After 10 years in the hospitality industry, during which I worked insane hours (80 hours a week was pretty much the norm), had no work/life balance, and nearly destroyed my marriage and my health, I left my job in March of this year. I was a career changer to the industry. Prior to that, I had worked several years as a newspaper journalist and freelance writer. I also did stints in the customer service industry, both in customer-facing and call center roles.
I don't have a long track record in any one career area (I always worked around my children's/family's schedule, staying home with my kids when I could).
I am getting really frustrated in my job search. I don't have a bachelor's, although I do have an associate's degree. I did pick up a part-time job with a small non-profit in the city where we just recently moved and I really enjoy it. I started focusing my search in the nonprofit sector, but haven't had any luck to this point. I revamped my resume as a skills resume, but that hasn't yielded any results so far.
While giving up isn't an option, I'm starting to feel completely defeated and depressed. I'm not a dinosaur by any stretch of the imagination -- I've written blogs, am active on social media, know what Slack is, and am well-versed in Microsoft Office. I have seen positions at start-ups that I have gotten excited about and know I'd be a great fit, but haven't landed so much as a phone interview for any of them.
I'm open to returning to the customer service industry or writing in some form or another for a regular paycheck. My strengths are definitely in those areas. Even remote work wouldn't be out of the realm of possiblity.
Advice? Suggestions? Job offers? :-)
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How to improve communications with a coworker?
I have been with a company for 2 years but with recent layoffs, moved to a different role that is very different than my last. I’m retraining with a coworker who I have known since I’ve started and been in the role around 2 months now. Lately, they have been very short on their chat messages, making comments that to me feel dismissive and inconvenient to them, especially when asking a question to confirm I am understanding the new role. I addressed my concern with them directly to move on and have a better form of communication, however they responded and looped in our manager. My goal was just to have a quick discussion since things over email can become misinterpreted easily (especially tone.) Any advice on how to 1.) continue to advocate for myself 2.) make sure this does not become a long term issue with communications 3.) how can I better ask questions without being an inconvenience with learning this new role
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Are there people who you can go to for finding jobs and help you with your resume like recruiters who are legitimate and don't cost an arm?
I've been searching for work since May this year and I just feel overwhelmed with where I should be applying vs where I actually am applying. I've worked my best on my resume but I've got no one to double check it to ensure I did it right. I followed several different "how to write your resume" books and websites that I could but... Then most wanted money. I've tried the keywords and trying to tailor what I can actually do to fit the jobs I'm applying for... are resumes okay to be 3 pages long? Are bullets better than paragraphs? It's all so confusing and I've broken down to my husband over this so often. I don't know where to turn or who I could ask for help. My husband doesn't know about how to do a resume, I asked. Every denial just makes me feel like I did something wrong with my applications.
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Not sure where to ask this?
I have updated my resume-but I already uploaded it for the resume drop. How can I change it for that event? Thank you!
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How would you respond to your coworker if she said to you as you were sitting at the front desk behind her (waiting for 4pm to come so you can help cover the phones for her AGAIN "is there someplace else for you to go work?" I responded and said "am I distracting you or something?" She responded and said "I don't like anyone in my personal space.
There are plenty of places for you to go and work at." I said "oh ok sure. See you at 4pm." Honestly, I felt like leaving for the rest of the day and not coming back. I was simply waiting for 4pm to come since I was asked by our Director to cover the phones for her for 30 minutes while she has a meeting with her. I literally cover the phones for her lunchtime EVERYDAY and she seriously has an issue with me sitting behind her at the front desk that she shares with Security. I explained to her how I was planning on staying at the desk from 2pm until 4pm until it was time for me to cover the phones so that I won't have to keep going back and forth from one department to the next. She did not say anything at that time. I really don't like working with people like that who make an issue out of nothing. This is a temporary job that I was hoping to replace and find something better with by now. How would you respond to this?
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I am 30 years old, moved this year to Spain from Brazil.
I built a career in social impact projects but I am feeling so lost right now! I get no replies from jobs and I really don't know if I want to change my life completely and do something else entirely or just going through a very weird and depressed phase.
Has anyone felt like that? Like your purpose doesn't have a purpose anymore?
Has anyone changed their career while still in need of work for a living?
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It has been 3 months that I have been in the job market.
I have a masters in Industrial Psychology and a second postgraduate degree in Project Management with Corporate Communication. I am looking to start my career in Human Resources and Organizational Development. I have been tailoring my resume based on the job requirements, writing a cover letter accordingly and highlighting skills and experiences relevant to the position. The response rate is nil, and the rejection rate is stagnant.
I am unsure what more I can do at least get an interview. What can I add to my approach to get a positive response?
I appreciate any guidance I can get. Thank you.