What has your job search been like?

A growing economy this quarter will not stop the bleeding in the state’s job market.

Unemployment will rise to 11 percent next year as the state sheds another 43,800 jobs, Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center predicted today, according to AJC reporter Michael Kanell. That’s on top of this year’s projected loss of 205,000 jobs, said GSU economist Rajeev Dhawan.

If you’ve been looking for work, what have you been experiencing? Have you noticed any changes lately — good or bad?

And if you’re responsible for hiring decisions, what do you see coming down the pike?

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Jeff Asher

August 26th, 2009
12:03 pm

My job search has been frustrating, to say the least. I am hearing that things are picking up. I’ll believe it when I see it and start getting interviews. Seems a degree in Finance and a CFA charter don’t mean much here in the south.


August 26th, 2009
12:31 pm

My job search has been equally fustrating…I am considered too smart or not dumb enough for a position. If you have the degree ..I dont have the experiance..but to get the qualifications they are looking for you gotta get the job first! I would go back to school but I dont know what to go to school for..a lot schools are just diploma mills…this is very very fustrating.


August 26th, 2009
12:44 pm

And, when do we get to vote Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond out of office???

Dave Taylor

August 26th, 2009
3:04 pm

Now is the time to become creative while doing some real grunt work – Cold Calling. We need to talk to the hiring manger. Sending resumes and hitting the job boards just don’t cut it anymore. We need to build our networks.

Arhur R Thompson

August 26th, 2009
4:16 pm

too old 53 too white (numerous times at service oriented companies manufacturers, too previoulsy highly paid, and too educated MBA Finance from Mercer and BS. Bus Admin from Auburn. I agree with above comments if you are perceived too intelligent and experience no need to apply as the America we knew has dumbed down. witness deteriation of SAT scores in Ga, ranking in the bottom quarter worlwide in math and science and the crowiding out of American from our major real world colleges by better qualified foreigners. (projected to take 40%of all American college enrollments by 2015) I work 3 part time jobs, no benefits , no insurance but we have redone our lives more independent and more meaningful work. The future jobs 85% are in education, IT, and Healthcare and that is what my kids(all in their 20′2 are pursuing.)

My step kids in Rockdale county are top 5% of their classes but way too much drug use, gangsta actors, loud mouths and indifferent teachers to help stop the continued downward spiral that will impact this state and ultimately America.

Unemployment is at actual 18% when include discouraged, people not on unemp. compensation, and people underemployed or part time. I see nothing but hardship and ultimately leaving this state.

Jobs on the Eastside do not exist and previous


August 26th, 2009
5:42 pm

Let’s face it the Atlanta dream is over. This is a city that needs to continually add population to fuel its growth. It needs to draw people and businesses here to sustain the population ponzi scheme that enables it to continue to support its growth in the building and services industries. Atlanta’s main business was the business of growth. Growth led to the development of subdivisions, strip malls, and commercial real estate. This fueled the growth jobs and as long as Atlanta could continue to grow the ggod times would last.

Now that the growth model has come to a halt, this area is being forced to confront the issues that can’t be paved over anymore. Failing schools, high unemployment, increases in violence, a brazen drug trade, and a burgeoning underclass are begining to overwhelm the limited amount of resources the state has provided to address these social issues. Atlanta can no longer turn a deaf ear to these issues.

The lure of cheap labor,land,and taxes was successful in recruiting low level manufacturing and services jobs in the 20th century. For years Atlanta would brag about the great job growth it was experiencing in the 90’s. The reality of the situation was the job growth was dominated by jobs in low earning positions in the retail, hospitality, and services industries. These jobs pay minimal wages, have no upward mobility opportunites, and can’t sustain a middle class living.

Jeff Asher

August 26th, 2009
10:11 pm

Arhur, I’d love to know what you’re doing. I think I’m going to have to do several part time jobs once the unemployment benefits run out. I fall into one of 3 categories: Contracting for too long (3 years), so they THINK I’m a risk, overqualified (welcome to the new dumbed down America), or not an EXACT fit for what they’re looking for, hence no chance to do a career change. Totally stuck, unemployed, and feeling hopeless at 40, not to mention a divorce on top of it.


August 27th, 2009
1:29 am

I am a landscape architect and my career is related to the construction industry. I am worried that I may have to change careers to stay in the metro Atlanta area or move to another part of the US if I want to stay in my field. Earlier this year I was out of work for 5 months but did find defense contractor work in Iraq that is high paying but far from home.


August 27th, 2009
6:57 am

The job market stinks, I have been looking for a job for almost a year. It seems hundreds or thousands of people show up at these job fairs that end up leaeding to no where fast.


August 27th, 2009
8:15 am

Well, nothing keeping me here in Atlanta now….no kids and divorced. So I have to find a city where the unemployment rate is low and I can get a job. I’ll go anywhere at this point. I’m tired of this town.

Arthur Thompson

August 27th, 2009
9:43 am

1.Temporary teaching in Rockdale county / tutor math
2.have cabin rental business in North Ga
3.My wife and I own http://www.silks2gems.com and travel state selling and marketing silk floral designs for Christmas, Fall , Thanksgiving and other Holidays and fashion jewelry items. Learned years ago to develop several income streams when realized the job market was withdrawing from our country and high level jobs and manufacturing were being exported out . I ahve read some of the best states to relocate to now our the inner mountain states. My oldest son is on assignment in Idaho
and Montano , nebraska and the Dakotas are also lower unemployment than anywhere in the SE, Far West or NE.


August 27th, 2009
4:25 pm

I just got laid off again at another mall job—I’m going on unemployment and won’t even look till those run out. A lot of the employers are biased against african-americans—I’m getting tired of this and may move back to Cleveland next year to find a good job!


August 27th, 2009
5:44 pm

The job market in Atlanta is truly dried up. I’ve been trying to leave my entry-level HR Job to a salaried position with advanced challenges for over a year. The employers keep telling me I have to take a $8-10k paycut – which is absolutely pathetic! I have a MA degree in Organizational Management with 5+ years experience and these employers in Atlanta want me to take a paycut! Unbelievable. I would love to move but my husband doesn’t want to leave ATL due to family ties! It appears all of the job opportunities are in the Northeast. I removed my resume from Careerbuilder because the response I receive from employers are insulting. They know it is a employer’s market, so they figured they can pay you less than what you are worth!

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August 27th, 2009
8:01 pm

Yes, it is hard to get a job…but it isn’t impossible. The key is to lose the inflexibility that you’re built up over all of the years at the same position. Even if you do have to take a job that involves a pay cut…do it and show then you can achieve and you will be rewarded. Everyone seems to want a job given to them and it just isn’t going to happen without hard work and sacrifice.


August 27th, 2009
11:22 pm

The job market in business in atlanta sucks! I’ve got an MBA from Emory and can’t find anything for the last 8 months after getting laid off from a finance job at a bank. Everyone wants to pay half of what I was earning before, even with an MBA! I’m tired of this! MBAs should have an easy time finding a job, especially from Emory. I will not settle for half of my former salary working at some boring job in finance somewhere.


August 28th, 2009
7:40 am

Good for you Arthuur. I intellectually know that multiple streams of income is the way to do it, but am not creative, so haven’t figured it out. May call you to see if you want to meet and discuss ideas.


August 28th, 2009
7:42 am

I’m with you, Laidoff. It also cost my my marriage. I’ve had to get through unemployment and a wife who wouldn’t stick by me through all this. I’m sure thats a big reason why I have trouble even getting interviews. My confidence is shot.


August 28th, 2009
7:51 am

The underclass and violent crime make Atlanta unlivable in the best of times, but the bad economy now makes it absurd to live in a place so totally lacking in aesthetics and planning – sprawled all over the place, difficult to get around in, with an airport that is a joke. And even more dangerous for anyone with a strong survival instinct. The only reason I ever heard anyone give for moving to Atlanta was cheap housing and a job. Cheap housing (& getting cheaper everyday) can be found everywhere. I would encourage well-educated people to look in other places, including New England. Statistics don’t ell everything. Education and intelligence is better appreciated in other parts of the country than the South. Leave Atlanta to the underclass.


August 28th, 2009
8:40 am

Yes. The job market here is bad, and I’m on the verge of moving. The only reason I ever heard anyone give for coming to Atlanta was cheap housing and jobs. Otherwise, it is difficult to get around in, horribly spread out, and its airport is an oversized joke. A violent underclass and violent crime have always been a part of living here, and it’s getting worse with the tanked economy. Education and intelligence are better appreciated in other parts of the country, and it is safer elsewhere. Statistics never tell the entire story, and Atlanta has often relied on the statistics that looked good. The reality has always been much more grim in terms of quality of life. (safe streets, good public schools-not square foot size of houses) Large corporations are starting to realize that. I would encourage the well-educated and intelligent to try other parts of the country that will more fully appreciate what they have to offer. Leave Atlanta to its underclass, and let the underclass from other parts of the country come here and fight it out with them. May the worst ones win.

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Erik from Atlanta

August 28th, 2009
11:59 am

Companies have gotten more selective in who they hire nowadays.
In the 1990s,if you had 3 out of 5 skills. One had a chance at a job.
Now companies want all 5 skills.
I feel either overqualifed or underqualifed.


August 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

If you have the financial resources to leave Atlanta, I would do it.

Most people who have mortgages/rent, car notes, credit card payments, medical bills, daycare, kids involved in extracurricular activities, taking care of parents are not in a position to take a substantial paycut and work they way up to their previous salary. For people who have established years in an industry, taking a paycut is not an option – especially if it means not being able to put food on the table or keep the lights on. For people who live with their parents in a basement and not paying rent, do not have families to provide for, then yes, those folks can afford to take a substantial paycut – but not working folks with families and kids. Try subtracting $8-10k from your current salary and figure how you would still be able to run your household.


August 29th, 2009
2:34 pm

StuckLikeChuck, you are so right. People like Skreet are missing the bigger picture. This is why I’ve always had a problem with the corporate slave attitude here in Atlanta. Too many employers take advantage of the ‘any job’ is a good job attitude of employees like Skreet. Any growing metro area understands if they want to keep and attract talent they must pay for that talent. Taking advantage of the economic crisis only reinforces the idea that companies are greedy and selfish. Most CEO’s would raise heck if they had to live on what they are willing to pay their employees. Having job that can’t pay your bills or put food on the table isn’t really worth having.


August 31st, 2009
12:24 am

Well said, Shell. I have nothing to add to that. Skreet, you are way off the mark on your comments, in my view.

Tbone, great points, but how do I move somewhere without a job, and how do I find a job in another city without first living there. The old catch 22. I’m so stuck its not even funny and feel like there are no options left except working for McDonalds. I’ll bet they’re swanped with applications from experienced college grads such as myself. Man, what a shitty world we live in when all the work you’ve done and education you have still gets you nowhere. I do realize America is a “rich” country economically (althoug I’m poor, personally, despite education), but we’re becomming a 3rd world country. It won’t be long.


September 1st, 2009
4:49 pm

@ Shell

I totally agree, a company offered me a job with a salary starting at 24k year. I was previously making 50k before relocating here in 2007. I feel that my career has taken a nose dive. While I am still employed at this moment, I feel that I am hanging on by a limb, we have meetings every week to look at our numbers and its gets worse every week. So I may find myself unemployed in the near future. These employers here treat the candidates like crap because they know its their market now, I have had interviews where the hiring manager never showed up. I really am regretting my move here. We moved here for the same reason everyone else did, for cheap housing. Now that the housing market is down, even if I wanted to move back, most likely I would have to pay two mortgages because not only are the homes not selling here, they are also hard to rent.


September 2nd, 2009
1:45 am

I own a condo and have an outstanding balance of $140k, consisting of $104k primary and $36k secondary. I took the home equity to consolidate debts. At the time the property was valued at $163k but now it is valued at $134k. I’m looking to sell because i am engaged and will be moving into my fiancee’s home. http://www.obamamortgagerelief.org/.If I have a buyer who offers me within say $5-7k of the outstanding, can i agree to assume a loan on the residual and pay the bank the difference over time with interest? The same bank holds both mortgages.


September 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

jwhenry, I’d like to know more about your situation. I now hate living in my townhouse. I want out and I want to downsize. Maybe I can short sell mine and rent yours for the time being. At least its a short term win for both of us. Would like to talk.

Email me if you like at jdnoles90@yahoo.com. Respond on here also in case it goes to spam.