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4 months and no freaking job?

4 months and no freaking job?

4 months and no freaking job?

(OP)

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Thank you for applying for the HELP DESK ANALYST position with (grocery store chain).  In an effort to select the top candidates for interviews, careful consideration was given to formal education, related work experience and overall qualifications as related to the position.  Although your qualifications are impressive, I regret to advise you that we have identified other candidates who have qualifications which more closely match those of the position.
Your information will be kept in our files for one year in the event that other opportunities that match your qualifications develop.  
Thank you for your interest in this position and in (grocery store chain).  .  We wish you the best in your career endeavors.


I cannot believe I got turned down for this.  I was a system admin AND a tier 3 tech with 12 years experience at a giant 100 year old company. By myself I managed 50 EU's and with a tiny team of 2 others, took care of another 250 remote EU's, half with Mac's on a 2003 infra!! I'm sure I can handle a few local IBM POS machines running XP!!! My BSCS degree is totally worthless now and I'm still paying it off after 15 years.  
I've never experienced a market like this in my whole life.  So what do I do? Fall back to my other related profession which is freelance web design and development...I've done it before!....nope! The market for devs is also saturated as well PLUS the offshore f'ers bidding jobs at $3hr...And American clients are still paying for their crappy work.

So what else can I do?

I'm very good at mechanics, mill work, and operating heavy machinery. But I have no professional experience with any of it.  Perhaps I should go back to retail making $8hr?

Thanks, needed to vent here (again)....Peace

 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

very sorry for your troubles fizzak.  things are not the bright i know.  however, things could be worse.  there are other educated people that have been unemployed for much longer.  i say keep your chin up, keep sending those resumes, do some networking and something will come about.

North323

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Um... having been laid off and waiting just over 3 months before being hired it is frustrating.  Granted I had less exp then fizzak so chances are that fizzak would be a better candidate for some of things I applied for than me.  If you are making unemployment  and it pays your bills than just keep truckin'.  A friend of mine (who is also an engineer) has been unemployed for almost 6 months now and is happy.  He's been applying like mad but he's still taking it easy and relaxing.  You are probably like me (or vise versa) and need to work.  Monster, Dice and your friend (tho misguided) recruiter will help expedite things. I've been rejected for being "overqualified", which in layman's terms means that I'll be asking a fair day wage which is something most companies don't want to do. SOOOOO with that said... chances are that either you made too much at other positions (if you put that in your resume) OR they already had someone in mind and needed to put the position up to make it seem like it was open (that's happened to me).

I wrote too much, sorry but I hope this helps make things seem a little better?

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I would also get involved in sites like LinkedIn.  In my experience job hunting I've found that letting friends know that I'm job hunting and having them pass my resume on if they know about a job that is available makes a major difference - that's how I got my current job and the new one that I'll be starting just after Thanksgiving.

-Dell

A computer only does what you actually told it to do - not what you thought you told it to do.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Four months is nothing.
 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I hope the venting has helped a bit winky smile

In my experience, it is by far easier to get a job when you still have one and more difficult if you already left your former employer.

The times may be harder to find a job, but on the other hand, the companies that want to hire somebody are more likely to do so because they actually need somebody and less because the financial numbers say so. So the job you find will statistically be a more serious one.

Don't give up. The fact that you were over-qualified may even be the reason not to hire you. They probably thought you would not stay long with that employer if it is a job below your skills.

Be yourself, don't despair and keep writing to any interesting company with a job offering.

+++ Despite being wrong in every important aspect, that is a very good analogy +++
   Hex (in Darwin's Watch)

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Four months is indeed a drop in the bucket, especially compared to how long I've been looking.  After a while, it's hard to even find new possibilities.  You may even have to consider something else - it's not a good thing to be needing work in IT, I'm finding that out for sure.  

That's especially true, since the companies do not wish to pay a fair wage in any economy (hence outsourcing/offshoring), and then for the bad economy, the IT is usually the first thing to be cut.

Keep at it, but definitely consider that IT will be like many other college majors.  It may be nice to do and you may even love it (fit me in on both counts for that), but if you can't make any money on it (like it seems I am in too since I find nothing constant, only odd jobs), then you got to start considering other options.

I'm waiting for the white paper entitled "Finding Employment in the Era of Occupational Irrelevancy"

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

(OP)
Thanks for the replies, feel better now that I know I'm not the only one here. I figured IT was resession proof but I was wrong.  It's just strange to me, the businesses need us to run their day to day, unless they want to go back to rolodexes and carbon copiers. IT staff should be royalty but I feel like a Janitor these days.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

This isn't intended to be a slam or shot at anyone.

Some trucking companies are hiring. I've had 5 friends of mine in IT take truck driving jobs to pay the bills. It took them about 12 weeks of training and another 2 to get jobs.

They say that they have less stress in their jobs, too. I went through driver training and then picked up my current IT job. I had intended on driving.

 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

When I saw the company's response my gut feeling was that you were overqualified.  When I saw your response I knew that you were overqualified.  That's a major issue in a good economy, but in a down economy it's even worse.  The problem with hiring overqualified people is that they tend to be capable of doing much higher level/paying jobs that what they have applied for.  In this economy it's virtually guaranteed that every single overqualified candidate that they hire today will be jumping ship when the economy improves and they get a better offer.  It costs companies money to hire and train people, and turnover gets expensive.

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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I was going to say exactly what kmcferrin just said (only not as well winky smile )

I went through this a few years ago and even a simple "thank you for applying" reply was rare.  For the most part it was like sending apps into a black hole.

While you're looking beware of a couple of other things.  That particular listing looks specific enough to be legit but there are a lot of fake postings.  Some are contract agencies just trying to gather resumes.  Others are companies trying to find out how easy it might be to fill a particular position and what they might have to pay, but the position doesn't actually exist at the moment.

As far as the value of IT: a lot of companies mgmt don't really know what goes into IT.  Technology has gotten so good that it has become invisible to mgmt.  They look at it as a commodity service.  

Jeff
It's never too early to begin preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day
"The software I buy sucks,  The software I write sucks.  It's time to give up and have a beer..." - Me

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

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As far as the value of IT: a lot of companies mgmt don't really know what goes into IT.

I think they do and that is why pay has decreased.

 The market is saturated with with IT generalist like me and fizzak, so you have to specialize and be near the top of your company's hierarchy to make pay.

 From my experience in the last couple of years, what I have seen in small to medium business is that they purchase software packages that meet their needs and the company they bought it from supports it and the database maintence via remote aceess. The IT people on staff are just there for desktop support, network and hardware maintenance.
 They don't need a security specialist, the small company of 3 guys that set up their WatchGuard Firebox set that up, backed up the settings, and maintain it for alot less than a minimum wage salary per year.
  These scenarios may be different in large places like hospitals or similar. My last company serviced doctor's and lawyer's office and much more,and those guys shop for the lowest contracts when shopping for 3rd party IT support.

   When I was unemployed, it was around the 2 month point when I realized things weren't right and I rewrote my resume for jobs geared toward technical\mechanical services as I have an aptitude for that. I didn't necessarily strike gold, but I did find what I was looking for after quite a few more months as I stated in the similar thread this one follows.

Bo  

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If the women don't find you handsome,
they should at least find you handy.
 (Red Green) www.redgreen.com
 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

The first thing I thought of on this post was yes you are too qualified.  The position might want someone they can mould into and by the sound of things you have done so much you may know more than the people you would report to.  Been here many a time, keep looking something will come up in the end

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

The discussions here have been interesting and I've been following them.

I was contacted yesterday by a recruiter for a company that is looking for someone with my experience. I asked him why not hire someone who has been laid off and not working. I  told him I could give him three names. He said that once someone has been laid of for three months, they don't even consider them. It's better, he said, to hire someone who is employed.

What a rotten attitude! I said no thanks. I asked him who he was representing and he wouldn't say. He wouldn't even give me his info unless I was interested. It is an employer's market but the attitude is really lousy.

Sorry for the rant. evil

 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

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He said that once someone has been laid of for three months, they don't even consider them. It's better, he said, to hire someone who is employed.

It is definitely a lousy attitude, but it's been common over the last decade, and especially in the corporate world.  It's something most people I talk with (in person) don't get.  Companies don't look for excuses to hire people, but look for excuses to NOT hire people.  

In essence, these people I speak  with don't understand this because of this logic: If they're looking to hire someone, but they're not looking to fill the position and are using every excuse to NOT hire anyone, then it doesn't indicate any need.  So why look to hire anyone in the first place?  And I agree with them.  It truly doesn't make any sense.

I'm waiting for the white paper entitled "Finding Employment in the Era of Occupational Irrelevancy"

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I've talked to our recruiters about it...it's not a dealbreaker, but if you're unemployed for three months it creates a bit of a perception that there's something wrong with you.  In a fantastic economy there might be some truth to that, but in a down economy it's in no way a reasonable belief.

The same is also usually said for having gaps in the employment history.  You want to show that you've smoothly transitioned from job to job with minimal downtime.  If you took 9 months off to work in the peace corps (or go to school, or whatever) then make sure that you document it so that there are no gaps.  If there are gaps then the interviewer or recruiter gets to fill them in (Was he in jail or rehab?  Was he just sitting at home playing Xbox?).

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MCTS:Windows 7
MCTS:Hyper-V
MCTS:System Center Virtual Machine Manager
MCSE:Security 2003
MCITP:Enterprise Administrator  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

And of course, people always tend to think the worst of those around them.  Not some misfortune that happened for some reason that brought them out of a job, or the simple "I can't snap my fingers and get a job anytime I want, like I can go buy something if I have the money." (someone's got to approve it, among many applicants), but always something that they willfully did and always the worst conclusion.  

Assumptions are always a poor thing from anyone.

I'm waiting for the white paper entitled "Finding Employment in the Era of Occupational Irrelevancy"

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

And assumptions are what people make all of the time. I had read somewhere that a person you're meeting for the first time will make assumptions about you within just a few seconds. It can be difficult to recover from a bad first impression.

But, disregarding you because you haven't worked in about 12 weeks shouldn't be one of them; especially in a bad economy.

 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

It can be quite an hurdle when you are over qualified. I few things I have tried, if you can do it without leaving gaps, leave out a bit of your schooling that does not pertain to the job. Also you might try re doing your resume'. A resume does not need to be in cronological order if it is done well. I have even made resume's specificly for a particular job. But i have also gotten a lot of "good luck" letters in return.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I agree with the idea of schooling. I only put in the college and any additional courses that may be relevant. I no longer list an Associate Degree and I don't put in my college GPA. It was so long ago and the technology has changed so much that it's irrelevant.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I agree with the overqualified opinions. I'm finding the same thing right now and its driving me mad.

I appreciate their point of view that you may leave, but if you pay someone 30K and get a 40K employee then surely they are just profitable for the company.

Fee

"The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Do you think it's worth going for jobs you don't feel qualified for then?  Making yourself the bargain option.

"Your rock is eroding wrong." -Dogbert

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

One route that hasn't been mentioned is to find an organization that will let you work as a volunteer for a while - two advantages -
1 - your resume shows that you're working
2 - they may be able to open a position later, and while they may be required to advertise it publicly, if you've been doing the position for free, and thus are a known quantity, you may get it. That's happened twice where I work - the advertisement for the position got 73 responses, many from experienced people who'd been laid off, but the person hired was the one who started working before the job was funded, as an unpaid intern.
So ask around for an organization - nonprofit or local government - with a problem that you're qualified to solve, but they don't have a budget for. Get to work on it, be helpful and cooperative, show the function and organization on your resume while keeping your options open, but realize that you may be inventing the job you'll be hired for.

Fred Wagner

  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

For all of the reasons that you shouldn't volunteer to work for free, read this thread:

http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1553065&page=1

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MCTS:Windows 7
MCTS:Hyper-V
MCTS:System Center Virtual Machine Manager
MCSE:Security 2003
MCITP:Enterprise Administrator  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I read the the other thread, and I have contrary experience to cite. I work for a city government (10+ years now), and we have two people who each started working for free, and were hired full time, one when a position either opened up by transfer or promotion (some years back), and the other by creation of a new position (quite recently). Local governments generally have an established way to allow for volunteer help. They don't advertise it, but if you ask, it can be arranged. and as I said, if you show your worth, it's an excellent way to be the number one candidate for a paying job later. the same is likely to be true for major, established non-profits.

Fred Wagner

  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Sorry to come into this thread late.

For what it's worth, I quit my 3 year job at the end of September 2007 and re-located from Jersey (UK) to Scotland.

I spent the first 6 months doing work on the house we moved to and then started looking for work.  I was lucky, we had a small (now long gone) financial cushion.

I started looking for jobs similar to the one I had left and like so many others, in most cases, didn't even get a reply let alone a "no thanks."  

After a while I applied for jobs through agencies - simple admin, scanning, filing - anything to get me started.

Eventually, I applied for a really low paid temporary job through an agency in Glasgow.  They called me in for an assessment/interview.

I had an interview with the client company two days later and started the day after that.  It was just a short term project to clear a backlog of risk assessment exercises, but 16 months later, I'm still here, had a 20% increase after 6 months (still lousy but less lousy) and now they want to make me permanent.  

Hang in there, and maybe adjust your resume downwards so that you don't frighten them off.  Get your foot in the door for an interview and you're half way there.

I don't know how the agency/temp market works in the States, but if it's anything like the UK you just keep applying and eventually, you'll get something.

Good luck.

 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

how how, we are not alone. I am also a few months unemployed, I decide to spend my time in learning and development for my own (cooking, php, head first books), of course this is not the absolute best thing for your personal finance (income) and self-esteem.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Hello Everyone,

I am new to Tek-Tips. I am an IT professional that has done alot of entry level IT work. I want to expand my realm of skills to land a better more stable job in IT. Looking for mentorship on what to do to learn more things in the IT field. I have worked with so many people who have taught themselves things or learned online with no certs or education pass high school that have landed high paying programmer and admin jobs. Looking to do the same.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

GMoneybags - to start with, lose the 'money' in your handle. What you need to grasp is the old axiom - "do what you love, the money will come".
Explore, find a niche in the IT world where your natural talents mesh well - or at least learn where you don't fit at all. Use that knowledge to focus on areas and skills that are a good fit for you. Do informational interviews with people in different IT organizations, learn what they do, how they feel about it, and what they recommend for you after getting a feel for what you're about. And don't be afraid to take some classes - AA or BS level, to get current in the world of IT. Many schools will place students as interns, and that can be a shoo-in for a paying job offer later. Consider getting with a Temp agency for IT-related work, even if it's clerical or menial (massive PC swapouts, inventories) to get exposed to employers and workers where you might be a good fit. Keep us posted on your progress.

Fred Wagner

  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I was just out from January 15, 09 till November 1, 2009.

I spent my first 3-4 months exploring options and meeting with entrepreneurs hoping to find the right partnership... no luck.

I did some pick up work for various old colleagues.  Designing reports for their sole-proprietorships, etc.  No contracts and no cash, but networking and good will.  Roughly five to six 'gigs'.

I ran into a major recruiter in August who said that her clients had given her instructions that they did not want to see any resumes from people whose last employment was 6 mos. ago or longer.

I determined to include my networking and goodwill efforts as 'independant consulting' on some versions of my resume.

In October I swung 2 interviews, one off of the orig. resume and one off the mod'd one.  I got my job with the original one (no mention of the independant consulting).

I also got the over-qualified form letter.  I don't understand that concept.  In my opinion, over-qualified employees should be exploited until they are not over-qualified.  Every company can improve.  Every department should have a wish-list that they seem to never get to... Over-qualified employees should be set to the task of chopping down that list.

I think the biggest issue around the over-qualified meme is that the manager will be challenged having someone that may be smarter than they can handle.  As a former manager I can say that I had at least two employees that were 'over-qualified' to be in my 'reporting' department.  So I went to my manager and between his needs and my understanding of my employee's skills, we designed an entirely new application for Order Management.  IT had told my manager that they could do it themselves, but that it would take 2-3 years given priorities, etc.  My Sr. Analyst designed, coded and trained the users on the new system in about 8 mos.  Last I spoke to him the Application's scope had expanded to cover the entire nation.

Recognizing my employee's abilities and putting them to use for improving the department and company, followed me as a positive whenever my manager spoke to his superiors.

~thadeus

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==> I don't understand that concept.
I can appreciate that and the view from the other side is that over-qualified employees don't stay in the job very long.  Usually, they are under-paid because they are paid based on the qualifications for the job, not on the qualifications of the employee.  That leads to unhappiness and unfulfillment.  Those three factors almost always lead that person to be on the lookout for a job more consistent with their abilities, with corresponding pay, and as soon as they find one, they jump ship.  And who can blame them?  But that leaves the company that initially hired them short-handed.  Companies would rather hire someone more line with the job for the long-term than someone over-qualified for the short-term.
 

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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

To add to CajunCenturion's comment, it costs a company a considerable amount of money to hire a replacement. There is also the costs of training, and the time lost. All of this goes into the calculations when hiring someone for a position. In most situations, HR wants to minimize employee turn-over as much as possible. This keeps their work load down and corporate costs down.

That being said, when you are in need of a paycheck, be "over qualified" is one of the last things you want to hear. Nothing like being told, "We know you can do the job and do it better than most of our current staff, but we're going to go with someone with lesser skills/experience."

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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Human networking is very powerful, tell friends, relatives, ex-colleagues etc. that you're searching. This creates a 'bigger set of ears' to help listen out for an opportunity.

I cant say this will work everywhere, but look for job openings at educational places like schools, colleges, universities. It won't be well paid or a job level that's perhaps what you're used to, but there always seems to be "something". At universities, jobs tend to get posted on noticeboards and rarely advertised, presumably because they tend to draw on the population of current and ex-students.

I was unemployed for nearly a year and finally got to the point where I took whatever I could find. I worked for an IT training company for a while (doing admin), did that for just over a year, during which I kept the job hunt active. A year later bingo!, so you could say I was off my preferred track for two years in total.

I don't want to sound negative, but be prepared to take what you can rather than what you want. It may feel like you're going backwards, but sometimes you've got to go back a bit to go forwards. There's no shame in taking what you might consider to be a lowly job, to fund your search for a better one.

  

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I don't think you sound negative... and I would agree that a lower skilled position is not to be snubbed...

BUT

A) My unemployment income was over 2K per month.  This covered the mortgage and COBRA health which were the immediate concerns.  With those covered, I was able to look for work that suited me and pass up lesser opportunities as they came short of the 'guarantee'.  I never took it easy and relaxed though because there are more bills than those two that need to be covered (like food for teenagers).

B) That's a part of the point I was trying to make in my last post.  I would either have to dumb down my resume and interview or face the dreaded, "you're overqualified (and we only want to hire someone capable, not someone that could raise the profile of our business)".  
(yes still grumbling soapbox)

[steps down]blush

OK, all better.wavey

~thadeus


 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I agree with stackdump that social networking is the key to finding a job.  Don't be afraid to contact long lost friends and family also... a contact is a contact...

I would highly recommend college alumni sites and sites like linked-in.  Also, college career centers are a great place to hit.  I know that my college career office will search for alums to see what jobs are available... many of these job opennings never even make it to job-circle or monster....

Also, I would never dumb down a resume... You earned your knowledge and exeperience via hard-work...

fizzak have you found a position yet?
Hopefully so;
if not do not fret... I know some IT people who were out close to a year before landing a position...  

Steve Medvid
IT Consultant & Web Master

http://www.saveourfarm.com
Chester County, PA Residents
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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

They get around that by making it a 1099 (contract employment) position.  Not only will they pay less than minimum wage, but that also means that the person who takes the job will be responsible for paying all payroll taxes, including the portion of the taxes that the employer is supposed to pay (FICA, etc).  However, unless they're very careful with how they structure their environment it would be very easy for the IRS to come back on them and say that their staff are employees rather than independent contractors.  Sounds like a pretty shady company.

I'd be shocked if they were able to net $4/hour.  I especially like how "MS Server or Exchange experience is a plus."  As if anyone who knew anything about Windows Server or Exchange could be had for such paltry sum.

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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Not to defend that rate of pay, but I think it is more likely that they will net around 5.50 - 5.75 / hr...  Which is still abysmal.

Off-chain Supermarket near me was hiring for assistant managers between 14 and 15 / hr.  No experience necessary
 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Thadeus,
I agree it is incredible... I've seen McDonald's Jobs also starting at $10/hour and if this is the true rate 5.50 - 5.75/hr for IT work... that is sad... Why not just work at McDonalds...

My guess is that some of this work is most likely completed by off-shore resources where 5.50 - 5.75 / hr for IT work may be acceptable.   

 

Steve Medvid
IT Consultant & Web Master

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Chester County, PA Residents
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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Quote:

My guess is that some of this work is most likely completed by off-shore resources where 5.50 - 5.75 / hr for IT work may be acceptable.

It's kinda hard to offshore a field tech job in Texas.  If you're not in Texas you're not in the running.

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MCTS:Windows 7
MCTS:Hyper-V
MCTS:System Center Virtual Machine Manager
MCTS:Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
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RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

well, eventually I have now got my job. And I can't stop smiling.

Hang in there - there IS the right job for you somewhere.

Fee

"The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

I just sorta glanced at this thread.  In case anyone is wondering, fizzak hasn't logged in since December 5.  I'd think that's either good or bad... good b/c he got work, and is too busy... or bad.

Anyway, hopefully he'll post back before too long.

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"If to err is human, then I must be some kind of human!" -Me

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Back in 2002, I got hired by a small company. They even gave me paperwork, etc., which said that I was an employee. After two weeks, I was released and given a paycheck. They later sent me a 1099 instead of a W-2, and it was more than $600.

Looking back, I should have seen if they could have gotten them in trouble with the IRS. It would have been sweet and well-deserved revenge. They had definitely hired me as an employee.

One trend I have noticed more and more, too, is the unwillingness of companies to pay for mileage. This especially applies to on-site service companies that expect you to drive possibly 50 or 100 miles per day. I actually refused to work for several companies for this reason. After all, a reputable, honest company is going to do the right thing and pay for your mileage because it is the right thing to do.

Fortunately, I just got a raise and a nice bonus. My situation is actually very good right now. It makes up a little bit for all the crap I have had to tolerate over the years.
 

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

(OP)

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fizzak have you found a position yet?

I have a very short term contract with a relatives IT company to repair desktops in a rough inner city school district. He cannot afford to pay me much which is fine as long as I can clear the $150 wk daydare for my kid and regain my grove from being away for so long.  The first week into it I couldnt even remember the switch to change to root directory in dos.  Thats what I'm so afraid of if I go only a few months away from my profession I lose my edge.

3 Weeks into it I 've regained my groove and hammering these machines out.  These machines are so riddled with viruses, students are logging in as User with admin privs, popping out the little DVD drive belts, popping out the PCI slot panels and shorting the MB's...a total mess.  But the teachers appreciation with our work is priceless.  I miss it when I can save the day for someone.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Well done, fizzak.  These short term contracts can turn into permanent.  I started at my current place on a 6 week deal back in October 2008.  This month they finally made me permanent with health, pension and all the other benefits.

Hang in there, but keep looking in the meantime.

RE: 4 months and no freaking job?

Congrats, Fizzak. Sometimes the seemingly meaningless jobs can have a real gem buried. That you have the gratitude of the teachers is one of those. Opportunities can come in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

I once signed up to work in a rural town where the school district couldn't even afford calculators much less computers. I was charged with refurbishing old computers and getting them ready for use in the district. A father of one of the students noticed my work and referred me to a business colleague. I eventually ended up with a nice offer at a fortune 100 company. That was some time ago and I'm in a different situatoin now but be aware that opportunities can come from any angle.

Good luck.

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