Getting a Job - I have a curse on me!

In addition to Alex’s sound advice, and based on your history and the urgency of your situation…

As it constitutes your main work experience, prioritise finding another retail position. In applications and interviews, avoid giving the impression that design is what you really want to do - include it as a hobby.

To supplement your income, consider seeking cheap local advertising for a PC troubleshooting service: cards in shop windows, bulletin boards, free web ads etc. Do this work in your spare time. Maybe add a page or subdomain to your web site, or set up a new domain (pc-repair-toronto.ca is available). Spend as little time bulding the site as possible (i.e. Wordpress template).

Try to adjust your outlook. Sorry to be blunt, but you come across as self-pitying and resentful. Employers will scent these traits a mile off. Regard everything you publish online as potentially contributing to your resume.

You seem to be a loner. While not of itself cause for censure, social isolation tends to be harmful to life chances and wellbeing. The internet, IMO, provides a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, contact with real people. Make an effort to get out and meet and appreciate others. Forgive them if they appear to judge you based on what they experience rather than for some secret potential or hidden virtue you may possess. Those who are afraid of being unfairly judged are themselves often prone to being judgemental. Others may possess hidden potential too - perhaps the potential to appreciate you - so give them a chance.

Regarding design work, decide what you’re really aiming at: animation/illustration or web dev, and focus on that in the time available. Be scrupulously honest with yourself. Ask people whose work and/or opinion within the field is widely respected whether you’ve the right stuff to succeed and take heed. Dreams are all very well but should be built on rock, not sand. The gutters are well populated with sand castle dreamers - living the nightmare.

If, as seems likely, animation/illustration is your preferred path, then concentrate your available time there. Spend as little time as possible on periphal areas such as web design. There’s no shame or detriment in using a portfolio template, and there are good ones available.

You need to show finished work. If necessary, do some low cost or free jobs to show prospective employers that you can deliver on a brief. Include feedback from your clients.

As far as possible, take on projects that appear to match your skill set. Unforeseen gotchas tend to lurk, so allow leeway for these when agreeing timescales/budgets. Steer clear of incorporating over-optimistic assumptions such as “I’ll just have to learn PHP in a weekend” or “I’ll find someone on a forum to code that widget/theme/Flash/script for free”.

Above all, don’t pin your hopes on a specific career outcome. We live in volatile times, so be ready to bend with the wind. It beats snapping.

Keep your chin up. :slight_smile:

Don’t take this the wrong way but I’m not that surprised to see this post based on some of your earlier requests for reviews and comments, though it’s a good thing that you’re exploring your options and trying to find something that you can do well in. I think the first problem I have read in this thread is the fact that you have mentioned “any computer position will do”. While I understand your desperation to find employment, if you’re seeking any job you can find (even if it perhaps may not be best suited to your skillset) you are likely to strike out a lot more often, and desperation (as bad as a situation can be) will often be very noticeable by potential employers. I don’t think that the case here is some sort of curse, generally speaking, whenever someone cannot find themselves a job or even get an interview, it’s usually because they are either applying for jobs that aren’t suitable for their skillset and background or that their doing something wrong and portraying themselves critically wrong (or making bad mistakes that are putting people off you) - you may just not be aware of what’s turning them off.

My situation is a long story, but one that has turned extremely bad, bad the point that a significantly amount of income has been lost to where the odds are I will find myself homeless, literally. Jobs are very scarce and I honestly have lost all focus on everything this horrible news was sprung on me a few days ago as each event unfolded it was more horrible news. What I thought was going to work out for me a year ago didn’t but I was able to manage and well feed myself, something most of us take for granted. I’m in the middle of moving as I found a nice place before the horrible news came, and now I wonder how long I can stay and with little savings I’m no doubt will use it all up in a short while and with winter around the corner. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to surrender I don’t think I have that option, will I have to sacrifice some of what I had, probably. I know I’m not stupid, lazy yes I am that is probably why I’m in this mess and instead of relaxing I’m in major anxiety where I have recently gotten ill.

If you want some assistance, the first thing we will need to know is what kind of job you feel you would be best suited too (and an idea of what you have applied for thus far) and details about the places you’re looking for jobs would help too, post a copy of your resume here so we can see what you’re sending off to companies and a link to your portfolio if it’s relevant to what your showcasing. If you’re phoning people or writing letters / emails / visiting people. post a copy of your cover letter or whatever you say to them about applying for a position. With those pieces of information, perhaps we can highlight where the mistakes might be occurring - granted we can’t get you a job, but I expect if we find the issue behind the declines as to why you’re not an ideal candidate you may be able to get the interviews.

I know most of you can only give me suggestions. I have applied for IT Tech support, Graphic Designer, Web Developer despite being a little shaky in what I know for the last one, but I’d be willing to learn fast, extremely fast. I’ve sent off emails with my portfolio but no cover letter and my resume, my resume mostly shows retail which I want to break free of this type of position I’ve done little on and off Jobs mostly fixing PC but the money was chump change to say the least. I don’t even get a reject letter, I know my web site needs updating and I’m not Jobless if I didn’t mention that already but my current and only Job has cut drastically my working hours down to almost nothing although what they are doing is illegal as we have a contract that is a winless fight, I’ve tried and someone with some authority over shadows the situation and it becomes water under a bridge.

I currently have two roads which I have no control over, I either loose it all and this “curse” crushes me as a person and my dignity, and over all well being aka labeled by society a “loser”. Or some “miracle” a common word used by many for situation far less worse then this just saves me so I continue on and build myself up bigger then I am now and was in the past.

Have you considered freelancing? At least at first you could get jobs through websites like 99 Designs. There are lots of opportunities out there.

Don’t take this the wrong way but I’m not that surprised to see this post based on some of your earlier requests for reviews and comments, though it’s a good thing that you’re exploring your options and trying to find something that you can do well in. I think the first problem I have read in this thread is the fact that you have mentioned “any computer position will do”. While I understand your desperation to find employment, if you’re seeking any job you can find (even if it perhaps may not be best suited to your skillset) you are likely to strike out a lot more often, and desperation (as bad as a situation can be) will often be very noticeable by potential employers. I don’t think that the case here is some sort of curse, generally speaking, whenever someone cannot find themselves a job or even get an interview, it’s usually because they are either applying for jobs that aren’t suitable for their skillset and background or that their doing something wrong and portraying themselves critically wrong (or making bad mistakes that are putting people off you) - you may just not be aware of what’s turning them off.

There is no magic solution to turning your situation around and unfortunately like with most things in life it requires time, effort and the willpower to stick with what you’re doing. In regards to freelancing, I’m not sure as to whether it’s likely to be to your taste as it’s not something that’s going to yield quick results, your best bet would be to use what skills you have to find a position with an organisation (where you’ll get a stable salary - something I think you are looking for). If you want some assistance, the first thing we will need to know is what kind of job you feel you would be best suited too (and an idea of what you have applied for thus far) and details about the places you’re looking for jobs would help too, post a copy of your resume here so we can see what you’re sending off to companies and a link to your portfolio if it’s relevant to what your showcasing. If you’re phoning people or writing letters / emails / visiting people. post a copy of your cover letter or whatever you say to them about applying for a position. With those pieces of information, perhaps we can highlight where the mistakes might be occurring - granted we can’t get you a job, but I expect if we find the issue behind the declines as to why you’re not an ideal candidate you may be able to get the interviews. :slight_smile:

I have tried, I never tried 99 Designs but it seems as though everyone want to do freelance just as much as everyone wants to be a designer, lawyer, whatever. I’ve tried one freelance site but honestly I don’t know where to completely begin I have read numerous articles on freelancing so I understand how it works but how am I going to get my first Job ? Getting one freelance position 3 months from now then another one 3-6 months later won’t help I would like continuously having the work and I there is not much I will be sacrificing besides maybe sleep. Other have more on there plate yet land the work regardless whether they work for someone or on there own yet for me, nothing shifts, nothing happens just time passes by then before I know it I am eating dog food in a ghetto area or on the street which freaks me right out.

And in todays world no on respects anyone who is in that position or believe what they say even if you are the “odd” one in the category people just assume you are stupid, or are a recovering alcoholic or you make your money by selling drugs or doing drugs, and I would never not even for $1 do anything like that, it’s just not me. I want to work to earn my money I understand if due to circumstances people out there who are legit need financial help and have no intention to do anything wrong with it but “exist” which is all most of those programs do but I’m against those who take just to have fancy cell phones or BMW car payments.

Thanx. I’ve only had sour opportunities so far <sigh>

Hey SiberianHuskey I know exactly how you feel. I’m sorry.

I’m having a problem landing a IT job as well. I’ve changed my portfolio numerous times. I’ve added and removed projects. I do freelance work too to help build my portfolio. I’ve also applied to numerous positions as well. Thanks for everyone’s input.

Thank you for the Advice, Oddz I’ll put consideration into what you said :slight_smile:

When applying for jobs that vastly contrast previous work experience you need to find some way to make the experience relevant to what your currently looking for. For example, if past work experience includes waiting tables you relate that to design position by interacting with people and working with a team. Of course it has to be worded right, but that is essentially what you need to sell your past experience as a skill set beneficial to future employers that isn’t directly related to the position your seeking. Being creative and intelligent in how you relate something that one would general think is unrelated will show intelligence, creativity, ambition and confidence. The trick is to make everything you say relevant to the job duties you seek. Regardless how disconnected or different the job history is from the desired position. Its difficult to speak in generics, but that is how you need to approach your resume from a methodical standpoint, due to having little experience in what you seek, but much in other, unrelated things. Also, if your not very good with grammar don’t announce it on your resume – have someone look it over, always. Just keep it out of sight, out of mind for people looking at your resume and cover letter. Most people don’t expect designers and programmers to write well, but at the same time they do expect for it not to be an issue on the resume and cover letter, regardless of how good/bad you are at it in reality.

I’m open if you want to take a look at my resume, I’ve already had a few overview but multiple point of views can help.

I’m hazzording a guess, but I think the problem will be in your resume / cv. I’d be happy to look at your resume if you send it through. I’ve been working in recruitment for many years and am also a professional resume writer (with the bulk of my clients being in the IT sector). Most of the time, the problem lays in the resume / cv not having any real direction. Employers and recruiters like “round peg > round hole” - give them something that’s trying to be a hybrid of everything and you’ll get rejected everytime. The tip is tailoring your resumes / Cv to its intended position, take out anyting that may not be relevant. No point in applying for .NET developer when your CV reads IT Manager.