Can't find a new job – not sure how to proceed

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What type of work did you think you wanted to do when you  chose Psychology as your field of study?

ETA sometimes it helps to focus on the skills you have acquired because of your education, then think of areas of work that call for those skills. You likely have developed interpersonal skills, and experience in research and writing. Your understanding of the human mind and behavior make you a good candidate for jobs that require strong communication skills. Some examples jobs in this area include those in sales, marketing, case management, and social services.

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@julies1949:  This.  I have a BS in Psychology but continued in the same type of work I was doing in college immediately after.  I then got a Master’s in another field that has led me to my career.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would try indeed.com (where I’ve found most of my jobs. Like monster but better)

Also, if you absolutely can’t find anything I’d consider getting a master’s degree or some type of certification to help you break into a field.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Snapdragon2804:  I think you need to find something you are interested in and look for internships, which are probably unpaid. Since you currently work in a restaurant, I’m assuming you have at least one day a week free. I know you probably don’t want to do something unpaid, but it’s the only way to build up experience if you are unable to get interviews.

You also have to remember that it’s tough out there, especially given today’s economy. I have a Master’s Degree in Education, completed a full year of student teaching and applied to 60 positions. I was offered about 8 interviews and ended up getting offered 1 job.  This was about 2 years ago. I also interview well, but the fact is that there are so many recent college grads that employers get bombarded with applications and it’s difficult to get through them all. I’m not trying to depress you- I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone!

My other suggestions would be looking on local college and university websites. There’s usually a lot of openings- same thing with museums. You also might want to call these places directly just to “make sure” they received your resume and cover letter and to re-express your interest.

It’s hard looking for a job and can be so depressing. Just keep you head up- you’ll find something eventually.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you had someone look at your resume and cover sheets? Maybe you can refocus your resume in a different way that makes it more appealing. Have you considered temping for a year or so to gain more experience that you can put on your resume?

How big of a place do you live in? If you live in a smaller town or small city, would relocation be possible? I know a couple of friends who lived in small towns, refused to move, and just couldn’t understand why they weren’t getting their dream jobs. Not saying that’s you, but they definitely lacked a sense of reality of where the better jobs were.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Make sure you let all of your friends and family (and probably even your parents’ friends) that you’re looking for a job. One of the most common ways of getting a job is just knowing someone.

My sister moved to a new city a few ago, got a job at a coffeeshop, and immediately got to know everyone in the neighborhood. She made lots of friends through meetup.com, and people are starting to let her know when they hear about job openings. She’s created a bunch of connections and opportunities for herself, and I’m sure the right one will come along soon.

I think with unemployment being so high, it’s hard to differentiate yourself from everyone else applying on Craigslist jobs. Meet as many people as you can and apply to a job where you know someone.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

does your resume highlight your office experience or your extensize serving experience… if you’re not even getting call backs, I suspect it’s your resume.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Snapdragon2804:  I always recommend checking out askamanger.org for anyone who is having trouble job hunting – it helped me get my first real job!  She has a lot of great advice for job seekers.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Good luck to you. I have been looking for a job since December as a PA… no such luck in my state… everyone wants experience

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Snapdragon2804:  I’ve seen people do this but I’ve rarely seen it work (the dropping off resume thing)…but I haven’t seen it happen often though so maybe it does. It definitely doesn’t hurt!

Are you tailoring your resume’s to the job you’re applying to? That’s something that helps get you through to the interview stage. Many apps go through a computer system that searches for key words and stuff so making sure you use words in the job posting in your resume will help.

I def agree that having someone look at and fix up your resume can be a HUGE help. My SO’s resume was a freaking disaster before I came along. I don’t even know how she ever got a job other than she works in healthcare so they’re always looking for people and barely look at resumes. I cleaned it up A LOT but it could still use help. There’s only so much I can do because I don’t work in her field so I don’t understand half of what’s on her resume lol

I’m still in school so I haven’t gotten a big girl job yet and I’ll probably have the exact same problems you do but those are points I’ve heard several times from many many people so I thought I’d share =) good luck!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Snapdragon2804:  Is there any office work to be done at the restaurant in the meantime? Else, when I was just out of college, I found that temp jobs were a good way to get office experience. I’d keep your current job and look for temp days when you’re off. 

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