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My time is more important than yours

What really irritates me about how the job process works is....employers will put out a job offering online or wherever else they may advertise. You see the listing and send a resume...a few days goes by and you get a call asking you to come into their office for an in person interview. You are thrilled to have gotten a call, and are excited about the interview. They interview you, show you all around the office, introduce you to several other workers, spend a great deal of time with you asking questions and chatting. You leave thinking, Wow, what a great interview!...I think I have this one in the bag. After a few days goes by, no call or email...a few more days go by, no call or email...2 weeks go by, and you still have heard nothing from the employer...I guess you are just supposed to assume you did not get the job. This is simply unacceptable and unprofessional on the part of the company (and unfortunately, most of them operate this way now). Your time has value...you have to drive to their office...sometimes, in heavy traffic...answer a lot of foolish "interview questions like...what is your 5 year plan?...and for those fools to not even show the courtesy of letting you know they hired someone else is inexcusable and stupid.

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I do understand your frustration as I'm quite familiar with it myself. In all the jobs I e ever interviewed for only twice did I actually receive a physical phone call. I had more respect for them for doing so. I'd probably say 70% sent me an email while the other 30% I received nothing back at all. Depending the size of the organization, the bigger it gets, the more impersonal and longer process it tends to be. Often it depends on the HR dept too who will prioritize getting that new hire onboarded as I tended to be the one doing much of it for my department, there is a lot involved than just sending a "you're hired letter". The best I can really you is if you don't hear anything back for two weeks, you didn't get it. By no means during this time should you stop looking and interviewing either! Until you've signed all the paperwork and in on your first day, don't stop. Chin up, put yourself out there. You only deserve what you are willing to work and settle for. Be creative, think different. Use LinkedIn, companies your interested page. Reach out to their HR, make linked in connections w someone in the organization who maybe can be your insider. Never give up!

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Susan Lifton
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Gone are the days when you were pounding the pavement and went to a place of business to apply for a job that had a "help wanted" sign in the window. You would fill out a paper application right then and there. You would get interviewed on the spot. You would get hired on the spot and the seasoned veteran who knew the job would show you the ropes. It didn't matter if you had the education and experience back then. Nowadays companies put too much emphasis on both education credentials AND experience. God how I miss the old school days of looking for a job. I wish they would bring it right back again. At least back then you were assured that you got the job without having to wait around for a definite answer. You also didn't have to make an appointment just to drop off a resume either.

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My job search has been long and the salaries seen to be far under paid why is this happening?

I have been searching what seems day and night to come up empty. I have a ton of experience, I am completely flexible, and at this point would take any position to take care of my responsablities.

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Rodney, I understand your frustration, as it is something I have struggled with myself. You just need to keep going. Make sure to follow up, reach out directly instead of just putting in an application, and be proactive about your process. Here are some [landscaping positions] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search?q=landscaper&l=MILWAUKEE%2C+WI&r=25&ex=1&group=company&sources%5B%5D=CB&sources%5B%5D=GD&sources%5B%5D=ID&sources%5B%5D=LI&sources%5B%5D=JC) hiring now near you. Good luck, please reach out if I can help with anything!

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Lori Moore
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Because Wisconsin is an awful place to live

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What happened to common courtesy?

I posted this earlier but cannot find it so am reposting. I had been contacted by Office Team for an interview. The person arranged to do a FaceTime interview, but never called me. I phoned the company and left the woman a voicemail when she did not initiate the interview but she never responded. I also emailed her a few days later to find out what happened but still no response. Should I write them off or let someone in their office know how I was treated?

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Frances Winfree
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I encountered a similar experience, however, later than day I was contacted from another Robert Half/Office Team recruiter totally unrelated to my NO SHOW/NO CALL interview experience. Confusing at best.

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Jim Flack
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I've had that happen to me, although it's only been recently. At the risk of sounding prejudiced, I believe that people of other cultures don't understand the same common values of courtesy when it comes to keeping appointments. Once the appointment/interview is deemed no longer necessary, they drop it. I will be waiting for the call at 10 AM....and then 15 minutes goes by....so I will reach out to my contact person via email and say, "He hasn't called yet. Did something come up?" And inevitably, the response will be "He decided to put the position on hold/found another candidate/had to go to a meeting..." So you've prepped and gotten ready for an interview that will never happen.

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A Trend

I had the same thing happen to me!! I even had them say," We will call you back with a decision good or bad" and never called or replied to a follow up email. Very frustrating! They promote integrity, but don't show it.

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Maria Snyder
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Agreed!

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Stay at home mom trying to get back into the work force

I’ve been a stay at home mom for 10 plus years now, and now that my children are no longer needing me at home I have been trying to get a part time job just about anywhere at this point because for some reason the 1,000s of job applications I have submitted in the last year not one interview not one response back from anyone! I have really excellent job skills but nobody seems to want to even talk to me after seeing my resume and application I am beginning to think I may never be able to get back into the work force! I’m very discouraged!

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Lydia Johnston
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Never give up on faith, prayers do work, you need to gi on a fasten and prayer for thirty days and believing with all your mind, body and soul, also receive it. ..Also child care provider, hotels, nursing homes, stay there for three years, make sure to be reliable, punctual, responsible and always on time, 15 minutes earlier than your schedule... Then get yourself something better. You could do it, the devil is a liar. Lol where it's a will, its always a way.

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Edward Alexander "The Howitzer"
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Ms. Amanda: PAY ATTENTION AND READ THIS NOW! Do you know the woman in the picture below? She is Ronda Rousey. Former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. She's seen more hard times in the fighting ring than the average person falling down in a skating ring. Case and point, she didn't give up when the chips were down, rather, she fought her way back to the top! The struggles in life can be like a FIGHT. Therefore, YOU MUST STAND-FIGHT AND WIN! You DON'T GIVE UP, rather, you GET UP and look in the mirror at yourself, and SHAKE IT OFF. Because like Ronda, YOU ARE A CHAMPION! ACTION REQUIRED: #1. Get up. #2. Keep this picture close. #3. Get that rhythm and resume together. #4. Each morning say to yourself..."I Am A Champion" and "I Am A Winner," and "I Won't Give Up, I Won't Give In!!" P.S. Reach out to Matt B or Lenin Pina in the JobCase Community for TIPS. DO THIS! NOW!

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Not premium

More than once has my wife and myself met with employers that we have applied with through recruiters told us they never received our resumes or applications through the said recruiters. Just so happens the employers we did connect with was contact directly, have all the applications I have spent so much time on not making it for consideration? Always asked to join the premium on these sights and pay monthly fee, not premium applicants not being considered because their applications not being sent?

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Nancy Macchia
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I heard most of the popular job boards actually charge employers to see resumes. Applying directly through the company websites produce better results. Cut out the middleman.

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What's the problem

I've been putting in applications for a job over the internet for 3 yrs now and submitting my resume through the internet and I have nerve got a response from none of the companies that I have applied for I'm sick and tried of those H&R I think there just to get paid not doing there job for responding to my applications

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Fabio Broccoli
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I have also been looking and searching for 3 years. I am finding that this online job application are nothing but a joke and irritating. I feel that these so called Recruiters are laughing in our face.

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John Ridenhower
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THREE PROBLEMS # 1 COMPETITION, AND #2 COMPETITION AND #3 COMPETITION. I have placed "local help wanted ads" on a local Craig's list and the response has been overwhelming. 40 or 50 plus responses most of which have been well qualified and often over qualified.

KISS - keep it simple stupid. Get to the point quickly.

I would suggest sending a 1 paragraph: Dear Sir, I have xxx years experience at "what ever fits the open job" and if you attach a (or paste) a resume keep it to a short 1 page format. If you have a complex work history summarize and offer to send a more lengthy paper resume etc.

Be sure and include contact information. Preferably a phone number. Personally I will usually call before I email a prospect - but that's just me.

And have a business sounding professional email... I am not going to call "hotpants@gotmail.com" or "partydog" you get the idea.

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Industry experience and training vs. system experience

I'm just wondering if there are other IT professionals out there experiencing the same level of frustration as I am. As a telecom specialist, I've spent my entire career adapting to the latest technologies. I've replaced entire phone systems and then maintained and performed troubleshooting on the new system. Unfortunately, I stuck around at my last job ... one that didn't afford me the opportunity to learn and grow ... longer than I should have. When I got laid off, I immediately went to work studying for and acquiring Cisco certifications to bring my skills up to date. Still, I'm getting rejected at every turn because I can't claim to have much experience working on Cisco Call Manager. I know the product and I know I can do the job on day one but how do I convince hiring managers of that when most recruiters won't even submit my resume to them based on their predefined list of what they are asking for ? For someone that's learned and worked on as many different systems as I have, learning a new system is child's play, not rocket science. But how do I get those interview chances to try to convince a hiring manager that my industry experience shouldn't be discounted so quickly. After all, if there's any unchanging statement I can make after working 30+ years in the IT field, it's that the systems/technology a company has now will not be the same as what they will have five years from now. Given that fact, shouldn't someone with a proven track record of adapting to all of the latest technologies be equally considered to someone who's experience might be that they were taught one way of doing things on one specific system? How do I get the chance to impress this upon a hiring manager when I can't seem to convince recruiters that don't understand this to set me up with an interview ?

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Mina Monroy
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Hi Dave, I also had a similar situation. when i went into Product Management in the financial industry for a few years. What I did to get back into IT/Telecom was network with family, friends and even acquaintance. Did my research on what systems the companies of the people I network with. Also would like to recommend you use the term Network instead of Telecom. I know that still a big percent of someone getting a job is by referral not only thru applications, online or head hunters. Try that and you will see you will land the perfect job you are looking for. Good luck.

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Randall Mills
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I. To. Have certification. In. Welding. Have. Not. Had. Luck i. Going. Start. My. Own. On. Site. Welding. Bussiness i. Lov. To. Weld

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Laid off two months ago

I was laid off two months ago. I'm a single father and bought a house last year. I'm stressed and worried now. I've been on a few interviews but haven't heard anything back recently. I haven't received a response back even after calling and emailing the hiring managers.

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Scott Foory
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Wow, no responses? Sorry to hear that, man. I think the only thing you can do is keep trying. Or can try stopping by in person to speak with them. Can be harder to ignore someone when they're face to face.

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Carlos Alvarado
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Martino, I noticed your a DeVry University graduate on your profile. Have you tries reaching out to their career counseling office for available job leads within their established corporate partnerships. Those schools are always advertising strong placement practices to encourage new student registration. They should be able to provide you reasonably good leads or alumni networking contacts. There’s a job fair in Cherry Hill on Monday in if you can make the trip up. It’s the closest opportunity to meet face to face with hiring managers I could find available in your area. Here’s the info in case you're interested, (http://lwd.state.nj.us/WorkForceDirectory/jobfair.jsp).

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The struggle is real

I have great experience in many things but being a stay at home mom on and off for 16 yrs makes it impossible to get a possible employer to give me a try... when i have had a job i move my way up the ladder quickly... just want to be able to rake care of my kids on my own...

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leslie perry
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Try a temp agency or maybe work at home ,or even taking care of other kids with yours.good luck

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Kennith Elkins
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Just have to do the best you can if you have a good job you are lucky. Because when you get my age it's hard to get someone to take a chance on you.

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