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When should I cut my loses?

I've been applying to jobs for about 4 months now and while I have gone on several interviews I can never seem to get over that hump and get hired. It's getting to the point where I see interviews as just another waste of time. My question is thus: at what point should I realize that nobody in town or even the state is going to want to hire me and just give up? I'm getting completely exhausted filling out applications that I know are gonna go nowhere. Maybe being homeless isn't all that bad.

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Shawn Krumm
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Do not give up, whatever you do, don't give up! I have a clue to how you feel, since I've survived several months-long job searches with the longest one taking a year. Consider: -looking for jobs/careers outside the box; you have transferable skills, everyone does. -working at Amazon, Uber, Lyft, retail and other seasonal/temporary jobs while still job searching. -volunteering for things that will gain your skills and look good on your resume. -update your LinkedIn profile and contact your connections there and other connections you have; or, if you haven't done so, connect, follow, and post on LinkedIn to build a rapport first. -make sure to be careful what you post on any social media, since many recruiters check on applicants this way. Good luck, Paul! Don't give up. Companies are missing out. Someone will be lucky to get you.

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Susan Heck
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If you are making it to the interview that is better than many that don't even get that far. I know it is frustrating. Just believe and it will come - just not necessarily when you expect it to. You might consider working with a peer or friend to practice your interviewing. Sometimes they can see things you aren't aware of.

Here are some other things to think on. This part is rather long. :-)

Things you can change:

1) Attitude - this is how you come across when you are interviewing. Do you seem interested in the interviewer? Calmly excited about the position (but not overeager)? Do you act like someone that would fit in with the company? Do you come across open, friendly and honest?
2) Appearance - this is how you set the stage before you even say one word. Are you dressed neatly in appropriate work attire (nice slacks, shirt)? Are you well groomed (clean, hair cut, beard trimmed)? If you have piercings and/or tattoos, have you done your best to keep these from being distracting (remove visible piercings, cover tattoos)? Do you sit with your hands cross over your chest and leaning back in your chair (disinterest) or sit straight slightly leaning forward (interest)? 3) Verbal - not just what you say, but how you say it. Do you sit patiently and listen to the interviewer while they are talking? Are you asking relevant questions that show you've looked into the company and position? Are you using business language keeping your answers concise? Are you using filler words like "um" or stumbling for answers? Instead, talk through your thought process OR just reiterate the question. "Let me think of an example from a different job that might be more relevant.

Things you can't change:

1) Hiring manager's day - like everyone, some people just have a bad day. Maybe their spouse is mad at them or they have a sick kid at home. 2) Other applicants - sometimes you can have a really good interview, but the other applicant is better qualified.

So... work on the stuff you can. Treat every interview as a learning experience and a step towards THE BEST JOB EVER!

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Hilton Reynolds
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There is a book out called rip the resume, myself I am always open to different ways of approaching every situation because I don't know everything, not saying that about you jus food for thought

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Kym Akintomide
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Four months is not a long time.. It’s exhausting putting together an application package. I was so tired of writing cover letters, I created several and cut and pasted when I could because the jobs I applied to were similar. Proof read so you remember to change company names, etc. Hang in there!

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Amy Lopes
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Depending on what you are looking for there are plenty of jobs to be had.Try applying at Amazon, FEDEX, Your Post Office, Department stores, Grocery stores, Bank Teller Positions, Home healthcare agencies, Assisted Living and Nursing homes, Restaurants etc.etc. Be enthusiastic and you will be employed very soon.

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Lydia Colon
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The most I can tell you is I applied during holiday season and was hired in November and became permanent in February. I can tell you that many places offer seasonal help and if you give it your all during that period most likely you will be recognized and approached for permanency. Don't give up hope and keep putting in applications. Call them and let them know you have applied and you're in the application pool. Consistency is major when applying online. Alot of job offers online receive about 1000 applications daily but you have to follow up with the company and your application.

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John Huang
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Great advice and words of encouragement! Curious what steps you personally took to show management that you were a great employee that they wanted to permanently keep

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Wayne Conner
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Paul, no one will hire you if you present yourself in an unflattering way. In my line of work, the interviews are typically held by a panel of professionals and executives and happen in rounds. Usually 3 interview sessions. In each of those interviews, you have to convince the panelists that you would be a welcome addition to the team. No one wants to work with a self-deprecating sad-sack, they want to be around the person that has a great attitude, is excited for opportunities, and can offer relevant benefits to the organization... IN THAT ORDER...

My advice is to get pumped up before your interviews. Be prepared by covering the job description and studying. Be responsive, quick on your feet, and always positive, and most importantly, go for jobs that you are underqualified for. If you land the next interview, awesome! If not, consider it practice for when you actually are qualified for that job. If you're lucky, and present yourself well, you'll land that gig that you think you arent qualified for, then youll learn the job, and not long after that you'll be doing the same process again to land the next better job!

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Angel Vergara
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How confident are you about your leadership?

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chaquoya vinson
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Try work from home. Conduent, Kelly connect,ttec.com

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