Post # 1
Kind of long post…sorry!
My husband quit his job in 2007 so we could move closer to his family/better location (pre-economic melt-down). We both ended up going back to grad school. I was lucky to find a job in my career path immediatley after graduation in 2010 that I am very happy about. Darling Husband, however, wasn’t so lucky. Unfortunately, his education/past experience is in teaching, which is an incredibly uncertain/difficult field to get into at this time. After nearly a year of freelancing/unemployment, he landed a job in the corporate world (insurance). What we were once so happy about has become absolutely AWFUL. From the work load/employee expectations to the rampant nepotism and supervisor immaturity/incompetence. Truly a bad situation. We decided to get through the wedding and then focus on the job search. This, however, has been so much more difficult than we thought.
Does anyone have ideas on where to look/how to approach job searching when you are basically trying to completely change fields? We’ve looked at job boards, LinkedIn, etc., but nothing seems to be promising. On top of that, it’s become the absolute biggest stress in our brand spankin’ new marriage. I think it is a male that that because he is unhappy with his career, he feels unhappy about everything. Counseling has helped, but we can’t go to counseling every day! Any experience, feedback, anything would be appreciated!
Post # 3
Unfortunately, it is a difficult time to be job hunting.
I also was in a job I hated (had been for 2.5 years) and I started actively job searching in March 2011 – trying to change fields and revert back to the research/lab work I’d done while in college. I just finally got an offer last week but that took 9 months on active job searching and lots of failed interviews and applications to get to.
I applied directly via specific company websites. I’d pull up companies I was interested in and then search the postings in their careers section. I have always found much better luck with that than with job boards.
Post # 4
@FutureKMM: Thanks! We both certainly expect it to be tough, but didn’t expect the toll it would take on us both emotionally. Good advice about targeting companies.
Post # 5
@ccb2011: Trust me. I get the stress part too. Between the stress of my current (hated) job, the stress of the difficult search, and the stress of the realization I was going to have to take close to a 50% pay cut to get back in to research led to me going on a anti-anxiety/depression med. Things have been much more smooth (for both Darling Husband and me) since then.
I’m not one to just throw medications at things but if the stress and anxiety are really getting to him, might be something worth asking your doctor about.
Post # 6
It took my Fiance about a year and a half to find a job he really loves… his background is in teaching as well. He had to take a part time position with a special needs department at an elementary school & work at a restaurant on evenings & football Sundays. He made enough to pay his student loans but not enough for health insurance. It did take a toll in that we didn’t have as much time together, but it all worked out & I admire his drive to be independent and take care of business 🙂 These are trying times, but hang in there!!