How to get a good job in the recession: start any job, then keep looking

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Halfway through my 10 days, I got a phone call through a recruitment agency for another position. After a brief phone-interview, the consultant said she would arrange for me to interview with the company. Their main business was tyres, and I was going to interview for the Supply department.

The tyres company had a better-looking office, but a worse location – on the outskirts of town. “I’m fine with location as long as there’s no overtime,” I thought. The more I had considered different scenarios for my job, the more I had come to realize that my #1 priority was REGULAR HOURS. I wanted a job where everything – breaks, vacation days, sick leave and so on – was NORMAL. By the law. No illegal stuff like unpaid overtime or money under the table. I wanted to know that come 5:30, I can go home to my man. I wanted to know that when we have a baby, I’d be able to go on maternity leave with full benefits. Was that too much to ask? (Apparently – yes.)

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Job-hunting during recession

(continued from Here’s why freelance didn’t work for me: my struggle to find a job in the recession)

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Jumping through hoops to get a job… ANY job… Img src: dryastoast.com

In my experience, freelancing was a dud. Maybe it works if you have tons of patience to browse all the ads, if you have time to cover the requirements for application (free work!) and if you are ready to do the job for a humble pay. I thought that wages would be higher and I thought that if I work for foreign clients, the pay rate would make me a fortune by Bulgarian standards.

So pay was low, and the projects weren’t really inspiring – being a virtual assistant and working around the US clock, writing homework for а spoiled brat, or producing spammy content for some shady website wasn’t exactly the kind of freelance I wanted. How’s that even *freelance*? That’s just mundane work. I decided that my time would be better spent if I worked on something more… tangible.

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Here’s why freelance didn’t work for me: my struggle to find a job in the recession

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Two months ago, I left my home town and moved to my fiancee’s town. It was March 4th, 2013.

I had a job waiting for me and that made me feel good. At least the job transition was going to be smooth.

But as I shared with you here: Unemployed and depressed? You are not alone , things at my new job were so out of whack that I only stayed for two weeks.

As rewarding it was to march in that office and announce that I quit, soon after that fear started creeping in. I didn’t have another job secured. I could rely only on my savings (and perhaps on unemployment checks), and I had no idea whether I’ll survive until I get a job.

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Unemployed and depressed? You are not alone

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Unemployment lines are always long. Img src: wallstreetinsanity.com

It’s the recession. It HAS BEEN the recession for a while, and we’re all tired of it.

Right now, we live in fear that tomorrow, we may lose our business or our job. Some have already been laid off. And when money stops coming in, there’s only one thing that could save you: savings.

I’ve been really good about saving ever since I went through the nightmare of being in debt. Once I paid back everything (with sweat and blood and the whole jingle), I kept putting aside the same amount that used to be my monthly payment – only now, this monthly payment was towards me.

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Changing jobs during recession?

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My career has been going downhill.

I got my first “real” job in 2007. For six months, I worked as an HR assistant for a big company in Sofia. Then I had several months off work before I came back to work for the same company as a Recruiter for the sales department; got a nice raise, too.

A year and a half later I was still a Recruiter and there was no indication I’d get promoted.

So I went to work for a reputable recruitment agency as a Junior consultant. My basic pay was lower but I had bonuses for bringing new clients and also for successful employee placement. With bonuses, I earned slightly more than my last job.

I lasted six months and then I quit to start my own business – my own recruitment agency.

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