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So I'm trying to find a job in Bangor and I think I will starve to death before I manage to find something here because it's absolutely ridiculous.

For example, a part-time job at Waitrose. You have to complete two online tests that take you at least 30-40 minutes each and if you pass you will have to do another one. If you pass both of them, you have to rewrite your complete CV because there is no option to upload it and you have to even provide details about your grades (WHY?, WHY?!!)

I really don't know what to do because I am spending hours and hours every day trying to find a job in this s*** hole and I won't be even interviewed because in Bangor is like 400 people applying for each job (totally serious).
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You must be seriously ****ing kidding me. it's asking me to do another test... OMG! Why do you have to pass 3 f**** test that takes forever just to get an entry-level job, why Jesus?
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It’s tough. Just get through it then it’s done
Otherwise, get round the small shops and cafes and see if anyone has anything.
You can work in two or three different places if you do that. Variety for your cv. And if time becomes an issue giving up one isn’t a problem
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Waitrose and John Lewis do that, Yeah. Not so bad when you get the job though!
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ive never applied to waitrose, whats the test on? is it like common sense type stuff? like what-if scenarios? or is it like logic puzzles ?
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I know this pain, the online job search and application process is one of the most soul destroying activities one can undertake.
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Had to do that for John Lewis, afterall their customer service is supposed to be top notch. It's worth it if you get the job.
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I know this pain, the online job search and application process is one of the most soul destroying activities one can undertake.
I never had any bigger issue to get a job. I managed to get one interview in Bangor at Tesco (but it's just a seasonal job) and got it, but if I won't even make it to the interview, it's not fun. I am getting lots of rejections and although you should not take it personally, it's easier to say than do.
Bangor is a really, really challenging place to get a job and if you can get a job here, you will get a job even on Mars I guess.
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ive never applied to waitrose, whats the test on? is it like common sense type Istuff? like what-if scenarios? or is it like logic puzzles ?
It's more like the customer is the most important no matter what and do not bother your manager kind of questions.
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Job applications are often difficult, though the high standards of a retailer are welcome from a customer perspective. Don't let it get you down.
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I know this pain, the online job search and application process is one of the most soul destroying activities one can undertake.
Imagine that you would have to spent eternity in hell and your punishment would be filling out those questioners and your only break would be allowed to check your rejections emails, I think it would be even more effective than waterboarding.
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Imagine that you would have to spent eternity in hell and your punishment would be filling out those questioners and your only break would be allowed to check your rejections emails, I think it would be even more effective than waterboarding.
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Bit of advice coming from someone earning 25k at 20 with no degree.

Firstly if you haven't got some already, get some unpaid work experience. Contact the biggest and most prestigious businesses in your career field nearby and try and get a placement there, aim for 2 or 3 employers. Yes, working for free sucks but It gives your CV validity and provides a point of reference for prospective employers. This is vital. If your CV is looking a bit lacklustre, aim for online courses; they're always a great way to give it a boost.

Secondly get in contact with as many people you know personally who are employed and ask them if they're aware of any jobs there. This is probably the easiest way to get employed and is basically a fast track in the hiring process. Many businesses actively encourage it and hire exclusively this way. Every job that I've had minus one (they reached out to me) came this way. Getting a job through a jobsite is IMO near impossible with the number of applicants they receive.

If all else fails get in contact with an agency who will make it their priority to find you work.
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Firstly if you haven't got some already, get some work experience.
That is literally what they are trying to do.

The rest of your post just comes across as kind of ignorant and self-righteous since you've completely glossed over how this is issue at hand...
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That is literally what they are trying to do.

The rest of your post just comes across as kind of ignorant and self-righteous since you've completely glossed over how this is issue at hand...
By work experience I mean working for free. It's anything but difficult and employers will do anything to get a bit of free labour.

I know people with prestigious uni degrees who can't find jobs because they're unwilling to work unpaid.
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(Original post by abcthe123)
Bit of advice coming from someone earning 25k at 20 with no degree.

Firstly if you haven't got some already, get some unpaid work experience. Contact the biggest and most prestigious businesses in your career field nearby and try and get a placement there, aim for 2 or 3 employers. Yes, working for free sucks but It gives your CV validity and provides a point of reference for prospective employers. This is vital. If your CV is looking a bit lacklustre, aim for online courses; they're always a great way to give it a boost.

Secondly get in contact with as many people you know personally who are employed and ask them if they're aware of any jobs there. This is probably the easiest way to get employed and is basically a fast track in the hiring process. Many businesses actively encourage it and hire exclusively this way. Every job that I've had minus one (they reached out to me) came this way. Getting a job through a jobsite is IMO near impossible with the number of applicants they receive.

If all else fails get in contact with an agency who will make it their priority to find you work.
You clearly have no idea where Bangor is otherwise you could hardly write something like this. I was a night team leader at a hostel with 320 beds with an average occupancy of around 87-92%, but Bangor... there is absolutely nothing around and if something comes out, there is a massive number of people trying to get that job and some people are telling me it took them even a year to get the first job here.
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(Original post by LittleX)
You clearly have no idea where Bangor is otherwise you could hardly write something like this. I was a night team leader at a hostel with 320 beds with an average occupancy of around 87-92%, but Bangor... there is absolutely nothing around and if something comes out, there is a massive number of people trying to get that job and some people are telling me it took them even a year to get the first job here.
Granted I don't know anything about the place, why can't you look outside of the city and think about commuting or moving?
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Granted I don't know anything about the place, why can't you look outside of the city and think about commuting or moving?
You think I haven't tried? I am applying for jobs 30 miles around Bangor, but I have lectures Monday to Friday every day, lots of course work, etc.
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You think I haven't tried? I am applying for jobs 30 miles around Bangor, but I have lectures Monday to Friday every day, lots of course work, etc.
You have no friends/family in the area who are employed?
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