(Closed) Unemployed, no career path in sight, losing hope

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think its time to send your resume off to a career-minded friend or mentor for rewriting. Its all about spin. Dont lose hope! But if what youre doing isnt working its time to change it up.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Rowanberry :  Head to AskAManager.org and look at her advice on improving your résumé and cover letter.  

She says if you’re not getting interviews, 99% of the time something is wrong with your résumé and cover letter.  She has great, specific advice to make improvements.  

Also, quality not quantity in applications.  You think employers can’t tell that you’re mass-applying? They can.  You have to take the time to tailor every cover letter and even your résumé to highlight experience relevant to that particular opening. It sounds like a huge pain in the ass and it is, but you will get far higher success rate with that approach. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Rowanberry :  even if it asks for a couple of years experience at entry level it doesn’t necessarily mean direct experience. A lot of the time they are really looking for someone who has held a job and has proven themselves to be responsible. I’d let them tell you they don’t want you – don’t make the decision for them by not even applying! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

wow how weird, i litterally was coming on the site to post about how upset i am  icant start my real estate career and how im scared and blah blah blah and i see this, at least im not alone. but i believe in myself and in you, we can do this, so many before us have. be patient you will find something but i do think you need to get expert exeriance on your resume. and work with a job recruiter!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Don’t be deterred because a listing wants a certain amount of years/experience. Apply anyways. You never know who’ll nibble! Even if they think you aren’t qualified for whatever position you applied for, they might have something else and will forward your resume to that.

Perhaps even apply for internships. Some are paid, and will give you valuable experience.

Post # 8
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819 posts
Busy bee

Have you considered freelancing for a while? There are all sorts of writing and translation related jobs at places like JournalismJobs.com and even Craigslist. I’m sure there’s something out there for you, and I agree with all of the other PPs who have suggested having someone look over your resume and applying for jobs that you don’t exactly qualify for! So much of the time they assume you can’t have certain skills without having been in the industry for X number of years, when in fact you might have those skills already.

Post # 9
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480 posts
Helper bee

“I’ve applied for entry level, intern, unpaid intern, and high school diploma required.”

Might you be applying for a lot of positions that you are OVERQUALIFIED for? I realize that finding a job that’s relevant to your career interests can be frustrating, but don’t give up hope or allow these experiences to extinguish your self-esteem. You began your post by calling yourself a loser and in the end said you didn’t feel good enough . . . Neither is true! Consider your efforts a challenge, and keep trying.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I’m so sorry. I know how you feel. I worked odd jobs during college and my degree (English major with French/Women’s Studies minors) got me literally nowhere. Ended up going back to school for a Master of Accounting after a year and a half of no leads because it’s the only thing I could think of that I would like and could make me money. I probably applied for 100+ jobs, both relevant to me and not really relevant, and finally took a position waiting tables before going back to school. 

I would both start looking for work related (copywriting, even if it’s freelance, social media marketing, administrative work, etc) vaguely to your field, even if that means working with a temp agency or a head hunter for a while, as well as volunteer opportunities that could give you enough experience to improve your resume. It may be worth it to look for work as a server (flexible hours, more $$ than minimum wage) or something just for a paycheck in the meantime.

Job searching seriously sucks – I’m looking for work in a new city as we speak – and after a year, I can’t even imagine how you must feel. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Rowanberry :  I still would head over to Ask A Manager and take a gander.  The lower right hand side has her past blog entries organized by category and you can just read the “cover letter” and “resume” categories. 

Here’s a good one to start with:

http://www.askamanager.org/2012/12/if-youre-not-getting-interviews-read-this.html

It has a collection of her tips about cover letters and résumés, and this is also where she says: 

I’ve started asking to see their resume and cover letter anyway — despite their confidence that those aren’t the problem. And you know what? Nearly always, those are the problem. The people who told them that they were fine were wrong — they didn’t have the experience or the insight to know what would make a really great resume or letter.

So don’t give up!  Don’t be lapse into learned helplessness and think that there’s nothing you can do.  Thinking that there’s nothing you did wrong is in a way accepting that there’s nothing you can do.  If you did something wrong you can fix or improve it.  If really literally nothing you do can be improved at all, then you are truly at a dead end.  And that’s not necessarily the case here.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Rowanberry :  I’d be absolutely shocked if that was true. You can freelance from anywhere in the world, starting right now! I’ve never heard of a freelancer in the U.S. needing any sort of special certification; I’ve done it myself and never run into any issues. There is no legislation other than keep track of your earnings so you can pay taxes correctly.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Rowanberry : I’m a marketing hiring manager in SF, and have a hard time staffing. We have 3-4 open reqs at any given time. 

The market isn’t what it used to be, but I used to get 3-6 interview requests when I was job seeking, even at entry level. 

Could it also be your market? I know there are tons of jobs in SF Bay Area and LA area. 

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