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.
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Last week we celebrated World Gratitude Day, and this week is kicked off with World Dream Day.
These aren't fluffy, feel-good days.
Well, they don't need to be, if we give them their proper attention.
Gratitude contributes to our well-being, joy and success. Cultivating more of it on a regular basis has dramatic, positive impacts on our work and life, and it's free and easy to access. If you missed my post about it and how to add more of it to your life -- and why you career will love you for it -- you can read it here: https://lnkd.in/esH9v5qX
In a similar spirit, we have all the power within us to dream big, act on these dreams and support others as they pursue their biggest aspirations.
While this is another free and easy tool to access, how many of our dreams have we accomplished? How many have we forgotten? Dismissed? How many of us have what we consider our dream job? According to research, 90% of us don't!
In today's post on my blog "Reimagine," I share 11 ways to bring your dreams to life and the transformative implications that can have on your work life: https://lnkd.in/eTFFma7w
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I recently posted on here three weeks ago about getting a job offer at my local hospital as a customer service representative in patient financial services. I passed my background check went for my pre employment physical at their occupational health facility and while there took my drug test, eye exam etc. when the actual nurse practitioner came into my room she did my vitals and my blood pressure was high. Well I have a history of that since 2006 and she put me on a different dose of medication. Since a week ago I have been monitoring my readings at home for about a week and have to go tomorrow to get it checked by her since she has to have paperwork to HR by 3:00 on Wednesday. She said if BP is normal then she would clear me and I am supposed to start orientation on Oct 2nd. I really want this position but seems to be a little hindrance due to the fact just because of my blood pressure. Just debating if it is worth it or not feels like a runaround.
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I’m expected to graduate till June 2023, and researching for entry level Computer Science roles but till no luck.
Did I start the job search soon?
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I recently had a world-wind and whirlwind vacation overseas traveling throughout Europe.
I fell in love with the architecture, culture and people's attitude regarding work and life.
After working in the NYC rat race for 20 plus years, I'm ready for a change and am open to where I land. I'm done with a need to climb the corporate ladder and instead focus on living life while being able to support myself.
Is there any easier EU passport to obtain as I've had ancestors from all different countries on both sides of my family tree. Instead of trying for a work visa, I'm hoping if I can obtain EU citizenship that would make it easier to work abroad. I'd appreciate your advice!
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My manager, the second one I’ve had in my 2 years in this position, is leaving.
Ok, so my organization is great- great people, work-life balance, benefits, etc. However, since I’ve been there (will be 2 years in November), both of my managers i had have/are going to leave for really great opportunities outside of our org. While I’m super happy for them, i am concerned about how it’ll potentially impact my career growth. I’d still be doing the same work just reporting to new people, which may change as they hire on a replacement. Which is annoying to start the manager/employee relationship all over again.
My manager is leaving in a few weeks and is invested in making sure there’s a plan in place for who i report to when they’re gone. I guess my question is what would you ask them/consider during this transition phase? I was hoping to start the “it’s been 2 years, I’d like a raise or at least something to help with inflation” conversation but I hate doing this, it’s always so awkward. At the same time, it may be best to get the ball rolling on that to see what can be done prior to my manager leaving?
any advice is welcome, thank you :)
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Hi all - ok this is a first.
The new boss, promoted from within, and I are a bad fit, to put it mildly. I put in my two weeks’ notice, and she replied that I could leave tomorrow.
Here’s the twist: I WANT to stay for two weeks, to put files in order, to coordinate with co-workers the processes for future events, and to finish setting up a Dropbox account for my department. Most of all, I work in a retirement community, and want to ease these beloved residents into the knowledge that their trusted friend is leaving them in good hands. They just lost the last ED without notice and took it badly.
This new boss rules with a cudgel. She starts all discussions with No you can’t do that. She changes my plans on ginned-up reasons (e.g. she canceled my bus trip due to “insurance changes” which had nothing to do with the trip). She lays down the law, and when advised of an error, she doubles down and tries to blame the victim of her error. She refers to staff members as “bodies,” and cares for the residents based on the level of their rent checks. I can’t get away from her fast enough.
Still, I have a good plan for leaving, and as you can tell from the above description of her, any discussion is going to go badly.
any and all advice is much appreciated!