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

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 31
10035 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I took a job I was over qualified for just to have a job until I could find something better, ended up being the best job I ever had and I stayed for 5 years because I enjoyed it so much. Also didn’t stop me from going into a totally different field (medical) when I was ready.

I would rather work any job pretty much than work no job, though.

Post # 33
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Rowanberry :  I think you need to talk to a therapist. This is more of a personal issue than a job search issue. And I don’t mean this in a mean or negative way. But it seems like your self esteem needs to be rebuilt first! 

Post # 34
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

There’s nothing stopping you from working a menial job while you continue your “real” job search.

Post # 36
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Rowanberry :  No, it’s not a waste of their time to read your application if you’re underqualified.  It’s their job, and like someone said, there may be another match for you within their company.  I know many people who landed jobs this way.  If you are truly, truly underqualified, they will be able to determine that in seconds, or it will be filtered out before it even lands on their desk, so don’t worry about wasting anyone’s time.   


Yes, please send it!

Post # 38
819 posts
Busy bee

Rowanberry :  Get yourself a free website, like WordPress or something similar, and set up an online portfolio with a digital copy of your resume and writing samples. Having a personal website is a great marketing too. Beyond that though, I don’t know if I’ve ever really “marketed” myself. I apply to jobs that I think I would be good at, write a cover letter explaining how my skills match up with the role’s desired skill set, and go from there. It’s definitely more about you going to them, than them coming to you, if that makes sense. 

Post # 39
9759 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

Sending internet hugs bee! I understand how you are feeling right now. As PPs have said, you have 3 years of experience, may not be in a communications job but retail requires a lot of communication skills and other skills that would be very relevant to a communications/linguistics type job!

One thing that you could do is go to one of those employment services places, they help you with your resume and cover letter, sometimes give short courses on job searching and interview tips, you can practise interviewing with them, and they also look for jobs on your behalf as well as help you look for them.

Best of luck bee, I know it’s hard. You are NOT a loser!

Post # 40
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

I know this can be a really hard boundary to break through! My main quick piece of advice is listed years of experience isn’t always a requirement; I’ve gotten multiple jobs that are higher in the years they listed on their website than years I actually have. Many job requirements are just their ideal candidate; they’re not expecting that everyone will have every single one of those qualities, but it’s more an overall way to show you what they want in the job. Even if I don’t fit those, I apply anyways, and every position I’ve gotten are ones that I’m technically underqualified for but was still able to show them that I am the person they want for that position.

I’d suggest talking to a therapist as well because this is something that’s obviously weighing on your mental well being, and that’s the most important thing of all!

Hugs and best of luck to you!

Post # 41
838 posts
Busy bee

bostonbee817 :  I found your response interesting. There is a specific place I would like to work, my local town hall. I know they have an HR department and they receive many many resumes each time a job is posted. I have often thought about going in and asking to speak with someone in HR, and asking about their hiring methods, how they evaluate resumes, how to stand out etc. Like the OP, I’m worried they will think of me as some sort of job vulture! Do you think this is a good move? I mean in general it sounds like it, but could it have a negative effect? Is this what you about  more networking? Any insight would be great!

Post # 42
3183 posts
Sugar bee

40 applications in seven months is not a lot. I applied for 100s when I was ready to leave my previous job. I got four interviews – so only maybe 1% of the jobs interviewed me. Keep on applying. 

Post # 43
285 posts
Helper bee

I also echo applying for things that may require more experience than u have.  I literally got a job that they were looking for someone with 8+ years of experience with 5 years.  They phone screened me and I didn’t hear anything back for months and after they met candidates with 10+ years of experience and PhDs they just didn’t find them a good fit. I was randomly called back by the recruiter to interview I went in and they loved me and offered me the job the same day.  And I haven’t been happier so it is possible!  I was also unemployed for six months after quitting a job cold that I was absolutely miserable on so there is hope lol.

Post # 44
8917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

 Rowanberry :  Does the school where you got your MA from have a career planning & placement office? They can usually help you with your resume and help you identify jobs that your education should qualify you for.

Please keep in mind though, that most people do not immediately find a job that perfectly fuses their degree, interests, and salary needs. SOME people do, but they’re a lucky few. MOST people have to take a few soul-sucking jobs that have nothing to do with their chosen field in order to pay the bills while they search for the interesting job that actually uses their skills and education.

Also, why can’t you work weekends?

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