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  • KingsGambit
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    I'll PM you in a bit.

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  • Teallaura
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    So, how's it going?

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  • Sparko
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    Originally posted by DLAbaoaqu View Post
    In your America, people search in vain to find work .

    If I ran things, jobs would look for you!
    Businesses would be mandated to have branches in small towns. That way, they grow.
    Just opening a branch doesn't make a business successful. You can't mandate a business to grow or be successful.

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  • DLAbaoaqu
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    In your America, people search in vain to find work .

    If I ran things, jobs would look for you!
    Businesses would be mandated to have branches in small towns. That way, they grow.

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  • Teallaura
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  • KingsGambit
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    Just an update; I got four applications in yesterday evening. I definitely think things are going better as far as me actually getting them in (though the hard part is still ahead!) Thanks for all the help, everyone.

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  • myth
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    Something I've had success with in the past is: calculated persistence. In other words, after I turn in my application/resume, I start following up with phone calls and in-person visits. I target whomever in the organization I would be working for (or else whomever handles hiring) and drop by for a quick chat. Granted, this might only work for certain industries or certain size organizations, but I've used this technique in the past to signal my enthusiasm for the position. (Quick note: I'm not talking about constantly harassing the person, but just periodic follow-up.) I was very surprised, after talking to some HR people, how often people just send in an application and then never follow it up with even a phone call.

    Hope everything works out for you.

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  • Carrikature
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    Originally posted by JardinPrayer View Post
    3. Whenever you are passed over or don't hear back from a prospective employer, remind yourself this is not necessarily a personal rejection. Unemployment is a huge issue in our country right now and many are vying for the same positions. Determine not to permit those lost opportunities to be stumbling blocks in your path.
    This is something I've had to remind my wife of time and again. There's no telling why you weren't selected for a job. Just an example, the company I work for has interviewed people in the past only to decide they didn't have a need for an additional employee after all. It had nothing to do with the candidates at all.

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  • KingsGambit
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    I attended a workshop at the county employment office yesterday that gave me plenty of useful ideas and tips. There really are more resources out there than I knew about.

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  • Sparko
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    I found my current job through Monster.com - and that was 6 years ago. I think more and more job applicants and employers are using online career sites. It saves on having to fill out applications and allows the employers to sort through the resumes easier. The one thing that really counts though is the "cover letter" or email you send when you apply for a job online. It is your only opportunity to be personable. The computer resume can end up being just a dry list of applications and skills. But the cover letter lets you be yourself, and summarize your career and personal life to a prospective employer. Hopefully that will get you past the first hurdle and into an actual interview.

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  • KingsGambit
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    Thank you everybody for weighing in. I will certainly use this to reshape how I am approaching everything in this process.

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  • JohnnyP
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    Another idea: adult ed, community colleges, and county programs in your area may also offer courses and workshops on finding a job, where you can get feedback from peers and interact with others having the same goals. Helping others with the same fears may also help in overcoming your own.

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  • JardinPrayer
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Oooooops

    Sorry
    No worries. It'll be less interesting if there's no dialogue. Threads like this are more like group therapy. There's a definite benefit in that. The forum was set up to work like an advice column with a little more integrity, but I don't intend to stifle discussion unless it gets wacky.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by JardinPrayer View Post
    Okay, KG, here's the "official" Perissos Resources response,
    Oooooops

    Sorry

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  • JardinPrayer
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    Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
    I've been struggling with underemployment for a few years and while I have been scraping by, I really do need either some additional hours or something new, so I've been looking for a new job. However, I feel overwhelmed by job applications, and they actually can literally cause me to panic. I think one of the reasons they seem overwhelming is because I have been passed over so many times over the years that I feel I'm wasting my time. This panic reaction discourages me from filling out. Do you have any advice on how I could better handle them?
    Okay, KG, here's the "official" Perissos Resources response, with thanks to the others who stepped up to offer support:

    From your description of the problem, it seems you've already identified the problem--and it isn't job applications. Discouragement, doubt, panic, rejection, and fear are the tactics of the enemy of your soul, and he uses them opportunistically. The practical tips already provided by Cow Poke and Johnny P are great and may all be useful and effective, so I recommend you consider them all. However, I believe the motivation, encouragement, and determination you need in order to take full advantage of the opportunities available to you is found in Christ alone. At the heart of the matter, your battle is being waged in the spiritual realm. My check list for overcoming the obstacle you describe looks like this:

    1. Pray. Then pray some more. Pray God's words right out of the Bible to be confident you are asking for the things He already wants to provide. Try Romans 8:32-37 or Philippians 4:4-14 for starters.

    2. Ask someone to be an accountability partner. Your spouse may be a good option here, or man who is more spiritually mature than you that you trust who will honor the request. Ask him to encourage you and build you up and to help you set goals for how many applications you'll complete this week, then check on your progress. Pray with that person.

    3. Whenever you are passed over or don't hear back from a prospective employer, remind yourself this is not necessarily a personal rejection. Unemployment is a huge issue in our country right now and many are vying for the same positions. Determine not to permit those lost opportunities to be stumbling blocks in your path. (See #2 for assistance with this step.)

    4. After you have done 1-3, review your resume and perhaps a couple of applications you've completed with someone who has some experience and can help you refine your process. You may need a tweak or two to help put your best foot forward on paper (or web forms). Lots of people need help with this. If you don't know someone who can take a look at your resume, try Google.

    5. Celebrate victory. When you assess your daily (or weekly) progress, look for the things that went well and be intentionally celebratory and grateful for them. Give them at least equal time than the things that you're worrying about or discouraged by. Take every thought captive and pay attention to the words you're using. If they're all negative, balance your scales.


    You do have to set your mind on the things of God here, KG. Cast the problem at the foot of the cross and then allow Him to go before you into the battle. Walk in agreement with who God says you are (His beloved, His child, joint-heir with Christ), and take up your armor against the slings and arrows of your enemy.

    I know some of this may sound "poufy," and familiar, but I always find that coming back to the basics of walking in the victory that has been won for us on Calvary is the best way to begin to address any issue. I am praying with you for victory here.

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