Hi everyone. I'm feeling really defeated right now. I have been struggling to find a job, and I'm at a point where I don't believe I'll ever find one.
To provide some background, I've been out of the job market for 15 years. Prior to the recession, I worked in retail as a store manager while pursuing my bachelors degree. After i graduated, there were a number of family issues that occurred in which I became a caregiver-my mother became very sick for a period of time, my one aunt was ill and had two surgeries, and when my brother and his family moved back from overseas, I became a caregiver for my nieces.
Now that my things are better, I'm ready to focus and get back to work. I've updated my resume, have sought assistance from a few staffing agencies, and career organizations to no avail. So I decided to go back to school last year and completed a certificate program in website development and graphic design. I thought having the certificate would boost my communications degree.
Since then, I've gone to my college's career center a few times, and have checked various job boards, but have found few jobs that interest me or the pay is minimal wage. And when I do find jobs to apply to, I never hear a response. At this point I don't know what to do. I've updated my resume, changed the look of my resume, have talked w/ friends and peers about their companies in hopes of networking and finding a job. I think I have a good cover letter that explains my gap in employment. Outside of being a caregiver for various family members, I've volunteers, have worked on my technology and software skills through various courses and platforms to stay current, and have done unpaid editing work for short story writers.
I fear that I may have to take a minimal wage retail job, but I really do not want to go back to retail, and I was really hoping to put my education to use. I'm located in the NE region of the U.S. and moving for a job isn't an option for me right now as I need to be close to my mom.
I'm open to feedback and suggestions. I just don't know what else to do at this point.