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My job search

31 January 2013, 13:02

After I completed my Communications degree, I couldn’t get a job, because I had no experience. I ended up writing to several magazines to inquire about an internship. I managed to get an unpaid internship, but after a few months was told that there was no room for growth as I did not have experience. After working at one company for 5 years, I felt I needed a change.

I was then retrenched from my next position as the company felt they didn’t have enough work to keep me busy. My job search lasted well over a year and finally I secured another position. Throughout my  working career I’ve never been able to fully utilize my skills or make proper use of my degree, I’ve had to take whatever has come my way, simply to pay the bills and live.

I was deeply unhappy at this last company, and after almost 2 years was retrenched again. During all my years of seeking the right job, especially after being retrenched, I’ve probably seen around 40 recruitment agencies, created profiles on the top recruitment sites and applied for countless positions. Recruiters often don’t know anything about a job and will tell you instead what the function of the company is.

They lure you to their offices, keep you waiting and treat you as if you are a leper and should be only too grateful that they are seeing you.  I’ve been lied to and had my time wasted by all these agencies and have been told on more than one occasion that because I’m white, I shouldn’t hold out hope of finding a job. I’ve also been told by several agencies that they advertise jobs that don’t exist simply to build up a database of candidates, should those positions arise.

They don’t look at my skills or even read my CV, to try and market my knowledge base to companies. I’m still looking for work, and find myself often applying for lesser positions, in my desperation.  Agencies and some companies have the view that retrenchment means that you’ve got fired, instead of realizing that you had no control over such a thing happening to you.

After visiting agencies and seeing positions that have been combined to the point where one person is expected to be the bookkeeper, IT person, PA, HR person and receptionist, it leaves one baffled as to the logic some companies have. These obstacles are compounded by the low salaries people are offering, when they expect the world.

I feel completely dejected and am at my wits end as to what to do next?

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