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04:37 pm: Marathon of marathons
I've mainly spent the past several weeks, including the visit from devimustang0929, marathoning various TV series recommended by my brothers and various friends. Titles include Burn Notice, The Border, Reaper, Medium, and Chuck. I haven't caught up on everything yet, but I'm making progress.

megory was given a Netflix subscription as one of her retirement presents, so we've been watching things from that as well. Her main problem now is trying to decide which items to bump to the top of the viewing list, because she wants to see everything right away.

This past weekend, I went with my parents to our annual family reunion in Indiana. It was held at a house where it hasn't been hosted in about 27 years. megory was astounded that I still remembered the place and could relate events that had happened there. My purse (with the book I had brought) wound up locked inside the car for the duration of the reunion, so I actually <gasp> talked to people.

I'm still not having any luck landing a job. I've sent out about 50 applications, but they haven't resulted in a single interview yet.

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From:kataren
Date:June 24th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear about your as-yet unsuccessful job search. You're going it alone or through agencies?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
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You're going it alone or through agencies?

I'm doing it myself. I'm rather picky about certain things, such as location (I don't want to work in a cold state unless I have to, for example), so I spend a lot of time weighing each opening according to my personal criteria.

It would help if the employers sent some kind of feedback, so I would know if I could change my approach to be more effective, or if there are simply too many qualified people applying for the positions and nothing I do would make a difference. However, I'm getting practically no responses at all; only 6 rejections, and the rest just silence.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 25th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
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I don't want to work in a cold state

...Like Michigan? :(
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 25th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I was thinking more like Minnesota or North Dakota. To be honest, though, I haven't found many openings in Michigan.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 24th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
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That's such a bummer about the job applications. I wish I had some useful advice, but all I can offer is "hang in there!"
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the support. I'll definitely announce it if I ever hear anything.
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From:florelhime
Date:June 25th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
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Feedback in looking for a job always helps (even if it's bad, at least you found out and can fix it). It might help to seek it out if no one you're applying to is doing it. Maybe having someone read over your resume and/or CV in the field or general area you're looking in. It's also always good to tailor your cover letter (and maybe even your resume) to the specific job, even if it's stretching the truth that that is the exact job your hoping for...it always looks better to say that is the exact job your hoping for than saying you'd be up for x, y, and z and looking a little indifferent even when you're not, you just have many interests. I know these are some things that have helped me in the past from advice I've gotten. I'm not sure if you've tried some of these things though.

Some of these things have helped me in the past:

http://www.monstertrak.com/resources/articles/top_resume_mistakes

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 25th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the advice. Every little bit helps.
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