Frustrated with the job market-not enough experience?!

By Link
United States
July 25, 2010 3:03am CST
Is anyone else out there trying to find a job and finding that most of the jobs they look at require you to have experience you do not have? I mean, I am a license pharmacy technician with 6 months of experience, and on the job training. Yet I cannot even get an interview for these. A recruiter told me it was most likely because I only had 6 months of experience. So how am I supposed to get more experience when no one will hire me?! I don't see how places like Apollo College can advertise telling people to sign up for their classes, and you still have to do a 20-30 or so hours a week of an externship working in a pharmacy, but that is no guarantee they will hire you. So if you do not get hired by the place you externship at, then how are you going to get hired with 1-3 months of working experience if I cannot get a job with 6 months of experience working as a pharmacy tech from day 1. Obviously this job is not in-demand enough. Or employers are being too picky. I agree that everyone would rather have someone with experience come in to the field, but that does not guarantee you are getting the best worker. So now I am worried I am going to have to go to court for past debts to credit card companies and I even looked up jobs for debt collectors and they all want you to have at least 1-2 years of previous experience. How can anyone get 1-2 years of previous experience if everyone hiring is looking for already experienced people?! So this is telling me that the only people who are going to find jobs are people who are applying to places where they already have at least 1 year of experience in the field. So no one can move up. No one can find a better job if they just graduated from a program. Sounds pretty sucky. I have even looked for jobs in the warehouse places that mail the medications to people. You do not need much training to count pills and put them in bottles and stick on a label. I can call doctors and type prescriptions and still I do not get calls for interviews for those jobs either. I feel like I am doing something wrong or I'm a bum or something. 3 years without a job is ridiculous and I have been looking for a job since the day I was fired. I have applied in other fields too from working at a convenience store, secretary, cashier, jobs like that, and NOTHING! Even as a dog kennel worker basically picking up poop and taking care of the dogs, nothing. What good is my license and the education I am working so hard to get if it is not doing anything for me? Is there something I am doing wrong or is it just really THAT bad out there? I've even thought about finding someone to play a guitar on the corner while I sing and people could throw change into a hat!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
7 Aug 11
It really is that bad out there. I only recently got a job working as a kennel worker (no, I'm not poking fun at you). It took several months of applying to a lot of different places before getting this job. Fortunately I have a little experience in this line of work from several years ago (and before I had my kids). Not sure if that helped, but whether or not it did, it's not something that requires extensive training anyway. It's taking care of dogs and picking up poop, after all! With so many people looking for work, it's almost impossible to get a job...even those that don't require any qualifications. All any of us can do is keep on applying and hope for the best! Good luck! By the way, I know this is an old discussion...but I couldn't resist responding to it anyway.