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I guess that's something - November 4th 2017, 01:13 AM

This day started out okayish but I was tired and not in the best mood. Around mid morning I broke down so badly. But I did manage to keep busy and hang in there. Prepared myself lunch. And then in the evening my friend messaged me with a paid job training opportunity. I applied online and sent it in.

It is for women facing economic insecurity. The training is on how to bake bread and make pastries. After the training, there's support services to either work in the culinary industry or start a business.

On Tuesday when I see my social worker, I'm going to tell her I applied for this and maybe she can help me with the test of the process. After I sent in the application, I was told I will hear from them in 2-3 weeks. So I'm hoping my social worker who is also an employment specialist, can help me prepare if I end up having to do an interview or anything else before they make the decision to accept or decline me.

I'm super nervous and insecure. I have never gotten a competitive job before.
The jobs I worked had been work study and a summer youth program, both of which do not require experience nor is it competitive in the merit sense. Sure, I had to jump all these hoops to get into the program but I wasn't judged in my ability so much in order to get the job.

Eventually I was judged on the job but that's a different story. Anyway I'm super nervous but I'm glad I applied. Better to apply than to not.


I have been unemployed since the summer. And before that for an entire year.

What I'm worried about is that I filled out the application and thought I was clicking next for the next page but then it sent automatically. Without notice or preview. Because of this, I did not complete my response to one of the questions but it might not be too bad. Just frustrating because I had no indication of what page I am on and when the last page will be. I was curious how much longer the application was going to be and that's what made me click next to swe how far I am inot the application and whether I can answer every question immediately or would I have to return to the application at a later time. For example I wouldn't be ready if it asked for references or a resume. But turns out those were not asked for. At least not so far.

Earlier this week, I talked to a guy who got a job from the same organization that my grandma kept telling me to go to for a job. Talking to him helped me understand their provers bether aND i was motivated to apply. I actually looked up the phone number online only to find that my uncle (grandma's son) is in charge of the career services there. I do not appreciate her lack of understanding in this issue and if I can avoid it I will not apply through this organization but I suppose I'm willing to as a last resort.

So I'm glad I now have a concrete step forward that I just took. That didn't involve that organization I'm being pressured to apply for by my grandmother.

Just wanted to share this. As I've been super depressed lately, partially because my situation seems pretty hopeless. But this job training seems like a wonderful opportunity. Seems like it is geared more towards women who not only face economic insecurity but also dont have English as their first language or are immigrants or who have children or don't have a college degree. In that sense I'm a bit privileged. I graduated college and don't have kids, i was born abroad and grew up somewhat multilingual but English is the language im most comfortable speaking. Makes me seem like my chances are slim because of who theyre looking for. But there's still a chance and I am glad I sent in my application.


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Re: I guess that's something - November 4th 2017, 06:56 PM

Well done for applying for the paid opportunity!

I hope that your social worker will be able to help you with preparing for interviews and any other relevant things. If not, we're all here to help!

Applying for jobs is definitely an anxious time, but you are right in that it's better to apply than not.

Online applications do come with their problems. I'm sorry to hear that your application got sent off without you being able to fully complete it. There's a chance that the organisation will realise this when they read through your application, but hopefully it won't go against you, as I'm sure others have done similar (I know I have!)

It can be very disheartening being unemployed, so it's good to take up opportunities like this, as you never know where it could lead you. Best of luck


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Re: I guess that's something - November 4th 2017, 08:46 PM

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Well done for applying for the paid opportunity!

I hope that your social worker will be able to help you with preparing for interviews and any other relevant things. If not, we're all here to help!

Applying for jobs is definitely an anxious time, but you are right in that it's better to apply than not.

Online applications do come with their problems. I'm sorry to hear that your application got sent off without you being able to fully complete it. There's a chance that the organisation will realise this when they read through your application, but hopefully it won't go against you, as I'm sure others have done similar (I know I have!)

It can be very disheartening being unemployed, so it's good to take up opportunities like this, as you never know where it could lead you. Best of luck
Thank you Holly. I appreciate the support and good luck wish.
   
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Re: I guess that's something - November 4th 2017, 10:16 PM

I am currently working with a job specialist and one of the things he has emphasized is that when you apply online, you should also call the place that you applied to and discuss your application such as asking if you can speak to the Manger and then asking about the status of your application. Online applications usually don't all get viewed and by calling you show initiative as well a piquing the person's interest to at least look. I suppose, you could also mention the problem you had with the application but you might want to discuss that with the social worker you are seeing.

Of course, calling will not guarantee that you will get a job or an interview but it's worth doing. I used to struggle with that so when I first started calling about the applications I would write down what I wanted to say such as:

"Hello, I would like to speak to your manager" or "Hello, I was wondering if your manager was in"

If the manager isn't in then I would ask when they would be available. If they were in I would be directed to them and I would saying something like. "Hello, I recently submitted an application and was checking on the status."

Best regards and I am wishing you the best of luck in this!


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Re: I guess that's something - November 5th 2017, 09:52 PM

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I am currently working with a job specialist and one of the things he has emphasized is that when you apply online, you should also call the place that you applied to and discuss your application such as asking if you can speak to the Manger and then asking about the status of your application. Online applications usually don't all get viewed and by calling you show initiative as well a piquing the person's interest to at least look. I suppose, you could also mention the problem you had with the application but you might want to discuss that with the social worker you are seeing.

Of course, calling will not guarantee that you will get a job or an interview but it's worth doing. I used to struggle with that so when I first started calling about the applications I would write down what I wanted to say such as:

"Hello, I would like to speak to your manager" or "Hello, I was wondering if your manager was in"

If the manager isn't in then I would ask when they would be available. If they were in I would be directed to them and I would saying something like. "Hello, I recently submitted an application and was checking on the status."

Best regards and I am wishing you the best of luck in this!
Thank you, for the support and ideas.
After I submitted the application I got redirected to a page that said thank you for applying and that they'd contact me in 2-3 weeks. Because this is a paid job training but not a job per se, I don't know if the calling idea is applicable. But i do know it is a common suggestion I hear so I will consider it. Maybe if I don't hear from them after 3 weeks?
The friend that linked me this opportunity, said that I should get my social worker to "vouch" for me. But they didn't ask for references
   
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Re: I guess that's something - November 14th 2017, 06:56 AM

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