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Old 02-24-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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How did you guys apply for jobs before the internet... I'm starting my search for when I graduate -- and seriously, how did people do this before the internet.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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How did you guys apply for jobs before the internet... I'm starting my search for when I graduate -- and seriously, how did people do this before the internet.
Our career center got me my first job. I would guess those types of jobs are maybe harder to come by right now though.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:20 AM   #3
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Dept of labor, newspaper ads, or just good old going door to door. I also used to just send out my resume to places blindly. I actually got a job at a bank when I was in college by doing that.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #4
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I got my 1st job working clerical support for the company my Mom was working for. On and off, that got me through high school, college, and the next 3 years thereafter. So quite honestly, I couldn't tell ya...I imagine what Matty says is about right. Along with temp agencies, local labor boards, job banks, want ads and going door to door were solid ways to get an interview.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:43 AM   #5
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And networking of course which BD alludes to by getting a job where his Mom worked.
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I went to a recruiting station. They asked some questions, gave me a physical, I signed some forms and before I knew it I had a job that paid me to stay in shape. I didn't need a resume, cover letter or anything. It was awesome!
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The recruiting station was good. They're always hiring too. They'll pay off your college and you can get your masters.
I've always relied on temp agencies. They do the work for me with the minor stuff which frees me up to search for the big time job.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:38 PM   #8
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I graduated around the time of 911 and dot.com bust. It was really hard finding a tech job in the VA area that didn't required ridiculous amount of experience and security clearance. I used GMU's career center a lot and they have people there who can direct you to available positions around the region (best bet would be gov agencies right now). Ask around...ask friends, ask family, that's really the best bet for a recent graduate during these bad times. Sometimes [it] is who you know not what you know.

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Sometimes is who you know not what you know.

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very often actually.
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Surprisingly, today I applied for five jobs on Washingtonpostjobs.com -- within two hours I had one interview and one follow up e-mail that I'm still waiting on a response from. Pretty stoked about that!
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very often actually.
More often it's what you know about who you know
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:33 PM   #12
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Surprisingly, today I applied for five jobs on Washingtonpostjobs.com -- within two hours I had one interview and one follow up e-mail that I'm still waiting on a response from. Pretty stoked about that!
That's a solid job website. I used them back in August when I got laid off.
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Surprisingly, today I applied for five jobs on Washingtonpostjobs.com -- within two hours I had one interview and one follow up e-mail that I'm still waiting on a response from. Pretty stoked about that!
Very very nice.

I don't know out in VA but around here craigslist and Dice are pretty good places for job hunters.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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Yeah, Dice didn't have much entry level work. Craigslist can be kinda difficult to wade through the trash.
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