Job seeking is pure pain

@Theresaaiza (10466)
Australia
January 11, 2018 7:38pm CST
When you're choosy and a coward at the same time, then congratulations on being another candidate in the unemployment line. By that I mean me. Recently lost a job so now I'm in the jobseeking scene once again. Thank God I still have my two other part time ones. But of course, big loss on the one I just lost. How do I even cope. So many jobs out there but none that I like, or feel confident about. Have you ever applied for the jobs knowing that you lack the qualifications for it? Did you take risks? Or do you only go for job ads that you feel confident you have a chance at getting in? Has it crossed your mind to try something outside of your niche? or comfort zone? or outside your field altogether? Would appreciate some job seeking stories. This is my predicament at the moment.
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13 responses
@AmbiePam (49119)
• United States
12 Jan
If you think you are capable, then apply! Maybe it will be the best thing to happen to you. I remember applying for jobs and being so nervous. Someone told me to think of nervousness and anxiety as excitement. Easier said than done!
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Every interview I've sat was always just as nerve-wracking as the other one. I found out that I can talk really fast when I'm nervous. Like my brain's having diarrhea and it's coming out of my mouth. Ugh.....that paints a really ugly picture
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@ilocosboy (34325)
• Philippines
12 Jan
I have experienced applied for a job only to be declined. Sometimes its worth the try to applied that is challenging.
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
I don't remember a day when I'm not job hunting. I'm so over it, but I can't stop now.
@ilocosboy (34325)
• Philippines
14 Jan
me too, I'm over it now too.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
16 Jan
@ilocosboy is that because you've finally found a job or did you say you were self-employed? or just plainly sick of it?
@Shavkat (62774)
• Philippines
12 Jan
I had tried to apply some jobs that are not being qualified to. The reason, I am attempting to have the job and learn how to do it if being hired. I don't lose hope on this and finally, I found a good niche as an online teacher. It paid off in some ways.
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Fantastic news. I guess our dream career can come as a surprise.
@Shavkat (62774)
• Philippines
14 Jan
@Theresaaiza Indeed, my friend.
@lovebuglena (6405)
• Staten Island, New York
12 Jan
There have been times where I applied for things I felt confident in and felt I was right for the job and yet no response. I am not confident in applying to things where I feel it's not in my wheelhouse but it has to be done. Sometimes, those job descriptions are so fancy though that they scare me off.
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Yes, everyone tells me to just take risks. And I'm going to do just that.
• Philippines
12 Jan
YOU can do it, I'm sure there's plenty of it over there. Don't give up. I think getting there was even harder. Get that negativity off your head.
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
I need surgery to get this negativity out of my head.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan
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@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Sorry Patsie, was having a hard time reading your response but I guess I get the gist. I'm hardly a people person. I find though that I easily win people's trust but it feels like it takes a lot of effort on my part. That's why at times, I feel like I should get a job where I'm hiding in a basement, sorting through mails.
@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
12 Jan
I did, and only stayed for a little over a month. I'm not job searching at the moment though as I'm now self-employed.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Good to hear you found a fall-back.Can I ask what keeps you busy these days?
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Jan
@Theresaaiza I do freelance writing for a local company. I get translation job offers too every now and then. How is the job hunting going for you?
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
16 Jan
@cahaya1983 How do you find this freelancing job? translation job? It would be cool to use my Filipino language for translating but there's no demand for it, as far as I know.
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@JustBhem (37513)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jan
And I feel you. I am currently unemployed and been seeking job online. And you are right, there are plenty of jobs out there but some of them I find I am not comfortable with and I am not sure if I can do the job. Sometimes I'm scared of rejection.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Twinning on that one This is so hard. Well I do hope you get one that you will really like and stick to. Me, I do have two other jobs and I love it, and I would like to stick to it for as long as I can. Sadly, they couldn't give me more hours. So I'm stuck with only a few days. I need to get something more stable or at least to fill in the other days left free from when I got laid off.
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@JustBhem (37513)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan
@Theresaaiza Well, the good thing is you still have work. Me, I am trying and now I am working on my fundraising. And this is giving me a lot of thoughts.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
16 Jan
@JustBhem I was hoping I could find a side gig, if not full time or part time doing online stuff but there's many different stuff out there when I researched. I don't know which one I'm actually willing to do. Looks like everyone has to start with great difficulty before they finally are able to launch it.
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@JSAph8888 (972)
• Philippines
12 Jan
I feel you! I just also applied to the job that I think I am confident and under my comfort zone. But when no company was calling me for interview and examination, that's the time that I need to set aside of me being not confident of myself and away from my comfort zone. I know I need to level myself up and take risk.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Same thing I hear over and over - i need to step up my game. One employer said I was too timid. They want someone who was more out there, more confident. One said, I was too slow. They want someone who was more switched on. These comments make me feel like I am a sloth
• Philippines
14 Jan
@Theresaaiza Are you really a sloth? I think no. Maybe they saw that in you physically? Then try to change you look. Always stand up straight and confident. Be professionally looking.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
17 Jan
@JSAph8888 Well, I do tend to slouch when I'm sitting down but I feel like at work (at least the two jobs that I really love), you won't see me sitting down and doing nothing because I really try to be proactive. But maybe my best is not good enough. Either it's a very competitive world or they just don't like my face. I, personally, find that some people annoy me for no reason but of course it's not a reason for me to be mean to them or anything
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
12 Jan
I only searched for jobs I felt confident I was qualified for. Finally I accepted to have an interview for something I thought I was not qualified and I was immediately hired. Be more confident.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Good to hear that Anna. You're right, I should take risks.
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
@Theresaaiza Sometimes we must push ourselves to be a little more aggressive.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
16 Jan
@LadyDuck Risk taking and assertiveness are not my best suit, But you're right, I should learn to be for my own sake
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• Philippines
12 Jan
for me, if i am capable of doing that job and thinking about my every needs, maybe i've learned to value and love that job, by and by i can adjust to it. just try it also.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Yes, true, I would just have to really step out of my comfort zone, otherwise, I will never be productive,
@sw8sincere (4530)
• Philippines
12 Jan
Never ever feel afraid to try new things. Changes are a part of life. Take a new risk and always have the courage to do the impossibilities and make it possible.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
Very wise advice. I'll take heed.
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@FourWalls (13796)
• United States
12 Jan
No, I've never applied for a job I wasn't qualified for. However, what did happen is that a temp service sent me to a job I wasn't qualified for: medical transcriptionist. The office ended up hiring me, and I stayed for six years (until my mom's health deteriorated and I decided to stay with her for the last months of her life). I'm prayerful that I'm at my final job. I turn 62 in four years, and at my age and with my health I know I won't be able to find another job.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
14 Jan
That would be something I'd like to do. I just don't know if my ears are in great shape though. One doctor said there are high pitched sounds I cannot pick up when he did a hearing test. Plus, the Aussie accent is not one to make my life easy.
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