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bethburnett70
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I am about to be unemployed and have started looking for work. On the advice of several people, I decided to go register with the D.O.L as I know there are some jobs you can not apply for without a DOL registration.

I did not follow Troy's advice and get there before they opened, which I should have. I got there at 9:45 this morning. (They open at 8 AM, I do recommend, as Troy did to get there before they open for faster service.)

I put my name on the sign in sheet and sat down. About ten minutes later, they called me up and gave me an application to fill out, along with a list of job openings, and a piece of paper to apply for any jobs if I wanted to. I filled out all of the paperwork, applied for a couple of jobs (there were a few jobs listed in the paperwork that I had not seen on the website, and two of them were jobs I wanted to apply for, so if I hadn't gone in, I would not have known about those) Next, I turned in all of that stuff and proceeded to wait for TWO AND A HALF HOURS, until finally someone came out, said "They are working on your file in back" then a few minutes later, someone else came and asked for my resume, I gave it to her and she said "You can go."

That was it... no counseling, no appointment with anyone there, no one asking what I was looking for in a job. I thought it was kind of a waste of time and energy to get all dressed up to fill out some forms and sit around for several hours. However, if a job comes out of it, I gues it was worth it.

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Topic starter Posted : September 16, 2009 5:19 pm
marlene
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The person they gave your case to had to go to lunch. TOP PRIORTY! I went there a couple yars ago and the person at the front desk seemed more caring than any person I saw at their desks in back. The person at the desk explained they all went to lunch and my case was next when they came back.

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Posted : September 16, 2009 5:44 pm
cheryl96s
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Beth~ what island are you on? I dont understand why we need to get "interview" dressed if we are there to sign up, check listings and apply to those applicable.

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Posted : September 16, 2009 8:18 pm
Juanita
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Because it's a government office. "Proper" attire is always required, not to mention, if you do get interviewed (usually you do, I think) you want to make a good impression on the DOL interviewer. He/she can be influential.

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Posted : September 16, 2009 8:23 pm
Trade
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Frankly, I think it's a good idea. It's shocking how some people have applied to me for a job. They don't have a clue what proper business attire is & that's not just down here, it's also happening in the States. Obviously, nobody teaches them.

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Posted : September 16, 2009 8:30 pm
cheryl96s
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Ahhh, good to know! I didnt realize that they were influential in the process!
Thanks Juanita

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Posted : September 16, 2009 8:30 pm
bethburnett70
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Most of the people in the office were dressed pretty crappily, with a few exceptions. But a lot of people were also there to collect their unemployment checks, so maybe you don't have to look interview ready for that. The one cool thing was that they were having a customer appreciation day while I was there, so there was a lot of free food and coffee and bush tea and raffles. Maybe they forgot about me in the melee. Also, I saw a man in short shorts standing in front of the DOL window with his testicles hanging out of his short shorts, which made the lady next to me spit out her bush tea when I pointed it out, so there was some entertainment in the wait.

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Topic starter Posted : September 17, 2009 1:05 am
Bombi
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oh no, not the testicle guy. he's ususally sitting in the front row of the pavilion.

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Posted : September 17, 2009 1:15 am
trw
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beth i'm sorry that was your expierence there i've always seen a counselor and have been sent right away to interviews or have had them set up for me, i wait on the labor commissioner all the time and i've told him alot how efficient the system was for me each time i used it

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Posted : September 17, 2009 2:41 am
Juanita
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I worked at a large resort in FL. We had a guy show up in HR to apply for a lifeguard position. He was wearing only a swimsuit, no shoes, no shirt. He had been told to dress for the position! LOL

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Posted : September 17, 2009 1:24 pm
divinggirl
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I just got home from the Department of Labor/Unemployment office. I went at 7:30am (they open at 8:00am but I have realized people line up early), one of the workers started to take names on a list at 7:45am. They opened the doors at 8am and within 10 minutes I had been called and asked the purpose of my visit (I wanted to see someone in Labor and in Unemployment). I was given forms to complete (to "update my file" even though I indicated that nothing had changed since my last visit) and waited. I was called in to see a counselor on the labor side around 8:45am. We discussed my file and then faxed my information to one of the jobs I wanted to apply for. I then reminded her I needed to see someone on the Unemployment side also. She walked away and came back 5 minutes later with a name and phone number on a post it. She indicated I should call that person to discuss my questions because the computer system was down. I indicated that I tried to deal with it by phone last week and was told I had to come in. She laughed and said I should just call the lady after lunch and she would help me. I was done by 9:10am - we'll see how the phone call goes later today!
I will say the process is much better than it used to be years ago. Also, it was nice to see them send people away who were dressed really inappropriately.

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Posted : September 17, 2009 2:00 pm
cheryl96s
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My DOL experience today was actually not painful at all! I got to the STT office about 815, signed in and was given a registration packet to complete along with all of the job postings. Filled out the forms and found 4 jobs that were of interest, handed it back to the receptionist and was called by a counselor about 5 minutes later. She slowly input my information, pulled up the jobs and the description to see if I had any questions, told me what she would fax and to whom and the others I would need to directly apply for.
Total time spent ~exactly an hour. Not bad when I was equipped with bottles of water and lunch in the car in case it turned out to be an all day ordeal!
I do have to comment though that I did not see jobs on their list that were not on their website, I know that earlier in the thread some were saying that there were 2 lists.

So far, no phone calls for interviews LOL! I do however have one tomorrow that I got on my own, wish me Luck:@)

Cheryl

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Posted : September 17, 2009 4:07 pm
nforbes
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My experience wasn't bad either...i had gone later in the day, though. No interview with a counselor, just filled out a personal info form, a job order form, submitted me resume and they told me to check back.

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Posted : September 17, 2009 6:07 pm
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