Monday, April 27, 2009

WARNING! - Shameful plug for a website - WARNING!

This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but good jobs are scarce and the competition for those jobs is fierce. I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on this after being laid-off from my job of 27 years. One frustration, besides trying to meditate by chanting Malcom Forbes quotes, has been looking for job listings on the internet. Google ‘job listings’ and dozens of sites scroll by. Many of these sites lacked the search features I’d like to of seen. Some were just a way of bashing me with advertisements. Others buried me in hundreds of job entries that were ever way out side of my search criteria or were simply the same handful of jobs repeated over and over. Many used someone else's list (Monster, Yahoo, and Indeed seem popular).
I took such annoyances as a personal challenge. Being stubborn about such things, I spent a week perusing job search sites for ones that I found useful. I never found the Holy Grail of job sites, i.e. one that produced all the job entries that I’d be interested in without making me feel like I was walking through waist-deep water to find them. I did have a list of some sites that were better than others though.
I’d seen enough people at the unemployment office- lost souls sitting in front of the Career Center’s computers with a deer-in-the-headlights stare- to think that maybe others would be interested in my list. The Job Jackrabbit is my attempt to make looking for a job easier. It’s for people who want a clean, slightly uncluttered web page containing links to efficient, easy to use job-search sites. It’s meant as a tool. There’s really no content. If you’re interested in information about joblessness or Job searching I’d suggest either or the Department of Labor’s site.
Now all I have to do is find a positive spin for my lack of education and job skills. Then, new career, here I come!