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Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
3:25 pm - Scam companies

See http://nanassi.livejournal.com/83538.html for more detail

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
7:51 pm

I just had a baby almost 3 months ago (woah time flies) so I obviously have been staying home... which means a big budget cut for us; but...Both of these websites are GREAT! I've made over $200 in the past 2months from them (and yes really have been paid)! M
The surveys can get redundent, but are worth it. Treasure Trooper isn't as quick to okay things you've done, but I think has better payouts! Check em out! (Warning: THEY ARE SLIGHTLY ADDICTING!!!)

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
9:13 am

Is anyone else finding it to be more of a pain in the ass to apply for jobs online lately? Case in point: I checked my weekly Career Builder email and found something I wanted to apply for. Click the link to get to the site. Click another link, not to apply, but to be taken to the Potential Employer's site. A few more clicks, then finally, "click here to submit/build a resume." Next window says, "How did you hear about Potential Employer?" I click the appropriate answer, then I get a 404. Try it again. Same thing. Go directly to PE's site, try same thing, same error. Can't find a link to email someone my resume.


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Monday, October 4th, 2004
11:08 pm - vicious circle

i graduated in summer 2003 i got a BSc microbiology and virology 2:2
i broke up with my long term boyfriend and new i couldnt just go jobhunting, i wanted to DO something on my own. so in sept 2003 i went off to do volunteering projects abroad. i returned in april of this year. and after about a month of just getting used to being back, i started to seriously job hunt. 10 interviews and literally several 100's of applications (including via agencies) later i may as well have stayed abroad as i have got nowhere.

the feeling of having wasted 5 months of my life and the mentally and emotionally draining merry-go-round of applications, interviews and rejections (or just no reply) has left me bereft. i am stressed, strained and depressed. no matter what i do i miss deadlines and never feel like i am doing enough to get a job.
im 23 now and am living with my mother until i get a job.
even basic lab tech positions ask for experience, or i am beaten to the post by experienced applicants that apply anyway.
I didnt realise it would be this hard to get a job without experience when i was doing a degree. Ive seen some positions that train you up from GCSE and A level standard, that the advert specifies they wont consider graduates for.

I dont know how much more of this i can take. i dont mean im gonna do anything silly, but im just in despair and feel lost. What can i do? am i ever gonna get there?
the fact im doing this without any emotional or even practical support and for so long is like the final straw. Im at the point now where ive got so many rejections or no replies that Im just demotivated and feel less able to face that whole job hunting rigmarole, I just feel like giving up.
even if i think ill take a rest for a few days, i feel guilty and always do something. and no doubt ill find out i forgot and/or missed a deadline.

How do you get out of this vicious circle?
I'm so close to giving up entirely.
Maybe i should go to the doctor, but i dont want to take any mood-altering pills. Anyway, sometimes im not so bad, but volunteering and taking a spanish course and a computing course at the local adult education college hasnt really helped much.

current mood: crappy

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
11:21 am - Interesting Link

About Job Burnout.

x-posted to my journal as well.

current mood: awake

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
1:04 am - Another interview, another blow-off

I had an interview today, and the gentleman said "I remember you from last November. We don't need to do this, because I still have all my notes on you." I handed him a copy of my resume, he said thanks, and I left.

My only thought is that it made today a complete waste of make-up.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2003
2:22 am - Off-topic: Please describe your job to help others choose one.


I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003
1:59 pm

http://www.interviewmastery.com/ has a interview skills quiz. I think I found the problem...Collapse )

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2003
4:03 pm - Job Hunting Humor

From the Onion.

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2003
3:37 pm - Don't you Wish Your Unemployment Check Had this Attached?


current mood: amused

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Monday, February 24th, 2003
5:17 pm

Another one for the list of "Pay Us to Send Out Your Resume" spammers:

Resume Blast

current mood: irked

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2002
4:59 pm - The best interview I've ever had...

There's a certain freedom in talking to a friend that you don't normally have in the workplace. That freedom paid off for me today.

I tried one more temp agency, because an old friend works there. During the course of the interview, he mentioned that if he hadn't been the only one available to do any interviews, I'd be talking to someone else. Having said that, he stuck to compnay rules and policy, and didn't hire me.

He also explained *why* they won't hire me. It's something I can fix, and it might not take a planetary alignment to do so.

Now for t he downside.

I won't be hired because of my work history. In his words (here's the freedom thing), it sucks. It sucks because from 1998 to 2001 I've had 6 jobs, only one of which lasted more than 3 months. I was fired from the last three.

He suggested I get a "stupid job" (e.g McFood) and stick it out for six months, then come back.

This does beg the retort that if I could get a job anywhere else, and hold it for six months, I wouldn't need them...

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002
10:09 am - Moving On

If you read my general journal, you'll know I accepted a new job with a new company. The wage is actually less, but as it's a permanent position and has the full range of benefits. Yes, I'm a whore for good insurance.

I've got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, quitting felt very good. On the other, this is admitting failure. I am not comfortable with it. I think it's because I didn't even fail spectacularly, it's because my stats were generally good, but one or two always fell just short of acceptable.

I realize that might make some other folks feel good, knowing they came as close as they could. For me, it intensifies the feeling of failure. Hasn't done much for my self-esteem over the last several months either.

It's a good choice to move on and I can't say I didn't learn anything.

current mood: mixed

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Sunday, September 29th, 2002
1:56 pm - techie articles in USA today

9/26 and another from August.

current mood: annoyed

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Friday, September 27th, 2002
2:31 pm

The first draft of Not Just Another Job Site

Ideas for content are welcome. Snarky comments about style are not.

current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2002
10:56 pm

Another one for the To Be Avoided List


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Monday, September 23rd, 2002
12:54 pm - Oh my

Today's Help Desk comic.

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2002
10:27 am - I had an idea

Considering how many of us use the web to find jobs, if not leads, why not consolidate them on one site?

I'm willing to host it on a page of my site, thatsmartblonde.com. We could include a listing of Sites to Avoid Because they Charge Money, links to the better job sites (though if the sites want to provide a graphic, maybe we could charge them money and use it to get it a domain of its own.

If anyone can get in advertising dollars, figure 30% commission. I'm not looking to make a huge profit on this, more to help folks, and maybe give us all a chance to get a tiny income out of it.

No pop-ups.

I was thinking, notjustanotherjobsite.org butwe could also have a fundraiser/contest to name the domain. $1 per entry (to go towards registering the domain) winner to be chosen at random.

This is all stream of conscious stuff .. . throw me your thoughts, I'm a good coordinator, let's put 'em to work.

current mood: curious

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