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January 24, 2007
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Hi everybody,
I've been working for the same company for nine years and have recently decided to look for a new job. I am currently an assistant controller. The last time I sent out resumes I would constantly be receiving calls. This time in over a month I've only gotten two calls. I'm just wondering if anyone else is encountering the same problem. I'm beginning to think it's me and I'm getting antzy since I am so through with my current company and the person I work for.I can't wait to get out. Every day is like prison. Please let me know how the market is in your areas. I think I'll feel better if it's all over. I'm in New York
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January 24, 2007
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I am in Pennsylvania and it is the same here. Sometimes you have to give them time. I had an instance where it took forever to find a job and no joke, the same day, 3 other employers called to set up interviews. It is crazy the way the world works. Good luck to you. Hang in there.

Jewel

January 24, 2007
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Thanks Jewel. I'm trying to hang in there and some days are better than others but it's so hard to work with someone that you dislike. And the sad part is that when I first started working with him I thought he was so great. It's true what they say. You can't judge a book by it's cover. The only thing that makes me feel a little better is my paycheck.

January 25, 2007
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i'm here in NH and the job market is "ok"....i think with the economy, and hearing of all the big companies shutting down, its hard to find a good job.

Just keep pushing the resumes, and I am sure a compnay will call you, you just have to decide how bad you want to leave your company, cuz you may have to take a pay cut, etc....

Good luck!

January 25, 2007
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I'm in Atlanta and it is slim pickings for my job classification as a Retail Merchandiser.

Retail Merchandisers generally work for a manufacturer or a broker that the manufacturer has hired to do things like check in on stores (grocery, drug, mass merchants etc) to primarily ensure the shelf space of their products are not compromised, build displays etc...

I got into this line of work about 15 years ago because I liked to be "out and about" However, I have been laid off 3 times!!!

I don't know if this is the same as in other fields, but I sadly noticed the climate of this industry as a whole starting to decline.

Years ago, I had a FULL-TIME position with a company car and loads of benefits. Then another Full-Time position where I was reimbursed for my mileage (using my own vehicle) at something like .34 cents per mile (mileage checks would average about $150 - $200 per week on top of my salary.)

NOW - I am finding that just trying to get on to full-time is nearly impossible. The companies nowdays want part-time independent contractors and are only willing to pay a flat daily mileage reimbursement...which is a far cry from the .48 cents per mile for 2007!

On top of that - the company that I am with now (part-time @ 32 hours per week) is having a meeting next month.....and they want us to pair up in the hotel!!!! Can you believe that?

I keep hearing that the reason there are not the higher paying jobs like there used to be in the past here in the US is because of "outsourcing" overseas. While that is true....it's also a fact that the CEO's of many big companies and executive management are making "staggering"....I mean STAGGERING amounts in salary and bonuses!!! Take the recent situation with the CEO of Home Depot for example. Incredible!!!!

Anyway, guess I needed to vent.

There is a message board on Monster.com which I plan on checking out in addition to perhaps seeing a career counselor to maybe seel if I can transfer my skills to the government sector to try and get some sort of job security.

At 46, I have no savings or retirement and live paycheck to paycheck...........and it's starting to really scare me now!

January 25, 2007
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I must confess........God I am glad that this site is anonymous.....that I am playing "hookey" today.

I "logged into" my job via phone today and plan on fudging that I called on certain stores.

I have never done this in my life!

I feel like I am breaking the law or something.

The territory I am calling on has not been serviced in a loooong time and I got extremely frustrated earlier in ther week because I have to try and play "catch up."

I know that it is wrong - and I feel guilty.....a little bit.

Supervisors are all out of town and can not check back on my work today.

I am rationalizing that I am just getting my due back today as there has been many hours that I devote off the clock in getting my paperwork in order, plotting my route via mapquest etc....

Gosh - I feel a little weak in the knees and my palms are sweaty.......it's a bit childish in a way......trying to see if I can get away with something. whew. I've never done anything like this before. Always have given my employers 110% all the time.

Am I bad - or what?????

January 25, 2007
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Job market? What job market?

I have been sending out resumes for a year now. I had two interviews in that time and did not get an offer for either position. I have an M.A., office admin., college-level teaching experience, graphic design and layout, and database development experience.

I gave up - I went back to school.

January 25, 2007
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There are constantly new sub-divisions popping up all over Atlanta....some townhouses starting in the mid-500's.

What in the hell are these people doing for a living that can afford this......and how can I jump on the bandwagon?????

Do you really think that additonal education is the answer? I honestly don't know.

January 25, 2007
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southgoingzax,

Have you checked out sologig.com? I seem to remember seeing opportunities there for someone with your qualifications. Just a thought.

January 25, 2007
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I'm STILL feeling guilty here folks.....need a little support in my playing hookey please????? Thx.

January 25, 2007
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truthB

Think of it as a much needed mental health day. A break from a crazymaking job. I do it.

January 25, 2007
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bevdee,

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you - my sentiments exactly!!!

A much needed mental health day from a crazymaking job.....I LIke It.

(Whew - maybe now I can sleep good tonight.)

Thanks again!!!!!

January 25, 2007
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Oh here is another way to look at it-- "Thinking about working today has made me deathly ill!"

January 25, 2007
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Yep. I like it! Not too damn far from the truth anyway.............

January 25, 2007
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In any event, I just now told my fiancee about me playing hookey today....and about the outrageous claims that in the near future....at our next meeting....they want to pair us up and double up on the hotel rooms at the next meetitng so that we are, in effect, sleeping with strangers.

These are both highly reputable companies. I should think that the LEAST they could do....if they really appreciated our efforts...as they constantly remind us of (lip service) - is to reserve seperate rooms for us all in the upcoming meeting in February - wouldn't you agree?

January 27, 2007
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Thanks everyone. You made me feel better. I really do want to leave my present company because they have set a presedent with my salary and now I believe they'll do it again given the chance.The problem is there's not much out there right now. We had a slower year this past year and they cut my bonus by 30% which I can accept. But they didn't cut the new employees bonuses. As an example, we have a parking problem where I work. We have 13 company spots and about 80 employees. Most people park in the street when you can find a spot. They were trying to decide how to assign the 13 spots so I suggested to do it by senority, fair in the rest of the world. I was told no that the new employees would feel that they were not as "important" as the old employees. Well, what kind of message did they send to the old employees by cutting their bonuses but not cutting the new employees bonuses? Companies suck. They should think before they act.

January 27, 2007
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It all boils down to what you are willing to tolerate and you aren't - bottom line - whether it be work related or personal relationships.

You see where they are coming from now and that is a step in the right direction.

Earlier in the post, you thought it had to do with you - now you see that it doesn't it and that's progress.

Have you tried looking for employment on specialty employment sites that cater to your line of work? National Association of Controllers or something? That might be helpful to check into if you haven't already done so - or see what other fields your job skills might tranfer into?

Hang in there!!!!

January 27, 2007
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wow this tread is great!
I live in England, I'm out of work, there seems to be alot of low waged jobs which are fine if you have a partner to help out with the bills etc. But I'm single and the low national rate jobs do not keep the boat a float. I seem to be in a catch 22 situation, when, 'I'm damed if I do, and damed if I don't'!

January 27, 2007
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lewis,

I am curious - what is the national rate for jobs in England? Here in the US it is currently like - a little over US$5.00 or so....but plans on raising it to around US$7.00.

I know that right now - the American dollar is weak and compares to the poind at about 1 1/2 to 1. How much are you paying for gasoline? Here is is around $2.00 per gallon.

January 28, 2007
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Hi Everybody,
Thanks to you all and especially truthBtold. I will definetly check out that site you mentioned. I have an interview on Wed nite. I just hope the company is decent. Time will tell. You're correct Lewis, the jobs are all low paying. They try to "get you" for as low as they can and they are willing to take anyone, regardsless of their experience, as long as they can pay the lowest $. My situation is further complicated by the fact that my husband doesn't get any benefits where he works so I need to be sure I get medical insurnace for both of us or we would have to take a single plan for him and pay for it which can be quite expensive. So, as much as I hate the place I'm working now I have to stay until I find another job willing to pay for medical insurance for both of us. Not easy these days. Hopefully I can barter some salary for the insurance. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks for all your help and support.

January 28, 2007
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mousey,

I was living in CT - litchfield county, which is a fairly wealthy county...but was among the "working poor". I had to travel up to an hour in any direction to get a decent paying job.

I was making 40K a year. Traveling 75 miles a day to work.

My rent was over $1000 a month for a two bedroom townhouse.

Well, I went on vacation over the summer and found a town in upstate NY that is very inexpensive to live in, but the job opportunities are rare.

I looked anyway.

And had two opportunities come up that paid the same as I made in CT. I now pay $475 a month for rent for a 3 bedroom HOUSE on half acre of land. I travel 17 miles each way to work.

And here's why it worked for me - I had more experience than anyone around here. Back in CT, there are 300 certified kitchen designers in 40 mile radius of my home...up here, there are TWO in 100 miles. So, despite my lack of credentials, I was able to get a well paying job, cuz I could do the job well, and better than any of the locals...who are very low income and poorly educated.

I don't know about your living situation, BUT, if moving is an option, perhaps you should consider it.

For me, I went around to all the lumber yards and handed out my resume PERSONALLY. Neither of the places that offered me jobs were looking for someone, but yet, with my background, they couldn't say no either.

I couldn't EVER dream of kitchen designing back home...there is too much competition and the laws of supply and demand come into play.

So, look in areas where the supply is low and demand may be high...as I said, be open to moving if you can.

And I also made benefits part of my compensation...I told them how much my take home had to be AFTER taxes and insurance, and let them figure out the rest...I am making over 45K now, cuz they pay my insurance 100% for daughter and I.

think outside the box.

Also, there are recruiters who specialize in your career field...as well as many online job search websites for your field as well...get creative.

oh, and remember - hungry shoppers make poor shoppers....so even tho you are sick of your job - don't take the first job just to get out....make sure it's a better situation...ask questions, make sure you know what you are getting into...otherwise, you may end up in the same or worse situation as you are in now. do NOT let the person who interviews you know how desperate you are to leave - cuz they will use that to offer you LESS, knowing you are desperate...remember to demand what you are worth...and if they don't pay it, be patient and wait for the right gig.

January 30, 2007
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truthBtold
min wage is about £5.50 I think, I need to check that though, not sure how much that is in dollars though? And petrol again i will have to find that out too - sorry I live here too!!!! Apparently our government say that an adult can live on £52.90 a week!

mousey thank for your great thread! i will be posting here until I have find myself work! good luck to all that seek. 🙂

January 31, 2007
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Hi Everybody,
Had my first interview tonight. Nice company. He was ready to hire me on the spot-too broad a range in the salary I'm looking for and what he is offering. But I think I left him thinking about combining the job they have and having me help with his work. We'll see what happens. At least I know I still interview well and that my resume is "impressive". His words not mine. The longevity is what impresses them. Hopefully I'll eventually get somewhere soon. Thaks everyone.

February 1, 2007
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mousey good luck, i went to an interview too, one of those panel one's! Any way didn't get the job, but at least my application and cv are good enough to get me an interview. My cup is half full! stay positive:)

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had any luck yet? any tips on how to find something i want to do?

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