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Ajmurrell
post May 14 2009, 09:12 PM
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Hey guys,

Got the call today after my interview - no luck with the job sad.gif

Sadly I have very little experience due to illness for a few years, and no degree either. My small experience is in admin/customer service roles.

If anyones has any advice on where to look, which agencies to join, or anything really... Would be appreciated!

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post May 14 2009, 09:34 PM
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I thought you were a travel agent??? No.... Sorry to hear you didn't get the job AJ. You'll get something....keep looking. smile.gif
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post May 14 2009, 09:39 PM
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I recall seeing a vacancy for Framus guitars mate, as an area representative, if you've got some customer service background and a passion for guitars it may be a way to do something you really enjoy, not just for framus but anyone.
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post May 14 2009, 09:40 PM
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Sorry about that Adam. Try with job centre. They have plenty of things for everyone. Best of luck next time.


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post May 14 2009, 09:43 PM
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Sorry to hear that man. I'm currently job seeking myself. Just gotta keep looking everywhere and applying to everything you can. Something will turn up eventually.


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post May 14 2009, 10:21 PM
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I suggest you apply for and accept jobs that arent your branch or dream job. Any occupation whatsoever looks good on paper rather than a blank sheet. I understand a longer period of illness occupies a gap in your scores. And sorry to say, the market isn't fair that way, you should try collecting experience - any kind - to fill your CV.
That will suggest to any future employer that you want to work rather than drift around and do nothing.

And you could try to turn that negative into a positive: Like writing something like this when applying for a gaming job "I was ill for sometime but I fully recovered and I'm fine now, hence the gap in the period 2004-2005. I was eager to get into work life and while I wanted to be a computer game developer I had to start somewhere else to gather experience."

With this I mean that while you strive to be a Game developer (I don't recall what you applied for) you can mention that's your goal. If your experience shows telemarketing, cashier at the supermarket, customer support or whatever it tells your employer that you will work and that you appreciate to work.
ANd don't be afraid to mention you were ill for a period of time. That's straight forward and during the interview you will be asked about it anyway. It's job interviewing 101. And if you bring it up rather than trying to cover it up will be appreciated as fair. Any employer that get scared about the illness will sort your application to the trash bin. But if they don't and they call you to an interview they have accepted that unemployed period of time already.

In short. Don't be picky, take any job just to get the experience and to avoid a longer period of unemployment.
Could be less uplifting working with something you don't want to but if you see it as a step closer to what you want to become it can be bearable.

Hope you find anything of what I said useful. I've been working with applications and interviews and while I look for some qualities others have their approach, so the "right" and "wrongs" also depend on who reads your application.
I personally looked for gaps between employments, too short or too long personal letters (about three quarters of an A4 is enough), school grades in case there were no letter of recommendation from former employers (fulfilled grades speaks of someone who will also fulfill work tasks), no desperate or indifferent letters (show an interest, but not too much)
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post May 15 2009, 01:14 AM
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Sorry to hear that Adam, but cheer up mate, I hope you will find even better job soon, just don't stop looking for one, and it will come along. MickeM gave some great advices btw smile.gif


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post May 15 2009, 01:51 AM
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Ohh, what a pity. Don't let it make you give up. Try to lead your job seeking in what you most like to do. Maybe working in an instrument shop could be a good way to get a job as it was said before here. So, don't give up and try to find the way to beat the system!!. jajaja


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post May 15 2009, 06:32 PM
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Thanks guys, taking all your tips into consideration smile.gif

Been on my local council website to see if anythings available and there are a couple of opportunities... So already in preparation for handing my CV in for those.

Thanks MickeM, that was very usefull reading. I will definitely take note on what you've said.

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post May 15 2009, 06:38 PM
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Sorry to hear that Adam, I hope you get the next one !


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post May 15 2009, 06:44 PM
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Hey Adam,

While you find a new job why don't you start your own business. I mean something small , give some guitar lessons, sell something you know people need etc...

For me selling things is always the best option, you just have to find what can you buy at a low price an re-sell it a little higher.

Keep a good attitude my friend, keep searching , and for sure you will find something very good for you.


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post May 18 2009, 08:40 AM
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Sorry bud. It's always a bummer to not get a job you think you'll be good at. But on the bright side, if they didn't think you were right for the job, chances are you wouldn't have been happy there anyways.

Coffeeman has giving you a great suggestion! In Canada, with our massive layoffs, many people have started their own businesses. Governments love it when citizens are self employed and offer some very good incentives (tax breaks etc..) to get you going. Infact, even though industry is doing poorly here, Canada created 30,000 new jobs in April alone (that's 1% of the population!!).

If you can make it work during hard times, good times are surely on their way. GOOD LUCK DUDE!


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post May 18 2009, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (Sircraigery @ May 18 2009, 09:40 AM) *
Canada created 30,000 new jobs in April alone (that's 1% of the population!!).

Sorry to correct you but i.e 0,1% of the population. wink.gif


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post May 18 2009, 12:40 PM
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Sorry to hear that you didn't get it Adam.

A couple of suggestions for the future:

i) Ask the interviewers what they would suggest were you strong points and what areas you need to work on. They may refuse but most will try and help. It may be that you did really well but that someone was just a bit more experienced or something - and you won't now this without asking. It also shows them your interest and commitment and that can be helpful should you apply there in the future.

ii) Consider taking some qualifications either at a local adult education college or similar. Apart from the qualifications this will also open doors to their support networks for career advice and so on.

iii) As Micke says it is hugely beneficial to have work experience. If there is no paid work then voluntary work provides experience and demonstrates both commitment on your part and a degree of social responsibility that a lot of employers like. Voluntary work can also bring you contacts that may well lead to paid work in the future as well.

iv) Try not to dwell to much on this, learn from it by all means but move on.

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post May 18 2009, 05:46 PM
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Sorry to hear you didnt get the job sad.gif Hope you have better luck with the next one smile.gif


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post May 18 2009, 06:31 PM
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Sorry to hear your news, keep your chin up and stay positive.
if you are prepared to study again get back in to partime education or try the modern apprenticeship scheme, that way you can get skill and education and still get support from the job centre.
all the best and keep trying.
as for agencies try Hayes they specialise in admin/ service roles.

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post May 18 2009, 06:36 PM
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Ah, sorry to hear that, Adam sad.gif

Other then the allready great tips given here, I only have one suggestion: Buy your own country and make up whatever job you want tongue.gif


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Sorry to hear about that job interview! I recommend sending even more job applications now and I'm sure you'll find a new job! smile.gif


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