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My how things have changed since I stumbled into the job market a while back. I'm gathering ideas for a page about how to approach finding a new job or changing jobs in today's world of giant job boards, email thank-you notes and unacknowledged application submissions. I have plenty of ideas about what might be useful to readers, but I'd really like to hear from you. What's the biggest challenge you face, have faced, are facing, in the search for your perfect job? Is it how to format your resume? Is it protocol? (Do you send a hand-written thank you note after an interview, or is it okay to email?).
What about your friends? How do you network?
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Lots of good starting points on our Career and jobs page: office.microsoft.com/.../FX102513841033.aspx
Patricia, I do not really know how much sense this makes, but Canada (Ontario esp.) has a major shortage of hospital staff. My sister is an RN, and recently switched jobs to another hospital that did not require so much overtime to deal with personnel issues. She was working 12, sometimes 18 hour shifts. With the aging demographics, I am sure there will be a growing need for admin staff at facilities in SW Ontario. Is that something to consider? Is re-locating a possibility for you?
4. Service Industry emphasis locally
5. Inane demands for State Teaching Credentials Greetings, Allow me to begin by stating that I graduated in 2002 with a B.S. Anthropology with minor in Special Education. I was admitted into the Graduate School of Education as a canditdate with a B.S. in Foundations of Education... I began school in 1999, at fifty-two, now i am sixty and yep, Age is problem, along with no experience in my field; aside from practicums..
Curious how all you posters ended up on our blog? Could anyone tell me how you found us? For clarification - this is the Inside Office Online blog.
Thanks for the info re RN jobs in Canada, I actually don't have any clinical medical experience, I work in healthcare finance from ins verification, prior authorizations, Medicaid, and collections, but thanks for the suggestion.
To Inside Office on Line- in the process of being on the computer looking for employment I found this blog with very interesting comments regarding very real problems that many people come across when searching for a job. The Blog was on the bottom of a MSN face page under Employment/Unemployment Blog. It is good for people to share their experiences, good and bad. I hope this blog continues, and I wish everyone looking for employment GOOD LUCK!!!!!
I am an employer and with the work day continuing to get busier and busier lately, I like to be able to review potential employees on my time! Resume sites and job boards allow me to screen resumes anonomously and I have the final decision on who I will or will not actually make contact with. Saves both the employer AND the job seeker a lot of wasted time!
I agree with all the comments above... I'm an IT candidate and do job search for almost one year in the IT industry and found no luck. Every time, you send an application to a company and this is what they said... sorry the position has been filled, but we will keep your application for future consideration... When you hear this word, which means the door is closed completely, there is no time wait for this company to call you. I think sometime you find out that discrimination is involved in your job hunt between the age 50 and above. I have learned that the key success for job hunt is called, "Is not what you know, is who you know." This quote is apply to all company in the public and private sector. No matter how much you know and how many years you have experience! Thanks,
I've seen a lot of what some posters have mentioned....lack of response to resumes, no return phone calls, etc. As a recruiter for a new staffing company I've made a point to eliminate this type of candidate abuse. We know that the best way to attract the best candidates (and keep our clients happy) is to treat everyone with a high level of respect.
Approach for finding a new job or changing jobs in today's world is to grab whatever you are getting, but you should take care about your interesting field or platform.
I’ve registered with so many Employment agencies, I had to make a folder just to keep the passwords and user names, been on God knows how many interviews
When I was looking for a job the key was PERSISTENCE! Don't be afraid to be demanding, ask for what you are worth, don't settle for less. Call everyone back. Realize they don't care about you.. Stuart recruitment agencies