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sassygrrl
post May 24 2006, 10:30 PM
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kkbmachine, I've had success checking out a few books from the library on resumes.

Also, I've found jobs on craigslist and through the local paper. I, like laurenann, have never had any success on careerbuilder or monster.com

Good luck!

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laurenann
post May 24 2006, 09:27 PM
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kkbmachine, your highschool probably has a pamphlet about resume writing. if not, you can search online, i bet there are tons of resume advice sites! there are a few main resume formats and some are better for people without much work experience. what kind of job do you want to get?

i've had success finding jobs on craigslist, but never had any luck using jobfind websites like monster.com. i've also found jobs by looking through the paper and looking at postings at colleges and community bulletin boards.
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kkbmachine
post May 24 2006, 08:32 PM
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I moved out of my parents' house two months ago, I move into my new apartment (that I am paying for) next week, and I graduate highschool the following weekend. I've never had an actual job (I've done some paid painting commissions), I've saved about 2 grand, and I need to start working soon. How do I write a resume? How do I look for jobs?
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girlygirlgag
post May 24 2006, 12:32 PM
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It took me three years to find the job that was right for me.

I am okay. still a little shocked and extremely bored. Luckily I still had over $30K in commissions coming to me, so I don't have to worry about $$. This week is the biggest convention in my industry that I did not get to go to, so I have to wait until next week when everyone is back, to start interviewing.



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sassygrrl
post May 22 2006, 06:31 PM
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Who-hoo! I got the job! I got the offer letter in my email, and I start Monday. I'll be doing surveys.

Huge fucking sigh of relief.

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sassygrrl
post May 22 2006, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I'm also applying for jobs in Portland as well as Atlanta. I figure I will be in Oregon in a year or so. I'm trying to get into a company that has a bunch of offices.

My health hasn't been great this past year (seizures suck!), so I had to quit my job due to that. And, now I'm looking again.

GGG, how are you doing?
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beheretoloveme
post May 21 2006, 10:22 AM
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sassy, pardon my presumption, but when i was unemployed in boston, wanting to move to NYC, I looked for six months for a boston job so i could save to move, and my familys advising. finally, i just said "fuck it" and crashed a futon in nyc (i paid a stranger from craigslist to sleep on her futon in her teeny ass studio while she was out of town for a month). it took my lifes savings ($1200) but i found a job in nyc my third week. sometimes i think holding back from what you really want just holds you back spirit/energy wise.

thats my 2 cents

anyhow, i just finished grad school 2 weeks ago and i'm realllllly trying to find a GOOD job (as opposed to the first job in my field i can get), as i put myself into major debt to pursue this career. i have v. little money and not getting a lot of interviews. how long should i hold out before i just take any job?
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sassygrrl
post May 19 2006, 09:27 PM
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Ugh. I had two interviews this week with the same company. The first was with four different people asking me garden variety questions: Why should be hire you? What's your favorite tv show? Etc.... I then had another interview today with the company's director. I have no idea if I got the job. So, now this weekend I'll be in the did-I-get-the-job-or-not limbo.... Plus, next week I have to send out 5 seperate thank you cards.... geez!

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nightswimmer
post May 19 2006, 07:25 AM
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i'm sorry GGG. Your comment "i feel like I've lost a huge part of myself" is something I've been thinking a lot about lately. it seems that in the US we (the culture, I mean) tend to define ourselves largely by our job. The first question you always hear is "So, what do you do?" This attitude has bothered me for a long time, but until recently had not realized how much I had internalized it. I've just graduated from a master's program in the humanities but was not very successful in grad school and decided I don't want to try and be a professor. Now I am looking for work, any work which pays decently so I can pay off some debts and decide what I really want to do. It's just hard as I've identified myself as a student and humanities field scholar for so long. Even though I want to get out of academia so much it still feels like I'm a shell without it...
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sassygrrl
post May 18 2006, 09:13 PM
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((GGG)))
I'm so sorry.

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lucizoe
post May 17 2006, 01:40 PM
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(((GGG)))

That sucks beyond words...I'm so sorry. That's really great about your boss, but still...

I'm sorry
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demoness
post May 17 2006, 11:49 AM
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Its not worth all those feelings girlygirl. For what its worth i think you deserve so much better. I hope this helps: https://www.google.com/adsense
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girlygirlgag
post May 16 2006, 09:43 AM
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I just got "let go". I feel like the biggest loser in the world. I feel rejected, abandoned and betrayed.

I also was "let go" a week before my biggest convention of the year, which they are not taking meband I don't have the $$$ to make my own LAST MINUTE arrangements, (the cheapest RT flight I found was $800)

I hate everything. My still current boss is trying to get me into another agency downstairs in our building, which he does not have to do. But I still feel like I have lost a huge part of myself.


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sassygrrl
post May 8 2006, 03:41 PM
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I understand. I'm just in this situation where I want to move to a different city, but I have to stay in this city for a while to save up some money for the move. And, there are better jobs in the city that I am going to move to.

Not to mention that I keep getting mixed signals from my family about it. "Sure! We'll help you move!" to "Fuck that. You need a job in Atlanta." to "You CAN'T move to Portland yet..."

I'm half tempted to just tell everyone to fuck off and hop on a plane. But then reality sets in....

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bklynhermit
post May 5 2006, 09:37 AM
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:-(

for me right now (at the beginning of the unemployment cycle), the hard part is telling myself that it's going to be ok. that between my small savings, the freelance gigs i have lined up over the next month, and the big $$ i'll be eligible for from unemployment if i wait till the end of the quarter to apply, i will survive.

it's really hard to not work or look for work each day and know that it's all right, that i'm going to eat. even though i've done the math, and i know that if i'm careful, everything will work out.
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sassygrrl
post May 5 2006, 06:17 AM
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I had a really good interview with a temp agency yesterday. They set me up with an interview with their client today. He just called me, and told me that they cancelled. For no reason. FUCK!! It was a crappy csr job, but it was still a job! :-(
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hellotampon
post May 3 2006, 09:21 AM
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awesome, thank you. Last week i saw an ad for a housecleaning agency that's hriring, and I called and left a messgae and they haven't called back. I kinda wanted to work there to get experience or something, but maybe I'll just start advertising myself now.
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bklynhermit
post May 1 2006, 08:57 AM
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free agent.

a group of friends and i started our own extremely casual housecleaning company back in college. we charged $15 an hour, with a four hour minimum if it was a one-time job (meaning that even if we were only there for an hour, they still had to pay us $60). most people tipped us, too. seeing as we had no overhead, each of us just pocketed what we charged, per job. mostly in cash. i frequently made in the neighborhood of $100 a day, for under four hours' work. if you work for a service, the client is most likely also paying somebody else's salary, office overhead, etc. so you end up basically making minimum wage. and you have a regular 8-hour shift, wherein you clean as many houses as possible.

if you live in a big city which is relatively wired, all you have to do is post a daily ad on craigslist. we came up with a cute business name/concept (something about pirate wenches, i forget the details), too, which probably helped. the money wasn't great, but it was enough to get by on as a college kid, and if you're a freelancer it might be a good way to supplement spotty income.
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sassygrrl
post Apr 30 2006, 11:27 PM
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KeenKitty, would that be like an Americorps Vista? Just wondering, I just got out of an Americorps stint... it was hell.
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hellotampon
post Apr 26 2006, 09:22 AM
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Has anyone ever cleaned houses as a job? It is better to hope an agency is hiring or work as a free agent? There are a lot of rich people around here and I know a few people who do it, or have in the past. I would like to use environmentally friendly methods too.
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