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10/11/12 8:38 A

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Ouch! Sorry to hear about your bum experience. I think both the Yahoo Messenger and work from home angle were tip-offs that things weren't as they seemed. Thank you for sharing your experience so that others can learn and be all the more cautious!

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10/10/12 8:46 P

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Well, guess I've been AWOL from the team for awhile. I've kept up with my UI job app requirements, with little response. Now just past 6 months, I'm applying for EUI, the federal extension. I really didn't think it would take this long! I had one interview in July, for a position at the bottom of my skill level. I thought it went well, but they did not select me.

I had one experience that could have been bad. One of the job listings I applied for online, that looked similar to all the others I have applied to, turned out to be fraudulent! The "employer" contacted me by e mail, in response to my internet application, asking me to do an interview, on Yahoo messenger. I had to create an account with Yahoo to do that, but no problem. The interview seemed to go well, with a person who's name and photo were probably false. After some discussion, the person offered me the position- a work from home position in which I would be an employee (not contract status), and the company would provide all of the computer type equipment I would need to do the job. (position was not listed as "work from home" but so far, so good). They mailed (USPS) me a "company check" for over $2000, from an address in Texas, written on a different company in Virginia. The person I had communicated with was in New York. I opened a separate account at my bank to keep the transactions separate from my personal accounts. The company wanted me to use the check money to send funds by Western Union, holding back the address from me as long as possible, to a "shipper" who would send me the equipment. I told them I would do that when the check cleared. They were not happy about that, wanting me to use my own money to send immediately, so I could get started right away. Through all of this, they would not provide a telephone number where I could speak with them in person, and though they called my cell phone, would not leave a voice mail and the number was blocked. So I checked with my bank, who assisted me in calling the bank the check was written on, with resulting advise to not honor the check, later stating it was a closed account (fraudulent per the bank) I did get a return check fee, but that is all) Meanwhile, the company contact gave me an address in NIGERIA! to send the funds to. NOT! I knew it was fraudulent then, and as I put up more obstacles to taking the action they wanted from me, there was a distinct change in tone, such that I do not think I was speaking with the same person at that point. This position looked as legitimate as others I have applied for, with a reasonably good company website, so it was not something I could discover until going along with it a bit. Fortunately, I had not given them any of my account numbers, but I put a fraud alert on my credit reports just in case. Jeesh!

So now I have another interview scheduled for next week, in person, after a successful phone interview yesterday with another company. I'm very hopeful, but still not wanting to put all my eggs in that basket yet. I know this job situation will change soon, but living with the ambiguity is challenging.

Stay safe and use caution in your job hunt!

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6/17/12 9:32 P

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So sorry to hear the news...! Integrity's fine, but heck: Show Me The Money!

Don

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6/17/12 9:11 A

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disappointing news from a potential employer. after months of talk about their integrity, etc, they have comeback with a new, lower compensation offer based on the fact that laws MAY be changing in a state in which i will NOT be working. the more someone boasts about their integrity, the more you need to worry about just that very issue, it would seem. i'll need a day or two to recover from the disappointment and then get on with things.

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5/24/12 12:09 P

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Good luck on your hunt and super deal in getting started with Parachute! Great book and well worth the time to complete the many writing exercises they suggest!

Don

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5/22/12 6:06 P

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Time is really flying! I've been keeping up with my basic job search, with only one "second look" so far. No call back after that second look. I try to stay open minded about where I will find employment, but this doesn't really make me focus on anything I am passionate about. It is hard to be very enthusiastic about a position and not get it. It can be an emotional roller coaster. I'm trying to find a direction I can be enthusiastic about, but not make each position so important. I got the current "What Color is Your Parachute? 2012" and will try working with that.

I got my eye surgery done about three weeks ago, so this will be better with time, and more or less struggling to maintain my motivation for exercise and putting myself out there. I'm feeling a little stressed about finances, but hanging in there so far. I signed up with a temp agency that I used before, and they said it is actually a "job seeker's" market currently in Colorado, so they are giving a small bonus for taking a job through them. I will need to keep focused on self development and the hunt.

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4/9/12 3:30 P

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Whew! Glad to hear about the UI!

Sometimes the right "spin" in a cover letter can really catch a potential employer's eye...keep at it!

Don

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4/9/12 3:21 P

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Been going kind of slow overall. Had to reschedule cataract surgery due to a doctor mixup. Now shifting to self pay insurance which is a little cheaper than COBRA, struggling with joint pain and migraine. Taking some free exercise classes through a county mental health program, love that, but will only work while I'm unemployed. There are definitely more high quality positions being listed on the job boards, but I'm not sure how I'm going to get them to consider me beyond my basic resume. I need to do more to get this going.

I still need to work on improving and refreshing my references, designing a few cover letter templates, developing a networking plan and maybe some informational interviewing.

Finally got first UI payment, yeah, now can pay some bills.

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3/11/12 8:03 P

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That's the spirit! Take control of those things over which you DO have control!

You're gonna feel SO GOOD after nailing these goals! :-)

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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3/11/12 6:51 P

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I'm going to use this thread to motivate myself to take regular steps in my job hunt, and to give myself credit for efforts made.

Last week, I officially signed up for UI, got my basic resume revision done, submitted my resume to 5 advertised positions on the web, got my COBRA going, connected with one of my new reference contacts.

This week, I will update and make contact with three reference people, sort through past materials for job search info and think about what direction I want to go with my career, apply to at least five positions, do some cleaning and organizing in my workspace.

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9/10/11 10:01 P

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Can't have too many versions and varieties of cover letters...! Tricky business, trying to catch an employer's eye with just a few well-poised words!

Don

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9/8/11 6:04 P

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Hello, so the challenge here is to name 1 thing you will do to develop your career today. This may be a job search, research, drafting a resume or cover letter, freewriting about your goals, etc.

I'll start - well, today I have an unexpected visit from a friend so my lesson learned is to do my "work" earlier in the day. One thing I did was to freewrite. If I get a chance, I will also take a second stab at a draft cover letter. I also will read a daily job opportunities mailing list.



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