How many jobs did you apply to before you got the job you have now?

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How many jobs did you apply to before you got the job you have now?

hillys hillys
Just curious how hard everyone has had to try to get jobs during this economy. I'm having no luck and I am wondering how everyone else is doing?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
1 application
7  (12%)
2
4  (7%)
3
4
3  (5%)
5
5-7
6  (11%)
8-10
2  (4%)
10-15
1  (2%)
15-20
2  (4%)
25-30
1  (2%)
>30
9  (16%)
0
5  (9%)
does not apply
16  (29%)
Total votes: 56
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Taylor Taylor
I applied for two jobs as a massage therapist and got offers for both of them. This was about 3 years ago though.

I finish school this summer so I'm going to have to start applying for jobs here pretty soon. I hope I don't have too hard of a time finding a job.

I think it has a lot to do with what particular field someone is in as to whether or not it is hard to find a job.
05/02/2012
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I got really lucky: I applied for a temp writing job at my company back in 2008, just two weeks after graduation. I was promoted to a manager and received a salaried position back in 2010.
05/02/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
I got the job simply because ANYONE can get the job. I didn't submit applications anymore. I am a cam model.
05/02/2012
Deeder Deeder
I remember that when I first started job hunting (shortly after high school, so quite a while ago) I filled out something like 33+ applications in one day, only getting one call back for an interview, and then I didn't get the job. I eventually did find work with a fantastic company and have been with them for 8 years as of yesterday. Wouldn't trade it for the world!
05/02/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
i'm having the same issue. I've heard that people need to make a polite inquiry to the company, specifically with the people you'd be working for, not necessarily the HR person. the problem is that the line between job hunting and stalking seems to be blurring.
05/02/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I am a cam model and it is not hard to get the job. It is just if you want to do it. It is hard out there these days from what my friends tell me. But after a couple of application's put out there some of them are starting to get jobs now.
05/02/2012
Willowe Willowe
I lucked out and submitted an application to the restaurant I work in just as they had two waitresses quit, so they were desperate for help. But if those people didn't quite, I probably wouldn't have gotten the job and I'd most likely still be job hunting.
05/02/2012
badk1tty badk1tty
Quote:
Originally posted by hillys
Just curious how hard everyone has had to try to get jobs during this economy. I'm having no luck and I am wondering how everyone else is doing?
I'm a SAHM/student, as my husband is deployed and daycare is a) too expensive and b) i won't leave my children with strangers. So for this, it's N/A. However, I do have a job I'm starting in June, but as it's at my mom's company, I don't think it counts
05/02/2012
Arch600 Arch600
I've been very fortunate. My current job came to me. I had to apply, of course, however I wasn't actively looking. The only other job I applied for was over 26 years before that. So I'm two for two.
05/02/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
I was asked to do it.
05/02/2012
Peaches2000 Peaches2000
Quote:
Originally posted by hillys
Just curious how hard everyone has had to try to get jobs during this economy. I'm having no luck and I am wondering how everyone else is doing?
One of the new managers in my department said this was his tenth interview since January before landing a job...Hang in there and Good Luck!
05/02/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
I was asked to do it.
Believe it or not, same here! ^^
05/02/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
The older you get - the long it takes to find a job. A friend about to turn 60 was out of work for more than a year. The last time I was out of work was about 10 years ago - remember the .com recession!? It took a lot of resumes - way more than 30 before I ended up going to work for an old employer.

10+ years later I'm still stuck with a job I don't like - but I'm grateful that I can at least pay most of my bills.
05/02/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I actually didn't really apply for my job. lol...I had a connection and got lucky really
05/03/2012
Kissy Kissy
I actually applied form the job I currently have - twice! Different areas of the country differ on this one!
05/03/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
Just one
05/03/2012
Terri69 Terri69
I'm self employed
05/03/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Too many to remember.
05/03/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
I accidentally voted one. I actually had 2 applications -- the first one someone else (I knew) got the position. But that's because she knew the person hiring. The second one just went smoothly because I think they were looking for people.
05/03/2012
SecretToyLover2 SecretToyLover2
Four altogether. I didn't even get calls back
05/03/2012
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I put in around 20 or so applications when I needed to find a job. Only one called back, which is my current employer. The economy around here is much tougher than it is in other areas. When people hear about openings around here, sometimes there will be long lines of people just trying to apply for a job.
05/03/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by hillys
Just curious how hard everyone has had to try to get jobs during this economy. I'm having no luck and I am wondering how everyone else is doing?
I sent out about 5-7 applications, then got about 4 interviews. By the 3rd interview, I already got a good offer, so didn't go to the 4th interview.
05/03/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I think it was over 30. I didn't really know what I wanted at the start. But then figured it out and I now have a job.
05/03/2012
Rhazya Rhazya
From March of last year-to January of this year, over 800, not exaggerating. The job market was horrible where I was if you were fresh out of college like I was. I applied at anything under the sun, anything from no experience necessary (yet they'd hire the person who had tons of experience), to experience I had, to experiences I'd like to have. Anything running from a cashier at an auto shop. (I know nothing about cars.)-to working as a front desk agent at a fancy hotel. You name it, I tried.

Honestly, not like I gave horrible interviews or anything like that. You know when there's over 100 people applying to clean up semen at a seedy porn store in a horrible part of town the job market is bad. I ended up having to move back home with my parents.. and ironically enough the 2nd job I applied for since moving back in with them in a way different state..they ended up hiring me.

But frankly I can't stand the job, no wonder they are always hiring for people.. but I know I wouldn't be able to find anything else. Best of luck to you, hope you have it easier than I did!
05/03/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I was self employed and wanting more stability and more clients. (I'm a lactation consultant.) I was also willing to do something else, if need be, and I am not crazy about working in hospitals, I don't like the way patients are treated, the costs and the lack of time we have with our patients in hospitals. I did a apply for two positions at hospitals, one was a job, which required and RN and an IBCLC, it was only 6 days a month, NO benefits, a very low hourly rate (less than half the going rate for lactation consultant work) a willingness to "double duty" (meaning you forget your lactation patients, so they can use you to start IVs, do charts, hand out meds, assist in procedures that have nothing to do with lactation, all when this hospital has one of the worst breastfeeding success rates among women in our area) I decided it would be career suicide and I couldn't pursued them to give me more time with lactation patients, either.

I began to think I was burned out working in nursing, so I looked other places. Macy's offered me a job, but when I saw their crappy treatment of workers (call in sick twice, you lose your job) the necessity to work EVERY SINGLE Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week plus 3 eveings, and the hourly rate, I declined. NO WONDER Macy's is always "hiring" their turnover is so high from their abuse of employees, people QUIT all the time, even in this economy.

I did apply at a sex toy shoppe. I got two interviews, I honestly think that my actual expertise in the field of sex toys and my being honest about using Eden as a source made the company feel I was "working for the competition" and I didn't get the job.

There were a few other applications in there, I didn't even get calls back. There is such a thing as being over qualified, and women over 35 have a hell of a time getting a job, especially in some fields.

I finally realized I did want to work with mothers and babies, (just not in a hospital) so I called an agency I used to work for and they were just hiring and had been desperately looking for an LC. Got the job. Been there since last fall. I love it. I work with new mamas and their babies and I really enjoy it. The hardest part is ALL our visits with clients are house calls. I'm not good at finding places on maps, but I'm getting better at it again. But, I get to help take care of babies and help women nurse their babies. It's what I'm good at, what I'm trained for and what I like to do.
05/03/2012
Ciao. Ciao.
I think I applied to almost a hundred jobs in the process of getting the job I currently have now. Admittedly there were a chunk that I was either over or under qualified for, but it took a couple months of just working through applications to even get my first couple of interviews. Depending on your qualifications and field of work that's going to vary a lot but in this economy I don't think you should get discouraged if you put in a lot of applications before getting a positive response.
05/03/2012
Tangles Tangles
I think I applied to about five jobs before landing one. You just gotta keep submitting applications!
05/03/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
I don't think my job counts, since I've had it for around 11 years.
05/03/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Probably a dozen or so. I got the one I have now on the first in person interview, but had already been offered others on the phone. This was a half dozen years ago though, not recently.
05/03/2012
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