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Jobseekers: How Many Jobs Have You Applied For So Far?

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  • 06-05-2009 9:57pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 3


    Hi Y'all,

    Just wondering from all you job seekers out there...how many and what type of jobs have you applied for so far?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 110 ✭✭notlongleft


    about 60 jobs in the last 5 weeks - starting to send out cold call CVs now and see how i get on with that!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 59 ✭✭stephens770


    if there actually were jobs wed be laughing,anyone here can get a 23 y o any job whatsoever theres 100e in it for you.even a reply or interview.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭vector


    this must an identity theft heaven, I work in an office in UNSPECIFIC SECTOR and we are getting loads of CVs every day, some even have PPS numbers, and signatures (on the CV itself or on the covering letter), dude :(

    am I right in thinking that an email will be deleted, and for speculative applications its better to send a paper application?


  • Registered Users Posts: 786 ✭✭✭jkmanc1974


    Would say in the region of 400 over the past 3/4 months, unfortunately the sector that I have worked in is now completely dead.....(unless relocating to Brno - no intentions of doing this!) doing part time bookmaking at the minute so not too bad, back to college though in September me thinks......unless someone looking for an experienced Project Manager WITHOUT any experience in the manufacturing/pharma industries!!

    Brgds
    Johnny


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40 Tuvok


    Yep, I would think paper applications are taken far more seriously. It's easier to delete an e-mail....


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,287 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH


    I personally find it amazing that anyone is firing off 60 to 400 ???? CV's in a period of a few months.

    Seriously, I've been out of work now since the beginning of Feburary and have found that real job oportunities have been few and far between, for any profession.

    Seriously, where are you people looking?

    I've been working in QA in a Localisation company for the last 3 years and before that I was in Design in an e-Learning company and I can say without a doubt that I simply haven't seen 400 job adverts for either career.

    The vast majority of my job searches end with nothing.

    Last month, I was able to send off 5 CV's to realistic job adverts.

    Needless to say, I didn't get a job from one of them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,057 ✭✭✭lmahoney79


    I have been looking for a job since before Xmas and I have lost count of the amount of jobs I have applied for. Jobs in my sector I have worked in are non-existent (architecture/CAD) so I have been applying for everything from Office Junior to admin, data entry etc, anything that i could go for that i could use my office experience in. Its impossible thought because so many people are applying for the same jobs, I have had only 2 interviews and have been told im Over-qualified!! So what chance do I have!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 786 ✭✭✭jkmanc1974


    Overqualified and overexperienced seem to be the buzz words at the minute....

    Tony - ref the number of applications, have been aggressively targeting the UK market(as well as using every single contact that have dealt with in nearly 20 years experience), as plenty of jobs have been advertised in my field of expertise on various websites etc, however whether these positions actually exist is another query entirely......

    Brgds
    Johnny


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,006 ✭✭✭thebullkf


    close to 200 jobs since jan...same fyckers that made a mint during the boom are now offering substandard wages and blaming the recession... unreal.
    why would anyone work 40hrs a week (away from home/family possibly) for double their dole?????
    need to increase min. wage...people need to shop dole cheats to proper authorities....we all know someone!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,287 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH


    That's a sign of the times..."Over Qualified".

    I remember years ago when jobs were tough to come by, that that old line would be trotted out as a nice way of saying feck off. But I can't imagine it's been used for years.

    I recently sent off my CV for a job, presuming I'd at least be called for a face-to-face interview and was pretty confident that I'd get the job in the end. I was well qualified for it and had years of experience in the area.

    I didn't even get as far as a phone interview.

    When I phoned the company to get some feedback on why my CV was rejected, I got the over qualified line blurted at me.

    Needless to say, I was pretty disgusted.

    At this moment in time, I am serious doubt of getting a job in the near future and that future looks very bleak indeed.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,057 ✭✭✭lmahoney79


    I hear ya!! Considering I have been actively looking for the last 9 months, im getting very angry with everything in this country!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 635 ✭✭✭johnor


    thebullkf wrote: »
    why would anyone work 40hrs a week (away from home/family possibly) for double their dole?????
    need to increase min. wage...

    dont think increasing min wage is the answer, we need to be more competitive as a country again, the answer might be to lower the dole.. think we pay too much for things in ireland as it is, only one way itll go down, if we dont have the money to pay for it anymore..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,030 ✭✭✭marko91


    0:pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 736 ✭✭✭hblock21


    thebullkf wrote: »
    need to increase min. wage...


    I don't think so. It has to go down. Its way to high at the moment


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,287 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH


    johnor wrote: »
    dont think increasing min wage is the answer, we need to be more competitive as a country again, the answer might be to lower the dole.. think we pay too much for things in ireland as it is, only one way itll go down, if we dont have the money to pay for it anymore..

    Then that's an argument for proper regulation of prices, not lowering the dole, which will simply make life more difficult for people.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10,898 ✭✭✭✭seanybiker


    marko91 wrote: »
    0:pac:

    ha ha ha ha.


    I dont have a clue how many Im after applying for to be honest. I dont have me leaving but I do have a few FETAC courses and a few other kinda courses done alright. Im after applying for loads of different types of jobs.
    Ah feck it, we'll all sort something out soon hopefully.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,226 ✭✭✭taram


    40 since July last year, have a job but it's 12 hours a week at just over minimum wage, depressing! Got one interview in all that time :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 853 ✭✭✭Idjit


    Ive lost count of the amount ive applied for recently. Any old shop job would do me just fine but even they are scarce right now. Just my luck to finish school for good around the time the recession rears its ugly head. The Kleeneze and Avon companies seem to be going mental,tryin to get representatives for them. I wonder why that is?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,748 ✭✭✭Do-more


    Jade182 wrote: »
    The Kleeneze and Avon companies seem to be going mental,tryin to get representatives for them. I wonder why that is?

    Because they thrive in recessions. They rely on people looking to earn extra cash to sell their products and there many, many more people in that category now than there were say 3 years ago.

    invest4deepvalue.com



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,287 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH


    Jade182 wrote: »
    Ive lost count of the amount ive applied for recently. Any old shop job would do me just fine but even they are scarce right now. Just my luck to finish school for good around the time the recession rears its ugly head. The Kleeneze and Avon companies seem to be going mental,tryin to get representatives for them. I wonder why that is?

    People get ugly real fast on the dole.

    I used to be georgeous......now I'm just good looking. By the end of the year I'll be down to average.

    :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭vector


    Tony EH wrote: »
    People get ugly real fast on the dole.
    :D

    Yes, but their minds can become palaces...

    For years I've searched for such a quotation such as this. Confident it existed somewhere, and that its discovery would constitute the crowning glory of the present century, if not of all modern times. I knew it was bound to exist, in the very nature of things; that the symmetry and perfection of our planetary system would be incomplete without it; that the elements of material nature would long since have resolved themselves back into original chaos if there had been such a hiatus in creation as would have resulted from leaving out this quotation.

    Surely the greatest calamity that ever befell the benighted nations of the ancient world was in their having passed away without a knowledge of the this quotation.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,315 ✭✭✭ballooba


    Tony EH wrote: »
    Then that's an argument for proper regulation of prices, not lowering the dole, which will simply make life more difficult for people.
    Wages are a price/cost and they're too high, the same as every other cost/price in Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,169 ✭✭✭Eoineo


    Having been made redundant as I returned from maternity leave I've been left in a Catch22 situation. I apply for up to 5 jobs a week since January but I have a small baby and can only work as many hours as the creche is open.

    The nature of my profession is that employers are now requiring more and more extra hours from their employees at the same wages. So while I could afford to pay for childcare I couldn't be with my child. I would be expected to work from 7.30 - 8.00am until after 7pm four days a week with possibly some work at the weekends.

    I'm extremely well qualified, come with outstanding references but I've not even made it to interview stage once.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 191 ✭✭gwhiz


    Tony EH wrote: »

    At this moment in time, I am serious doubt of getting a job in the near future and that future looks very bleak indeed.


    I feel the exact same... never a truer word said !
    I worked for a firm of Solicitors for 20 years. Was PA to the managing partner. Good job, good money, benefits etc but hours were long and job very pressurised. Im a single parent so in January 2008 i handed in my notice. Boss begged me not to but I did. My intention was to take a year out and then get another job. I didnt think this would be a problem.... BIG BIG MISTAKE.... A few months after I left the recession reared its ugly head and so I decided fook this, I better look for another job quick... and here I am about 500 cv's later, registered with every agency known to man, registered on every job site online, senT out loads of cold cv's etc etc..... I dont care where I work at this stage and I know I will have to take a huge pay cut but dont give a ****. Anyway, as Tony says, THE FUTURE LOOKS VERY BLEAK :mad::(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 54 ✭✭JuJuBean


    I was let go from my job in January. Was on contract so no redundancy. I must have applied for a few hundred jobs over the last 4 months. Even jobs that I know I could do but am totally over qualified for - if I get a response at all, the answer is that employers can afford to be really specific about their requirements so won't go for candidates without the exact role requirements.

    I've just accepted a new job yesterday, thank god. It is a 2 hour drive from where I live but in the absence of a suitable job here, I am taking it. Its a one year contract but hey, its a job. Its a little less pay than my previous job, and with the new house share rent along with keeping up my mortgage here, I'll have less than before but still more than on the dole! And I will be working again which is really important. And I'll be saving!! I didn't save properly before but I'll never let myself get into such a dire situation again ie losing my job and not having enough set aside.

    My advice is to look outside of your home town. I know its not the ideal solution but if you got a decent enough salary you could house share and still come home at the weekends. That's what I have to do, and I know a few others who have to do it to. Some house shares are as cheap as €200 a month, not that bad. Its not easy on relationships but these are the times we live in!


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,560 ✭✭✭✭Kess73


    Between applying for advertised jobs, and sending out cvs to companies and businesses on the chance something comes up, I would have sent approx 300 in the last six weeks.


    Have been applying for positions that I would be qualified for and for entry level positions in other sectors.


    Have also sent out a crapload of cvs by email too, but I prefer to send in my cv on paper with a cover letter to match the role I am applying for.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 164 ✭✭FreedomJoe


    Overqualified?

    :D

    I went for a job, that I knew I was well over qualified for.

    But like everyone else, id take anything at the moment.

    Felt I had a good interview.

    A few days later i got a phonecall saying I was UNDERQUALIFIED, and would i be interested in a 12hr per week part time job at one of there other stores 40miles away!


    The job I was going for was a Xtravision Assistant Managers job.

    My Previous Experience includes managing a large retailer with a turnover of 8million per year!

    Add insult to injury the feckers wrote to me to confirm in writing that I was UNDERQUALIFIED!


    Xtravision were offering €21000.
    Previous retailer €36.000!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 191 ✭✭gwhiz


    FreedomJoe wrote: »
    Overqualified?

    :D

    I went for a job, that I knew I was well over qualified for.

    But like everyone else, id take anything at the moment.

    Felt I had a good interview.

    A few days later i got a phonecall saying I was UNDERQUALIFIED, and would i be interested in a 12hr per week part time job at one of there other stores 40miles away!


    The job I was going for was a Xtravision Assistant Managers job.

    My Previous Experience includes managing a large retailer with a turnover of 8million per year!

    Add insult to injury the feckers wrote to me to confirm in writing that I was UNDERQUALIFIED!


    Xtravision were offering €21000.
    Previous retailer €36.000!

    Obviously you were OVERQUALIFIED for the job having previously worked in management and these idiots were only looking for as ASSISTANT manager !!! Me thinks they probably gave the job to someone who was willing to work in management for the minimum wage.

    Anyways FREEDOM JOE.... chin up.... were all in the same boat here... but i thinks its sinking fast... !!! :mad:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 203 ✭✭2funki4wheelz


    God, I feel a bit humbled reading some of the figures here, and maybe appreciating the bigger picture more.

    I was let go the end of Jan with no notice and started applying straight away. I have experience in admin/secretarial/PA/legal sec and cust service so pretty broad in admin sector. Train commuter so have to work in Dublin city centre.

    Not counting recruiting agency 'jobs', I have applied for 75 direct to employer positions, all that I should have no problem getting, some entry level. Got 4 interviews in the first 2 months and not one phone call since and never got feedback from the interviews, only standard rejection stuff. Don't even get 'No's from everywhere just ignored.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10,012 ✭✭✭✭thebman


    There really needs to be some more rights brought in for jobseekers for employers to give reasons why they didn't hire someone.

    Its one thing to be told your overqualified etc... A lot of companies just couldn't be arsed responding, the height of ignorance. They should have to get back to you IMO. Not have you chasing up with them for weeks to find out they gave the job to someone else and have them lie to you about why they aren't hiring you.


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