The Jobhunting Game: What’s Behind Door Number One?

For those of you who don’t know, last month I received a job offer that I immediately accepted. I gave my former employer three full weeks to replace me and apparently gave my future employer three weeks to rework the numbers and decide that they didn’t actually need me. Unfortunately, I didn’t know this until I had already been replaced by my former employer. So here I am. I’m thirty-three and unemployed. When I was hired by CVS (former employer) I was only hired after making about four weekly visits chasing after the store manager to please look at my resume. It has always been my belief however, that I was hired because that store manager loathed his assistant who was adamant about my unimpressive background. I’ve read a number of articles that said that “pounding the pavement” was considered invasive and almost rude this day and age so I’m saving that as a last resort. For all of my fellow job hunters I’m going to log my progress of my job hunt by method and maybe we can all learn something that, God willing, we will never need to remember again.

Craigslist

Craigslist does have some value but I’ve never gotten an actual interview from any ad I replied to from here.

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NOLA.com

I have actually had more luck here than any other website in the past. They list new jobs everyday (mostly professional) and the only interviews I’ve ever gotten (pre-unemployment) came from here except one. I sent resumes to every job I was qualified for every day my first two weeks with no answers yet.

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@worknola

Remember when I said all but one (pre-unemployment) interview came from NOLA.com? Well this is where the other came from. At first I was turned off by the idea that they were advertising jobs for people who live elsewhere (because so many young professionals are unemployed and underemployed right here) but I have had some luck here. They have all manner of different jobs listed, but what they offer almost exclusively is a big window into the non-profit job market. If you are looking for non-profit industry jobs in New Orleans, here would probably be your best bet.

**Update: In the last three weeks, every legitimate call and email I’ve gotten from online applications came from here.**

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Freelancer.com

This site made me angry. Why? You have to pay to do anything and when I did sign up for the trial membership I bid for the better part of a day to even come close to finding anything promising. Then it turned out to be some guy that they say is “verified” who is overseas and wanted me to sell his iPods on ebay for him. In order to get higher “rankings” for work you need to take tests which you have to pay for.

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Monster

Maybe its just the industries I’m looking at but I find more scam artists on Monster than I do on Craigslist. I popped in here and looked, but from my experience, if I cant log out of Monster and go directly to the company’s website to apply I don’t bother here anymore.

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Freelanced.com

So far so good on this one. It all seem legit and I’ve never been asked for money. A lot of the jobs are geared towards graphic artists and technical writers but they pay well if you can get them. You’ll need a portfolio for most jobs but if you have a blog with a decent following you can squeak through on some things.

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US.jobs

This site was pretty impressive. There were a lot of jobs here that I hadn’t seen anywhere else and they’re big companies (Entergy, Shell, ect.).

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CareerBuilder

I personally like CareerBuilder and they do have one thing no one else has: a one button application. When you’re tired and you need to get in five more applications to meet today’s goal, swing by here. One thing to watch for though is the zillion people who will find your resume and start calling to see if you want to be a salesman.

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TweetMyJobs

This was kind of a wasted trip.

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Snagajob

This one has some jobs I hadn’t seen so far and they’re jobs that don’t require much training, but most don’t seem to pay well and my student loan debt would require at least two from here so I’ll save these for more desperate times.

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SeekingArrangement

Just kidding. ;p

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Adeeta

I have no idea how I ended up on this page but its a gem. It appears to only have New Orleans based jobs but that may be because of some link that brought me here. I submitted a bunch of things today but I’ll let everybody know how it turns out.

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HiRE

This is actually the Louisiana Workforce Commission. I’ve seen quite a few jobs that I haven’t seen anywhere else. The application process is pretty easy on most of them (instead of -dear God, please don’t tease me that they’re actually gonna extract my work history from my resume instead of making me type it in again).

**Update: Forefox has an add-on called LastPass (its actually a password manager) but it has funtion that will fill in forms and you can customize the Q & A. This has been amazing with filling in job apps.**

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LinkedIn

Very, very important. Do not neglect your LinkedIn profile. If you like, take a look at mine here.

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VisualCV

I’m really impressed with this website. The format of your CV is similar to LinkedIn except that all of the things that you hate not being able to format on LinkedIn can be formatted on VisualCV AND its highly customizable- you can even build an online portfolio to add to your sidebar. Every CV has an available PDF link and you can even choose your own URL. If you would like to see what my work-in-progress one looks like, feel free to check it out here.

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Forbes

Forbes is to my job search what Google is to my daily life lately and I haven’t followed any suggestion here that ended up as a total flop yet. I heart you, Forbes.

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Google Alerts

This may seem strange, but I added the names of all of the people I may meet if I get an interview into Google alerts. I already knew that if it came down to choosing between two equally qualified candidates -managers will chose the one that they like more. What I didn’t realize is how much statistical data supports that in certain office settings, likeability is more important than most of the job requirements. It’s probably a long-shot that this will help, but maybe I’ll get lucky and get some insight this way.

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That’s all for tonight but I’ll keep updating. Input is welcome!

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