Discouraged about job searching? Come on in! We've got jackets….

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Equine_Breeder:  I followed my FI out of state right out of college and was fortunate to get a job before I even graduated, unfortunatelty there isn’t a huge market for what I want to do (interior design/ architecture) where we live currently so I feel stuck in a job that may end up being good training but is definitely not what I want to do with my life!  I do not make that much either so it is very discouraging, especially knowing I could have a lot better job back in Texas where we are from.  Hang in there! God has a plan, I hope 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Equine_Breeder:  Can you get a part time second job that might turn into somethiing full time? work for a vet? work for an equine dentist or chiropracter?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ugh, I’m job searching and it sucks! I also rode horses for 20 years, so yay for equine science! I have a PhD and this summer, we moved across the country for my first job out of graduate school. Lonnnggg story but my boss went crazy and I quit a week after we got back from our honeymoon. I’ve been going to networking events and applying, but so far nothing. I had 2 interviews, but nobody is hiring at the end of the year. Luckily, my husband has a good job he loves, but he’s not making a ton so we’re spending every penny and would really like to be saving for a house and family. I’m overqualified for most jobs, and the ones that want a PhD also want experience which I don’t have yet. So basically it sucks and I’m getting really bored sitting at home all day!!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

i took a management training job offer before i graduated this past may, and have been working for six months. I absolutely HATED it for a while there, but it is a bit better now. FI struggled with an awful deadend job for six months and only just got a new job, but it is only a 7 month contract. I am applying but waiting for the right opportunity to eventually come along. I’m basically just commiserating I have no decen advice lol

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I worked as a nurse for 12 years and made the leap to go back to school and get another degree. I graduate in May and have applied for dozens of jobs and NOTHING yet. I’m so worried I’ll go back to nursing, which is yeah great and all but NOT WHATI WANTTO DO! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

UGH UGH UGGGHHH. I absolutely hate job searching.. I despise it and I have barely started yet as I graduate soon. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Believe me, it’s not much easier being self-employed. I spent six months job searching before I graduated with my Masters in marine biology, but my field has a terrible, underpaid job market. I also didn’t have many of the skills from my research that I would need for my most jobs – wish someone had told me that earlier!

Long story short, it worked out for the best. My dad had a major heart attack after I moved back home with my parents, so thank God I was there to help and not tied down by a job! He’s recovering nicely now, and that was the final push I needed to be self-employed as a professional writer. But now the ball is in my court to market myself and find clients, and cold calling makes my inner introvert want to shrivel in a corner. I can’t move out to be closer to SO until I have enough cash flow to support myself, so that is one heck of a motivator! I’ve had some good opportunities open up this week, so hopefully that will get me started!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SilvanArrow:  How exactly do you find work as a self employed writer? I would love to do that, but I am sure it takes a ton of motivation!

Right now I am not working due to serious health issues. Unfortunately, they haven’t been going on long enough for me to be an applicant for disability. It is really frustrating because I worked sooooooooo hard to finish my BA- I graduated summa cum laude, and I had to take out $30k in loans.

My husband is a nurse; he graduated nursing school in May. He does have a full time job, but it isn’t a very good one. Thankfully he likes his job okay, but his income doesn’t cover our bills, and even the health insurance he was offered to purchase through his employer was terrible. It is discouraging because we really thought he would be able to get a hospital job somewhere in the area, but unfortunately we have learned that it is EXTREMELY difficult to get a job as a new grad RN here.

He has been applying to jobs out of state (and I have been helping him a lot!) We are really hoping he will be offered a job in the next coming months. I am disillusioned with things how they are, and we need a change. Job searching is so difficult and anxiety provoking, though. In the meantime, we are living in an apartment we hate. Our landlord never fixes anything- for example, our central heater doesn’t even work. We live in PA in a basement apartment. You can’t get me out of here quickly enough…

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@chocolatecoveredstrawberry:  Hey, I will say that self-employment indeed takes a TON of motivation, but it sounds like you and I both have extremely compelling reasons to hit the ground running! SO loves his job, but we would need a second income for when we get married, so I need to pull my weight.

The absolute first thing I recommend is picking up Peter Bowerman’s book The Well-Fed Writer. It deals with every aspect of working as a freelance writer, from how much you can charge to how to cold-call and ideas for what kind of writing you can try to sell. It deals mostly with corporate-style writing like ad copy, blog posts, white papers, and things that pay very healthy hourly rates. I read the book and use it as reference all the time and for encouragement that I can make it happen.

Cold calling is a great strategy even today, but I would recommend starting with your current network of friends, family, and colleagues. I’m slowly getting into the outdoor writing genre through my dad’s network of hunting and fishing clients. He’s self-employed as a graphic designer and has been an absolute goldmine of advice while I’m living at home. Have a website (I used Go Daddy to design mine), and have a portfolio of writing samples. I can’t stress it enough. Promote yourself on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, anywhere you can. Also, check Craigslist under Writing Gigs. Some things are sketchy, but I’ve actually just networked with another writer who has a blog writing business. 

Hope this helps! This is by no means an attempt at self-promotion, but you can check out my website The Naturalist’s Quill at http://thenaturalistsquill.com/ for an idea of what a website for a writer can look like. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Equine_Breeder:  Anyone else getting down about where they’re headed career wise?

 

Yep! I don’t know if I have any direction. I don’t have any relevant degree (I have a degree but it’s basically Arts), been working in 1 job for 6.5 years. I really like it but I don’t know what job I can make a leap to after this one. 

 

Also, it’s really not the best time to be looking as Christmas is nearly here and so many companies are winding down and even shut for weeks!

 

Hang in there. You’ve seen first-hand that life is unpredictable – you started a job expecting to love it and ended up hating it and your husband started his expecting to hate it but ended up loving it. That right there suggests that we only have a certain measure of control as to what ends up happening to us… 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@chocolatecoveredstrawberry:  I understand your frustration!! I never thought I would be unemployed with a PhD. And applying out-of-state is really hard. Can you move first?

Post # 15
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557 posts
Busy bee

@Equine_Breeder:  I feel your pain.

The best advice I can give is to find something else you love and keep it as your hobby if there is no other way.

I was going to school for my bachelors in Equine Business Management when I came to the realization that-omg I will never make enough money doing this because I don’t have any money to put into it. I got my AAS and worked at a barn teaching lessons while I earned my teaching degree.

Horses are still a HUGE part of my life and I am thankful that I have gotten a job that allows me to continue doing what I want to do with my life. I run a summer camp in the summer and up until I moved I was teaching lessons 2 days a week. I still fill in for them but since I moved an hour away for my teaching job I cannot work regularly. I also make enough money to board my horse close to work and ride whenever I want.

That was what worked for me..and to be honest there are some freezing january mornings where I think how glad I am that I am not outside shoveling frozen poop anymore!

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Equine_Breeder:  I graduated in 2010…. and could not find a job in either of my fields. At the time, I lived at home and continued working for the company I started with as a college job.

 

I ended up being encouraged to enter management, which involved a 6 month training period and a 3 year commitment with the company. I would have to move wherever they placed me. I was all set to do it, but then I met DH, and I decided that management would be a soul sucking job for me… so I decided to go with my desire to teach.

 

I entered a licensing program, and got my teaching license last spring. I job searched for 4 months while student teaching, I searched all summer, and I have been searching all fall while subbing. I loathe the unpredictability of subbing, and have been looking for ANYTHING education related to pay the bills. I have gotten two interviews after months of searching, one for a “permanent sub” which fell through and was given to a volunteer from a church organization (free labor, so of course they didn’t hire me!), and one at a private school, which though some miscommunication by the asssitant director and director, was not an actual teaching position and only paid $9/hr!

 

In my area, there are just no jobs opening up in education, and the rare ones that do are often filled internally almost immediately. I can’t seem to make enough contacts or get my foot in the door. There are a lot of schools in the area, but teachers are not leaving, and positions are being dropped, not added.

 

I’m incredibly discouraged and stressed. I work two jobs, subbing and as a barista (which offers health care). I am starting to get depressed. I cringe whenever I recognize someone who walks into the coffee shop, because obviously I’ve failed to find a job after getting my license. I didn’t take any sub jobs this week because I am burnt out and the pay is so low it hardly seems worth it to wake up at the crack of dawn and hope to get a job. I hate going into an unknown classroom and basically babysitting kids all day.  I want to actually teach.

 

Applying for jobs is starting to seem pointless, and I am getting so tired of rejection and being ignored. I can’t even get excited and optomistic about the upcoming hiring for next year, because it just seems like too much possibility of more failure.  I’m afraid I will never have a teaching job, and we can’t move in the near future. DH makes more than I will as a teacher, and will keep getting raises and have opportunities for promotion that I won’t have.

 

I don’t even say these things out loud, but it’s hard not to think them more and more. I can tell myself it’s the economy and bad time for unemployment all I want, and know it’s not my fault, but I am just fed up with it all and very discourage 🙁 It is so hard to keep searching and working to find opportunities that just don’t seem to be there.

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