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Job Search Frustration

Hello all. I recently graduated May 2014 and have been having an extremely difficult time finding permanent work, as I’m sure many are. I have been temping off and on and have been on quite a few interviews. The problem I keep running into is being told that I don’t have enough experience. Even when attempting to fill in my weeks with more temp work, I’m being turned down due to “lack of experience”. Its been a VERY trying time and I’m beyond frustrated!! How exactly does one gain experience without being given the opportunity to do so? What, if any, advice do you all have for finding work in these circumstances? Thank you in advance.



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I DO agree with the saturation. In my area there was one dental hygiene program that graduated roughly 48 students every yr and for some reason ANOTHER program was opened about 30-40 miles away,no clue why when there was ALREADY a struggle finding jobs…I’m starting to think that both having “too little” or to much experience is seen as a bad thing. Too little, the thought is you don’t know what you’re doing even though you spent 2 yrs training and too much you’re seen as overqualified and they don’t want to pay you. Extremely frustrating!

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I feel your pain and frustration. I graduated in June and finally scored a 3 day a week job. It took countless interviews to get my job not to mention being passed up completely just for being a male hygienist. I just had temp and volunteer experience but I stressed the fact that I was able to keep the schedule in the most stressful situations. I played the negotiating card when it came to pay as well. I took less than the average just to gain a job in hopes that I can prove my worth with time. Keep your head up, you will find what you are looking for.

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I have 30 years experience with an excellent track record and I find it very hard to find work. There are very few jobs and the field is saturated in my area. I wonder if other people find that as well?

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Yes Jill. It is very hard here too. All the jobs are single day or temp. Some ads ask for illegal practices right in the ad, like “a background in restorative treatment planning.” This wording is red-flagworthy. However there are many ads with these sorts of things. One wonders who is in charge of writing employment ads, what they learned in school, etc.

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