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Why, Precisely, Do I Even Bother? - March 18th 2015, 10:09 AM

I just can't put my finger on why.

I mean seriously, my life is hell without a job, that's fair enough, but my life is hell while looking. It's like trying to do 7-8 marathons in a row with massive leg injuries, a 100 kilogram bag on your back and at a point where the starting line will kill you if you go back there.

I just cannot be bothered. Fuck business, too lazy to train people, too egotistic to consider people without experience. I can't be fucked to go into the recruitment process, the world of smiles, handshakes and suits, but what more is there?

And, I mean what am I going to do when I start work, carry coffee for some executive, punch numbers for a living? People say work isn't what it is cut out to be, so why does this mean so much to me?

Much is made of volunteering, but how do I accept that I am forced to give my time for nothing to gain experience when I need urgent money and I turn twenty next month. I wish I could just walk in some place I love and start working tomorrow, but no, I have to punch nails into my cheeks to smile and write down the process for brewing tea during the interview, hope I get another, do that another three more times and finally get an entry level role somewhere.

Why does this have to be so hard? I need a job YESTER-FUCKING-DAY, not in a few months, not if I get to the third interview stage, NOW!!!!!!. It's not going to happen, so why bother?

I mean I have heard stories. Stories about how people got their first jobs in amazing places, in recording studios, in pit lane, at stadiums. I have heard the stories of one of the people I used to go to school with, who said he got a job within two days of searching.

How did it get to the point of having to do a sales pitch for rice, and being knocked out in the first interview stage. Or maybe the third. I mean I could get massive momentum, and fall short at the final hurdle, some three months after getting called originally.

It SHOULDN'T BE this complicated. But what am I going to do about it when I need simplicity and quick fire employment? Reminisce about never, that's what.

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Re: Why, Precisely, Do I Even Bother? - March 18th 2015, 11:16 AM

You're in university right? See if there's a career office that can help you. In the meantime maybe you can look for odd jobs and gigs? If you're good at physical labor you can do that. I doubt it requires an official diploma. In a similar vein, we have a world of online pay. There'sselling on amazon, eBay etc (as well as advertising for them) and there's writing articles or something of that sort. Okay I know there's a lot of scams, like don't bother with pyramid schemes. But think of it like this, you don't have a job at all right now so what is the worst that can happen? (Besides getting scammed )
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Re: Why, Precisely, Do I Even Bother? - March 22nd 2015, 07:34 PM

Job search is hell. It is. And success, I'm convinced these days, is more about luck than anything else. Yes, you need to be ready when luck strikes to call it opportunity, or else you'll just miss it, but if luck never strikes, no amount of being ready makes a difference. Maybe some of these successful people will offer different advice, such as "if you send your undying passion for X out into the universe, it will respond with an opportunity for X", but I still see that as fundamentally about luck.

Once I accepted that, I stopped blaming myself for struggling so much, and for being a "failure". Maybe that's not the ideal attitude to have, but it's where I am right now.

Yes, there are a ton of online "sharing economy" platforms (ex. Uber, Airbnb) where you could arguably make a living, or at least a part time job. I have a few random gigs on a platform called Fiverr although it isn't even close to a part-time job, it's mostly just an experiment for me. I don't know how I feel about those platforms yet, I have a love-hate relationship with their existence, but I do acknowledge that the opportunity to earn an income through them mean the difference between having food and shelter and being on the streets, for some people.

If you're in university, have you tried looking for jobs on campus? I always did that as a student, and found the process to be tons simpler and more entry level friendly than looking for jobs out there with the rest of the population.

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Re: Why, Precisely, Do I Even Bother? - March 31st 2015, 07:35 AM

"Job search is a hell" - true words. I can say I got my first job by coincidence, it was not actually a job, but an internship (however in great international company). And it was not just an internship, but UNPAID intentship My friends told me I was loosing my time and money and that I could find something better instead. However, in several months (yeah, I was working there for free for several months while studying) I was promoted and got the real job there. And I was happy that I took that internship opportunity as it was my first experience and later I had something to say to employers on interviews despite the fact I was still a student.
So, you really need to be lucky in some way, and not to get upset and concentrate on your search too much, and I am almost sure that in some time your job will find you.

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