October 31, 2015 by Lady Unemployed
To paraphrase Tolstoy, “All employed people are alike; each unemployed person is unemployed in its own way.” To expand on this rather clumsy piece of paraphrasing, employed people of all nations and cultures are the same – happy to be working and getting paid for their work. However, unemployed people differ greatly from one part of the world to another. Or at least that is what I found out during my years in the trade show industry.
But, I wander. I hate it when people do that and expect their readers (or listeners) to understand what they are talking about without any useful info.
Category How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: Travels,unemployment | 1 Comment
August 9, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Overall, the job market is getting better. Slowly getting better, that is. Personally, I’ve been having more job interviews in the last 6 months than anytime time period since I was let go from my full-time job in 2010. Last Friday, there were signs that more discouraged workers that were once sitting on the sidelines were now re-entering the workforce. The competition for jobs, however, is still a concern. As of May, there is still an average of more than 2 unemployed people per 1 open position. If you factor in people with jobs, career fields and regional markets, that number is actually higher. With more people entering the workforce, that ratio may not fluctuate much in the coming months.
Category Career, How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: job applicant hierarchy,job hunting,who really gets the job | 5 Comments
August 2, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
This past week my mom and older brother, who are both out of work, responded to job postings that later got reposted. In fact, after the second round of interviews, my mom found out that the job she was interviewing for was reposted! How cruel is this?
I find this baffling, rude, and pointless. Pointless, because I wonder who this employer thinks they will get with this new listing. The odds are that the majority of applicants from the first round might reapply to that same job again.
Yet, aside from assuming employers are asshats and do this to be jerks, I decided to search online for an answer.
I found 5 reasons employers repost that makes the most sense to me.
1) There are multiple openings for the same position.
I think this is reasonable. The company I work for regularly hires for this entry level position and over the last 6 months, they’ve had a lot of people leave, and so that means they’ve hired multiple people to replace the ones who left. The job gets reposted, because there are multiple positions (the fact that one person left inside of two months is an entirely different story).
Category Career, Job Hunting | Tags: conspiracy theory,employers repost,reposted job ads | 8 Comments
June 14, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I find it infuriating when a job seeker, such as myself, spends a great deal of time and energy crafting a resume and cover letter to match a poorly written job posting that neglects to mention key skill requirements. Back in March, I applied for a government position in the parks department in the city where I live. It entailed overseeing events at park facilities, which was a line of work I had done for the last two seasons for a non-profit. It was only a part-time position, but I thought it could be a good opportunity to land a full-time position down the road. In addition to spending over 30 minutes filling out a new applicant profile on the job site, I uploaded a keyword-rich resume and a position-targeted T-letter. I not only met, but exceeded all the listed experience requirements in the job posting.
Category Job Hunting, Lessons Learned, Unemployment Stories | Tags: | 3 Comments
May 21, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I couldn’t wait to post this, because this expresses a tragic truth of the job search. It’s expensive and you are dug into a hole very difficult to get out of. Thank you to guest writer and fellow Twitter peep, Ed Tsyitee Jr. @GreenChileAdict.
Here is the cold hard truth that career advisers and coaches will never tell you-job hunting is expensive.
I’m tired of hearing of all the free services that’s available to you when you job hunt. Non-profits that offer resume writing, or free career counseling services at the local Workforce Solutions Center (the unemployment office). I know that.
Category Job Hunting, Unemployment Stories | Tags: expensive,job hunting,Unemployment Stories | 4 Comments
May 17, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Thank you to Ed Tsyitee Jr. who shared his story today about frustrations of a job seeker. Make sure you follow him on Twitter @GreenChileAdict
After living in Virginia for 12 years, I moved back to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2006.
I ended up working for Wal-Mart that year. With a Bachelor’s Degree. How much above minimum wage did I get for that? 10 cents. Yup.
You see, I live in a city where job opportunity means “Hey-at least McDonald’s offered you a job, so why are you complaining?”
Category How Unemployment Feels, Job Hunting | Tags: Unemployment Stories | 1 Comment
March 22, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
So I’ve been job hunting lately and I’m used to the usual “physical requirements” for job listings. Most of them say things like “must be able to sit or stand for lengthy periods of time” or “lift 20 lbs” or something along those lines.
But today I found the most ridiculous list of job physical requirements that I’ve ever seen in my life. Although I know sight is necessary, I’ve never seen it described in such a way:
Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. This item is especially important when doing near-point work at varying distances from eye.
Category Job Hunting | Tags: job hunting,physical requirements | 5 Comments