Post # 1
Just need to vent since I don’t have any friends in my situation.
Just having such a hard time finding a job in my field (guidance counselor). I’ve been a Stay-At-Home Mom for the past 5 years and my son is starting kindergarten this upcoming year and I haven’t received a single email/phone call and have been sending out my resume/applying for tons of school counseling, teaching assistant, office assistant (in the schools) positions. It’s so depressing. I’ve applied to at least sub but I just can’t believe I haven’t had even the opportunity to interview! I was told I was overqualified for the teaching assistant and office assistant positions, which infuriates me since I just NEED to make money and would be GRATEFUL to be back in the school system making steady money, any money! My hubby is a teacher and money is super tight (we also have been living with my mom so I could be a Stay-At-Home Mom – my dad died 9 years ago and I’m an only child – so most likely will always live wtih her, which isn’t an issue at all, just stating the facts – but that’s the only reason I’ve been able to stay at home) and we are barely getting by even with my mom’s help at times and I just need to make money, especially now that our son is starting school and I just can’t sit at home all day. It’s just so frustrating b/c I went to a good college, have a graduate degree and all my friends are making good money. Money isn’t the most important thing to me at all and I was so thankful I could be a stay at home mom these years but it stinks being the only one out of all my friends that doesn’t even have anything in savings and we live paycheck to paycheck. Sorry…just need to vent b/c I’m stressing so much that I’ve been really applying for jobs since March and NOTHING.
Anyone else in my situation?
Post # 3
@Mrs.Lotus: Sorry you are going through this hard time. 🙁 The economy is so rough right now, especially for jobs in the schools (I’m a teacher myself, so I see it firsthand!).
Have you called the places you have applied to follow up about your applications? Sometimes that helps.
Post # 4
Thanks for understanding. 🙂
I’m applying to two counties, the one I used to work for and the one I currently live in. The old county is much better…I email principals, AP’s and guidance directors and I usually get a response, or at least did when I was working 6 years ago. I was told the process is still the same…sign up online and then email these people.
The county I live in (where my son is going to school) says I need to go through HR first, who then passes my information to the schools they think I would be good with (after I apply for each specific job online). I did that. And then later was told I needed to contacted the principals, AP’s, etc…directly, which I already did too. And then even later was told I needed to contact the main guidance supervisor of the county, who then told me I needed to contact HR. I just don’t know what the right process is but just haven’t received anything. I was dying to get an office assistant at my son’s new elementary school and emailed the pricipal directly and said even though I was told I was qualfied, I really wanted it, etc…(said this in a good way) and I wasn’t even granted a freaking interview. I know they have someone b/c they interviewed for the position two weeks ago.
Sorry..just need to vent b/c I’m just so upset. I’m a good worker, love working with kids, and really need to make money. I don’t mind subbing but this county is so weird that I wonder if there will even be enough sub jobs.
Sorry…will stop venting now. Thanks for “listening”. 🙂
Post # 5
@Mrs.Lotus: It’s okay; sometimes you just need to let it all out. 🙂
My district works the same way as the one with which you’re frustrated. Our district covers a wide area, too, so it sucks because some people would take the job at a certain school but not at another because there’s literally an hour-long drive between them. Doesn’t make much sense to me how someone sitting in an HR office should decide where you best “fit.”
My best advice to you is to not get discouraged and doubt your abilities. Things will work out eventually! 🙂
Have you thought about maybe getting a part-time job at a retail store or something in the meantime? I know you’re more qualified than that and would like a higher-paying position, but something’s better than nothing, right?
Post # 6
Wow…so that’s part of HR’s decision…the proximity of a job in relation to where I live? That’s interesting… Ugh..and frustrating.
Yeah, I’ve been looking on Craigslist too for jobs (for jobs other than education too) but haven’t receivd responses back either. I don’t think it’s my resume but maybe the fact I was home for 5 years?? So frustrating. It’s just really stressing me out but I’m trying not to get too stressed.
Thanks again for your sympathy and I will continue to look. 🙂
Oh, and love your wedding date. That’s my son’s birthday. 🙂
Post # 7
@Mrs.Lotus: Sorry if I didn’t write that well; I meant it sucks that they DON’T take into consideration the amount of driving you would have to do. For instance, you might apply at a school ten minutes from your house, but my district could refuse to allow you to go there but offer you a job at a school an hour from your house. See what I mean? Shady.
Maybe you could just walk into some of your local stores and ask if they are hiring. I used to work for a grocery store (again, I know not an ideal job, but it’s something), and we would always hire people who came in asking for applications above people that e-mailed us.
And June 24 is definitely a great day. 🙂
Best of luck to you!
Post # 8
I am so sorry you are having a hard time. As has been stated, and you of course know, this is about the economy, not you. I am sure you also know that some organizations are reluctant to hire/are not hiring those who are not presently employed. So you may want to just be very clear in your applications/conversations about your five years taking care of your child, that you still have the skills etc. have stayed on top of your field etc. Of course its an unfair bias, but its something to address.
Something will turn up, just keep at it. A friend who had been out of work for over a year and a half and all but given up was just named an assistant attorney general. He was at his wits end and then some things came together (state budget stuff, network connection etc.). Just keep at it, vent as you need to and try not to lose hope. Best wishes.
Post # 9
We are all in the same boat. It has nothing to do with us, how good we are, how much education we have. it’s.the.economy. McDonalds had a “job day” or something not long ago, and One Million People applied for 60,000 McDonald’s jobs. There are 5 people for every one job out there according to reports from Huffington Post. I went to an Ivy League school and I was unemployed for 14 months, accepted a new job, worked for less than 3 months, got laid off for 6 weeks. Now I’m back with the same company-but a different job. It’s tough out there.
Post # 10
Oh, I see what you are saying. That is crazy! And yeah, I even considered applying to grocery stores and will do that…walk in and ask for an application. Thank you for the suggestion!
Thanks for your advice about making sure I convey that I am current in my field (kept up with it), still have the skills, etc… That is a great point! Really appreciate it!
Wow…you’ve gone through alot! And I think I had kind of blinders on when it came to how bad the economy was b/c I wasn’t looking for a job and my husband already had his job. I’ve also always been offered jobs pretty quickly and this is a first for me.
Thanks so much ladies. Just makes me feel better to know others understand. I have other Stay-At-Home Mom friends but their husbands make enough money where they are not worried and they don’t mind just being home while their kids are in school full-time. I, personally, just feel lazy not having work to do (minus housework – but as someone who hates housework, I would go crazy doing it all day!).
Post # 11
I have been trying to get a job with benefits for 3 years since I can’t get affordable insurance on my own. I am a contractor for a major utility so I have a job, I just need one now with a 401(k) and insurance. Oh, plus paid time off – haven’t had a vacation in 5 years. And when I had my blood clot my doctor wanted me out for 4 months. I was back at work the next day… I’m tired!
Post # 12
I’m in the same boat as you. I just got married and moved to a new city and this city is sucking MAJORLY. NO jobs here at all for I.T. Can you believe that!?!?! I.T. is such a VAST field. How can a city possibly have NO I.T. jobs? I’d have to commute AT LEAST 85 KMs away to come to work. That’s all well and good now but it’s super-hell in the snow! And I have no prospect of moving any closer because even a timid little house anywhere closer than this would cost me up the @ss.
So yes, I know how you feel. I wish you get a job real soon. Try to ‘downgrade’ your resume so you don’t look over-qualified. But at the same time, also send your real resume around. This ‘downgrading’ is how people out of jobs generally get their transition jobs which is just to pay bills, etc.