Archive for August 2009

Ah, rejection!

Sara Shiffman, a Chicagoan who has been looking for jobs in public relations for eight months, will be guest blogging occassionally on The Job Stalker about her quest to find a job in Chicago. If you like her, give the girl some props. Or better yet, a job. Ah, rejection; the oh-so bitter, constant companion of the... Read more »

Looking for a job is a full-time job (Part 3: Networking!)

Networking: Free cheese and crackers, booze and interesting people. A lot of people hear the word “networking” and squish up their faces like they’re avoiding a root canal, but I’m not one of them. Call me a believer. But I actually think networking is one of the ONLY fun things about looking for a job,... Read more »

Looking for a job is a full-time job (Part 2: Staying Motivated)

I’m always turning over a new leaf. Usually this happens when I get on the scale and discover that I weigh slightly less than a wild elephant. I go grocery shopping and buy a lot of expensive food that says “natural” and “really, really good for you” on the label. Then I go to the... Read more »
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Chicken Soup For the Unemployed

My mom (my biggest fan) called yesterday to tell me that she ran into my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Webster, in the grocery store: “She just couldn’t enough of information about you, how she followed your articles and was so excited about this new adventure and definitely sends her love and her best wishes…”  This is... Read more »

Looking for a job is full-time job (Part 1: Getting Started)

Pied Tamarins are just one distraction that can destroy a job search. Photo/Wiki Commons If looking for a job really is a full-time job – this week, I should have gotten canned.  Here’s what I accomplished: spent most of my cash betting on horses and drinking beer at Arlington Park, took in Blackout’s hilarious Thursday... Read more »

Isn't '10 years experience' a bit excessive?

You know the kind. Awesome job description. You’re reading it and saying to yourself, “Oh, I’m so qualified for this. I’ve totally got this job in the bag. Might as well clear out the corner office now, cuz here I come!” and then it hits you like Mike Tyson, right under the line that says... Read more »
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'Enjoy the time off' and other crazy things people say to the unemployed

Sara Shiffman, a Chicagoan who has been looking for jobs in public relations for eight months, will be guest blogging occassionally on The Job Stalker about her quest to find a job in Chicago. If you like her, give the girl some props. Or better yet, a job. Reactions to hearing that I am unemployed... Read more »

Your Help Wanted

Dear Unemployed of Chicago, I wish to use this blog space for good instead of evil. If you’re reading this entry, please choose from the following options: A. I’d like to feature the occasional job seeker (that’s you) on this blog. Just because I haven’t found a job doesn’t mean I can’t help you out.... Read more »

Salary requirement: A bazillion dollars

A lot of the jobs I’ve been applying to ask for my “salary requirements.” Am I the only one who has a complete panic attack over this question? I’m always torn between “Enough to make rent and eat out once and a while” and “a bazillion dollars.” It’s a pretty loaded question. Mostly because, as... Read more »
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"You Gotta Hire Me" - The Job Stalker Theme

The Job Stalker and Dr. Bonobo rock out in a cheap hotel bathroom.