Hidden jobs-found one to apply for by a conversation with a friend.

@writersedge (22577)
United States
October 16, 2008 5:12am CST
I called a friend who was in the same class as I was. We had taken a class on caring for elderly people who have Alzheimers. She now has a job. She told me to put my name in at the hospital. I told her they never have anything posted that I can do except beginning typist (clerk I) and they tend to hire that inhouse. (I know, you think beginning typist, huh? Well they transfer from housekeeping or janitorial duties-this hospital, you must start at the bottom and work your way up, but that can be all the way to X-ray tech or sonographer)She said it's not on the ad board, it's separate and that's how she got the job she has now. So I went to the hospital yesterday. I inquired about the list. Now only was the application for sitting with elderly people, there was a spot where you can check off to sit with alcoholics and other positions, 5 on the top of this specific application that I had never seen before. This is just a running list that the hospital keeps for home sitters and occasional help. While there, I also found out about a notebook that is kept for other positions. The ones that aren't filled after a few days. I have applied to that hospital many times, for years, and all I ever knew about was the 3 x 5 cards posted in the hallway. So I applied to bring food to patients and interviewing incoming patients and typing their personal info into the computer (this one, I know isn't a bottom job, so I won't get it, but at least they know I want to get in and go up). So there were two sets of positions I knew nothing about. The lists and the notebook. So instead of filling out one application, I filled out two. It was really strange. You wonder how you can apply to somewhere for years and not know about 2/3 of the openings. Have you found any hidden jobs? How did you find them? Did you get one of the hidden ones? Or have all your jobs been out in plain sight? Take care
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I hope you get the job anyways, writer..I don't know if there are hidden jobs at the schools I have been applying to, if there are, they are hidden from me..
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
16 Oct 08
That's why it's always good to keep asking and to make friends who get jobs in the school. You never know. Sometimes even the post office or other places have hidden jobs. Take care.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I agree that many places like to promote within and don't necessarily post all job openings. Most of the jobs I've had over the years have been something I didn't search for but have come to me via a phone call. Usually no brainer jobs with no benefits. Almost all of them have been loads of fun. Recently there was an office position open at our facility, it was on the company's website, when I inquired about it, it seems nobody knew anything. I have office skills so experience is not a problem but think my age had something to do with this particular position. I did not actually apply for the position and actually am really glad now I did not. Am content with my part time job even if it's only a few hours a week.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Strange that it's on the website, but nobody knows about it. Age discrimination for an office job? That's dumb. I know a lot of places up here that would rather have an older worker, at least we show up. I worked one place where there were 12 people called, all said they would go to work, and I was the only one who went and I was the only person over 30 at the time. Thanks and take care.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Nobody will admit to age discrimination but it happens. When I was hired, they were not allowed to ask my age but one of the questions was: "what year did you graduate high school?" Ok, this is the same principle as far as I'm concerned. I thought it was humorous, actually. Yes, I will go to work when I am scheduled and haven't been late in 7 yrs. This tells me something about an older employee who really wants to work.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Yes, I feel the same way. What year did you graduate. If I graduated in 77, then I'm obviously not 20. A 20 year old wouldn't have been born when I graduated. They have many ways around things. Yes, that would be a point-always work when scheduled and not late- I would not only bring up during an interview, I'd see if I could get them to write a letter of reference with that in it. Take care.
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