Internet job searches don’t follow the pre-Internet schedule.
Not that long ago, Sunday was the key job search day. You trundled out to the newsstand (we used to have those) and picked up two or three local papers. The classified sections came out of the paper first and with pen in hand, and a pair of scissors on the table, you went through them line-by-line.
This morning, my job search took 16 minutes, and not in a good way. I found one possible lead — and honestly it would make all this recent hassle well worth it, but more about that later.
The first stop was the Glens Fall Post-Star, the local daily paper, which produced five new jobs. All of them were “work from home” scams. Clearly, more jobs are going up for the Saturday paper or just popping in a day at a time. The local big-city paper, the Albany Times-Union, had 19 new ads, nine of them “work from home” or “grant money is available” ads. I know grant money is available, and I don’t have to pay someone to find it for me.
Just a quick note: I am putting nothing in the search box, other than a 50-mile radius from where I live, so I am seeing all available jobs, not just the ones in my fields. I am trying to cast as wide a net as possible.
The local Internet job site, Adirondack Help Wanted, had one new job — “work from home.” The rest of the top five included one regular job listing and three National Guard ads. Of course, we are talking the far reaches of upstate New York here.
As usual, Indeed.com had a lot more jobs than the other individual pages — more than 50 — but that site is a web crawler and hits all of those pages, so you would expect that. No solid hits there. Same for Craigslist. There were a couple of interesting things, but even with my net cast wide, nothing to pursue.
The only luck — and this was a saving grace — came when I went to my job-hunting e-mail, which receives the “Monster Power Search” — and found a listing for a Lecturer in Journalism at SUNY-Plattsburgh. It’s a long way away and might necessitate a move, which we are trying to avoid, and the job does not start until Fall.
On the other hand, I have the Journalism and teaching experience for it, and to be honest, ever since my Uncle Ed taught in college, I have always wanted to do that. The pay is good for northern New York, and the job is a lecturer, not a professorship, so my lack of a PhD is not a deal breaker. That one I am going after, but certainly even if I get it, I need something in between.
Maybe there’s hope. The State Department of Labor jobs web site only gets updated during the work week, so maybe there will be listings there tomorrow. But then, if no one listed new jobs over the weekend, then what are they going to have?