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How do you get a job or find out if you've been blacklisted?

Long story short: graduated May 2006 with a BBA, majored in human resources management. CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ certified. Collegiate honor society member, Eagle Scout. Been looking for a job since May 2006. If you get really generous with what constitutes an interview, I might have had 5, after submitting at least an easy 2500 applications and resumes. I’ve never had a job with which to establish a bad reputation. Also just found out I’m not even eligible to serve in the military. Now, when I submit an application, I get an automated rejection letter, timestamped less than 1 minute later. My resume/applications are not being looked at anymore.

What do I do? How do I get a job? I’ve tried applying online, following up in email, phone, going in person without being a pest. It doesn’t work. How do I find out if someone else is being confused with me and thus preventing me from getting work? I’m out of options.
To clarify, I am applying for entry-level positions, looking for pay in the $30,000/year range. My resume has been reviewed by at least a dozen people that have been working for decades each and approved by all of them in its current form. I have sent in applications and resumes to staffing agencies and similar companies that are supposed to place people and, across the board, I never hear anything from them. The resume has no grammar or spelling errors and the factual information in it is 100% accurate. I have no work history yet.

I have also tried applying to retail and part-time positions. They are the ones I get the fastest rejections from. Speaking to a few people at places I haven’t applied to, they’ve said I have too much education and retail places want younger people (high school age) that require few hours and even less pay, even when I’ve stated I can accept what they are offering.

I’ve been painted into a corner. No experience, no way to get it either.

what’s your work history like? do you have any work history? as cruel as it is, a lot of places won’t hire you until you’ve had some experience. this means you might want to even go to some retail store; they’ll hire anyone, really … and get entry level jobs.

i’m sorry to say, as i found out as well since i have a degree; if you have no work experience they won’t look at you. a degree alone won’t cut it.

and a note as to how the job hunting is going – i applied for ONE job that 62 other candidates applied for. it’s tough time now and a lot of people are out of work. luckily i’m going back for a 4th interview on friday (hopefully) but there are chances i won’t even get that job.

your grammar and spelling seem fine in your post so i can’t assume your resume has poor mistakes in it as well … since it looks like you don’t have as much work experience i’d suggest going to a temp agency; they’re great, really…or a career counselor.

good luck. i know it sucks. it used to be so easy to get a job but times are a little tough now.


2 Comments

  1. bmwdriver11

    Blacklisted? I can tell you, recruiting departments in various companies certainly dont have the time or inclination to create some sort of blacklist that they pass around. It just doesnt exist.
    Have you ever had your resume reviewed by a professional resume writer? My first thought is that perhaps you have something horribly wrong on yours- misspellings, bad grammar, or something like that, which results in it immediately being tossed out.References : EDIT: and as to how to find something, are you being sure to apply for entry-level jobs? Maybe you’ve been aiming too high, aim for something lower level in these companies, where you can prove yourself and climb the corporate ladder.

  2. DanLynn27

    what’s your work history like? do you have any work history? as cruel as it is, a lot of places won’t hire you until you’ve had some experience. this means you might want to even go to some retail store; they’ll hire anyone, really … and get entry level jobs.

    i’m sorry to say, as i found out as well since i have a degree; if you have no work experience they won’t look at you. a degree alone won’t cut it.

    and a note as to how the job hunting is going – i applied for ONE job that 62 other candidates applied for. it’s tough time now and a lot of people are out of work. luckily i’m going back for a 4th interview on friday (hopefully) but there are chances i won’t even get that job.

    your grammar and spelling seem fine in your post so i can’t assume your resume has poor mistakes in it as well … since it looks like you don’t have as much work experience i’d suggest going to a temp agency; they’re great, really…or a career counselor.

    good luck. i know it sucks. it used to be so easy to get a job but times are a little tough now.References :

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