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So I am in the job market.


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#1 Uraiser

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:20 PM

I know that times are tough right now, but fortunately (and unfortunately) I live in San Antonio - we have one of the better economies in the country right now so there are a few more jobs here than elsewhere. So anyway, I've worked at this little company for the better part of 5 years now, gotten more knowledge than I could have ever hoped for - unfortunately the business is declining, we've gone from 20 employees to 8. My job description ranges from being a lowly tech all the way up to systems admin. I do everything here, but I am paid barely above minimum wage. Starting college back then, this was fine as I still lived at home, and worked with doing what I love. Now that I am 4 months from graduation - have a family and my own house, the money just isn't cutting it anymore.

I have had 5 interviews in the past 2 weeks, while still being employed mind you. 4 were with the same company, but 4 different people (HR, IT manager, Head of Programming, and IT Director/COO) I didn't make the cut because I didn't have my degree - as stated before I am 4 months from, but I have more than enough experience. You would think after the time and effort they put into studying me, I was a shoo-in. Wrong, got a rejection letter 5 days after the last interview with them.


I put in my resume with a county medical office Monday morning, and by Monday afternoon they called and scheduled an interview for Tuesday morning. As it turns out, the IT manager I would be working for is also a professor at a sister college and is friends with a professor who has mentored me my entire college career. So again, you would think I would be a shoo-in. We covered various topics about what I do right now. I think the interview went well, but it was very informal. He even went as far as to curse during the process. I wasn't offended, I actually found it funny. 2 points we covered that caught his attention was my MS exchange experience and my HW Firewall experience. While he got off the professional path, I stayed on it saying the usual (I feel I would be the perfect blah blah blah.) Did I do the wrong thing there? I just needed to vent, I am very frustrated with my current job, while lucky to have it, it just doesn't cut it for me anymore. My boss is literally a mental case, he has been gone since April - and has since passed even more Administrative duties down to me and my co-worker. We think he is about to retire. I just can't do all of these tasks for peanuts anymore. Sorry for it being so long.

Anyone else having trouble finding a job? Or at nailing your interview?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:17 PM

After 20 years as a stay-at-home Dad I'm about to re-enter the job hunt. Not looking forward to it.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:47 AM

After 20 years as a stay-at-home Dad I'm about to re-enter the job hunt. Not looking forward to it.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 02:06 PM

After 20 years as a stay-at-home Dad I'm about to re-enter the job hunt. Not looking forward to it.



Don't worry, it's not as bad as you think. Just apply, apply, apply. Remember employers often fluff up requirements in order to weed out people that are timid. However if the position requires a bachelors and you have.. well nothing, can't do anything about that.



Anyway, I called the company that I had an interview with earlier this week to ask if a decision had been made. The guy who would be my boss told me, no, it had not been made yet - but that he remembered my last name, and he remembered that I had a goatee and semi-long hair. He told me that I was in the running - I replied saying "That's a good thing" He agreed saying "That is a very good thing".

I know it's a good sign that he remembered my physical features, but one shining star is that he said I am in the running. I get the feeling I already have it, but that he is toying with me... Or am I wrong?

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:33 PM

Just stick with it, keep at it. Worst comes to worse, you wait the 4 months and get your degree. Once you get your name out there, and people know your work, the right jobs open up for you. Im blessed in what I do and where I am, I get between 2-3 job offers a year without even applying for them, but I know the job market isnt like that everywhere, and even here its only like that depending on the job, Im blessed in I have a CDL and truck drivers are in demand. But keep it up, getting a good job takes patience.

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