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Bacon
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(05-17-2017, 04:29 PM)
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I'm a little biased since I work there part time while I go to school but Trader Joe's is also really awesome. Great benefits and they treat their employees tremendously well. 2 raises per year based on performance and the cap on earnings is 25 dollars an hour for a regular crew member. Obviously it would take a while until you made that much but the opportunity is there.
megatronium
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(05-17-2017, 04:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by CosmicWabbit

I would like some advice. I just graduated from university and searching for a graphic design job in my city and in my country is very soul crushing like the title of the thread says. I'm trying to search for something to do since March and I feel that I'm not going to find a good offer, because of that I think that a remote job is my better option.

I wanted to try some sites like Fiverr and Upwork for a little income and make a better portfolio but I don't have any luck there. I would love to make something relationed to illustration because that's what I think I can do better but I've been trying to learn more about motion graphics.

What I can do?

Have you tried virtualvocations.com?
Socivol
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(05-17-2017, 04:45 PM)
I've been looking for a new job since October and my soul is indeed crushed. Had five interviews at a company over the past month and just found out I didn't get the job. I think the most frustrating part is multi-part interviews that take so much time and energy only to be told no. The feedback that I got wasn't major either so it's super annoying.
ReubyJuice
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(05-17-2017, 04:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by Socivol

I've been looking for a new job since October and my soul is indeed crushed. Had five interviews at a company over the past month and just found out I didn't get the job. I think the most frustrating part is multi-part interviews that take so much time and energy only to be told no. The feedback that I got wasn't major either so it's super annoying.

I know that feeling. I remember going through a process where I had 3 or 4 different phone interviews for a position, with a couple of them just being for "additional clarification" and stuff like that, only to be told I came 2nd in the competition. It's super tough, but just chalk it up as good interview experience and use it in the next one! Something will come along soon.
Socivol
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(05-17-2017, 04:53 PM)

Originally Posted by ReubyJuice

I know that feeling. I remember going through a process where I had 3 or 4 different phone interviews for a position, with a couple of them just being for "additional clarification" and stuff like that, only to be told I came 2nd in the competition. It's super tough, but just chalk it up as good interview experience and use it in the next one! Something will come along soon.

For me, it was just kind of a waste of time. I have a full-time job right now so it was a lot of extra work for no payoff and since I didn't get any real feedback it's not like I actually learned anything from the experience. I did learn that hiring processes need to be streamlined though. I had 2 phone interviews, an in-person interview, two performance tasks, an interview on the development of the performance task, and then another in-person interview to present the performance tasks. So at the end of the day it was a lot of work for no payoff, I didn't get the job nor did I get any information on improving my interview performance.
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(05-17-2017, 05:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Socivol

I've been looking for a new job since October and my soul is indeed crushed. Had five interviews at a company over the past month and just found out I didn't get the job. I think the most frustrating part is multi-part interviews that take so much time and energy only to be told no. The feedback that I got wasn't major either so it's super annoying.

I had 8, yes 8 interviews for a management position with Davita, ultimately, didn't get the job. Back on the hunt now. I had a second interview 4/20/2017 and an initial interview at another place on 4/27/2017. Didn't get either, the grind is rough but hopefully, we all get to where we want to be sooner than later.
Socivol
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(05-17-2017, 05:12 PM)

Originally Posted by Agent Icebeezy

I had 8, yes 8 interviews for a management position with Davita, ultimately, didn't get the job. Back on the hunt now. I had a second interview 4/20/2017 and an initial interview at another place on 4/27/2017. Didn't get either, the grind is rough but hopefully, we all get to where we want to be sooner than later.

JESUS! EIGHT?! I had seven for my current job, but I ultimately got it so it doesn't sting as much. What could they possibly need eight interviews for? That's outrageous.
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(05-17-2017, 05:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by Socivol

JESUS! EIGHT?! I had seven for my current job, but I ultimately got it so it doesn't sting as much. What could they possibly need eight interviews for? That's outrageous.

It was for an area management position that monitored 6 locations. I had to interview with the manager at each location, with many others during each stop. It was ridiculous looking back.
ReubyJuice
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(05-17-2017, 05:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by Socivol

For me, it was just kind of a waste of time. I have a full-time job right now so it was a lot of extra work for no payoff and since I didn't get any real feedback it's not like I actually learned anything from the experience. I did learn that hiring processes need to be streamlined though. I had 2 phone interviews, an in-person interview, two performance tasks, an interview on the development of the performance task, and then another in-person interview to present the performance tasks. So at the end of the day it was a lot of work for no payoff, I didn't get the job nor did I get any information on improving my interview performance.

Wow that's insane. Nowadays I typically have 1, maaaaybe 2 interviews and then it's a done deal. It does suck when you don't get any useful feedback though. I always look at it as good experience just going through the process, having to think of examples and situations to respond to questions etc. but having to go through a process like that sounds painful.
NOLA_Gaffer
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(05-17-2017, 05:16 PM)
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My sister keeps sending me local graphic designer job listings. I need to update my portfolio first. It's been a while.
clockworkinyou
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(05-17-2017, 05:20 PM)
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Anyone have some good resources for resume/cover letter templates?

I need to update my stuff, and it feels dated (about 2 years). I've tried multiple friends that are recruiters, and each one has a completely different opinion on necessary changes (text too small/text too big, too many bullet points/not enough bullet points, etc.).

I understand that all recruiters/HR are different, but this is madness.
daffy
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(05-17-2017, 10:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Flux

Costco for retail. Get paid a little above minimum, small benefits, room to grow if you so choose.

Auto dealerships as for lot maintenance. Good deals if need be.

Don't really have much experience there. My minimum wage years were all at Future shop / Best Buy.

Originally Posted by ReubyJuice

I don't have personal experience with it, but I've always heard really great things about Costco as an employer. You get the sense that they treat their employees pretty well. Maybe that's on a relative scale with other minimum wage employers like Walmart and others will call me crazy, but I haven't really heard anything negative about how they treat staff.

Originally Posted by Bacon

I'm a little biased since I work there part time while I go to school but Trader Joe's is also really awesome. Great benefits and they treat their employees tremendously well. 2 raises per year based on performance and the cap on earnings is 25 dollars an hour for a regular crew member. Obviously it would take a while until you made that much but the opportunity is there.

Thanks for the tips!! I'll check out Costco and Trader Joe's!
Captain Tuttle
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(05-18-2017, 12:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by daffy

Thanks for the tips!! I'll check out Costco and Trader Joe's!

Depending on your area I've heard good things about Wegmans as well

http://fortune.com/best-companies/wegmans-food-markets
DiamondDog74
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(05-18-2017, 12:22 AM)
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I think I feel stuck at Starbucks. I have a gen ed associates and 70 credits in no particular path at university. Right now I'm trying to get my COMP TIA certs slowly and surely while doing 40 hours a week as a supervisor making $11.30.
Flux
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(05-19-2017, 02:05 PM)
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Has anyone had experience with an interview that is a PowerPoint or presentation about the company's mandate/vision and how you fit/will perform that role?

Just trying to figure where to begin and what to say. It kind of feels like a one-way interview where I am doing all of the talking and then the panel of interviewers is only there to take notes.
CosmicWabbit
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(05-19-2017, 08:47 PM)
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Well I got a interview today and I feel happy but at the same time I'm very nervous because I got the call for a second interview but this time in english (I live in Mexico). I haven't practiced conversational english in a long time :(
I don't know if this is the right place but I wanted to know if somebody here can help me with this? Or anybody knows where I can find some help for this?
megatronium
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(05-20-2017, 02:03 AM)
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We'll I got the job. I start Thursday. Just a note of encouragement to everyone looking - if I can get a job after 2 years in prison with that large a gap in work history and a felony on my record and a history of alcoholism, you can too. Anything is possible. I was honest about my history and went above and beyond the expectations for interviewing and it paid off. I've had 5 interviews with this company since April 25th. I gave them a presentation using the software I'd be working with even though it wasn't required. I also used the Interview Master System to prepare and killed every interview as a result. In the end, they gave me a max offer, 15% more than I asked for along with bonus, stocks, etc., the best salary and benefit package I've ever had. I feel so blessed to have this 2nd chance - I'll reward them by exceeding all expectations. You can do it guys. Thanks for the support!
capawe
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(05-21-2017, 09:40 AM)
Sight, I did something really stupid today and I am feeling terrible about it.
I applied for a job, I spent hours getting the resume and cover letter just right. A couple hours later I realized that I sent the wrong resume, the one I sent was a half done copy I did weeks ago.

I decided to send an email apologizing with my current resume attached and I was in such a panic that I wrote 'I send the wrong copy of my resume' instead of 'I sent'.

Normally I wouldn't be so worried but positions for a programming job don't come up in my area that often so I am pretty demotivated.
PillarEN
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(05-22-2017, 11:20 PM)
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Recently got 2 opportunities at two different companies to do translation work. Both sent me a quick test to see if I have the skills (I do. English is essentially my 1A and the other language is my 1B). Both seem to not be responding. I mean hell I understand if you aren't interested. I respect that. But after some time (about a week) I would fire off an email to see what is up. Ask if they had a chance to look over my translations yet. No response. Why? Is that aggressive or unprofessional to ask if they had time to look over some 350 words or so? I'd even be glad if they wrote an email where they go "fuck off you stupid piece of shit. YOU'LL NEVER WORK HERE!!!" I'd love that instead of being kept in the dark. I'm not dealing with a person who has crippling anxiety here. I'm dealing with people who are looking for employees.
hokahey
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(05-22-2017, 11:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by PillarEN

Recently got 2 opportunities at two different companies to do translation work. Both sent me a quick test to see if I have the skills (I do. English is essentially my 1A and the other language is my 1B). Both seem to not be responding. I mean hell I understand if you aren't interested. I respect that. But after some time (about a week) I would fire off an email to see what is up. Ask if they had a chance to look over my translations yet. No response. Why? Is that aggressive or unprofessional to ask if they had time to look over some 350 words or so? I'd even be glad if they wrote an email where they go "fuck off you stupid piece of shit. YOU'LL NEVER WORK HERE!!!" I'd love that instead of being kept in the dark. I'm not dealing with a person who has crippling anxiety here. I'm dealing with people who are looking for employees.

1 week is nothing. If they're even remotely busy, or interviewing multiple candidates, it could be several weeks, minimum. It takes time to interview, discuss, recommend, get approval, make offer.

Emailing to ask if they've had time to review is pushy. If you have to check in, make it a quock communication about how you're very excited and curious if they know when they'll decide. But you should have asked that in the interview.
PillarEN
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(05-22-2017, 11:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by hokahey

1 week is nothing. If they're even remotely busy, or interviewing multiple candidates, it could be several weeks, minimum. It takes time to interview, discuss, recommend, get approval, make offer.

Emailing to ask if they've had time to review is pushy. If you have to check in, make it a quock communication about how you're very excited and curious if they know when they'll decide. But you should have asked that in the interview.

There has been no interview yet. Basically the steps were:

1.I applied through the internet
2. They reply "oh great here are some translations". A simple 'prove yourself'
3. I send translations back
4. Silence

One of the companies is pretty large. The other one I pretty much notified them that I saw them post for this job but then it disappeared. So one of them certainly isn't too busy. That was over 2 weeks ago now. The big company was from a week ago.
Flux
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(Yesterday, 02:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by PillarEN

There has been no interview yet. Basically the steps were:

1.I applied through the internet
2. They reply "oh great here are some translations". A simple 'prove yourself'
3. I send translations back
4. Silence

One of the companies is pretty large. The other one I pretty much notified them that I saw them post for this job but then it disappeared. So one of them certainly isn't too busy. That was over 2 weeks ago now. The big company was from a week ago.

Hopefully you hear back. I don't want to be a downer, but some companies use those "tests" as a means of free labour. The company I work for does that quite often. Over 2 weeks of no reply is not a good sign.
koutoru
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(Yesterday, 02:32 AM)
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Just got word today that I've been offered a position at the local AAA game dev studio. Finally putting that CS degree to some good use.
PillarEN
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(Yesterday, 02:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Flux

Hopefully you hear back. I don't want to be a downer, but some companies use those "tests" as a means of free labour. The company I work for does that quite often. Over 2 weeks of no reply is not a good sign.

Yeah I think the 2 week one is done with me too. I'm not afraid of them using me though. They are just more general generic translations. You can tell it's more about testing someone rather than an actual translation. I mean it's directly related to the respective businesses and the type of things you would likely see, but I don't think these 2 companies are being abusive about it.
Mr. F
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(Yesterday, 02:43 AM)
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Any words of encouragement for someone feeling kind of completely demoralized? 11 month club checking in.

Have a few fleeting interviews here and there but they never seem to go anywhere. Glad to be doing freelance in the meantime but the gigs are mundane enough to be their own kind of depressing
megatronium
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(Yesterday, 03:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mr. F

Any words of encouragement for someone feeling kind of completely demoralized? 11 month club checking in.

Have a few fleeting interviews here and there but they never seem to go anywhere. Glad to be doing freelance in the meantime but the gigs are mundane enough to be their own kind of depressing

See my post above and use the Interview Master System to crush your interviews.

https://theinterviewguys.com/the-int...master-system/
Flux
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(Yesterday, 02:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by PillarEN

Yeah I think the 2 week one is done with me too. I'm not afraid of them using me though. They are just more general generic translations. You can tell it's more about testing someone rather than an actual translation. I mean it's directly related to the respective businesses and the type of things you would likely see, but I don't think these 2 companies are being abusive about it.

Well then maybe best case scenario is that they are just slow at hiring decisions and not great at communication.
Socivol
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(Yesterday, 02:41 PM)

Originally Posted by megatronium

We'll I got the job. I start Thursday. Just a note of encouragement to everyone looking - if I can get a job after 2 years in prison with that large a gap in work history and a felony on my record and a history of alcoholism, you can too. Anything is possible. I was honest about my history and went above and beyond the expectations for interviewing and it paid off. I've had 5 interviews with this company since April 25th. I gave them a presentation using the software I'd be working with even though it wasn't required. I also used the Interview Master System to prepare and killed every interview as a result. In the end, they gave me a max offer, 15% more than I asked for along with bonus, stocks, etc., the best salary and benefit package I've ever had. I feel so blessed to have this 2nd chance - I'll reward them by exceeding all expectations. You can do it guys. Thanks for the support!

Congratulations! I know how difficult it can be for someone with a felony conviction to find a sustainable job! That's awesome for you!
ReubyJuice
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(Yesterday, 02:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by megatronium

We'll I got the job. I start Thursday. Just a note of encouragement to everyone looking - if I can get a job after 2 years in prison with that large a gap in work history and a felony on my record and a history of alcoholism, you can too. Anything is possible. I was honest about my history and went above and beyond the expectations for interviewing and it paid off. I've had 5 interviews with this company since April 25th. I gave them a presentation using the software I'd be working with even though it wasn't required. I also used the Interview Master System to prepare and killed every interview as a result. In the end, they gave me a max offer, 15% more than I asked for along with bonus, stocks, etc., the best salary and benefit package I've ever had. I feel so blessed to have this 2nd chance - I'll reward them by exceeding all expectations. You can do it guys. Thanks for the support!

Damn man, congratulations. Sounds like you worked your ass off for that and it paid off in a big way. Best of luck with the job!
Weetrick
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(Yesterday, 02:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by koutoru

Just got word today that I've been offered a position at the local AAA game dev studio. Finally putting that CS degree to some good use.

PM us all their secrets! Jk, congrats!
BraXzy
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Originally Posted by koutoru

Just got word today that I've been offered a position at the local AAA game dev studio. Finally putting that CS degree to some good use.

Congrats and good luck! I really need to get back into the scene, since job searching and eventually starting full time in software testing last year I have done next to nothing game dev wise. I have a constant doubt that I'd never get to a point where I was good enough to employ though.

Back up plan is learning web dev.
megatronium
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Originally Posted by Socivol

Congratulations! I know how difficult it can be for someone with a felony conviction to find a sustainable job! That's awesome for you!

Originally Posted by ReubyJuice

Damn man, congratulations. Sounds like you worked your ass off for that and it paid off in a big way. Best of luck with the job!

Thank you so much! So hyped to start work. My new manager sent me a pic of my office (cube) yesterday. She said there is a buzz in the office about me starting. Kind of intimidating since this is a large, publicly traded company and is very high tech and full of smart people. She definitely has a loyal and hard-working employee in me. I don't want to let her down and will be doing my best to make her hiring decision one she is proud of.
koutoru
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Originally Posted by Weetrick

PM us all their secrets! Jk, congrats!

Originally Posted by BraXzy

Congrats and good luck! I really need to get back into the scene, since job searching and eventually starting full time in software testing last year I have done next to nothing game dev wise. I have a constant doubt that I'd never get to a point where I was good enough to employ though.

Back up plan is learning web dev.

Thanks, all. Always like reading through this thread and seeing others encourage each other.
Flux
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(Yesterday, 05:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by megatronium

Thank you so much! So hyped to start work. My new manager sent me a pic of my office (cube) yesterday. She said there is a buzz in the office about me starting. Kind of intimidating since this is a large, publicly traded company and is very high tech and full of smart people. She definitely has a loyal and hard-working employee in me. I don't want to let her down and will be doing my best to make her hiring decision one she is proud of.

Your story and dedication is a great inspiration for everyone in the thread. I hope that you carry on that attitude, I think it can really make a big difference where you are going.
MrS
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(Yesterday, 05:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by megatronium

Thank you so much! So hyped to start work. My new manager sent me a pic of my office (cube) yesterday. She said there is a buzz in the office about me starting. Kind of intimidating since this is a large, publicly traded company and is very high tech and full of smart people. She definitely has a loyal and hard-working employee in me. I don't want to let her down and will be doing my best to make her hiring decision one she is proud of.

I like this attitude. Best of luck to you in your new role.
Cth
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(Yesterday, 05:57 PM)
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Originally Posted by megatronium

We'll I got the job. I start Thursday. Just a note of encouragement to everyone looking - if I can get a job after 2 years in prison with that large a gap in work history and a felony on my record and a history of alcoholism, you can too. Anything is possible. I was honest about my history and went above and beyond the expectations for interviewing and it paid off. I've had 5 interviews with this company since April 25th. I gave them a presentation using the software I'd be working with even though it wasn't required. I also used the Interview Master System to prepare and killed every interview as a result. In the end, they gave me a max offer, 15% more than I asked for along with bonus, stocks, etc., the best salary and benefit package I've ever had. I feel so blessed to have this 2nd chance - I'll reward them by exceeding all expectations. You can do it guys. Thanks for the support!

Congratulations!

I can sympathize and wanted to let you know I start the new job tomorrow! It's a huge relief going from food banks and barely affording necessities to making 4 times what I was previously. I'm finally back to a pay scale that's more than what I was making prior to being laid off 9 years ago.

EDIT: When I applied I asked for 30k, they called me to say it paid 50k and came with a 10% bonus, stock options, 401k, etc. They even made a provision where they'd pay for my cell phone (even though it's not needed for the job). Free food, etc. The only drawback is that it's 50 miles away, but with the new money I can afford to fix my car and pay for gas and still have plenty left over.

It sucks having to work part time and being underemployed, but as megatronium said, it's possible, stick with it!

Good luck everyone!
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clockworkinyou
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(Yesterday, 06:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by megatronium

See my post above and use the Interview Master System to crush your interviews.

https://theinterviewguys.com/the-int...master-system/

So you paid $127 to 'crush' 5 interviews?
megatronium
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(Yesterday, 06:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by clockworkinyou

So you paid $127 to 'crush' 5 interviews?

Well I've had over 15 interviews since getting the IMS. I didn't do it to just do well in 5 interviews. It was an investment in myself and my career and taught me how to properly prepare for interviews for the job I landed and for future opportunities should I need it. I'm doing so we'll in interviews now that I have to withdraw from two other companies because I've taken this new job. Just saying it worked for me. To each his own. Point being, don't give up on your job search, prepare as much as possible and that anything is possible.
ReubyJuice
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Originally Posted by clockworkinyou

So you paid $127 to 'crush' 5 interviews?

According to the site, you can get a full refund within 60 days for pretty much no reason and they let you keep the stuff. If that's actually the case, seems like a no-brainer.
Captain Tuttle
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Originally Posted by Flux

Hopefully you hear back. I don't want to be a downer, but some companies use those "tests" as a means of free labour. The company I work for does that quite often. Over 2 weeks of no reply is not a good sign.

So incredibly shitty christ

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