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    So, classic story really.
    I lost my job the end of January. First job out of Uni and worked there for 4 months. Got sacked (won't go into that though)

    So I've been applying for jobs for about 4 weeks really. Spent first 2 weeks sulking and moving back home, then got back on the horse as they say!

    The first few weeks have been pretty bleak, empty inboxes. Signing up to recruitment agencies with nothing really coming out of it.

    I've applied for TA roles, (teaching assistant) as I want to move from media into this industry, however because of limited experience, I also applied for jobs similar to my previous trade to open up the options. I've had only three interview invitations back, out of about 80 applications 😭

    People are starting to say to me, it's time to start considering bar work/waitressing - which I worked in for 7 years whilst at university, but I'm scared to commit to my old frame of my work incase something comes up in my specialism. I'm also worried if I move away from my current trade for too long, my previous experience will become invalid.

    I understand I need a stop gap to bring in some income, but - is it worth giving up on the jobs I want only after a month of searching?

    How long would you wait?

    I appreciate any advice right now!!
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    Just keep going you can do it! Eventually you will land to a job either good or bad
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    Your previous experience wont matter that much if you were fired because you were a bad worker though will it? seeing as new employers in your desired field would undoubtably seek a reference from your last employer?

    Personally, id say just get a job and keep searching, employers and recruiters really do prefer working with people that are currently in employment, ive seen people with gaps of monthss still get good jobs, and it is definitely possible, and it will always be harder to keep searching while you are working, but thats just the way the world works really.
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    (Original post by KungPooPanda)
    Your previous experience wont matter that much if you were fired because you were a bad worker though will it? seeing as new employers in your desired field would undoubtably seek a reference from your last employer?

    Personally, id say just get a job and keep searching, employers and recruiters really do prefer working with people that are currently in employment, ive seen people with gaps of monthss still get good jobs, and it is definitely possible, and it will always be harder to keep searching while you are working, but thats just the way the world works really.
    My old employer said they would give me a good reference (despite sacking me - it was a complicated dismissal)

    So do you think I should go back to part time bar work perhaps for the mean time?
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    (Original post by mcgreevy1993)
    My old employer said they would give me a good reference (despite sacking me - it was a complicated dismissal)

    So do you think I should go back to part time bar work perhaps for the mean time?
    Really depends on your personal circumstances, how long can you 'afford' to be unemployed for? do you have people that can support you along the way? bills to pay etc.

    If your in a position where your ONLY problem will be the gap on your CV, then i guess you dont have as much to worry about, and you can afford to spend god knows how long searching for that dream job if yours, if not, then you already know the answers, you 'need' money, so you have no real choice.

    If you are going to wait though, consider this, that dream job of yours may never come around in the form you are hoping, and from your post in the other thread, i would say that it doesn't hurt to not only apply to jobs that are actively seeking graduates, or only jobs you have experience in. There are companies out there that are willing to take on people with no experience and train them up.

    As far as a 'bar job', i dunno about that lol, what did you get at uni?
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    (Original post by KungPooPanda)
    Really depends on your personal circumstances, how long can you 'afford' to be unemployed for? do you have people that can support you along the way? bills to pay etc.

    If your in a position where your ONLY problem will be the gap on your CV, then i guess you dont have as much to worry about, and you can afford to spend god knows how long searching for that dream job if yours, if not, then you already know the answers, you 'need' money, so you have no real choice.

    If you are going to wait though, consider this, that dream job of yours may never come around in the form you are hoping, and from your post in the other thread, i would say that it doesn't hurt to not only apply to jobs that are actively seeking graduates, or only jobs you have experience in. There are companies out there that are willing to take on people with no experience and train them up.

    As far as a 'bar job', i dunno about that lol, what did you get at uni?
    Sorry perhaps I should fill in the blanks.
    I got a 2.1 in English Literature. (Bloody BA's hey)

    I only suggest bar work because I have 7 years worth of experience in a role like that, and hiring is pretty immediate as they have high staff turn overs.

    In my current position, I can make my previous salary stretch until May.
    Luckily, my tenancy on my flat ran out a week after I was let go! And my job seekers covers all my bills like car, phone, credit card. And i'm currently' staying with my parents until I find something. (which really sucks but is really cheap)

    I've considered trying to volunteer for some freelance stuff, (as my current experience is in the writing industry) to keep my CV going, but even that is proving difficult to find.

    I've also tried entry level jobs that do train you up, but I keep hitting brick walls with all these recruitment agencies who hire on behalf of employees.

    I keep registering, filling in application forms and they appear to go silent for weeks afterwards, which obviously when you're unemployed feels like years in the waiting. I've expanded my area, because I am to relocate to anywhere really that will hire me. And i have started to get interviews, but i don't know how long to hold out for before I just go back to part-time work well, not just for money - but for my sanity really.
    (There is so many episodes of the Walking Dead you can watch)
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    (Original post by mcgreevy1993)
    Sorry perhaps I should fill in the blanks.
    I got a 2.1 in English Literature. (Bloody BA's hey)

    I only suggest bar work because I have 7 years worth of experience in a role like that, and hiring is pretty immediate as they have high staff turn overs.

    In my current position, I can make my previous salary stretch until May.
    Luckily, my tenancy on my flat ran out a week after I was let go! And my job seekers covers all my bills like car, phone, credit card. And i'm currently' staying with my parents until I find something. (which really sucks but is really cheap)

    I've considered trying to volunteer for some freelance stuff, (as my current experience is in the writing industry) to keep my CV going, but even that is proving difficult to find.

    I've also tried entry level jobs that do train you up, but I keep hitting brick walls with all these recruitment agencies who hire on behalf of employees.

    I keep registering, filling in application forms and they appear to go silent for weeks afterwards, which obviously when you're unemployed feels like years in the waiting. I've expanded my area, because I am to relocate to anywhere really that will hire me. And i have started to get interviews, but i don't know how long to hold out for before I just go back to part-time work well, not just for money - but for my sanity really.
    (There is so many episodes of the Walking Dead you can watch)
    Apply to jobs that can use your BA. That's how you can progress. What's the point of going to university if you're not going to use your degree- waste of time and money :albertein:
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    (Original post by mcgreevy1993)
    So, classic story really.
    I lost my job the end of January. First job out of Uni and worked there for 4 months. Got sacked (won't go into that though)

    So I've been applying for jobs for about 4 weeks really. Spent first 2 weeks sulking and moving back home, then got back on the horse as they say!

    The first few weeks have been pretty bleak, empty inboxes. Signing up to recruitment agencies with nothing really coming out of it.

    I've applied for TA roles, (teaching assistant) as I want to move from media into this industry, however because of limited experience, I also applied for jobs similar to my previous trade to open up the options. I've had only three interview invitations back, out of about 80 applications 😭

    People are starting to say to me, it's time to start considering bar work/waitressing - which I worked in for 7 years whilst at university, but I'm scared to commit to my old frame of my work incase something comes up in my specialism. I'm also worried if I move away from my current trade for too long, my previous experience will become invalid.

    I understand I need a stop gap to bring in some income, but - is it worth giving up on the jobs I want only after a month of searching?

    How long would you wait?

    I appreciate any advice right now!!
    I would say if you want to be a TA apply for volunteer work in local schools and do some part time tutoring as well. I am currently a TA in a school and from what I know they prefer you to have school experience or experience working with children. Also its better to apply to jobs which use your degree rather than menial work in my opinion, a 2:1 degree is really good you should try and look for fields where you can use it.
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    (Original post by mcgreevy1993)
    So, classic story really.

    I've applied for TA roles, (teaching assistant) as I want to move from media into this industry, however because of limited experience, I also applied for jobs similar to my previous trade to open up the options. I've had only three interview invitations back, out of about 80 applications 😭

    People are starting to say to me, it's time to start considering bar work/waitressing - which I worked in for 7 years whilst at university, but I'm scared to commit to my old frame of my work incase something comes up in my specialism. I'm also worried if I move away from my current trade for too long, my previous experience will become invalid.

    I understand I need a stop gap to bring in some income, but - is it worth giving up on the jobs I want only after a month of searching?

    How long would you wait?

    I appreciate any advice right now!!
    Hi there!

    It's tough trying to deal with unemployment and applications. Sabana mentioned tutoring as a way to gain teaching experience that might support your applications for TA roles. You might like to take a look at a page on our website that gives advice to people wanting to work as private tutors:

    http://www.thetutorpages.com/private-tutor-advice

    Tutoring is flexible work, and English is one of the most sought-after tutoring subjects, so your BA is very relevant here.

    Good luck!
 
 
 
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