How tough is your job search?

The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 9.5 percent in June as private employers added a modest 85,000 jobs, the labor department reported Friday.

Still, when you count the elimination of government census workers, the total number of jobs fell by 125,00 in June, according to the labor department.

What are you experiencing out there? Getting any more nibbles from employers?

If you have a job, what is your employer doing — standing pat, cutting or hiring?

65 comments Add your comment

hotlanta

July 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

If you want people to work stop posting the jobs online and put them back in the want ad section of the paper. I have encountered all kinds of employee agencies I didn’t sign up for instead of getting to the actual job. What did it for me was when I got an email saying if I wanted my resume to get to the top of the pile I need to pay the $9.00 because my resume has expired. The resumes are out there in a black hole because we don’t know where they are going. If folks could get the actual company instead of all of these uncessary job brokers the unemployment rate will go down.

Dave

July 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Been looking for 15 months. Have a hard time even finding jobs to apply for. “Too overqualified” for any of the lower paying temporary type jobs.

Frustrated

July 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

I have been looking for about 3 years. I have a Mechanical Engineering degree and a MBA with a concentration in Finance. I have done everything that I was suppose to but still nothing! Giving up and killing myself has been a thought but is not an option because I don’t know how to do that. The internet is a big black hole for applicants if you don’t have anyone on the inside of the company to advocate for you. I am hoping and praying that this economy turns around very quickly because I don’t want to see this world if this continues for another 2-3 years. Tuesday will start another week of looking for me. Good luck everyone.

Jeff

July 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

I have been looking for 15 months and finally got a job offer last week. It’s about 2/3rds of what I was making, but at least I have a job again!

Jeny

July 2nd, 2010
10:07 am

Single parent. Out of work a year. Lost home of 13 years and our car in that time. Was scheduled for eviction from apartment yesterday, but Good Samaritan saved our bacon (just thru June).

Have had 2 serious nibbles in all that time. Both times lost the position to existing employees moved into the position, instead an outside hire (me).

NO. The job market in Atlanta is NOT improving. At least not in my field (Property/Facilities Management). The jobs (ie, retail, Mickie D’s, etc) that are out there pay less than unemployment benefits and make no sense to take. I would LOSE money working those jobs.

Get with the program Congress and Obama…..you have SCREWED this nation and our people six ways from Sunday.

BOOT THE INCUMBENTS. ALL OF THEM. (R) and (D) alike.

Veteran Lady Exec

July 2nd, 2010
10:22 am

Thanks to Affirmative Action, you are much better off in this tough job market if you are incompetent, ‘under-educated,’ inarticulate, unqualified, unmotivated AND happen to have a certain look.

G. Beck

July 2nd, 2010
10:26 am

Give me a break. The people who don’t have jobs are probably either lazy, incompetent or both.

The government needs to create some urgency by cutting off these loafing democrat parasites! Cut off the government handouts than you’ll see the employment members improve.

Anonymous

July 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

I am going to have to agree that process for applying for a job is broken. Gone are the days when a person had to apply for a job in an HR Dept. where that person would meet the decision maker or at least make themself visible to a potential employer. It was a more personal experience. I used to apply for jobs this way and in most cases actually got the job then or not long afterward. Today potential employers only want people to submit to openings, assuming those jobs are real, through the job boards or e-mail. It is impersonal, dehumanizing, and floods potential employers with more resumes, many from unqualified applicants, than they can handle. If that approach is not taken, then it is to e-mail the potential employer, which is no different. In both cases the applicant is sending their resume into a blackhole. Hopefully, the applicant has the right buzzwords on their resume, so the potential employer’s software can read it and at least get the resume in front of an HR person. If that isn’t the case, then a job seeker has to find a recruiter, a third party, to in their job search. It only complicates the job search and makes it harder, not easier to find a job. In all cases, the job seeker is dependent on the internet to find a job, and it’s nothing more than a broken blackhole.

Mr. Nobody

July 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

Once the libs and their stupid ideas are out of office, we will see the private sector turn around! Cut out entitlements and give tax breaks to small business.

Mike's wifey

July 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

My Mike has a regular daily routine of visiting all the car dealership parts departments within a one hour drive and talking to the managers and leaving his resume. Every 30 days he goes back. There are just NO JOBS in his field. Now he has started applying for EVERY job he remotely qualifies for, even bagging groceries. He’s 53, not overweight, has great hygiene and even dresses nicely when he goes out, but THERE ARE NO JOBS. Before you say “start your own business” we have no money. We are living with my stepdad and my disabled sister, helping to support them on just my salary and my stepdads pension and her disability. There is no startup money for a business. We’re getting by, thank God, but when his unemployment runs out, we’re really going to be hurting. Someone please give him a job! He’s a good Christian man, has great references, and a hard worker. No criminal record, drug free, full of integrity.

Brian

July 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

I found a very high paying job working as a contractor in Iraq. There are plenty of jobs here and Afghanstan. You just have to have the guts to do it. How bad do you really want a job.

Jeny

July 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

AMEN, Veteran Lady Exec! Amen!

Jeny

July 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

@G. Beck: I am (and always have been) a card carrying Republican but after the last two votes on Unemployment I am re-considering my affiliation–precisely because of jerks like you and Jonny Isakson! Give me a break. Go ahead and quit your job today. Let’s see how long it takes you to find an equivalent (or close) replacement. You are clearly CLUELESS, just like Isakson!

Jeny

July 2nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Hey Brian….you want to raise my kids while I go to Iraq or Afghanistant. I’d gladly do it if you’ll take the kids!

GAPeach

July 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

June marked a year of being unemployed. My search as well as others that I know who are looking, is not producing any results! They force you on electronic applications to enter your pay and that sometimes eliminates you from positions. I can not believe some of the salaries being offered. You would think its a part-time gig! ERs are taking advantage of this horriblle market.
The last 4 or 5 months I didn’t receive any callbacks until I recently started lloking at entry level jobs that pay about the same as UE benefits.

D. Evans

July 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

It’s going to be real tough. I apologized, what more do you want?

GAPeach

July 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

To Veteran Lady…I know it is hard out there but I hope this difficult time hasn’t turned you into a RACIST or a BIGOT. You can’t be that ignorant to think you can’t get a job because of affirmative action (please do some research on the topic ). Based on your comment makes me think perhaps your attitude is the reason. This country is in a crisis in more ways than one and attitudes like that will certainly do more harm than help. I will say a prayer for you.

Lost in Space

July 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

Amen to most of the comments on this board I been out work for 18 months and trying to get an interview with a real person is out of the case. These employers are taking people to the the bank, they have lowered the salary rate on every job opening out there so they can save a buck. They make you feel like less of a person when you get to talk to someone . If you over 50 you better head over to Walmart because no body wants to give you a second chance and the Big Shots in D.C. want to play games and not approved the little income you get from unemployment , I have been working over 30 yrs paid more than my share of taxes and now I have to sit around a wait and pray for couple more weeks. Then your late on payments and employers don’t want to hire you
because of your credit. I guess I have to pack up and move to another state that cares…..

DO THE MATH

July 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

It has been one year for me. I know the government says there are 6-8 applicants for every job opening, but that is not I am hearing from HR Managers and hiring managers, they are saying they get AT LEAST 1,000 resumes for every posting!
We need to all start talking in terms of the real unemployment numbers 16.8% vs the 9.7% getting an unemployment benefit. It paints a clearer picture that there are just not enough jobs to go around, and the recession is here to stay for quite awhile.

james 1

July 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

have a part time contract job working a few days a week the trouble the employer is 6 weeks behind paying me I get a paycheck every two or three wks but only for 1 wk I’m afaid to quit because I can’t find another job at 59yrs old they are hard to find

UWG

July 2nd, 2010
12:54 pm

Most economists aren’t seeing much improving this year. Maybe things aren’t getting worse, but judging from what I’ve been hearing, we’re a ways off from seeing real improvement.

DAVID BOLDT, economist, UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

BlessedandHighlyFavored

July 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

After 14 months of unemployment, georgia department of labor unemployment lines, unemployment rejection letters, multitudes of applications, rejections e-mails, canceled interviews, underqualified/OVERqualified thank you but no thank yous, bill collectors, eviction notices, title pawn interest, sleepless nights and silent cries…I finally got an offer for a great job. All of those that have experienced the same or beginning your unemployment battes…continue to hold on because your opportunity is coming!!!!

Mishap

July 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

I realize it’s tough out there and I feel for you guys. Currently all my friends have jobs or found them fairly recently after layoffs. The longest any of them was out was 6 months and they actually all landed better jobs than before so there’s still hope out there. I hope everyone is taking rational steps and not doing the “spray and pray” method for blasting resumes to jobs they could never hope to get. While it is a numbers game to a certain extent…companies are inundated w/ resumes and no one wants to make a bad hire so I’m sure there is some decision making paralysis. My company has brought in a dozen people in my group since the start of the year and hundreds more elsewhere.

If you want proof that tax breaks don’t necessarily create jobs…take a look at NCR. That absolute clunker of a company was lured by our esteemed governor to the tune of $100M+ in “tax breaks” (collecting state payroll taxes and keeping it isn’t a tax break…it’s bribery since they don’t even pay income taxes since they’re losing money). In order for them to bring the ~2k in jobs they let go thousands more elsewhere. Sure GA saw a few jobs come in but those extra workers and families aren’t necessarily paying their fair share for state expenses which just further undermines our state’s finances.

VOTE in NOV

July 2nd, 2010
2:43 pm

I love it when folks get on and say – if you don’t have a job its cause you are lazy. WOW – I have been working since I was 16 – sometimes 2 jobs. But now – I am called lazy. That’s a bitter pill to swallow. Last week the Dr. told me that I have too much stress in my life and I need to relax.
Relax – sure. Lets see in the last year I have lost my home, lost my car – that was PAID FOR, lost my furniture that was in storage that was PAID FOR. Lost most of my clothes that were in storage as well. I have heard – you are over qualified – way too often!

Too much stress – you say Doc — I wonder why!??

I know 2 things -
1. this too shall pass
2. wrote a list of all the congress members that vote no on the unemployment extension.
I want to see what it will be like for them in NOVEMBER when they are unemployed
All of the unemployed people afftected by this shenanigans – remember to vote in NOVEMBER.
they can take away your unemployment benefits – but they can not take away your right to vote.

PINK SLIPS FOR ALL OF THEM —-

Jason

July 2nd, 2010
3:00 pm

To everyone who is looking for a job hang in there. I know it is brutal but don’t give up. Apply for the right job and it will work out.

To people who come here and call people Lazy, make racist rants and make it political.. Please STOP. If you cannot encourage people who are going through some hard times just shut up please. Just put yourself in their shoes before you start making these broad worthless statements.

Thank you

JS

July 2nd, 2010
3:28 pm

I am so lazy because I’m unemployed, I will spend the next month punching you in the face to show you how un-lazy I really am. Trust me, it will be a month without sleep, relentless punching!

Calling unemployed lazy? PLEASE.

PTimer

July 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

I was laid off for the first time in my life last September. Have never had a problem finding work for more than 30 years. We are not lazy, or outdated but, believe me, we’re treated that way. And Ron’s right – if you’re over 50, male or female, with a great resume’ and references, it doesn’t matter. Want to speak to a human? Forgetaboutit! Some ads even state that unemployed persons need not apply. What kind of treatment is that? And now, Congress won’t approve extensions. It’s only going to get worse. So I started my own business and now am working with my first client from the comfort of home.

I.M.

July 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

To jeny and Veteran Exec(purposely left “lady” out because you don’t seem to be one): Affirmative Action does not help when you live in a southern state that still practices racism! Both of you, get a clue!

Need Work

July 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

I am a business owner who has been self-employed for the past 12 years. Business has been on a downward spiral over the past 12 months. I lost alot of clients because their business slow, others just dont have money for anything new and are trying to make the best out of what they have.

I have been looking for a permanent job for over 8 months. I have had several interviews but no offers. The interview process has allowed me to have 3-5 interviews for one position and then no response. Not even a rejection email. Whats going on?

My house will be in foreclosure this month and my car is already gone.

My faith, the love and support of my friends and family is are all that keeps me going. To us all, don’t give up. Things will change. I know it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel right now but it is there. Keep praying, and applying.

Peace be with you all.

John Coleman

July 2nd, 2010
11:53 pm

I too am super frustrated,

I have been looking for about 2 years. I went back to school after getting caught on the wrong side of the dot com bust and I earned a MBA with a concentration in Project management / Training & Development . I have done everything that I was suppose to but still nothing! Giving up has been a thought but is not an option because I don’t know how to do that.

I also agree the internet has become a big black hole for applicants if you don’t have anyone on the inside of the company to advocate for you. In my case even with inside help , I have yet to land a job. I am hoping and praying that this economy turns around very quickly

And finally yes, Tuesday will start another week of looking for me. Good luck everyone and good night.

Jeff Kimble

July 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

It’s been an impossible uphill battle. I was a small business owner who originally got laid off in 08. I had started a thrift store but my ex took it. Since, I have been looking for work. I used to have the same philosophy as many of you, the jobs I could get would pay less than unemployment but then my unemployment ran out and now I’m making nothing, period, not a dime.

I started looking for anything, customer service, grocery bagger, stocker, literally any position that would give me an opportunity to work. But it seems I was “grossly overqualified” and, worse yet, of the 100 or so of these places I applied to, not a single one ever called me back.

I eventually created a new resume turning positions I was proud of into low paying jobs (for instance, owner of my store to customer service/cashier) and basically had to “hide” my actual qualifications. It worked and I got 2 calls from big box retailers the next day. I was really torn up by this inside as I’m an honest person and I absolutely detest myself for “lying” on a resume even though it was in the opposite direction that most people go. I hated not being able to be proud of what I accomplished and turning basically all of my previous work experience into low paying jobs but it’s what I had to do.

I think, after 2 years, I may finally have a job in the next week…paying 7.65/hr. But alas, it has to do as I have to eat and have a place to sleep.

tom

July 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

I recently had an interview. All went well until the end. Potential employer said he had a concern over how long I have been unemployed. (18 mo). Not only do I fall into the White male 55 or older category, but I am punished because I have not been working. Something is wrong with this picture. I have decided to give it up. I look no more. I will create my own employment.

No Jobs

July 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

I got laid off last year from a marketing support job—I’ve sent out at least 500 resumes, usually with no response, had a couple of interviews, but they ended up being dead ends. One recruiter told me they had to hire “a minority” for quotas or something.

Bob Walters

July 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

To those seeking employment, forget Georgia. It is a “dead” zone economically. The booming Georgia employment picture of the past decade was a huge bubble, primarily revolving around dot coms then residential building and financing… funded and endorsed by corrupt government officials in a state that rivals Louisiana and Mississippi for its incompetence. Why do you think residential real estate is so cheap in Georgia? There are no jobs.
Spread your wings and you will be rewarded.

Wesley

July 3rd, 2010
7:47 pm

Hey, Brian, what kind of high-paying contractor job are you doing in Iraq/Afghanstan? PM me and fill me in with the details. I’m willing to make all kinds of sacrifices just for a job. Reach me @ norlan1123@gmail.com

Brian Perry

July 3rd, 2010
7:50 pm

I was downsized from a Providence rhode island law firm on 1/11/2008.came back from lunch that afternoon and was told i could leave know or at the end of the day.I started applying for work on 1/14/2008.Still looking as of today put out over 490 applications and resumes.But Rhode Island has one of the highest unemployment rates in the the country.I have tried state jobs,city jobs,hospitals,schools,restaurants,and countless others to no avail.My 99 weeks of unemployment ran out March 2010.Today i eat one meal a day to save money to pay bills.Watching Republicans deny unemployment in these very hard economic times is disgusting.This is the worst economic times since the great depression.Instead of helping the unemployed the Republicans would rather torture us.All to get a few extra seats in November.Republicans are about me and mine.We dont think about thejobless at any time.Dont know anyone living in the street.We count our money never missing a beat.Let the jobless go without money to pay a bill.That gives the Republican Party a big thrill.Dignity for the jobless we dont care.Our party is not about being fair.We fight President Obama every step of the way.It does not matter what time of day.In November the Republican party will pay the price.For starving the jobless and rolling the dice.The Republicans and big business get along so swell.They tell the unemployed to go to hell.Unemployed cant afford a beer.all we got is fear.Because its temp time.No more full time.More cash for the boss.Everyone else takes the loss.In November change will come.The Republicans will have no fun.The little guy will have his say.Change will come at the end of the day.Brian Perry Rumford rhode Island

Brian Perry

July 3rd, 2010
8:30 pm

Mike moore Mike Corrente do you care?The unemployed stories should be on the air.Hollywood tell the jobless story people need to know.This is about pain and suffering not the Republican show.The jobless need Hollywood to come to our aid.Unemployed are hungry we dont have it made.Make a movie for the world to see.The Republican party is about me me me.Jobless needs Hollywood to show they care.Jobless just want to be treated fair.Brian Perry Rumford Rhode Island

Brian Perry

July 3rd, 2010
8:31 pm

Anyone want to hire me contact beaumontstreet@aol.com. Thank You Brian Perry

Mitch

July 4th, 2010
5:42 am

I went to the bank to discuss refinancing my condo out of am ARM to a fixed loan.
Went back to the office and at 2:00pm was laid off. That was 1year and 10 months ago.
Could no longer afford my COBRA so now have no health insurance and have stoped my blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholosterol meds since I have no doctor.
Have gone thru all the savings, Roth IRA and now into my IRA to live. The unemployment was stopped but I had about 15 more weeks to go – man, that really helped out!
I’m getting no responces to resumes being sent out. Only 3 email responces in this time frame!
I’m getting very depressed and my friends are worried that I’m going to off myself – have thought about it a lot!
Did I tell you I’m 62 – there is age discrimination out there, I’m seen it.

Hulahanawinkle

July 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

White males should consider moving to New England or the midwest to job hunt. You will only be competing against others like you, so you are on a level playing field. They have never heard of affirmative action outside the South and the West Coast.

Stephen

July 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

I have been looking for a job over a year now. I have moved my job search to out of state work to my home state and my hometown. Since I made that move I have had interviews every week. Last week I had four interview with two of those interviews being very positive that I hope to get an offer in the coming weeks.

It a tough market in Atlanta. My employer had layoffs but is still hiring and not giving layoff workers any priority or favoritism.

Maybe State or Government incentive to employers to hire unemployed workers maybe needed.

The Dogfighter Returns

July 4th, 2010
9:26 pm

tom

July 3rd, 2010
10:55 am
I recently had an interview. All went well until the end. Potential employer said he had a concern over how long I have been unemployed. (18 mo). Not only do I fall into the White male 55 or older category, but I am punished because I have not been working. Something is wrong with this picture. I have decided to give it up. I look no more. I will create my own employment.

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There’s the American Spirit.

Crooks

July 4th, 2010
9:32 pm

This is all the fault of crooked republicans like bush and cheney who got rich and hosed all the regular people. obama should extend unemployment benefits another 2 years and increase the maximum to $40,000 per year per person!

The Dogfighter Returns

July 4th, 2010
9:38 pm

Ron

July 2nd, 2010
3:15 pm
Cudo’s to Veteran Lady Exec…let me add to that: If you’re 1) Over 50, 2) a white male, 3) have more than 20 years experience, 4) a glowing, truthful, documented resume….you’re screwed! I’ve been looking for years! Affirmative action sucks and IT DOES DISCRIMINATE!!! I am frustrated and very pissed. Mark my words, the revolution is coming…especially those of you with “toods”…

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Any white male with 20+ years of experience struggling to find a job is a certified loser, it just took a terrible recession for this to be confirmed.

The Dogfighter Returns

July 4th, 2010
10:17 pm

Mr. Nobody

July 2nd, 2010
10:55 am
Once the libs and their stupid ideas are out of office, we will see the private sector turn around! Cut out entitlements and give tax breaks to small business.

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this has nothing to do with political affiliation. It is simple economics, supply and demand.

Tell me how the republicans are going to increase demand for goods and services? Are they going to start another war? Let me guess cut taxes. :)

The Dogfighter Returns

July 4th, 2010
10:28 pm

Veteran Lady Exec

July 2nd, 2010
10:22 am
Thanks to Affirmative Action, you are much better off in this tough job market if you are incompetent, ‘under-educated,’ inarticulate, unqualified, unmotivated AND happen to have a certain look.

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It is evident that you still believe in the tooth fairy and santa claus.

Don Simon

July 5th, 2010
7:53 am

Time to start thinking outside the box instead of counting on “them’ for answers. Consider starting a small business with a friend. There are many services that homeowners and small businesses need.that require lilltle capital. Don’t believe it that there is no money out there. Stay away from negative people and your own negative thoughts. Form a group to support each others positive thoughts and efforts and meet regularly. Score.org provided free counselling . Be persistent and smile more…it’s contagious and shows confidence. Visualize success and hold that thought. Have gratitude for what you have. What we focus on expands, negative or positive. Prayer too helps along with postive thoughts, feelings, words and efforts.

Lucky Dog

July 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

I was out of work for 13 months and recently took a job with small business making 40% of previous pay and reduced benefits. It feels better making a paycheck than expecting unemployment to pay the bills. I just refinanced my home with help of mortage company and working on my past due credit card bills settlements.
I am very under-employeed but have positive outlook things will again get back to normal for me and my family.
I encourage all to keep calling friends and old work buddies and let them know you are still in market.I found my job through a former associate who got me interview. The rest is up to you… Accept less pay and get back to work. Good luck.

Down Full

July 5th, 2010
7:02 pm

My search is so bad, I even applied at mall jobs with no results. I made $45,000 last year and can’t even get a job with all the retail rif raf at lenox square mall—totally embarrassing.

Artesian Jacket

July 5th, 2010
10:04 pm

How many times should unemployment benefits be extended? The Republicans are absolutely correct by insisting that these benefits be paid for by unused stimulus funds.