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applying for jobs

June 20th, 2005, 02:16 PM
When you guys are looking for a job, do you just keep applying and applying day in and day out until you find something? Or do you just do a ton, and then sit and wait a bit, then do some more?

I've applied for jobs non stop since last thursday, and I'm getting a little burnt out...I think I've applied to anything and everything. I already got one call.

I put in my resume with quite a few recruiters, hoping to get just something, even if it is only temporary or contract...

Also, how long does it usually take from applying for a job until someone calls? I only get paid up to the end of next week, so what do you think are my chances of finding something before then?

June 20th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Gosh, that is a tough question - I have not applied for a job since I can't recall! Never really - I was always recruited by someone. Maybe you can find a field where there is high demand and change careers. :)

I would just keep applying - I do know it is not as easy as it used to be to find work in your chosen field. I would also use your connections - family, friends and ask around to see what is avialable. I read somewhere that less than 10% of all jobs are advertised. Most are filled by recruitment, recruitment companies (and having used a few of those to foind medical specialists, they are not always too gret either but that is from the perspective of a potential employer, not an applicant). Have you contated any of them? We have reverted to one that has a good reputation in the medical field - they provide us with the names of people and resumes and we go through them.

So that's one avenue. Don't give up! As I recall, you possess technical skills and there must be places seeking those. Have you thought of government?

Good luck!!

June 20th, 2005, 02:54 PM
A week after you turn in your application or resume type a letter saying that you appreciate them taking time to look at your app/resume and list all your qualifications again. This has gotten me ever single job i have applied for. Say if they put your resume on the back burner for whatever reason this will make them want to look at either again or for the first time.

If you get a interview and they havent called back wait 2-4 days and send them a letter saying thank you for your time and the interview and list the reason why you would want to work at that location and etc etc...

June 20th, 2005, 02:58 PM
I sent my resume and cover letter into several recruitment agencies already, several that deal with insurance which is where most of my background lies. I have never used a recruiter before, but everyone says they are the best route.

I didn't think about the government jobs. I was sticking with workopolis to start with, and I have a few other job search engines I use. I am checking the government jobs right now! Thanks for the reminder.

I've applied for all the insurance jobs I have seen, but I'm also applying for customer service, admin, data entry, basically anything that I have skills that match.

June 20th, 2005, 03:12 PM
I have a friend who recently lost her job due to reorganization of her company and she did not want to move to Kitchener-Waterloo where they were moving her division. This was with Manulife so they may be seeking people. Have you looked at their web site? Or even directly sought out specific web sites of insurance cpmpanies?

Here is a list available from that company (not sure where you are in Ont tho):

Rick C
June 20th, 2005, 03:14 PM
I haven't applied for a job in about 20 years BUT, I would think its like prospecting for clients - a numbers game.

Set up a system where you're applying for positions and following up with a phone call in a week or so just to gauge their interest.

But apply for as many as you are interested in or get your resumes to companies that interest you so they have it on file. Get the numbers up so your name is all over the place and approach the follow-up in a systemic way.

Some of that mud will eventually stick to the wall and you'll get a few calls from it.

I think. Anyway, that's what I would do.

Rick C

June 20th, 2005, 03:20 PM
Rick C, that's a good plan. I will have to keep that in mind.

Right now I am applying for jobs because my contract ended, however, I may find out in the next week that I may be kept on with the same company. I am still applying elsewhere just in case, although my propects look good for staying with the same company (I just hate that I won't know until about the end of next week!)

cyber, I had checked a few companies websites, but not all of them yet. I didn't check manulife though. thanks for the link, I will check it out.

June 20th, 2005, 05:40 PM
in 2003 i applied for 420 jobs in a 6 month period, that was full on applications also with at least 8 selection criteria to fill out each, it was HELL... andi did not even get 1 interview, at times i was competing with over 1000ppl for a job....

and how did i get my current job after all this time- i walked in the door and was relaly enthusiastic.... go door to door with your resume, nothing impresses more than enthusiasm and motivation.....

and a week after you send in the applicaiton, do as rick said or ring up and ask if they got your appliaction allright, that way your not being pushy and giving them a reminder who you are.... and if you dotn get the job dont be afraid to ring the place and aks why and hwat they would have prefered...

man that must be tough, were lucky o have unemployment welfare over here, you get paid when your unemployed, its not heaps but enough to survive on.... good luck

June 20th, 2005, 05:46 PM
I find this a great site to land a new job

I hope it helps ;)

June 20th, 2005, 05:57 PM
You might also sign up at some temp agencies. They send out temporary employees to companies who just need someone for a short time. But, you are then in a position for them to get to know you and your work. Just a foot in the door, so to speak. When permanent positions become available, you're in a good spot to hear about it.

June 20th, 2005, 06:23 PM
happycats, I love that site. Lots of good jobs.

Mel, we have unemployment here too... I actually applied back in March (yes march) for three weeks of missed pay when my job didn't start till 3 weeks after it was supposed to...and I still haven't heard anything yet!! Their processing time is something like 8-12 weeks! So...if I don't find a job soon before this one ends, and I apply to uninsurance, I won't get money for a few months anyway!!

June 20th, 2005, 07:07 PM
In Florida the same state department that handles unemployment operates a job service, free to anyone looking for work & employers needing good employees. I find this the best place to go. They also offer free counseling and resume help. You can use the computers for job searches and once registered, you can search from your home pc, even sending out resumes with the states stamp of approval. Most employers that list with the job service are tired advertising and dealing with all the phone calls & interviews, the state previews & screens all applicants and then sends them on with their referral.
I believe most states has services like this, most people are not aware of this.

June 20th, 2005, 07:34 PM
I would definitely do a follow up--either email or phone. Certain places say NOT to phone, so in those instances just send a follow up email. Keep it brief, but reiterate your key skills and thank them again.

Also, if possible mail your application or fax it in lieu of emailing. This is not always possible, but when given the option, it's always better to provide them with a paper copy. The email copies are easier to ignore.

June 20th, 2005, 08:08 PM
just a variation on the website that happycats had , it actually allows you to be more specific with your city, as well it posts info from Jobbank as well as other sources
Job Search - Canada Jobs (;jsessionid=486053C59B2333875624EE3EC9 8C947E.jvm5?action=&province_changed=1&start_row=0&sort_index=_JOBSEARCH_DATE_POSTED_SORT_INDEX_EN&searchstring=&andor=OR&selectedItems=1&selectedItems=2&selectedItems=3&display_number=50&province=9)

June 21st, 2005, 08:19 AM
Guess what?

I get a call this morning from the employer who was handling my previous contract (who I REALLY want to work for still) and he says "so...we want you do work for us"! YAYAYAYAYA!

Well..I still have to shadow one of his employees for 3-4 days first, and meet with them after to make sure I can do the job and still want it though. sounds REALLY hopeful!

Now...I just need to find a dog walker for Odin otherwise he will be alone for 10 hours!! :eek: but I posted about that in the general forum.

Rick C
June 21st, 2005, 08:35 AM
Guess what?

I get a call this morning from the employer who was handling my previous contract (who I REALLY want to work for still) and he says "so...we want you do work for us"! YAYAYAYAYA!

Well..I still have to shadow one of his employees for 3-4 days first, and meet with them after to make sure I can do the job and still want it though. sounds REALLY hopeful!

Now...I just need to find a dog walker for Odin otherwise he will be alone for 10 hours!! :eek: but I posted about that in the general forum.

Outstanding. Congratulations.

Rick C

June 21st, 2005, 08:47 AM
the only thing that sucks is I have to dress in full out business atire for the next couple of days...I'm not sure I have that many business clothes! I have mostly business casual but they said I had to have better then just casual as there is a board meeting I need to attend. I better get to doing some laundry!

June 21st, 2005, 11:57 AM
Congratulations!! Good luck!!!

June 21st, 2005, 05:36 PM
thats great....
so canada has unemployment payments, thats great. for some silly reaason i thought you ere stuck in the same boat as the USA, no welfare and stuff (thats from whati can gather).....

is your welfare good?? do you get money and such?? how interesting......

oh and have fun at work......and get washing.....

June 21st, 2005, 07:38 PM
We have welfare, food stamps, and lots of other programs in the US. unfortunetly they get abused.