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    I've found that the connections I've made here have been invaluable for experience and employment so just being active here gives you another talking point to raise in interviews. Best of luck with the search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzel View Post
    I've found that the connections I've made here have been invaluable for experience and employment so just being active here gives you another talking point to raise in interviews. Best of luck with the search.
    Same here. LinkedIn is also useful in that respect

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    30000!!!!! jobs!!!!! thats crazy!

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    Where are you based?


    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillskill View Post
    30000!!!!! jobs!!!!! thats crazy!
    Tell me about it. I aim for 100 applications a day.

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    Where are you based?
    I'm in Gloucestershire, though I'd abandon my home (and mortgage) in search of a job with the right prospects. Reckless maybe, but family is more important to me than property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXE View Post
    Tell me about it. I aim for 100 applications a day.
    How are you applying for them? If you're getting through about 100 applications a day I'm assuming you're not spending much time on each one. Stock cover letter and CV?

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    I know jobs are hard to get into at the moment, but blimey!!

    are you registered with recruitment agencies? i find there normally your best bet while looking for jobs, i dont know what its like where you live but i live in birmingham and even though i have a secure full time job, i still get calls from recruiters to do temp work..

    So maybe register with more recruitment agencies.

    *your probably already doing that though tbh*

    James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    How are you applying for them? If you're getting through about 100 applications a day I'm assuming you're not spending much time on each one. Stock cover letter and CV?
    It depends on how much information is in the description. Who is the employer? What do they do? What are they looking for? How's their IT department structured? What infrastructure / hardware / software do they have? What's their attitude to disabled applicants?
    In short, the more information I have, the more specific I will make my CV and cover letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXE View Post
    In short, the more information I have, the more specific I will make my CV and cover letter.
    Well, that makes my advice pretty much redundant.
    Last edited by jamesb; 23rd April 2009 at 10:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXE View Post
    Tell me about it. I aim for 100 applications a day.


    I'm in Gloucestershire, though I'd abandon my home (and mortgage) in search of a job with the right prospects. Reckless maybe, but family is more important to me than property.
    You can't apply for 100 a day!

    Do you have a folder of premade applications for each kind of post?

    I would suggest focusing on 1-2 and making sure the application is completely tailored to what you can bring to the job. Go through the job description with a fine toothcomb and show how you meet or exceed each requirement.

    Cut & Paste applications will more than likely go in the bin.

    I don't think you should focus on how many jobs you apply for it will only cause stress and depression. It's like when some people take their driving test over and over again until they have failed 17 times but each new test only makes them worse. You could develop a complex over it which will count against you at interview.

    If you can I would take time out doing something you enjoy and perhaps some qualifications/volunteering or an opensource project so that when you come back you feel more 'fresh'.
    Last edited by somabc; 23rd April 2009 at 10:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXE View Post
    Tell me about it. I aim for 100 applications a day.


    I'm in Gloucestershire, though I'd abandon my home (and mortgage) in search of a job with the right prospects. Reckless maybe, but family is more important to me than property.
    axe, you need to get in touch with your local newspaper. They need to know about you. you'd make a good feature story. Put on your best glum face, and if you've got a missus and kids make sure they look glum aswell.

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    There was a story on the BBC website yesterday of a 61 year old who, following redundancy from an engineering firm (although his training seems to be in catering), made a video of himself and put it on you tube. He has subsequently recieved 2 offers of work, including one from the states.

    A different approach to job hunting I know, however, it is often the innovative approach that catches the eye of a prospective employer.

    BBC NEWS | England | Northamptonshire | Job offer for man in YouTube bid

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    Where do you even find 100 jobs a day to apply for? :O

    The only thing I can suggest is what other people alreaday have - if you're applying for that many jobs a day, you can't be putting enough time into each individual one.

    When I was applying for jobs, and eventually got this one, I spent a good 2-3 hours on an application. Researching the company/school and I think I wrote about a page and a half for this job, explaining how I matched every single point they had specified on the job description. I found that any job I just sent my "default" CV+covering letter to I didn't get any response at all from.

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    another idea might be....

    as you say you work in a repair shop, how about doing some electronics qualifications, btec, city and guilds etc, this area is not too far away from computers, and might be interesting to you, plus it opens a whole new area of employment.

    good luck anyway

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    I've applied for around 300 over the last 12 months.

    100 a day does sound a bit excessive and must be hard to do them justice - say 10 hours a day on it, that's still 10 in an hour.... just doesn't sound like you can be really targetting them properly if you're spending an average of 6 mins per app



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