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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    I hear a lot of Americans used to play online poker and make a reasonable living, not because they were good at it, but because everyone else sucks and so they could pull $35k+ a year.
    lol nah fk online poker. live play is actually better.


    edit: by the way the economy crisis has affected all areas including the poker community, it's dry except for weekends, but I havn't played in casino for a little while.

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    Relevant to this thread, this news article was sitting on my homepage:
    For class of 2009, degree doesnt mean a job - Reinventing America- msnbc.com
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    Fewer than a fifth of graduating seniors even have offers, research finds...

    Matt Dumont has been looking for work since May.

    Ive had a couple times that I was told that I was one of the top applicants, went in for an interview, and then I just never heard back from them, said Dumont, who graduated last spring from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a degree in English...

    Labor statistics for July showed that 15.3 percent of Americans ages 20 to 24 were unemployed, ... compared to the overall jobless rate of 9.4 percent.

    More than half of graduates in the class of 2007 had job offers in hand when they finished school, the association said. That figure dropped to one-quarter of 2008 graduates after the recession began in December 2007 and for the class of 2009, it was fewer than one-fifth.

    Volunteering and public service programs are turning out to be popular options
    , and theyre reporting a significant spike in applications from graduates.

    At Teach for America, ... For the first time in its 20-year history, it said, the program had to reject prospects who met all of its rigorous criteria.

    Final data arent yet available, but the Council of Graduate Schools reported that applications for graduate schools were noticeably up this year, by as much as 20 percent at some institutions.

    Kaplan Inc., which helps students study for graduate school admissions exams, found that 40 percent of students who took the Law School Admissions Test in February said the recession was a factor in their decisions to apply to law school.
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    Wow, I feel a little bit better having read this thread. Not happy that we're all experiencing such shit times finding work, but feeling a bit relieved that I'm not alone. I've applied for every job I'm qualified for (from dishwasher to secretary) since Oct 2008, almost a year. I've gotten a few interviews but no job. I only managed to get a short job delivering phone books for pocket change back in January.

    I've been pounding my brain and torturing myself thinking "There's something I'M NOT doing", but I've joined job finder groups, haunted online job sites and the classifieds, literally went door-to-door in town. There's just nothing where I am.

    The jobs I've gotten in the past were all sort of lucky breaks, so this is the first time ever in my life I've done resumes and cover letters, all of that. I keep thinking I'm behind the game and not doing something else I should, but maybe I need to chill. Not stop looking for work but stop obsessing so much over it.
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    It's bad here, too. My friend applied to several hotels for a housekeeping position. Even the ones that pay below minimum wage under the table are not hiring. It's very scary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloriana View Post
    Wow, I feel a little bit better having read this thread. Not happy that we're all experiencing such shit times finding work, but feeling a bit relieved that I'm not alone. I've applied for every job I'm qualified for (from dishwasher to secretary) since Oct 2008, almost a year. I've gotten a few interviews but no job. I only managed to get a short job delivering phone books for pocket change back in January.

    I've been pounding my brain and torturing myself thinking "There's something I'M NOT doing", but I've joined job finder groups, haunted online job sites and the classifieds, literally went door-to-door in town. There's just nothing where I am.

    The jobs I've gotten in the past were all sort of lucky breaks, so this is the first time ever in my life I've done resumes and cover letters, all of that. I keep thinking I'm behind the game and not doing something else I should, but maybe I need to chill. Not stop looking for work but stop obsessing so much over it.
    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    It's bad here, too. My friend applied to several hotels for a housekeeping position. Even the ones that pay below minimum wage under the table are not hiring. It's very scary.
    Yeah, it seems like the low-end of the job market has been the hardest hit. There seem to be plenty of openings for competent people with experience, but then those people are always in demand.

    I figure I should give up on the lower end jobs that I hardly want anyway, and just push straight for being a network administrator or a related low-level job. I can get several certifications while I'm trying to make me feel like I'm doing something, and it's one job I can improve my skill in at home by messing around with networking equipment, which I've actually been advised to do.

    I mean, I guess I'll just have to face it... simple service jobs just aren't going to appeal to me unless I'm literally going to starve to death without getting a job (because I can literally live on almost nothing), and I've got too many family members who would never let that happen. So I might as well try appealing to a higher motivation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Yeah, it seems like the low-end of the job market has been the hardest hit. There seem to be plenty of openings for competent people with experience, but then those people are always in demand.

    I figure I should give up on the lower end jobs that I hardly want anyway, and just push straight for being a network administrator or a related low-level job. I can get several certifications while I'm trying to make me feel like I'm doing something, and it's one job I can improve my skill in at home by messing around with networking equipment, which I've actually been advised to do.
    That sounds like a good idea. Skills, especially on-site skills, are good things to have.

    On the low end here, call centers still seem to be hiring. We have two that I know of, one of which provides customer service for AT&T. Their expectations are kind of high for the pay level, so they have high turnover.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Catching things that open annually help too.. Like festivals that happen every year in your area or around your area.

    And school districts? I know in our area Substitute paraprofessionals are always in demand in our school district. Paid by the day, easy work.

    These are the jobs I landed despite the economy, if it helps anyone else. Schools are always going to need help.
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    I'm employed, but making wayyy less than I was before. I was out of work for a year, and I landed a temporary full time job. It's easy work, but it's a paycheck. My previous job was a marketing assistant at a mining company. I had a decent salary and good benefits. I was laid off. It sucks being college educated and having some experience and not being able to find much of anything in your field of work.

    Currently, I'm still looking. I've had a few interviews, but nothing has panned out yet. I've been pretty close a few times...*sigh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    Relevant to this thread, this news article was sitting on my homepage:
    For class of 2009, degree doesnt mean a job - Reinventing America- msnbc.com
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    Well a friend of mine is going back to uni next month as he can't find work, something is better than nothing.

    Just got to share my news .. a min ago my phone rang, i have a telephone interview for a service underwriter (insurance) tomorrow. OH MY GOSH.
    Lmao. Wicked.

    EDIT - So the 20 min interview was over in 7. I hope that is good news. Find out in 7 working days.
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    I have a job! Yipee skipee! Granted, it's temporary, part-time, and pays minimum wage, but I really don't care, I have a job. And one that's centered around my favorite holiday: Halloween.

    So that took...4 months to find something.
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