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Old 06-11-2009, 07:02 PM
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In the last 4 years, I've interviewed with 2 insurance 'companies' in my state for jobs that, while not directly actuarial, have a similar backround. In both of them, they've asked me what I knew about Access and queries. I was like "Wtf is a query??!!??" and even had to ask the guy what he was talking about (in a professional tone and words of course). Evidently, this profession revolves around queries. So what low-life job can I get that would allow me to learn them??
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Learning the basics of using queries in Access is quite simple. Queries generally are used to create tables from one or more tables. This is primarily done, with the exception of a few types of queries like union queries, with what is called Query By Example (QBE). Just lookup QBE in google and play around with Access on your own time and you will pick up the basics easy enough.
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Next to Excel, IMO, Access is pretty fundamental to learn. Pick up a book and practice a little.
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Next to Excel, IMO, Access is pretty fundamental to learn. Pick up a book and practice a little.


If you're computer literate, it will take you a few hours at most. If you're a total idiot, it will take you twice as long.
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If you're computer literate, it will take you a few hours at most. If you're a total idiot, it will take you twice as long.
Keep in mind that it took the OP 4 years to get 2 interviews.
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Learning the basics of using queries in Access is quite simple. Queries generally are used to create tables from one or more tables. This is primarily done, with the exception of a few types of queries like union queries, with what is called Query By Example (QBE). Just lookup QBE in google and play around with Access on your own time and you will pick up the basics easy enough.
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Keep in mind that it took the OP 4 years to get 2 interviews.
This is mainly due to the fact that I don't have all day to apply to a million jobs!! Unlike a college grad, I've had to work 20-40 hours a week to get rent, food, etc. so I can see the next day. Given that the last jobs have been tutoring on the computer and hotel front desk from Midnight to sixish, in addition to all the day-to-day junk (fixing meals, cleaning house, getting groceries, etc.), applying for jobs has been one of those things I'm lucky to do like once a month for the last 5 years. In addition, the economy and the results from when I was applying 5 years ago (several phone interviews, nothing more) gave me the impression that my chances were 1:1,000,000 (if that) of getting anything, so why waste the time looking?

I know that this sounds like excuses, and maybe it is. I'm just saying this to indicate that the quote is due to lack of searching, not that I'm a stupid moron as is implied!!!

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You know, Noumenon, that smilie is generally reserved for approving of other people's posts...

OP: I agree with everyone here that it shouldn't be hard for you to pick up Access and queries on your own, with a book or a little bit o' the ol' Google. While you're at it, you might as well try to learn a real query language, like SQL, as well.
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This is mainly due to the fact that I don't have all day to apply to a million jobs!! Unlike a college grad, I've had to work 20-40 hours a week to get rent, food, etc. so I can see the next day. Given that the last jobs have been tutoring on the computer and hotel front desk from Midnight to sixish, in addition to all the day-to-day junk (fixing meals, cleaning house, getting groceries, etc.), applying for jobs has been one of those things I'm lucky to do like once a month for the last 5 years. In addition, the economy and the results from when I was applying 5 years ago (several phone interviews, nothing more) gave me the impression that my chances were 1:1,000,000 (if that) of getting anything, so why waste the time looking?

I know that this sounds like excuses, and maybe it is. I'm just saying this to indicate that the quote is due to lack of searching, not that I'm a stupid moron as is implied!!!
Have you tried moving back in with your parents?
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This is mainly due to the fact that I don't have all day to apply to a million jobs!! Unlike a college grad, I've had to work 20-40 hours a week to get rent, food, etc. so I can see the next day. Given that the last jobs have been tutoring on the computer and hotel front desk from Midnight to sixish, in addition to all the day-to-day junk (fixing meals, cleaning house, getting groceries, etc.), applying for jobs has been one of those things I'm lucky to do like once a month for the last 5 years. In addition, the economy and the results from when I was applying 5 years ago (several phone interviews, nothing more) gave me the impression that my chances were 1:1,000,000 (if that) of getting anything, so why waste the time looking?

I know that this sounds like excuses, and maybe it is. I'm just saying this to indicate that the quote is due to lack of searching, not that I'm a stupid moron as is implied!!!
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"The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples' money." -- Margaret Thatcher

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