Ladies, I would genuinely appreciate any thoughts. I am a divorced and remarried mother of two. I live in one of the most lopsided job availability and income to cost of living ratio areas in the US. I work as an Admin Assistant, but I have a Master's degree in Instructional and Performance Technology and have nearly completed my MBA. My bachelor's degree was in Technical Writing. Needless to say, I worked hard trying to give myself some good skills and find a lucrative career. I do not make enough in my current job for comfort, and would like to find a better career or something on the side to make life better for me and my kiddos, but I've run into a lot of snags and getting disheartened. First, I made the career-killing "mistake" of staying home with my children when they were little, so now my HUGE education essentially is irrelevant to employers because I lack tons of experience--i have some, but there's always someone with less education and more experience. I also cannot move anywhere but within this area, because I have an ex-spouse who would fight me tooth and nail to prevent me from moving simply out of spite (he made me pay $20,000 in legal fees and made ridiculous demands just to move 40 minutes away without him threatening to take my children from me-even thought he doesn't really want them). So even if I were given the option of a good paying job elsewhere, it is not an option for me, as I am not putting my kids at stake. I am desperately searching for legitimate online work or something close to me that can help me break through my own little glass ceiling and set free a little bit! I am completing some novels for which I will be submitting queries soon, so in the meantime, please lift me up in your thoughts! Thank you :)
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Charleston, SC, Orlando, FL, or Charlotte, NC?
My fiance and I are trying to determine where to live next. Some things that are important to us are: plenty of things to do every weekend such as food festivals, walkable areas, good food, plenty of young people to help us create a sense of community, plenty of job opportunities for growth, safety, etc.
Does anyone live in these areas who could provide insight on which one might be better?
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The workplace is high school.
Some places are worse than others. I see blatant favoritism from upper leadership down to administrative staff. This is why I want to work fully remote so I don’t have to deal with the petty office politics from the snub from a coworker passing by to promotions of the favorites. This is the type of company I am working for. I will be gone in a month since I am moving. It’s old and draining. Just needed to vent.
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Resume keywords where do I look for them or what would count as keywords for jobs like Receptionist/office manager?
I need to know as my resume has been getting nothing but denials left and rights since May of this year and its becoming disheartening. My husband is working full time so thankfully we have our basics covered but I need to get back into the work force soon.
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Not enjoying my new role.
I just graduated from college this past May and would have loved to get a job in brand marketing for entertainment. I was unsuccessful and recently was able to get an admin assistant job at a university. I work 9-5 and I answer just a few phone calls and emails a day. I feel like my talent is being wasted and I would love to be in another role that truly highlights my skills and brings me a challenge. That being said, as an employee of the University I am eligible for tuition remission and would be able to work towards getting an MBA for very little cost, but would have to be an employee until that would be completed which would be mid 2025. I feel very stuck and unsure of what I should do.
Any advice from anyone who has had similar struggles in finding a role they enjoy? What did you do about it?
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We have a new COO that I directly report to. He is the most impatient, dictatorial person I have ever worked for. Additionally, he is quite eccentric. When speaking with me in meetings, he walks around his office/conference room combo and flails his hands in the air while talking - many times circling the large conference room many times - almost like some type of madman. He probably does that with others as well. I find myself also circling trying to understand him and follow the bouncing ball.
His dictatorship style of leadership does not mesh well with me either. I don't have a lot of experience working with dictators and it makes me angry when he dictates. I want to say something back to him but everyone at the company is walking on eggshells right now.
Besides applying to jobs, I am trying to deal with his mess until I find something.
Has anyone experienced this or can anyone provide advice on how to navigate through this?
Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
I'm looking for some advice from someone who has held one of these positions. What has been your experience working in these roles: is there a low barrier to entry, is there a good balance of challenge in the work, and are there opportunities for growth?