me the first week, and now, four weeks later, I haven't heard from them at all despite their professed interest in me and desire to get me in for an interview. This is weird because I am uniquely qualified for the jobs they're trying to fill and they sounded desperate. Given the communication history described behind the cut, what should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Who do I address this employment coverletter to?

I'm about to apply for a job that's a great fit for me! But one thing has me stumped. The ad says to send resumes to S_smith@perfectjob.org. The staff directory says S. Smith is the "HR assistant." However, I know the name of the executive director and the person who heads the department I would be working in. Do I address my cover letter to the HR assistant, the executive director, or the department head? (I'm pretty sure I should not direct it generically to "Hiring Manager.")
posted by vespabelle on Apr 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Anxiety re: The Job Search.

I am most likely getting laid off in about a month or so, at which time I will be able to collect unemployment. However, unemployment doesn’t last forever. The thing is, my anxiety about the job search is preventing me from doing what’s required to get the next gig. Can you give me the kick in the butt that I need? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Apr 15, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I put a botched interview behind me?

I goofed on a technical question that I have little doubt cost me the job. Chalk it up to nerves, or not understanding the question properly... Whatever the reason, I have been beating myself up about this since the interview, which was a week ago. Perhaps I have a lot of preconceived notions on how much better I would enjoy my work if I got this job, which is making it that much more difficult to swallow. It also has made me question my competency in my field, and I catch myself putting myself down on occasion. How do I get myself out of this funk and accept these past events for what they are, and stop beating myself up about it?
posted by helios410 on Apr 9, 2014 - 15 answers

What's a good day job while I work on building my Etsy shop on the side?

My current day job as an assistant property manager/leasing consultant isn't a good fit for me or for my situation. I'm looking for something with more flexible hours and the opportunity to work from home, as well as something that is less customer service oriented. The hours are inflexible and I have to work Saturdays. Constantly being "on" with people is draining since I am naturally an introvert. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Apr 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Hire me. I'm your man, even if you don't think so.

I'm having some struggles with my job search. Any way I can effectively market myself? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Mar 26, 2014 - 13 answers

You should hire me because you already know I'm cool!

A new position has popped up at a small office where I interned as a college student. How to best play this? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Job search strategies: Aim high or get a foot in the door?

Soon-to-be graduate starting a job search (ugh). Should I start off aiming for the best and then adjust my expectations if that strategy doesn't seem to work, or should I also apply for lower level positions from the beginning if they seem to be in the area that I want to get into? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Mar 22, 2014 - 6 answers

resumation blues

Is there any way I can streamline the technical aspects of customizing my resume's content in MS Word? (Check under the fold for a description of what I'm envisioning.) [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

So, uh, would you consider your organization a terrible place to work?

How do you tell whether an organization or company is functional and pleasant to work for during the job application process-- before you've committed to them? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Mar 17, 2014 - 29 answers

Encountering slightly odd resume requirement, please help!

I'm currently applying for a job that specifically requires applicants to include salary history and requirements within their resume. While I'm more-or-less fine with disclosing this information, I haven't seen any company make this specification before, and I don't see a lot of consistent advice on how to best go about including this info. Does anyone here have experience with something like this, and can you recommend best practices and recommended formatting?
posted by Dante Riordan on Mar 11, 2014 - 16 answers

How does a mid twenties female BA grad get a job in marketing?

How can I increase my chances of getting a lower level marketing position (coordinator, PR, etc)? Bonus marks, walk me through the process as if I'm dumb to see if there's anything I'm overlooking or point me towards resources to help me sound more professional. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Mar 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Resume/Job Search Question #1001

In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in applied anthropology. I'll be meeting a potential employer this week (possibly tomorrow) at a 3-day long design/innovation bootcamp. How and when do I broach the subject of employment and ask to send him my resume? Bonus job search questions abound! [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How are cool kids job searching / cool companies talent hunting?

After LinkedIn and CL, what job search / personal promotion boards / apps etc are used by a (say) 28 year old with a good few years of experience who is NOT a programmer or licensed professional (doctor, lawyer, etc). Same question for quality employers looking for that kind of applicant?
posted by MattD on Mar 3, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I go about job-seeking effectively?

I am a 25-year-old woman and a recent college graduate (just earned my Master’s in English in December). I’m looking for higher education administrative jobs in the area: basically, to be an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, academic advisor, and the like. There are a few concerns on my mind about the process. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How to job search

I've made it this far in life (26/f, about to graduate with Masters in Public Health) without ever really having to search for a job. Now I'm finding the process overwhelming and scary. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Feb 17, 2014 - 6 answers

European (para-)academic job search

I'm finishing a Ph.D. in linguistics and am considering looking for a job in Europe, either in the academy or in a related sector such as education, language instruction, academic publishing, etc. What other fields should I be thinking about? And where are such jobs advertised? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?

I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking to move home | Chicago to SF

I'm looking to move back to the bay area after about 7 years away. What's the best way to go about this and find a job? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Feb 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Applying for the job next door.

I want to apply for a job that, unfortunately, happens to be located a few floors below mine in the same office building I currently work in. We're talking about 20 floors total in the building, so it's not a huge place. If I get an interview, how do I make this work? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Feb 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Please tell me about your experiences as an independent tutor!

I just very recently lost my full-time job, and while I bust my ass looking for a new permanent position, I'll need to find something to keep paying my rent. I have experience tutoring, but only through a large well-known test-prep company. I'd appreciate any advice from Mefites out there who have done private tutoring outside of such companies in the New York City area, especially regarding how you got started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I send this letter to a search chair at a SLAC?

I am considering rescinding my application for employment at a SLAC - I am fairly certain they have invited candidates to interview since my initial follow-ups, but have been wholly unresponsive to my questions. The goal of this letter is to change their behavior so that they are not rude during future job searches. I think I would have liked this job, but do not want employment there if the search process is indicative of department dynamics. Letter enclosed. If you think I ought to send it, any suggestions for revision are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 72 answers

How to list my university on my CV/Resume?

The (state) university I attended was absorbed by a larger state school and the name of the school changed. How should I list this school on my resume - by the name it went by when I attended, or by the new name? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Best practices for filling out online job appliications

I'm currently looking for a second /part-time job and have been filling out 3-4 online job applications a day. I've been a freelancer for the last ten years and found most of that work via word of mouth or through personal recommendation. For this reason, filling out job applications is relatively new to me, particularly online, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jan 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Job searching on maternity leave: when to disclose?

I had a baby ten days ago. Whee! It's awesome. I have fourteen weeks off from work and planned to use this time not only to bond with baby but also apply for new jobs since my current job, though wonderful in the benefits department, is diverging in its business from what I was originally hired to do. At the very least I'd figured that it wouldn't hurt to look and now there's one company calling me back already. For this case and hopefully others to come, when in the recruitment process, and to whom, do I tell that I just had a baby and am on leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Professional Matchmaker Wanted!

Recommendations needed for good recruiters/staffing firms/headhunters in cloud services management. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Dec 29, 2013 - 0 answers

How do I find a "real" tech job?

My workplace is in a decline, and I think it's time for me to explore other options. I'm a programmer at heart, an architect and team leader in practice, and a manager in name. Prior to this job I'd had really soul-crushing experiences in consulting, so (for example) I am experienced with but extremely cynical about capital-E "Enterprise" platforms and technologies. I don't want to go back to that world; I want to find a company and a team with a spark of life to it and people with the incentives to help each other out. What's the best way to filter for tech job opportunities that won't sink me back into the muck? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl on Dec 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Interview extroardinaire

How to do well in interviews? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

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