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What to do about a complete lack of jobs?


What to do about a complete lack of jobs?

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Andrew Kernodle
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I've encountered the problem of not being able to find further employment as a SQL Server programmer/admin in my area, strangely (or perhaps not quite!). The major issue is that it seems that, in this area (Chattanooga, Tennessee, US), hardly anybody is searching for programmers in general; the ones that are tend to be looking for people with much more experience than I have (almost two years; general requirements are 5-7 years or more). On the other hand, I've found two jobs to date where my experience is sufficient, but in both cases, I've been turned down, along with all the other applicants, or so it seems; the jobs were re-posted with much higher experience requirements on the second go-round, and they're still being reposted each month.

At this point, I'm not quite sure what to do about finding further employment; my current workplace is rather toxic at all levels, and I'd much rather leave here as fast as I possibly can. I don't have quite enough money to simply leave it and search for a job afterwards (since the pay here is slightly better than minimum wage), but I'm honestly not sure how much longer I can tolerate being in this environment. Moving away from this city is one choice, but because of my medical history and current living conditions, I'd have to move out on my own, which could be a bit risky for me.

I know what I'm asking is essentially a gigantic shot in the dark, but does anyone have some advice on a situation like this? I feel like I'm fast approaching my wit's end, and my efforts don't seem to be pulling me out of this situation very efficiently Sad

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The requirements on many job descriptions are more of a fishing exercise than a statement of reality. You'll probably find your two years' experience qualifies you for quite a few jobs that say they want five to seven. Don't let it put you off applying.

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Hm, I see. That certainly would make things seem quite a bit less grim overall; to be honest, I was a bit worried that such a job would take me on board and I'd simply crash and burn, but, on second thought, they'd have butchered me in the interview before that would happen, hopefully! Alright, I'll see what I can do with that, and thank you for the suggestion!

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John Mitchell-245523 (3/12/2013)
The requirements on many job descriptions are more of a fishing exercise than a statement of reality. You'll probably find your two years' experience qualifies you for quite a few jobs that say they want five to seven. Don't let it put you off applying.

John


I strongly agree here. It goes along with the idea that "The answer is ALWAYS "No"... unless you ask."

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Just thought I'd update this... After tossing out some more applications to places that were a bit out of reach experience-wise, I've managed to get a contracting job with one local company :-). The contract could lead to full employment, so I'll give everything I've got and see if I can get hired there. Thanks a lot for the advice; even if it was probably a bit obvious, it definitely helped!

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hisakimatama (3/21/2013)
The contract could lead to full employment, so I'll give everything I've got and see if I can get hired there.


Don't do that; contractors rake it in! Tongue

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The contract could lead to full employment, so I'll give everything I've got and see if I can get hired there.


Don't do that; contractors rake it in! Tongue

Dird


It depends. Just like FTEs, contractors only make money when they have a job to do.

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Agreed, both the most and least lucrative weeks of my career was when I was contracting. It's feast or famine.
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Networking is key. Go to user groups, talk to others. That will be a better avenue, IMHO, than searching ads.

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hisakimatama (3/21/2013)
Just thought I'd update this... After tossing out some more applications to places that were a bit out of reach experience-wise, I've managed to get a contracting job with one local company :-). The contract could lead to full employment, so I'll give everything I've got and see if I can get hired there. Thanks a lot for the advice; even if it was probably a bit obvious, it definitely helped!


Congrats I guess.
Realized you posted this 5 months ago while I was typing this reply :-)

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