Another Day, Another Interview--I'm Very Grateful.

I am still on the hunt for a job and today was no exception. I have been quite lucky these last two weeks, I have had several interviews. Yesterday I had a second interview and this prospect looks hopeful. I have been looking for a position since September 2007—I have never had such a hard time landing a job.

I have become quite proficient in filling out all of the various job banks’ questions and I have refined my resume. I have become a member to so many job banks that I have had to create a document that contains all of my usernames and passwords. There is a website called; however, it charges a little more than $50.00 to fill out all of the information and upload your resume to a large number of job banks. It’s a good idea but I’m on limited budget, so I’m just going to fill out all of them myself. Looking for a job is a full-time job, minus the pay, benefits and did I mention the pay.

I spend about eight hours a day online filling out job bank profiles, modifying my resume, cover letter—preparing them to be emailed and mailed to prospective employers. It costs me $0.79 to mail a resume packet to an employer; this is a lot of money for me because I don’t have any income. My family is great they have been very supportive, both financially and emotionally. I have a ream of rejection letters and another ream of applications.

I graduated with honors from Central New Mexico Community College with my Associates in Business Administration and a 3.94 GPA. I have student loans that are on deferment and monthly bills that I struggle to pay. I think it’s the economy…I don’t know but I thank God every day for my family and friends. I feel that something is close to happening. If everything goes well, I should have a job soon. I have met many good people, so my hopes are still high.

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
~ Walter Elliott

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Comment by Gemini Goddess on July 9, 2008 at 3:12pm
Good luck!! I really hope you find a great job!
Comment by gsollars on July 12, 2008 at 11:09pm
Hi Anthony. A suggestion. Whatever field in which you are looking for work, find a group that those type of employees join. Go to the library and find a member listing and use the membership list as a start. For instance, the Society of Petroleum Engineers publishes a member list periodically. They often will have the lists sorted by employers. Do some research on which employer you would like to work for and start calling those members that work for that employer. This assumes that these are the types of employees that can be called on the phone during the day.

Call the individual (keep good records of how the individual responds to your call), and simply tell them that you are looking for work as a ___________(whatever you do) and could they give you any leads as to which employer might be looking for an _____________(whatever you do).

You will get a LOT of people that will blow you off immediately, laugh at you, some will even be derogatory towards you. But, don't give up. You will encounter people that want to help. Some may even tell you that his/her boss is actually looking for someone right now and may give you their name and phone number. Your goal is to find that job that has not been advertised in the paper yet. Responding to ads is a tuogher way to go because there is too much competition for the jobs. When you find a job lead through one of your contacts, the competition will very limited. Your chances will improve.

Practice your spiel for when you do get a chance to talk to someone. Be prepared to state your qualifications and your goals in a short one to two minute interview. Be prepared to answer questions that you may be asked.

I have been unemployed and had to look for work in a depressed market in my field so I know what you are facing. Good luck and let me know if this helps.

Remember: a job hunt looks like this:

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO ,NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YES!!!

Your goal is to accelerate the NO's and get to the YES.

Good luck again.
Comment by gsollars on July 13, 2008 at 2:18pm
I forgot. One of the benefits of this method is that whenever someone helps you out by passing on a name or possible lead, you can use that person's name as the source of your lead. It's kind of like a personal referral. It works. There are people that truly want to help you. And DO keep records. You want to remember who helped you out so that you can return the favor someday. Whenever you get that job, you can also call that person back and thank them for the help. And make sure to help someone else when someone calls you looking for a lead.

I'll tell you a story about myself. Back in 1986 I was a reservoir engineer working for Amoco Production Company here in Houston. This was when oil prices dropped from $40 per barrel to $10 per barrel virtually overnight. Within a year, the oil industry lost 500,000 high paying engineering jobs. Houston was heavily dependent on the oil industry for its economy. There was virtually no work for petroleum engineers. It took me ten months to find a job. So one day I was making my phone calls and I called an engineer that was still employed and was in a bull session with other employees (I didn't realize it immediately). I told him who I was and why I was calling and asked him if he knew of any potential job leads or even if he had a friend somewhere else that I could call for a lead. He held the phone up in the air to the others in the room and told them loudly so that I could hear him "Hey guys, guess what this guy is looking for, a job." They all laughed at me through the phone. When the guy came back on laughing at me I simply told him "thanks for the help," and continued my phone calls. I regret not writing down his name (I hadn't yet been taking good notes for my job search) so that if he ever called me when he was looking I could return the favor.

Anyway, it works. Find a way to get a list of people that you call. Most groups have societies that keep membership lists complete with employerrs and phone numbers.

Anyway, good luck with the job hunt.


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