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non solum memento mori, memento vivere sed etiam
立ち回り先: the same place I've been all month... *sigh*
気持: hysterical
音楽: music is for the happy >(
Jobs applied for today: 7
Jobs applied for in total over the past 2 weeks: 32 (I know, that's kinda low...)
Further inquiries received: 3
Invitations for interview/further application process: 1

That one job is a work-at-home call center, which will only pay $8/hr, and won't get up to the full $10.50/hr until sometime in June 2008 when the contract goes live. $10.50/hr is lower than the average wage (once you factor in all the overtime I worked) at my last call center job. After applying for that and getting a positive response, I figured I might as well fucking apply for my old job back. Considering that $8/hr part time won't even fucking feed and house me, even if I don't have to leave my house for it.

I really do laugh at some of the application requirements I see... A+ cert AND either Cisco or MSDN cert for internal helpdesk job providing basic application and networking support for $15/hr (I know I could do this job, but the fact that I don't have a couple grand to blow on certs means they don't even read my application). Receptionist to answer 20 lines, must type 45+ wpm and have 5 years experience, for $10/hr (I type a lot faster than 45 wpm, but I'm not answering 20 lines for only $10/hr. And anyone with more than 5 years experience as a receptionist generally doesn't want to be a receptionist anymore. They've moved on). I mean, really. Ridiculous.

At this point even if I manage not to eat for the next 2 weeks, I'll still need $500 to make my rent, and it's only $535...
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hnpcc From: hnpcc Date: Wednesday 19th December 2007 04.43 (UTC) (Link)
I know I could do this job, but the fact that I don't have a couple grand to blow on certs means they don't even read my application

Without knowing the state of the job market where you are[1], are you sure they won't bother? I'd write a cover letter explaining that you're in the process of finishing your degree, but need to earn some money first and would like the experience (or, you know, words to that effect). Good cover letters are amazing for getting a foot in the door sometimes.

[1] the job market here is very strong, ie employers are having trouble finding qualified people in a lot of (but not all) fields. So I know here if you had any semesters at all in some subjects you'd have a foot in the door, simply because they don't have the available staff.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Wednesday 19th December 2007 16.26 (UTC) (Link)
I think it would help more if the degree I'm 90% finished with was in a field related to the one I'm trying to get a job in. I've gotten a few funny looks from recruiters when they look at my work history (which is about 50% tech support, 50% admin/receptionist sorts of stuff) and then find out that I've nearly finished a degree in Spanish.

I've stopped even adding the fact that I'm a certified translator in the state of Arizona, because all it accomplished was me getting placed in the wrong bin by agencies, who tend to neglect the difference between "translator" and "interpreter" (there's more interpreting jobs, but not only is that a completely different certification, my hearing isn't good enough for that job to be a viable option for me).

The truth is that what I really want to do is not related to language, administrative assisting, OR tech support. But I've got to make a living in the meantime.