The truth about job hunting

As some of you already know, I was laid off (surprise!) in June. Finding a job in Boston has proven to be a difficult task (even harder to find something outside of Boston, noone considers non-local candidates anymore).
You look at all the major job boards, the niche job boards and craigslist. You network through friends and aquaintances and random people you meet anywhere you happen to be. You send in hundreds of polished professional resumes and custom cover letters. Most of the time you dont hear back, sometimes you get a call a month later. Post interview feedback is impossible to get. Keep pushing through, little buck-a-roo!
I’ve been getting alot of “action” in the last two weeks (7 interviews and some promising phone calls and emails), which is great except noone is on my “hurry up and hire me” schedule. I get told that 2nd interviews will be in 2-4 weeks. *sigh* So is the way of corporate America, and I wait patiently.
So where is the most action for job hunting in Boston? These are my picks so far (some are marketing oriented, I realize there are also niche boards out there that I personally wouldnt have use for) Hopefully this list will be of use to others in my situation, and perhaps others have suggestions for sites and job hunting ideas…
American Marketing Association
Media Bistro
Non-Profit work
National Entertainment Biz (fee)
and that is besides the big ones such as Monster, Hotjobs, Careerbuilder and Flipdog. I also look at company specific boards. There are certainly boards that I wish were better, like Always do your research about a company you are interviewing for and always have a list of questions that you want to ask.
My new job is out there waiting for me!

2 Comments so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on August 11th, 2004 @ 3:21 am

    Yes, good luck, Liz. I have a job, but it’s getting to be something I don’t want to do. The job search is enormously frustrating — employers have us all by the balls (or ovaries).

  2. lizbet (unregistered) on August 11th, 2004 @ 12:26 pm

    As some one who spent 99% of 2003 looking for permanent work, I can definitely relate! Congrats for scoring so many interviews, that’s almost as hard as getting the job itself.
    One other link I used frequently (though it was a hit or miss kind of thing) was JobQuest which is run by the Massachusetts DET – aka the Unemployment Dep’t.

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