Searching for a Job

@Java09 (3085)
United States
June 21, 2012 9:20am CST
I've been out of work now for four years. No matter what I do, I just can't seem to get a job. I'm very depressed over it. I'm tired of the same thing everyday. I just sit here everyday surfing the internet looking for a job. I've gone to school to learn something new, I took medical assistant, and even Pharmacy Technician. Alot of places want a year or two experience, but how do I get experience when I need it to get started? Is anyone else here going through this and if you are or have any advice, please let me know. Share with me
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18 responses
@GemmaR (8526)
22 Jun 12
Finding a job is harder than ever at the moment because of the economic climate, and this means that you have to do everything that you can to make sure that you stand out from everyone else. Even if this means that you have to work somewhere for free to get the experience that you need in order to work, this could be very helpful as it would mean that you were able to show your future employers that you have coped with that type of job in the past. No matter how many times you get knocked back, never give up, because your time will come.
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@wongchoiyee (7352)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 12
I believe you can work well in your coming new job, as you have studied the course before, you just need to put some effort to learn new things in your job including managing people skills, then you are on the way to success. Believe in yourself, accept the job even the salary is low, because what you need is experience, right? Then after one year, you can decide where you want to go.
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@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
22 Jun 12
That's really the issue where people or company wants experienced people because they are no longer willing to provide training to their employees. usually when it comes to new grads, or people who may want to get a job as part of shifting careers they look into the details of what you were able to contribute to your current or existing "company" if this is not so, then they will look into your On the job training. which is where i am trying to get at, why not start as a volunteer and then get the experience so you can get a permanent job.
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@kenshin2143 (1882)
• Philippines
21 Jun 12
Indeed your experience is very depressing, however you should continue striving and hoping for the best. How about trying to find some online jobs in odesk.com or other free lancing site that offers jobs. You may find some jobs there that will suit your expertise and skills.
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• India
23 Jun 12
Lot of job seekers are depressed with their job search due to the experience. Most of the companies requires experienced persons, it is really hard to find a concern which is giving job for freshers. Some concerns will give training and send the person to the home after finishing the training as well as they don't give the experience certificate. They are giving the course finishing certificate. It is really hard to get experience if none of the concern come forward to appoint the freshers. All the experienced persons are once a fresher or a trainee and get experience using the opportunity which is given to them by some good persons and concern. But most of the leading concerns requires minimum 5 to 6 years experience person, as they are not interested in taking the risk with the freshers. Don't give up your job search due to this kind of issues. Don't be depressed. Try your maximum to check out all the jobs in your field, surely you will find out a proper job to you. Very few concerns giving the opportunity to the freshers and help them to get experience, if you search a lot for your job, surely you will find this kind of concern. All the best.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 Jun 12
Sometimes in order to get experience you need to work without pay. I don't know if you can do this, but for instance there are medical volunteers at most hospitals and other care facilities. Your time might be better spent there than at your computer, if nothing else you will get to know people and they will know you which will give you an advantage when a job opens up. Just and idea that worked for me in the past.
@intari (191)
• Indonesia
22 Jun 12
keep trying to find a job. never giving up. hope u can find a job soon.
@nonersays (2753)
• United States
22 Jun 12
My husband was out of work for 2 years before finally getting a job as a stocker in a department store. I'm looking for a SECOND job since I was recently given a cut in pay and hours where I worked full time for almost 7 years. We both had the same problem. Even jobs we KNOW we're capable of doing won't hire us becaue we don't have "experience." Even the entry level jobs that are supposed to TRAIN you want you to have previous experience now. I don't have any advice thats going to be helpful since I'm in a similar posistion, but I agree that its silly that everyone wants an experience person and nobody is willing to give anyone any experience on the job.
• India
22 Jun 12
I know you had put a great effort in your life to find a good job. Remember efforts never becomes use less. So keep on going and keep on searching for the job. You will surely get those ones which you need because god never leaves those ones who had fought for it. I am sure that if will help you . All the best my good friend.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
22 Jun 12
You just do not have to get disheartened in having been not able to secure a sound job. There really is time for everything to happen in life. Optimism is the word for it.Keep it up.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
22 Jun 12
That's really the issue where people or company wants experienced people because they are no longer willing to provide training to their employees. usually when it comes to new grads, or people who may want to get a job as part of shifting careers they look into the details of what you were able to contribute to your current or existing "company" if this is not so, then they will look into your On the job training. which is where i am trying to get at, why not start as a volunteer and then get the experience so you can get a permanent job.
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• United States
22 Jun 12
I would try to do some volunteer work. I know how you feel because I have the same problem. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Studies and cannot find work because I do not have any experience. Once things calm down with Randy's appointments I will start volunteering at a local preschool. I think that volunteering will give you some experience. It will also allow you to see if you like these fields.
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• Canada
22 Jun 12
Looking for a job can be draining both mentally and physically. It is something that can drag us right into the ground. I see that you do have a couple of courses behind you. One thing I would suggest - go personally to speak with a manager at a location where you courses will be of importance. I have been in management for many years, one of the most important things to me is confidence. I have always preferred people applying in person. It shows eagerness and allows us to know you face to face at the start. The Internet has allowed us different ways to apply for jobs and trust me, in some ways it is a Godsend. But in others, it isn't. Now I don't know if transportation is an issue for you, but I have seen persons post on social networking sites to carpool with others while looking for a job. This way you can all share the costs of gas. Just a few ideas for you. GOOD LUCK and I wish you all the success in your job search!! The most important thing, do not get discouraged, your best job you have ever had is waiting for you!!
@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jun 12
I think you need some career counseling. If you call, go online or visit your nearest Dept. of Employment they make be able to set you up with someone that can give some insight into what you do need to do. The department also(atleast in my local does) has some work shops that help people get going on finding a job. And I think we sometimes finish our schooling and then really need schooling on how to find a job. And maybe you will have to take some cut in pay or even give some free time to doing something that give you the experience you need to get the job you want. Good luck to you! Happy Mylotting!
@taura2p (349)
• Romania
21 Jun 12
I have a job for 6 years now, but I would really like to change it. I can't seem to find a new job, either, and I am stuck here, in a position I like, but which does not satisfy me financially. Most companies require experience on a similar post, and there are very few vacancies...
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• United States
21 Jun 12
MY husband has been without a job for three years and he just can't seem to get one either. One way to get experience if you can't get hired is through volunteer work.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
21 Jun 12
When I was looking for a job I heard the same thing. You don't have enough experience. A lot of places can be very picky right now because there are so many to choose from since so many are looking for work. It is easy for employers to find people right now... They can have the best of the best because most people are out of work and almost willing to do anything right now. It is sad but true. I'm sorry you cannot find work, I hope it comes to you soon. =)
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
21 Jun 12
Java four years is a long time to be out of work. Maybe you need to take a class on doing an interview and writing a resume. Things have changed so much that on needs to get an update every so often. Also doing some volunteering will get you some more work experience besides looking good on a resume even if it's not in the field you are looking at...