(Closed) Frustrated! What's wrong with ME? (Semi-long)

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 4
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I will have a phd in neuroscience next month and I’m starting a job right after that will pay me $39K. And I applied for about 20 of them over the course of several months. It’s just a tough time and these days a masters degree isn’t worth what it used to be, plus psychology/education is not a wealthy field. Keep at it, keep applying for whatever you can.

Post # 5
527 posts
Busy bee

Hmmmm… IDK, I know in CA there are all sorts of crazy education funding cuts, so that might be part of why you aren’t getting interviews.  The school districts want to keep as many people employed as possible, so they are really just shifting people from job to job, instead of getting new hires.


Post # 7
1059 posts
Bumble bee

@jwdesiree:  Don’t give up! Maybe you just need to work on applying to fewer jobs but being more strategic about it, i.e. going for informational interviews, reaching out to your networks, ensuring your CV is well-done and matches as many target words in job descriptions as possible, etc.

Post # 8
527 posts
Busy bee

@jwdesiree:  You could just get a corporate job and try to wait it out?  I think going back to school for something might be a waste of money if you have nothing specific in mind. 

Post # 9
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

so sorry, am in same boat, overeducated and no job.  I think education is really not worthwhile unless it is in computers/ engeneering, so besides that it is a waste, better to have work experience.  Yeah it sucks.  Hope you’ll find something.

And the ONLY was to get a job is networking, and hence why I don’t have a job either.

Post # 10
1357 posts
Bumble bee

My advice is to apply for anything and everything, even jobs that sound bad. Last summer I desperately needed a job and only heard back from one place where I pretty much applied by mistake – it was the kind of job I absolutely HATE doing, plus not in my field. I decided to go for it while looking for another job. I hated it, but 3 months later I was promoted to an awesome position and now I love my job. 


And if that doesn’t happen, at least you’ll have some experience (I read the other day 2 years of unemployment hurts your chances of getting hired worse than a criminal record). A lot of jobs are not posted anywhere, and employers/colleagues can help in that department.


Also you should have your CV / Cover letter reviewed by someone. At my university we have a career office that does that- maybe yours does too. You want to be sure you’ve squeezed out as many qualifications as you can our of your experience and make them clear. Find ways to make your CV stand out. A good tip is putting key words from your skills/qualifications that correspond to the job description in bold. It sounds stupid, but hiring people don’t always have time to read everything in detail, and I got positive feedback for doing it.


Final suggestion, some study showed that 90% of hiring managers look candidates up on social media sites (I know I checked applicants out on facebook when I was hiring people). Make sure you don’t have public photos of you with a bottle of vodka and a joint, for instance -haha. And I read that LinkedIn is becoming big, although I don’t have experience with this. A few friends of mine got approached through it by employers. It couldn’t hurt!

Post # 11
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@jwdesiree:  perhaps you should try polishing up your resume, since that’s all people are seeing. Is it possible you could get an internship AND work was a waiter/bartender while you complete the internship? That’s what my boyfriend had to do when he got out of school.

Post # 13
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@jwdesiree:  Make as many contacts as you can. Who you know is very important when it comes to employment. Can you do any more volunteering? I would seriously consider those unpaid internships. Yeah it’s shitty but you have to start somewhere.

My sister has a masters too and can’t find anything in her field (unrelated to yours). She works where she can. It sucks but you’re not the only one in this boat.

Post # 14
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel you, girl. I spent a year unemployed because not even minimum wage retail jobs would hire me. The only thing I could get after hundreds of applications with a BBA in Marketing was a job through a staffing agency. It paid okay and I was supposed to get hired in, but I’m glad that I didn’t–they went out of business right after they laid me off. The agency could only find me a $10/hr receptionist job, and even that was a fill in until the receptionist came back (she didn’t, and I got hired in for a whole dollar an hour raise, not the rate they were paying the agency like it should have been, and I work 40 hours a week, but they call me part time, so no benefits). 

I’m looking for other stuff, but no one wants me. :

Post # 15
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

FWIW, i work at a tech startup in NYC and we routinely have applicants for our entry-level positions (which pay $30-35k a year as advertised) who have masters degrees from Columbia and NYU. We rarely hire these people since they would probably be miserable, but everyone we hire has a bachelors degree at least, and many of them have it from a great university (NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, Pratt, FIT, a few UCLA, etc.)  Given the type of work they’re doing, virtually none of them have degrees that are applicable to the position.

I don’t have much advice except that, at a certain point, I think you just have to take any decent job that is offered. And who knows, you might end up falling into something you love, which is what happened to me when I took some random job 6 years ago (nothing to do with either of my degrees, which I still haven’t “used” ha.)

Post # 16
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

That really stinks! I hope something AMAZING comes your way soon!

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