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The Why Don't You Get a Job Thread

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As the depression thread shows, we a bunch of people who need constant reassurance and help for even the easiest of tasks.

 

This is a thread for all the people looking for a job, or are looking to change careers.

 

As you all know I have a degree in film making yet found myself working at Asda and it is absolutely soul destroying. As it stands I'm on the jobhunt for something office based where I can talk on the phone and send emails all day hopefully for more than the 13k that I currently get for my current job.

 

In summary if anyone has any tips on CV writing or interview techniques, or would like to discuss the art of jobhunting then do it in here.

 

I'll get the ball rolling by asking if anyone had any decent CV templates? My last CV was excellently laid out but lost in a harddrive failure.

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That there is a single "good layout" is one of the biggest myths. The structure of your CV should be wildly different depending on what experience you have and what kind of job you're going for.

 

That said, as I've only started to realise as I've got older, writing a CV was always going to be a massive ballache before because I had to make having done fuck all sound impressive but once you've actually done shit it's pretty easy to throw together.

 

You got any prior office experience?

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Ask yourself this, Kendal - how many people out there have film making degrees? How many of them work in film? If you want to work in film then you need to spend all your free time making films, working on small films for free, getting some experience and titles.

 

I presume you know about

 

http://www.productionbase.co.uk/

 

Which is a good place to start looking for film production based work. And of course you need to be scouring

 

http://shootingpeople.org/home

 

to hook up with other passionate film people and make small films. I found the latter particularly useful for actually getting to get my hands dirty without the pressure of trying to earn money necessarily.

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Why not look into filmmaking?

 

EDIT - do what Loki said. He knows what he's talking about. On this subject.

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Oh, I should mention... fuck the media biz. Not looking to get into anything media related at all.

 

And your right Hage, I guess it's the content that is the most important thing. I just like a concise layout and snappy design.

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Then yeah, Chest is right - the layout is not important. Just try and make it read well, big up yoself as much as possible, and keep it easy to read.

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Oh, I should mention... fuck the media biz. Not looking to get into anything media related at all.

Then why do a film degree? Or was it a case of "yeah that looks like a 3 year doss"? I never understand people who do degrees in subjects that they don't want to actually carry on with as a job.

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Possibly a picture, to showcase your barnet?

 

Oh, I should mention... fuck the media biz. Not looking to get into anything media related at all.

Then why do a film degree? Or was it a case of "yeah that looks like a 3 year doss"? I never understand people who do degrees in subjects that they don't want to actually carry on with as a job.

 

Possibly bad experiences, and rejection?

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Woah woah woah, Captain Hindsight.

 

When I chose that degree 7 years ago I badly wanted to do post production as a job. Things change. You meet people who do the job, people in the industry and you listen to their experiences and take their advice. After meeting and working with many people within the industry I decided towards the end of my degree that it was an industry I didn't want to work in any more.

 

Excellent hobby though but for me personally, I see it as a hobby. If I could go back in time and do another degree believe me I would.

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The hours are murderous, I wouldn't blame anyone for picking something else. Having said that, I'd rather be doing this than Asda, so... swings and roundabouts.

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Oh, I should mention... fuck the media biz. Not looking to get into anything media related at all.

Then why do a film degree? Or was it a case of "yeah that looks like a 3 year doss"? I never understand people who do degrees in subjects that they don't want to actually carry on with as a job.

 

Why does education have to be associated with career? I'm studying English Literature, simply because I'm interested in it and want to learn as much about it as possible. I've no desire to turn it into a career though.

 

In regards to the thread, I finished Uni last week until September. Already mind-numbingly bored, so could do with a job until then.

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Oh yeah.

 

hot CV tip -

 

print that shit out before you send it. It looks different on screen and the person reading it at the other end will be looking at a printout. Last CV I did I must've printed about 6 times just to do minor final tweaks to line spacing and margins and font size type junk.

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Possibly a picture, to showcase your barnet?

 

Oh, I should mention... fuck the media biz. Not looking to get into anything media related at all.

Then why do a film degree? Or was it a case of "yeah that looks like a 3 year doss"? I never understand people who do degrees in subjects that they don't want to actually carry on with as a job.

 

Possibly bad experiences,and rejection?

 

Snide. Bu for your information, no rejection. Just a change in heart/circumstances.

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OK - So im unemployed at the moment - but such is the world of contract work. From a HR & People manager type position (which I have lot of experience of) Keep your CV short, relevant and avoid boring stock phrases like "I work well in a team". Be honest about your interests, and your aspirations too. Anything that makes you stand out is great but keep it appropriate.

 

My CV exists in about half a dozen various forms because the desired experience - and industry emphasis varies depending on what im applying for. Make sure you tailor the language in your covering letter and supporting statement to the business you are applying for - ALWAYS research who you will be working for.

 

All only useful if you are going for officey type stuff.

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