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Topic: Giving up on finding work.

5 posts, 0 answered
  1. two-dee
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    19 posts
    6 February 2019

    Hey guys, it's been way too long since I've posted here (5-6 months give or take)

    While my schooling problems have subsided (I did very well in conquering them if anyone was wondering!), a new problem has arisen. Ever since I graduated in November 2018, I have been struggling to find part-time/casual work. Given how long the holidays have been, I thought it would give me something to do and will also serve as a stepping stone for finding a job after University. Unfortunately, I have never had a job up until this point and because I live in Adelaide; a city known for its inadequate job opportunities, things are looking even worse on my end. I have checked Seek and Indeed daily for the last few months and, whenever I apply for a job, I will more than likely get an email saying that I have not progressed to an interview (It would probably be 100+ times now that I've received these emails). The only type of work that I feel is best for me is retail as I have a multitude of reasons why working in fast food is terrible. I got some help from one of my teachers on how to write an effective resume but even then, it probably doesn't look as good as say, someone who has worked in a casual position for a few years. I could go on about how much of a joke it is to find a job these days, but frankly I don't want to bore any of you with my sob story. I think really all I have to ask is, what am I doing wrong?

  2. Rabbit33
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    6 February 2019 in reply to two-dee

    Hi two-dee,

    You're not the only one. This is a common problem and it is also a very competitive scene. Finding a job is never easy and sometimes you may need to start somewhere that isn't the most desirable of positions to work yourself up and build a resume and employment history.
    Are you providing cover letters with your CV's? And if so, are you tailoring each one to the job you are applying for? it may even be worth tailoring the CV to the specific job you are applying for also so that it shows 'attention to detail'
    A handy hint i was given. Was to leave my referee's off my CV as the key goal is to get an interview and then sell yourself in the interview process. So under the 'Reference's' section, i simply write "Current references available on request'

    The other thing you could try, is asking friends, family friends, sometimes knowing someone to get your foot in the door is an awesome starting point.

    I hope some of this helps and I wish you all the best! Don't give up! You'll find something soon. :-)

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  3. two-dee
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    6 February 2019 in reply to Rabbit33

    Hello Rabbit,

    Thank you so much for your advice. I do have a cover letter, but I'm always applying online as it seems that these days, nobody has the time nor effort to accept/read a physical CV. As a result, I keep things general by not incorporating the address of the business and only mentioning it as a "store" instead of the businesses name. I know it's a little slack, but I guess when there's multiple listings on Seek/Indeed, you can't really be bothered to go back and change a few little minute details for the next job (If I really have to, I'll start changing those details). I will definitely try out the referencing advice but if I feel that it isn't working, I'll put them in again. The part where you mentioned about "knowing someone" is what just about everyone has been saying to me; especially one of my best friends. He scored a job at Foodland all because he knew someone that worked there and said to me that "in Adelaide, you have to know someone otherwise you won't get anywhere" which really spoke to me. Speaking of which, I find that Foodland are one of the few places that are willing to take in physical resumes. Will that mean it goes directly to the manager? Not exactly but hey, at least I tried. I just hope that I can find something soon because the more "you'll find something!"s I get, the less I remain optimistic.

  4. Rabbit33
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    7 February 2019 in reply to two-dee
    I hear you.
    Finding a job is a job in itself most of the time. Sometimes the minor details do make a difference but there is really no 'Right' or 'Wrong' way to layout your CV or Cover letters, but selling yourself on both is always a good idea as it means if they only read one, they got to see the good points ;-)
    Knowing someone doesn't always have to mean a close friend to you. It could be a friend of a friend, a family friend, someone related to you. Put the feelers out and see what comes back but don't give up. I know it gets stressful but it is also really good experience if you were to ever want a career change down the track, you'll be ACE at job searching and applying.

    Best of luck :-)
  5. dovehearts
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    17 February 2019 in reply to two-dee

    hello two-dee,

    i know it's very hard to find work as a young person, especially with not much experience. what would help in the meantime while you're applying for jobs, is to find a volunteer position in the field you're looking for i.e - retail. you could look at the volunteer side of SEEK.com, or places like oxfam and charity shops always need a helping hand. a volunteer role gives you many skills you can use in any future job, and a real, reliable reference, too!

    for your resume/cv, me and my friends have found that we had a bit more success when we made a broad CV that applies to any job - basically a little introduction about yourself, then your skills and experience implementing them. don't have actual field experience? you can add little bits and pieces that you've done on the side, say you write stories as a hobby, well you have editing and proof reading skills, and doing a bit of dog walking around the neighbourhood shows you can manage multiple clients in a professional and friendly manner.

    i felt like you did a few years ago - i'd never had a job, kept getting knocked back for positions time and time again, but i kept persiting and didn't give up (even though i felt like nothing was going to happen) and eventually i was given a chance and landed my first job in retail. i'd done a breif stint as a volunteer at oxfam which let me bulk up my resume with a few new skills, and trawled the internet for resume templates to stand out from the crowd, which i think helped a lot.

    please don't give up! you will get there eventually. it just takes time, like all things in life. so maybe for those online postings, do a generic CV and just apply, apply, apply. see what happens. i hope this helped a little!