Looking for work...

@PDBME2 (1023)
United States
January 7, 2011 1:31pm CST
Well I have been looking for work since the beginning of the year. I was looking before the holidays but I put everything on hold to be able to focus on things at home. I have been looking online for job openings, using different resources to find all the jobs that are being posted. I make sure these websites are either government run or reliable. Anyhow I feel that I am qualified to do just about everything from cleaning to running an office. I have a resume written that should cover just about everything. My only problem is I haven't worked for the last 6 years because I have dedicated them to my family. I used to work before at the phone company for 15 years. Now that I am older in my early 40's I find it hard to find work. I used to remember when a person would physically apply for a job, now it's all via internet with a resume So many things have changed in the last few years. I don't know if I should dress fashionable (more youthful) or conservative. If I apply for simple jobs do I dress up or dress according to what the position demands? On top of it jobs where I live are scarce so I have been willing to travel over an hour for a job if I had to. Is this all worth it? If you are an employer what do you look for? If you got hired what do you think got you the job?
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
11 Jan 11
I am in the same boat looking for work. I haven't had a job since February of last year, and before that it had been three years. I have an interview that I don't think I'm going to be able to make it to. I need money becuase I need a car and insurance as well as to just save so I can get back on my feet again. I hate that most applications are now online, and especially one an error occurs and you can't finish the app for whatever reason. Some applications are also just confusing or too complicated. I am not sure what to tell you on how to dress, I would say if it was for an office I would dress more office attire like, and for anything else whatever suits the line of work you'd be doing. I Wouldn't go to casual but I also wouldn't go too too formal either.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
10 Jan 11
hi, me too, before the month of January enter, i starting to find and look for a job in the internet, and first week of this months i applied, but so sad because i was failed, but doesn't mean that i have to stop, it will be my strength to continue seeking a job.
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
10 Jan 11
Praise God because today I got hired. I was looking for work at some location someone had told me to go but they weren't hiring. A man was passing by the lobby so he gave me a card and told me to apply at this company. I didn't know he was a manager so when I went they automatically hired me. I was completely in shock. I felt I had won the lottery.
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
Well, as the saying goes, just be true to yourself. This is for the dress code that you're asking. Wear something that's comfortable and suits your age. Looks have points too in the eyes of an employer. You've got to be the best of what you can be when it comes to physical look. But the most important is your attitude. But on the other hand, if you are not confident that you can find job, you can try online jobs. I have many accounts in legitimate online jobs that's don't cost you a penny if you want to register.
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I want to be true to my age because I am not this young person that wants to dress fashionable. Like I mentioned most of my clothes is designed to be able to do alot with my kids which is mainly jeans. I went to this interview for a bank and it was just so awful. First of all I didn't realize I had lost weight so my clothes looked baggy. My hair needed to be redyed which I didn't do. Then to top it off most of the people in the group were dressed exceptionally nice which reminded me I had no clothes for this type of interview. I didn't feel confident because it was a group interview and I had no experience in what I applied for.
• India
8 Jan 11
well...I think you have to post your resume in all possible sites. Even I did that. I got call from timesjobs within a month of posting my resume and got selected. And yes...I think dressing semse really matters when I will go for an interview. Because it represents my personality. I am 26 and I always try to maintain a proffessional dressing etiquetes. I generally look for good hike and of course a good environment. I think my personality is the think which gives me the oppertunity to get a new job.
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I thought about posting my resume but I heard that there was alot of things going on with some of these sites. I need to take off some of the information that I put on there such as social security number. I know it sounds dumb but I thought it had to be on there and my home address. I am still new to all of this so I need to learn. I also did my first cover letter today when I went to drop it off at this job that sounded interesting. I told my husband that job hunting is not what it used to be long time ago.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
7 Jan 11
my hubby was in the same boat over the Christmas of 2009-2010 and it took him until June of 2010 to find a job (he was off for 9 mnths) but he loves the job he has now and everything is great.
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Did he apply online or try to go directly to the site? Alot of place nowadays want the applicant to apply online which seems unbelievable. How do you really know if your application is being looked at?
@aaronfyzeon (1920)
• Philippines
7 Jan 11
Hello there! That is a really great job dedicating your time for your family instead of working. You are absolutely right that if we get older, the demand for a physical aspect of working is harder than what we are going to expect if we are already there doing it. If you still decide to work then your greatest achievement there is that you have demonstrated 15 long years of success working for a phone company. I would suggest that you still work in a call center if there is any job opening for that within your area. If you are going to work just being online then it would really be hard for you to earn that much because as we all know it is taking a lot of things to do before you can even have a dollar here on the internet. I was a resume writer before and what I do highlight the most if a customer who took our service has not been working for over 5 years is their core competencies. This mean the summation of all their great qualities for them to be hired in that job title they are aiming for. Sometimes it is taking different qualities that should also be stated for a different job title as well. You should really not worry how you would dress up because I know there in your country that it would not really matter with the people around you. Yes the proximity as well from your place should also be considered because at that age we are most likely going to be tired traveling to go to work so it should be near you as well just like an hour time or less. I hope I have given some insight or some help with what I have posted. Good luck with your job hunting!!
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Thank you for the advice. I was thinking about the travel time too. I really wanted something close because traveling far from home is dangerous around where we live. If you go down the hill as we put it you run into gas problems, snow conditions in the winter, and high heat in the summer. Unfortunately most of the better jobs are kind of far away but I know employers take time to travel into consideration. I was wondering whether to put some of the skills I have learned over the years being at home. I do alot of volunteer work around the community plus went to school during those years. Someone told me not to mention how old I was, the kids I had, or volunteer work I do because it would mean to the employer that those were my first priorities.
• United States
7 Jan 11
Well of course applying for jobs in your field is important of course. But what i did and how i got my job was posting my resume all the time on craigslist and i finally got noticed and someone snatched up my resume and gave me a call and its in the field i enjoy and in the field i know most. I am 25 so i dress young still and not conservative at all. I dont cover my whole body up all the time and just wear jeans and pants at work i wear dresses a lot and capris. You have to dress like you want the job on the interview. Dont wear flat shoes and short pants but wear pants that cover the heal of course and stay professional. Its hard right now out there but there are jobs all over and if you go onto monster or hotmail.com just post your resume on there so others can see it as well and that might help you out in the end or long run.
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Thanks for the advice which was very helpful. I applied for alot of office work but the thing is I wear alot of jeans so I went out yesterday to try to find some dress pants. I bought some dress shirts that could go with the pants. I made a resume but the bad thing is I put too much information on the resume so I will have to edit it so I can post it on one of the websites you mentioned. I have to buy some heels because I haven't worn heels for quite some time. I went yesterday to apply for a school assistant(security) for a charter school. I took courses in Administration of Justice, I'm kind of old and female, so I don't know if that is what they are looking for but I have worked in the schools the last fews while I was going to school. I am so happy for you that you found a job. Congratulations!