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Justin K
10-02-2009, 04:28 AM
I just got back from a test that was administered by the human resources department for a city job. It's a 20 hour a week job with no benefits. Apparently, as told by the administrator, I am up against 350 applicants. Word?

Cassiopeia
10-02-2009, 04:30 AM
I just got back from a test that was administered by the human resources department for a city job. It's a 20 hour a week job with no benefits. Apparently, as told by the administrator, I am up against 350 applicants. Word?
welcome to the nightmare.

BardSkye
10-02-2009, 04:52 AM
Yeah, I've been out looking since March and haven't received one call back yet.

It's brutal out there right now.

brainstorm77
10-02-2009, 05:04 AM
I've had the same job for the past 13 years. I've just changed working sites. I don't love my day job but it pays the bills. I hope you all get work soon.

lucidzfl
10-02-2009, 05:34 AM
Well, none of you probably want to hear this, but start looking at different avenues of work, like maybe stuff you never considered before.

My wife applied to the zoo back in february, and got hired right away, because she had unique qualifications. And she even mostly likes it too :)

bettielee
10-02-2009, 05:44 AM
I am terrified. My work is going down in flames. I've been at the same job for 16 years... I need a shot...

Good luck to everyone searching for a job!

brokenfingers
10-02-2009, 05:51 AM
I just got back from a test that was administered by the human resources department for a city job. It's a 20 hour a week job with no benefits. Apparently, as told by the administrator, I am up against 350 applicants. Word?Word.

KTC
10-02-2009, 05:53 AM
Well, none of you probably want to hear this, but start looking at different avenues of work, like maybe stuff you never considered before.

My wife applied to the zoo back in february, and got hired right away, because she had unique qualifications. And she even mostly likes it too :)

Man, I'd give my third finger on my left hand for a job in the zoo. It's second on my dream job list...right after bookstore. (As soon as I become a millionaire.)

Death Wizard
10-02-2009, 05:56 AM
Man, I'd give my third finger on my left hand for a job in the zoo. It's second on my dream job list...right after bookstore. (As soon as I become a millionaire.)

Just keep an eye out for the elephants.

KTC
10-02-2009, 05:57 AM
Just keep an eye out for the elephants.

I never felt as safe in a den of elephant as I did the day I rode one. When you're on top of something that big, you'll never step in shit.

aadams73
10-02-2009, 06:32 AM
I never felt as safe in a den of elephant as I did the day I rode one.

That's the truth. I count riding an elephant as one of the most magical experiences of my life. Riding a camel, not so much.

But elephants...they know.

KTC
10-02-2009, 06:34 AM
That's the truth. I count riding an elephant as one of the most magical experiences of my life. Riding a camel, not so much.

But elephants...they know.

I really loved riding an elephant. It was magic. They're so calm and knowing.

Cassiopeia
10-02-2009, 06:40 AM
Well, none of you probably want to hear this, but start looking at different avenues of work, like maybe stuff you never considered before.

My wife applied to the zoo back in february, and got hired right away, because she had unique qualifications. And she even mostly likes it too :)This is actually very sound advice. I've also expanded my thinking but I'm still not getting any bites. As for now, I'm building a business which is another choice. When there are no jobs, create one.

:)

rhymegirl
10-02-2009, 07:11 AM
When you're on top of something that big, you'll never step in shit.

Hmm. Doesn't that sound like a bumper sticker type of slogan? Maybe I could submit that to a greeting card/social expression company.

Xelebes
10-02-2009, 07:27 AM
I quit the last job I had because I was so stressed, I was seeing something resembling hallucinations.

BenPanced
10-02-2009, 07:40 AM
I just got back from a test that was administered by the human resources department for a city job. It's a 20 hour a week job with no benefits. Apparently, as told by the administrator, I am up against 350 applicants. Word?
Thunderbird!

writerterri
10-02-2009, 08:20 AM
I've been looking for a job for almost 1 year. I can't even get walmart to call me.

I found lots of scams out there though. There's money in scams. Maybe i'll start a scam. jk


Life sucks without money for food.

BardSkye
10-02-2009, 08:40 AM
Well, none of you probably want to hear this, but start looking at different avenues of work, like maybe stuff you never considered before.



This is actually very sound advice. I've also expanded my thinking but I'm still not getting any bites. As for now, I'm building a business which is another choice. When there are no jobs, create one.

:)

The only things I haven't applied for are things I know I'm really unsuited for, like accounting. Actually, the odder the job, the more likely I am to apply.

I'm going to be putting some of my fabric arts stuff up on Etsy and seeing if I can get any bites in local boutiques, but that's not enough to pay the bills. I'll keep looking for whatever comes my way.

mario_c
10-02-2009, 08:44 AM
*350*
I remember getting the same number when I was looking for a programming job out of school...in 2003. When the economy was not great, but considerably better than it is now. When unemployment was a tiny fraction of what it is now.
At least my job is so boring I have plenty of time to study for re-certification, or crit or send resumes online or whatever. Got nothing to lose, you know?

PS @KTC - I loved working at a bookstore. If they doubled my pay, I would work there until I retired. I completely support thinking outside the box regarding your career - make a niche!

Cella
10-02-2009, 08:57 AM
word.


(hee hee. I've never said just that before)

Kenzie
10-02-2009, 09:27 AM
Ugh. I know the pain. I've been job-hunting since June. I'm very good at what I do and I have the experience to prove it, but I've had all of two interviews. Both times, I've been in a shortlist of about 3 people from hundreds of applications. The second interview was just a couple of days ago so I'm still hopeful, but goddamn it's been a nightmare.

And I have indeed been applying outside of my field, for jobs I know will make me want to shoot myself after three days. Still nothing.

Pat~
10-02-2009, 09:32 AM
I loved working at a bookstore, too...except for the day I had to go down to the police station and look at mug shots to try to id the man who robbed us.

And maybe also the day I drove my boss's car on a personal errand for him and burned out his brake linings, ran through three red lights, and had a fire engine come racing after me...

But I digress. The job situation is awful right now, and even those who have jobs are often barely hanging onto them, with drastic salary cuts. (Our situation.) My BIL lost his last month, and he's an MIT scholarship guy with all kinds of ability. :(

Cassiopeia
10-02-2009, 09:54 AM
The only things I haven't applied for are things I know I'm really unsuited for, like accounting. Actually, the odder the job, the more likely I am to apply.

I'm going to be putting some of my fabric arts stuff up on Etsy and seeing if I can get any bites in local boutiques, but that's not enough to pay the bills. I'll keep looking for whatever comes my way.I've done so many things and I'm just hoping things swing around soon.

I'm going to be selling my jewelry and supply inventory on Artfire most likely to gather a bit of cash.

I'm also working on the launch of a consultancy company and will be getting involved in the local Chamber of Commerce. I've also decided to go start volunteering. I've thought about the local rehab centers and offering to work with people on learning to vocalize through writing. At least I wouldn't be sitting at home watching the days tick away on the calender.

Art_Sempai
10-02-2009, 10:06 AM
I'm in the same boat.:cry:
I live in Detroit...it's jacked up here.
Government shut down the other day, WTF.

Maybe the movie studios moving in will help.


I've been looking for a job for almost 1 year. I can't even get walmart to call me.

I found lots of scams out there though. There's money in scams. Maybe i'll start a scam. jk


Life sucks without money for food.

Cassiopeia
10-02-2009, 10:08 AM
I'm in the same boat.:cry:
I live in Detroit...it's jacked up here.
Government shut down the other day, WTF.

Maybe the movie studios moving in will help.I'm so sorry that's where you are. This are in the extremes there. I'll be thinking of you.

Art_Sempai
10-02-2009, 10:31 AM
Send me canned food and shotgun shells lol. ;)

I talked to a friend the other day, he said he just got back from a gun range.
He's getting a carry concealed weapon permit.



I'm so sorry that's where you are. This are in the extremes there. I'll be thinking of you.

Snitchcat
10-02-2009, 11:18 AM
:( It's the same over here, in HK: everyone's looking but hardly anyone's hiring. I hope everyone finds a job soon!

MattW
10-02-2009, 03:06 PM
GL to everyone who's looking.

With my current job, I feel like the scales could tip against me in the coming months. There are other jobs out there for my qualifications, but there are dozens if not more applicants for these positions.

And, ironically, this is probably the first time I would not be relieved by being downsized - I actually like what I'm doing.

truelyana
10-02-2009, 03:16 PM
I just got back from a test that was administered by the human resources department for a city job. It's a 20 hour a week job with no benefits. Apparently, as told by the administrator, I am up against 350 applicants. Word?

Shine out from the rest, if you really want the job you'll get it. Don't be put off by the number. If of course the job is a high end one, than at least you have tried nonetheless. Keep looking, am sure there is definetly something out for you. Even if it's not the exact thing you want, it'll still be worth the experience and the set of skills. Have you signed up with specialised recruitment agencies yet?

The last job I was in, wasn't exactly what I originally wanted as I applied for the position of a Community Engagement Job, and I got offered the Administrator's role instead, but it helped a great deal and I was still very much involved in the community. So much, that I got promoted to the Community Engagement Job(my original choice). At the time of promotion, couldn't leave the admin, so I was working full time on both and just got too much and than moved back to the Administrator's job. I quit 2 months ago, as I was ready to leave and knew that this wasn't the job that I wanted to be in. What it has done, is given me the experience and set of skills for future jobs, and I know It will definetly help to bump up volume on my resume when I do go in for a higher end job, in an area I want to break into.

Good luck, and most of all believe in yourself! That's the most important thing.

P.S-Volunteering also helps a great deal, especially in areas you want to develop in and it will again bump up your resume.

JimmyB27
10-02-2009, 03:49 PM
I'm only in work at the moment thanks to a generous helping of luck. I'm back in the same job I was in a few years ago - they wanted someone who already knew their systems and that pretty much cut it down to one of two people. The other one is my friend, and he already has a job so...
Only a three month contract, but it's an interesting job and pretty good money. Hoping it will change into a permanent role too.

CatSlave
10-02-2009, 03:56 PM
Just keep an eye out for the elephants.
All kidding aside, elephant dung is supposed to be the absolute best fertilizer for gardens.
If I worked in a zoo, I'd look for the opportunity to sell fertilizer on the side.
Really.

ReallyRong
10-04-2009, 04:30 AM
I can feel for all of the posters on this thread. I'm currently gainfully employed until the end of November, but **** knows what will happen then. In the meantime my 18 year old daughter went for an interview for a temporary job at John Lewis (a department store chain in the UK) for the festive period. There were over 150 applicants for an unspecified number of jobs and she's down to the last 10. I'm undecided as to whether to feel proud of her or just plain disgusted that it's come down to this meat market.

CatSlave
10-04-2009, 07:02 AM
Don't look down on a paycheck.
The system sucks, but there are those who want to work, but are unable to do so.

Be proud that she is willing to earn her keep.

Justin K
10-08-2009, 02:02 PM
word.


(hee hee. I've never said just that before)



oh yeah, all the kids are doin it. or were at least..

Justin K
10-08-2009, 02:04 PM
Oh hey everyone look at this cool email they sent me:

Dear Justin,

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the written exam for Revenue Representative.

Your test score placed you into Group: B. Group "A" includes scores 86 and above, group "B", scores between 76 and 85, group "C", scores between 70 and 75.

You have been placed on the eligibility list for this position. The eligibility list is valid for six months. During this time, you may or may not be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.

Once again, congratulations and thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Riverside.

Sincerely,

Recruitment Division
Human Resources Department

i guess this means im toast

icerose
10-08-2009, 06:02 PM
I was reading an article the other day and the generous estimate of workers vs job was. For every job available, there were 6 workers looking. 1/6 of unemployed people have a shot at getting a job. That's...scary!

My husband and I found out he was losing his job in January, he was under contract so they couldn't cut him loose until July 31. We started looking immediately. He applied to 186 jobs before his employment ran out, only one called him in for an interview, most filled the positions in house. They ended up canceling that job call and all others due to their own sudden budget cutbacks. They were planning on hiring 30 people and ended up laying off 15 instead.

Once unemployment kicked in, he used that funding to retrain, get his CDL. He just graduated. One company has pre-hired him and a better company has him on the waiting list. If we don't hear from them in the next two weeks we won't have a choice but to take the lesser job where he'll be gone for 6 weeks at a time due to the ending of our unemployment benefits because he has a legitimate job offer.