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For me and many others, I imagine , being laid off would likely mean not being able to afford my full-time babysitter anymore. Posted by Sarah on March 9, at Just what I was wondering as well! Most of the advice re: Ever try to ride a bus with more than 1 child younger than 5 , without car seats or even seat belts? Posted by Robin on March 11, at 9: So my accounting side is coming out.

Yea not really many costs here.. But it depends what you do. Sounds like this could be retitled to: This makes sense but in your example it mentions a dance lesson. Well that cots money unless you know the instructor and they give it to you free. Yes you can do you own blog for free with blogger and others.

Yes, some businesses has free wifi, but you still need a computer to be able to use the internet. There are tons of costs to starting up your new company, but it depends on what type of good or service you are going to develop. Should a list the great list of costs with this? This is actually probably the only one free unless you have a phone. Posted by Nick Schmidt on March 9, at 6: Yeah, I was thinking of starting a Texas Holdem Company.

Then use the software program for training purposes. Posted by bilbo on March 9, at 6: I must respectfully disagree. When you have a job, you are working for someone else. You will network — not just through LinkedIn or the teeny-bopper web sites, but at real, live meetings of your professional association. In my case, I was once unemployed for a seven week stretch that seemed like an eternity.

My local section of the American Chemical Society was an invaluable source of information and job-hunting resources. I met people and learned of job openings I never would have found any other way. If you take a part-time job, fill the rest of the forty or fifty hour week with your hunt for a full-time job. So yes, you can job-hunt 8 or 9 or 10 hours a day.

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Posted by Jim C. Posted by Niagra Seneca on March 10, at 5: This is mostly good advice, but as mentioned, much of the activity takes money—dance classes, commuting costs for all that volunteering, etc. Unpaid internships are for the rich and the upper middle class- not working class folk. Of course I am doing more than just posting resumes—also doing some online and offline networking. Job searching is a slow, soul-destroying process for me because I do not have the contacts that the middle class and wealthy do.

Posted by some guy on March 10, at 5: Actually, unpaid internships are for people who can sponge off their parents as well as for the rich. People at interviews can sense that, and they cross your name off the list. Hardly any money, sleeping on a sofa with an internet connection, etc. But I found a couple ways to get around:. Is there a bus system where you are?

Buses suck and take twice as long to get you places as a car, but mine costs only a buck per ride. Mooch off of friends. Do any of your friends have cars who would be willing to help you out, take you to volunteer or network? Posted by Erica Stratton on March 11, at 9: This is great advice, because when someone gets fired they sometimes panic and jump at the next job that comes along just to fill their time.

Just like during after the breakup of a relationship, it takes some time to move on from a job loss! The power of small is what works in a situation like this. Posted by Cherie on March 10, at I urge them to take a more junior role in a different career. One time that I was unemployed I worked at a gift shop. It barely paid what unemployment paid, but it was worth it.

I had always dreamed of opening a gift shop. Working there got it out of my system. I took some of your earlier advice and started the blog. I have so many ideas yet find myself hesitating to get them out there. It really is work. I needed that push. Posted by Maryellen on March 11, at 4: Company downsizing gave me the opportunity to focus on it full time with an ecommerce store. I already knew a lot about ergonomics, but the business aspect of finding partners and putting everything together has been intensely enjoyable.

Posted by Brian on March 14, at 9: Each Monday at 1pm eastern 11am pacific , we feature guests who are experts in the art and science of finding a job. Listen live and participate by submitting questions or download the podcast for listening later or on the go. Posted by Daniel Durazo on March 17, at 4: If you have an internet connection you can work writing articles for internet marketers.

Look on elance, craigslist etc. Posted by Ellen on March 23, at Penelope, i swear you have the best blog i have ever read. It has seriously changed my life for the better, for that I thank you. Posted by Joel on March 24, at 1: I agree with the comment above. I found you through a link one day. Thanks and please keep up the great work. Posted by Craig on March 24, at 4: Or work for a company that will pay for your next sabbatical — like McDonalds.

Posted by Elizabeth Pagano on March 24, at 8: Creating a Job is easier said than done. Some People have families and need to pay rent and other everyday stuff. So what are they doing when they got laid off??? One of my friends used a Video Resume and had never gotten a Job faster than using that kind of feature. There are several web sites out there like http: As far as his experience goes…. Posted by Mike Miller on March 25, at This is great but also remember that there is extra down time, I am doing all of the five things you mention but I spend some of my time giving back to the community by volunteering.

Posted by Daniel on March 25, at 7: I did start a blog about a month ago and also did pick up some other temporary work and skills, but being basically unemployed for over a year and a half has left me totally depressed and 20 pounds heavier. How do I get back on the bandwagon? I am a highly educated woman whose skills were more useful for Washington, DC, but had to move to another city for personal reasons. No one here gives a fig about my previous experience or knows what to do with it. I feel like I have lost some of the most precious work years of my life no kids, under Posted by tanya on March 26, at I am currently trying to update my resume.

I have hit a stumbling block and not sure what to do. I live in Alexandria, Virginia and not worked in two years. I was only paid for two months but had quite a bit of training. The responsibities I had were operating cameras either remotely or manually in a studio there. I was paid by a company called ITI. I am not sure how to put this on my resume, whether to put it as just Freelance Subcontractor or add the ITI part to it as well.

Another thing, do I list the months I was paid or do I include the months I was trained as well. I never can remember. The time in between I plan on telling about my activity in my local church and volunteering I have done at a local public radio station near my apartment.

Any advice would be a great help. Posted by Sarah on April 9, at Sarah — I do resumes as a side business. If you want, I invite you to contact me here: Perhaps I can help. Posted by Craig on April 11, at 9: Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can email me using this link. Here are other ways to contact me. Please email me at penelope penelopetrunk. What are you doing at the bottom of the page?!!!? There are so many things to click before you get here, and still, you found nothing.

If you are still searching, here are some ideas. So why shouldn't I renew my license and work on commission? I will at least have a couple of thousand coming in each month. Should I continue to waste time and funds on interviewing? It will cost me much, much more if I am to continue the senseless cycle of interviewing, getting my hopes up, and then crashing. This is the worst job market since The Great Depression and yet many people have not been directly affected by it. Listening to them is a waste of time. As my father use to say, "Ain't no shortage of good advice but that doesn't pay the rent".

All the people employed say to get a retail or scheit cleaning job. Unless they personally know somebody who is hiring and can refer me, their advice is useless. Nobody asks me, well, what have you done, what's your background? They just want to see me sweeping the sidewalk? I don't get it. That will be less than the benefits I am getting and will look like crap on my clerical resume.

I'll still have a job gap. Yet, everybody here is telling me to forget real estate. None of them have experience in it. I know that a lot of people hate realtors but come on, it's NYC. I will make some money. I just want some quick cash, something in the meantime to pay the bills and not become homeless. It's sooooo tiring playing this game but your right. You can't act desperate or toooooo enthusiastic. Article in Sunday paper.

The OneStop in my county talking about 2 people that they found jobs for. You would think the way they were talking these were great jobs. OneStop pays the salary of the company's new hire for first 3 months while the person is training. They went on and on how great this is I really enjoyed reading everyone's posts. It really helps to hear from people going through this difficult job search process. Can anyone give me some advice right now? I am about to cry. My bf's job got transferred to Boston.

I began applying to jobs prior to our move.

Now, I am a mental health therapist. It is unethical in my field to begin work with clients if you know you will have to terminate within a short time. So I was concerned about starting job 1. I decided to start training as I knew that the on-boarding stuff can take a few days, and I probably wouldn't start right away with clients, and hoped that I would hear in time from job 2. The HR rep was super excited for me and made it seem like after a quick check of my references I would receive an offer. I let job 1 know the situation and they were thankful that I informed them before I began meeting with clients.

I am still waiting to start job 2. I emailed the HR rep today for an update and she told me that I am not the only finalist! I have no money, thought I would be working by now, and I am going crazy. Keep looking regardless of what people say at interviews. Job 2 is messing with you. So you had job 1 and gave that up? BTW, sorry for the long rant, just really have nobody to talk to about this and have been sitting at home waiting for this job to start for a full two weeks only to be told their decision is not final yet.

I can't imagine how it is for others who have been unemployed for much longer. I've checked all the job sites, and the jobs in my field have seemingly dried up now. There's nothing I can even apply to anymore! Should I go back to job 1 and plead for my job back? What if job 2 decides to hire me then? A bird in the hand The vacation story is an old one. The psychological contract which once traded job security for employee loyalty was breached long ago. I got my last job but I wasn't their first choice.

That person backed out when their "dream job" came through. Riot in Ware, Massachusetts. I'm really sorry to hear about your situation. The best advice, and what I'm sure will be repeated, is to just start applying to new positions immediately. You had two interviews before even moving to the area, so you'll probably even have more luck now that you're local.

Lol, it sounds nice but it feels like I'm a parasite. Job 2 is totally messing with me!! I swear the HR lady made it sound like I had gotten the position. I guess I should've stayed with job 1 until I had an offer in writing: But I can't believe they would do this to me!

God, all these HR dogs and just companies in general right now are lying like rugs. They all have this incredible silver tongue. Trump always says, "It's just business Even if you had a good job, I can almost guarantee you that today, the nexrest competitor for it would be sitting about 20 feet from you. Does anyone think that I should try to contact the actual manager that I interviewed with? Maybe this HR lady doesn't know what she's doing, or there's a miscommunication somewhere.


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I sent a thank you letter after my interviews but haven't contacted her since. I was trying to avoid a breach of ethics. But I guess I made the wrong choice now? This is so messed up. In social work those jobs are not in the realm of reality. I was happy to have a job that offered health insurance which I have not had in over 2 years.

And a better salary than I have had so far. I will move on, possibly to snivel to job 1 to try to get that job back. HR are like, i don't know If I were to begin work with clients and then terminate after weeks, it could hurt the clients whom I am committed to serving. The company- I am not concerned about but the individual clients some of whom would be children and survivors of abuse and trauma would be confused and violated by such an action. I feel I made a mistake but I was placed in a difficult situation. I feel somewhat optimistic that the previous manager will understand and appreciate my attempt to be loyal to the clients.

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If you have a complaint about any content on Indeed, please contact Customer Support. Indeed reserves the right to remove any posts which Indeed feels are not relevant to jobs and company search. Things interviewers say that let's you know you won't get an offer. When they do not tell you much about the job, the starting date, etc. When they ask questions, you answer, and they do not seem to like your answers.

When they are really late-keep you waiting for the interview for a while. Every interviewee knows when an interview goes great, ok, or bad. Inside of one's self you know whether or not you connected well with the interviewer. Unemployed people have no sense of humor.


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Then where does the team come in? You can describe your employer by logging onto 'Rate my Employer'. If they do this, you either dress funny or they have an internal candidate. Molly in Jacksonville, Florida said: My sister is like this. Point is no one knows except the unemployed what is going on out there in the job market. And remember that too much confidence can backfire too.

Be careful of behavior that may be considered too casual or, for some interviewers, rude. For example, bringing in a cup of coffee or keeping your phone out during the interview. There is a line between confident and arrogant. You thought the interview went great. You had an answer for every question, you maintained eye contact, and your experience was perfect for the job. So what went wrong? Well, you probably made it through at least a few rounds, but ultimately got passed over based on factors beyond your resume.

In a competitive job market, you have to do more than show you could do the job reasonably well. You also have to make your interviewer s want to work with you. However, if you develop your interview skills, you can find a way to connect with just about any interviewer. Better preparation will help you relax and be more authentic and specific in your responses. See Big Interview for more on how to do this. Your average interviewer will talk to a lot of candidates before filling the position.

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You have to be able to stand out from the crowd if you want the job offer. Your answers were too general or unsophisticated. They lacked the substance and examples that you need to set yourself apart from the competition. A job interview is not the place to discuss personal matters. The real test here is if you are able to discern what is appropriate to share. If you share too much, you risk steering the interview off course or coming across as unprofessional.

For example, what if you took time off due to illness or a family matter? You know the topic will come up, so plan how you will address it. Avoid the impulse to get defensive or over-explain. Remember to reinforce that you are ready to commit to this position now, even if you had to take time off in the past. However, candidates still make this mistake often. Vent to your family and friends, not to the interviewer. Well, in a job interview, there are. The objective of an interview is for you to convey that you have the experience and skills necessary to fulfill the job while assuring the interviewer that you are prepared to commit, work hard and be successful in the role.

You want them to know that you have a strong understanding of what the job entails and that you are prepared to take on the challenge. At some point in almost every interview, you will likely be asked if you have any questions. You want to be sure that you have questions and that they reflect well on you. There are many questions that you can ask that will support your objective.

You want to show that you are interested, smart, and have done some homework on the position.