3 more rejection emails (so far) today. Starting to lose hope I will ever find anything. I have many skills, but not all were the main focus - meaning title skill - of my jobs before (examples: training, project management, etc.) and so not all of them are what you’d call deep (I can’t really claim 16 years of project management experience). I am trying to return to the workforce, and at first I was trying to shift to a career different than my degree or direct work experience; that wasn’t working, so I shifted to roles more in line with my degree - same response. I hold little hope that looking for jobs based on my last position(s) is going yield anything different. I have applied to 170 jobs since January, with 3 calls, and 1 interview; the rest are form rejections and I’ve had no offers.
19 years ago: left the traditional office to take freelance work and be at home
3 years ago: finished last freelance job to volunteer at son’s school with two projects (relevant to my degree)
Has freelancing and volunteering just somehow rendered me unemployable? I have highlighted all my relevant experience, tailored my resumes, written cover letters, and sent my applications to hiring managers directly. Nothing.
I’ve done nothing but cry for the last hour. If I didn’t really need the paycheck, I’d just give up.
How do I keep going if these are my results?
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I recently asked my director if I could partake in my company’s health and wellness program.
Our policy states that all employees are encouraged to use it. It allows employees to spend upto 3 hours a week on exercise during work hours. The policy is lenient so nothing more is restricted except that we can’t extend our exercise over 1 hour per exercise event during the work week, and we must send an email to our director explaining our interest to partake.
My director encouraged me to participate in the program. I then asked my project manager who has the same director. He told me that since I already participate in a alternative work schedule (off one day every two weeks, I work 40 hrs/wk), and I work from home 95% of the time, he doesn’t want me to participate. He said that the policy was written pre-covid when employees had to go in to the office. I told him that I don’t plan to take advantage of the policy every week, or even use the max 3 hours every week. He still didn’t like it.
I was recently given an individual award for my work and I take very little vacation time. I am not a slacker. He is a project manager that feels that all my time is his time. I sit so much at work that my back hurts. I need to move around.
My project manager has changed the narrative of the policy to fit his personal feelings on the matter. It’s a good cop/bad cop situation between my director and my manager. Managers sometimes do not stand behind policy when it doesn’t benefit them. What is the best way to handle this?
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Should they be asking for my birthdate and year?
Received an error email from Onramp.io which sparked my memory that I do have a profile on the website. Reviewed profile and found that they had my birthdate and year in the profile which I probably filled out and I have not heard from them regarding job opportunities or training for over 2 years.
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Anyone been through company closing?
I've been working for a small company as a developer for about 3.5 years. We've run out of work/contracts and the owners have decided they want to retire so they are closing the company down. They let us know about 2 months ago and the closure is only a little over a month away. I've been applying all over the place with hardly any nibbles. I'm terrified that when it's all said and done I won't have anything new and therefore no income. I also don't know how to deal with the question about why I'm leaving my current position. Anyone ever been through this before? How did you handle it?
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Does anyone have any tips on how to find a job thats willing to sponsor you? Ive been struggling on finding a way to move from NYC to London.
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Am I being unfair or is my boss wrong?
My boss has given me a lot more work than was originally assigned to me in my contract (I’ve been there for almost 2 years now). I mentioned it to her and asked for a raise because I’m doing more work than I agreed to. She made a huge deal about me doing her a favour and how I never complain and do all the additional tasks and then implying that I shouldn’t get paid for doing her a favour. I understand a favour if I’m doing it once in a while but the additional tasks she assigns me to has become part of my daily/weekly/yearly responsibilities. None of them are once off.
Am I being unfair? It’s still a business, I still signed a contract so I should be compensated fairly right? I’ve done my research and for my job, I am being paid way below market value but now I’m doing my job plus the additional work added and still no compensation.