Post # 392
I feel you girl !!! Hang in there – That’s what I tell myself everyday.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!
1. Where are you located ? NYC
2. How long have you been looking for work? Already have a job but HATEHATEHATE it so I’ve been looking for the past 6 months.
3. What is your background in? I have a BA in International Relations and Minor in Italian.
4. What kind of work have you been applying to? Anything and everything (except for sales, that’s where I am now).
5. What is the worst job you have ever had? My current position would have to be the worst. I don’t want to sound like a class A b**** because I know there is people out there who would love to have my job…but I am just too nice to work in the retail business. I work for a luxury men’s clothing store that targets high-end clients who have everything and need nothing (that’s their logo i think?) Anyhoo. It’d be ok if I wasn’t treated like a slave. I’m the youngest and my coworkers are all well in their 50s and 60s..and all men. I mostly ring the sales, help out with orders, make coffee (that’s my favorite!!!), and fold all day pretty much. It pays ok, but the commute is terrible, the hours are worse, and the people are just %*$&#.
6. Dream job? Work for a non profit organization. I don’t know which one…but I know that I want to work for honest, hardworking people, who aim to do good. Not for money grabbing jerks who have their jobs because they are friends with the owners.
7. Tips for keeping your sanity?! I gotta say I need some! Thanks to all you ladies/gents who are contributing because I’m about to lose it. I think what helps me is that I put aside a couple of hours each day (which is all I have left after I get home at 8pm) and apply to jobs. As for now…I just take a deep breath every morning and try and hold back my tears as I head for this place…
Good luck to all you lovlies.
Post # 393
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Interview #2 was okay, not great. They said they’d be letting people know next week, and I know that I’m not it. I’m okay with that. I don’t want that job.
Post # 394
I’m going to jump in here with some good news. 🙂 I’ve been reading but not participating because I absolutely hate to get my hopes up and tell people things (even online!) that end up not working out. You all seem to have a good attitude about the process so it was helpful to read.
I have been working towards my bachelors for what seems like forever and I became completely disheartened with the higher ed system. I decided to take this semester off and just apply for jobs. I have a two year old so the jobs I can take that pay enough to pay for a sitter are VERY few and far between. I have been working for a year at a gym daycare for 12 hours a week at minimum wage because I am able to take my daughter to work (eliminating the need for daycare). I had been applying to any job that I thought I could qualify for with no success – a hand full of interviews but no real follow ups. I figured that I’d just be stuck with what I had until my daughter was old enough for preschool.
My Fiance just started a new job at the beginning of March and switched from night shift to normal hours. That opened up my options but still no success. Then one day my Fiance was talking to his new coworker and found out that his wife is a regional manager for a chain of local restaurants. He half jokingly asked if his wife was hiring and it turns out that she was! The restaurant had JUST started looking for a couple of new managers. My Fiance told me to email this woman I had never met and send her a nice note about who I was and my resume. I have zero restaurant experience and minimal leadership experience so I thought I had no shot but what the hell? I sent it and the next day at work FI’s coworker said that his wife wanted to interview me for a manager position! WHAT? I went in with no expectations but of course sold myself as well as I could. My main point was that they could “mold me” anyway they would like and teach me how they want things done. It must have worked because the regional manager called the owner and talked with him later that night about me. She called me two days later and offered me a job! They are going to put me through training of every single part of the restaurant and see if we’re a good match. If we are then they will train me for management. For me this means going from making $300/month to about $3000/month (once I get to management).
In conclusion to my novel, it really is all about networking. I hate to say it but I would have never found this job if my Fiance hadn’t been nosy. Don’t gve up hope ladies! Just keep putting yourself out there and follow up on any and all leads no matter how far fetched they sound because you never know if that is your shot.
Post # 395
Thank you for sharing with us! You are soooooo right in the networking department! Most all my jobs have been through that 😉 That is so exciting, and you are right , you can be molded and I bet be a very successful manager!!! what a blessing for some extra money too 😉 What are the hours like for restaurant management? Will you still need child care?
At least you don’t want it, but good you went out and did it for the experience and options!
Post # 396
1. Where are you located ? Appalachia
2. How long have you been looking for work? I didn’t like my current job so I looked for about a year for a better fit in the same position but didn’t find anything. Then, I decided to go back to school so I didn’t look for about 2 years. I thought it might give some time to have the economy rebound a bit. Also, in a few years they require a doctorate in the field I went back to school for so I wanted to go back before they required a higher degree. Now that I graduated, I have been looking for a few months. I need to find something soon or go back to working as a RN I guess….I don’t have any insurance or stable income otherwise and my student loans go into repayment soon.
3. What is your background in? BS and Masters in nursing (please no comments on medical being easy to get a job in because where I live there are highering freezes and such still)
4. What kind of work have you been applying to? family nurse practitioner, I passed my test in march 🙂
5. What is the worst job you have ever had? none of the jobs i’ve had have really been bad (although I would have days at all of them that I thought they were) but I would definately say I have been treated the worst out of all of them by my current employer. (The company not my boss).
5. Dream job? I’ve always wanted to design landscapes but there are not as many career opps for it.
6. Tips for keeping your sanity?! I don’t know. If I get contacted by another staffing agency to try to convince me to move to TX or for an RN position instead I will go crazy. I cannot move due to the fiance being in school. I don’t want to work as an RN because I want to use my education as a FNP….and get paid better too! Anyway, I keep telling myself someone will bite someday. (Hopefully).
Post # 397
Congratulations on getting your FNP/Masters thats awesome!! That would be a dream of mine to work in an OBGYN type with a masters in nursing , but I’m no where near there;)
When you worked as an RN, what field(s) did you work in ( hospital , home health, private practice etc) ? I know you live in the Appalachia area, but is there any travel options to bigger cities for you to expand your options?
Post # 398
Yeah I work at a hospital. I am open to up to 1.5 hour drives. I can’t do longer because days at clinics are usually 10hr sometimes more and that would make my day 13hr +. No one wants to higher or give me an interview because I don’t have experience as an NP. My question is how do you get the experience if no one gives you an opportunity? Alot of new nurses have this problem as an RN and they have to take less than desirable positions instead of their dream jobs….unfortunately I am even applying for the undesirable NP positions and not getting anything. I have applied for over 100 jobs now. I’m just bummed.
Post # 399
Ugh, honestly I find myself asking the same things…..how can I get experience when no one will hire you without experience? Some people say volunteer….but hello you get a degree to make money cause we need it to survive and usually pay back the loans you took to get the degree to get the job you thought would get your paid.
Post # 400
I found that alot of my interviews have brought up my volutneer experience….maybe because I listed it as if it was a job but I called it Experience, not work experience so I was not lieing.
but I 100% agree how can we get experience if everyone wants someone with experience?
Post # 401
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
My fiance networked for me tonight at his business meeting/presentation and I may have a really good job lead. I’m going in to meet them tomorrow. I thought it was so sweet that he was thinking of me even with everything he was doing tonight.
Post # 402
So exciting! Fingers crossed for you!
That’s what interviews are for. Not just for the company to see if they want you, but also for you to see if you want to work there. Good luck tomorrow (well probably today by the time you read it) with the contacts your Fiance set up!
That’s a fantastic story! Thanks for the encouragement. I’m trying to keep that mindset as well. It never hurst to tak to people, worst case scenario you meet someone new. I’ve had so many “informational” interviews where the company doesn’t have any positions but will meet with me anyway and I always take advantage of those.
Post # 403
Was going to wait till I heard back (which I should on Thursday) but these waiting days are so long…
My interview went pretty well. Originally I was very surprised that I got the interview at all because the position sounded much more challenging than anything else I had done, but I discovered that my obscure BA actually had some qualities they were looking for! I also think I gave all “correct” answers during the questioning, and my main concern remains that I was not having a very articulate day, and had a few episodes of what I like to call vocabulary-amnesia. So on one hand my degree helps me stand out, but on the other I may not have come across as a very good communicator. This was my first interview with more than one person, and they were continuously taking notes as I was speaking so it felt a lot different than previous interviews.
Post # 404
The 2 on 1 interview can be really hard. I sometimes have issues with vocab amnesia in those situations, most likely because my mind keeps wandering and wondering what on earth they could be writing down so vigorously.
I hope you hear good news tomorrow!
Post # 405
Just quit my job and moved cross country to help with the family. Sucks. I was at my last job 7 years, and before that, I was in the military. I have had a bunch of interviews (mainly with the same place & they declined me) and one I have not heard back from yet.
1. Where are you located ? ( can be very broad or specific) Detroit Metro
2. How long have you been looking for work? Since the end of March
3. What is your background in? (education, work experience, etc) AA Liberal Arts, AA Criminal Justice, BS Justice Administration, and in the fall I will start an MHRLR program for Human Resouces & Labor Relations. I have military PM experience, and after that, administrative, technology, HR & PM experience. I have about 10 years of work experience. Which is sort of annoying for my age & trying to keep that resume down to “one page” which there is NO WAY I can do.
4. What kind of work have you been applying to? Industry. HR. Loved, loved, LOVED working in HR, which is why I applied for my graduate degree in that field.
5. What is the worst job you have ever had? Picking up dog poop in my parents’ backyard. Haha!
5. Dream job? HR Manager or Recruiter for a big firm.
6. Tips for keeping your sanity?! Not freak out that I live at my parents again. Oh. AND THAT WE HAVE ONE INCOME! 😛
Post # 406
Yup, I’m still going to need childcare but with this job I can actually afford it! I’ll be paying my cousin to watch her most days. I’m not sure of my schedule yet (I don’t start for 2 weeks) but I believe it will be mostly evenings with a few mornings every now and again. Now I’m reading everything I can find about working in a restaurant to prepare!
The informational interviews must be a sign that they like you but just can’t afford to hire you right now. Stick with it! At the very least it keeps those interview skills sharp.