(Closed) Job Search Woes

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I know exactly how you feel.  And I sympathise.  Expecially when you write about putting your heart and soul into applications only to get nothing back other than rejection, I hate rejection.  And the 25 years experience for a recpetionist, I know that feeling too. *sigh*

To some of your questions…

One should assume that a seasonal job is just that, seasonal and temporary.  In essence, assume you will get fired after Christmas.  BUT many companies hire seasonal staff and then keep them on, if you do go for the job ask about the opportunity to stay on.

Are you underselling yourself? Perhaps, but only you know the answer to that.  One of the greatest bits of advice was given to me by my Dad and it went something like this “don’t do a job for the money, do it because you love the job; if an opportunity comes along, take it, even if the money isn’t as good”.  This was in reference to my Dad taking a paycut in the middle of his career because of an opportunity.  I try not to look at it as what the financial renumeration is, but what the value-added is.  What will you learn?  What will you get out of this job? (I hope that makes sense)

I really feel you, you sound like you’re miserable in your job and like me, lost for direction. Sometimes you have to jump, a bit like going down a death slide, it’s really f*cking scary but a little after you’ve set off the ride is over.

If you want those office jobs, I suggest arranging meetings with HR managers, don’t go in looking for a job but for advice (although I don’t know what HR bees would say about that). If you’re inclined, do voluntary work.  Not only may you find some job satisfaction but also hone some new skills.

Reminds me, I was going to apply for a job last week here’s hoping I’m not too late.

Post # 4
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is so tough.  I’m sorry you’re feeling bad.

Couple of questions:

Are you applying online as well as handing applications in person?

Are you following up beyond applying?

What questions are you asking at your interviews?

How are you following up after your interviews?

When talking about a position you are “under qualified” for, how are you handling answering questions on your lack of experience?

What exactly are you looking to do with your degree?


Then I wanna talk about this mall job.

Post # 7
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ugh..it’s a tough world out there! Feel free to join our jobs support thread at the top of the careers page…we are all in the same boat!

I think the biggest problem is that a 4 year degree in Psych ( honors or not ) doesn’t pass for much these days. You can’t work truly in psych without at least a masters, and other than that you are qualified essentially as a liberal arts major. It carries no special skills, like medicine or IT/tech stuff that would be usueful in todays jobs economy.

What you do have however is excellent longevity and experience at that grocery store plus a 4 year degree which is fabulous for an entry level base!

If I’m reading things correct, your ultimate goal is perhaps to be in management? I would suggest typing in ” manager trainee” in a job search engine , location set to your area code/etc, and seeing what comes up. I know off the top of my head, 4 or 5 national & well known companies that will give you full-time salary, jobs, training plus commiton and get the experience you need for all the aspects of management. 

Research, research , reasearch! Google every business you know of, have driven by on the road, andfind their websites career section. . For instance movie theatres, and even Chuck E Cheese have excellent opportunites for advancement and mangagement positions You would be surprised what gems are waiting to be uncovered.  Browse job forums/boards, websites, etc and get familiar with your county/city and options!

good luck and hang in there!


Post # 8
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m really sorry you’re having such a tough time!

Can you reach out to your school’s career services office? Some CSO’s gladly extend help to alumni long after they’ve graduated.

If you can, I would also suggest contacting some local alums from your school who currently work in the jobs you are looking for. You can set up informational meetings over coffee or lunch. (CSO may be able to send you a list, or you can try googling or searching through company biographies online.) Ask the alums what skills are most valued by their company, tips on tweaking your resume, and shining during the interview. An added bonus is that these informational interviews sometimes lead to job leads when an opening comes up later on.

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