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Losing your job and losing self-confidence
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Interviewing really sucks, but even if you don't get the job make sure you get feedback from the interviewer.Treat every interview like a training exercise.

1. What skills can I improve on that you seek for the position?

2. What can I do to improve my resume?

3. What would separate me from the crowd in your opinion?


You can throw these out during the interview, when they say "Do you have any questions", and they will feel obligated to answer
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Thank you for all those kinds words and advice, appreciated.

I have lots of connections, always trying to make new ones.
My resume has been re-written over and over after many ppl who helped out.
I do only keep what is relevant on it.
I always study about the company I'm applying at before I go to an interview.
I mostly always am prepared for the questions, it's been a while and mostly always know what they are looking for.
And when they ask: 'Do you have any questions for us, I always do'.
I always smile and am dressed properly.

And I get usually answers like this (quote from a mail i have received a few days ago:
'Hello,
I am sorry for the late answer, this week has been chaos.
We did really appreciate your interview and your approach in regards to this position. At the end of the line, we have decided to pick someone who is more senior so that he can coach the newcomers. We will keep your resume for future opportunities.
Thanks again for your time and best luck'


So yeah...
I've been getting that kind of answers for now 5 months...



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34 / M / South of sanity.
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What kind of jobs?
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35 / F / windurst
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I'm a game dev.
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34 / M / South of sanity.
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Oh, god. No wonder. That's a super tough industry. What area? I'm a Software Dev as well and have been thinking about quitting my job and moving...
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I hate work, why work.

I would say like all the others, don't give up...Try to apply to something you are passionate about and you'll get it !

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Well, I've been out of non-odd job work since 2008, so I can understand the despair quite a bit. Keep applying for regular jobs, and look for smaller jobs in your area like a pet or babysitter to earn some extra income while you apply elsewhere as any income is better than none.
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I get those stubborn rejection notices all the time. Doesn't bother me, but I am irked that I haven't found a job yet.
Posted 9/12/12

VanillePink wrote:


Last job I had I was on contract, it ended and didn't get a new one for months now.
I'm always working super hard, giving it my all and keeping a smile on no matter what.

But now looking for work and keep on getting: 'Your resume is great, you are a nice person but we have found someone else, thank you for your time and we'll keep you in mind for future opportunities.'

Now, I just don't know what to do anymore...
keep getting the 'you're nice... but...'

What would you do?



It's depressing being in such a situation but I wouldn't take it sitting down. I would continuing the job hunt. Or else I'd file unemployment to at least buffer that lack of work until something was actually found.

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My advice first off would be not to take my advice. But if you do...

Beware of scammers seeking your identity, don't feel pressured while job hunting. As my Dad says: "you only have to make yourself happy."

However life can be better or worse depending on your situation. I started with enacting a good defense. First is if you can right now then have your credit cards paid off. That there is an evil sand-lion. Next is to minimize your spending. Keep cable internet, gym, and cell phone. Get rid of cable TV, land lines. Nowadays you can watch those shows while working out at the gym. If you have enough in funds to get by for 1 to 2 years at this stage life is good.

Write a list what you want to do, short and long range goals, goals if you where rich, and those if you did not. I like making my own gadgets. I enjoy anime, reading, taking engineering classes so I tend to be happy though I work as a grunt in a mill though I have an engineering degree. At least till I find work that I want without moving across the country.

If you have a small project you've wanted to time to do, work on that. Also work on a small project to exhibit to potential employers as part of your own portfolio.

If your really stressed today over everything, pay what bills or such needs taken care over the next few days done today. Then the next 2 days take a mini vacation. The first day eat all the ice cream you want, walk through a flower park, go to a museum. Read and watch the saddest things you can think of the first night. The 2nd day you sleep in till noon. Take a long shower or bath. Read and watch something that makes you happy or laugh. This is sorta what I do once a month. That and move everything I own into 1 room and clean the rest of my apartment.
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Posted 9/12/12
The best advice I can give you is to not give up and use any tools you can to your advantage (job contacts, job sites, social sites, friends, friends of friends etc). You may also want to ask someone whom you trust for advice to proof read your resume or even to do practice interviews (I have done this a few times). The job market is brutal these days compared to the 90's and early 00's for so many people and its even worse in some cities versus others. And even though getting let go or getting told that you are not the right fit for a position is rough on you, just know that there are a 1000 reasons why these things happen. Whatever you do don't let it get you down and keep up the fight and stay positive.
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Yeah the job market is freakin' scary nowadays. A lot of companies just aren't hiring as much and there's not as many internships/ training anymore. All I can say is keep on trying and make sure you vote for the right people wherever you live (people not like Mitt Romney xD).
Posted 9/12/12
I just got fired a couple weeks ago. Just laugh and keep looking
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34 / F / Central Vinland
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I so know you pain. This is my second long term search for something in my field.(I'm a non- medical laboratory tech) And I won't lie, it's tough and it sucks.

The first time was in 2005 and I spent 10 months looking for a job. I had a stack of rejections 1/2" thick. No one had told me you should not keep them. Btw, don't keep them. Then I bounced around for a few years doing process work and had to leave that steady job for health reasons.

Now as I search for a new job or a second job to at least keep my bills paid, I have to really work hard to keep my hopes up. Depending on where you look in Canada, you need to be bilingual, no many places in my province are looking and no one really wants to hire someone who needs to relocate. So I am working part time at a Sears Hometown store , draining my savings and plugging away at anything the could possibly help. (Linked in, Job boards, etc.)

If if it really getting you down, don't be afraid to talk to a professional. I have and it helps immensely; the have new insights and are just generally uplifting.

Hang in there. it will get better
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37 / New York
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I've never actually lost a job, so my advice is probably worthless. I worked for BP for a while, then took a better paying job at Exxon Mobil, but after getting tenured I started up my own business and now I essentially freelance for the same exact chemical companies I used to work for, only I get paid more for far less work.

Generally salary jobs give a nice stable income, but they rarely amount to much. But, the risk is far lower, so they're worth it. You don't have to sink any of your own money into it, or borrow against yourself and throw yourself into debt for what might turn out to be a failed business venture... Still, if you can start a business with relatively little capital, I'd always suggest going for it. The rewards of entrepreneurship are fantastic.

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