I graduated with an advanced degree in library science right before the pandemic hit.
August 22,2021 at 2:10PM UTC
While I tried to find a job within my field, I took a job during the pandemic that was always meant to be temporary - it was as a COVID cleaner. I continued to apply to jobs within my field while I worked at it. I still have it, but the company is obviously dying and I can't live on the salary much longer. I have had no luck with the professional jobs within my field (library science), which I attribute to libraries in general losing funding and the fact that I actually hold a degree in that field (most librarians in the public libraries are not degreed in library science, and the academic libraries are not hiring due to constant budget cuts and the uncertainty of student presence during COVID). The feedback I get constantly after the interviews is "someone came back from COVID" or "we have had our budget cut unexpectedly". Seldom is it "you are not a good fit", and in that case, I had to agree - I did not have the specialized experience they wanted in a particular database subset. Anyway, I recently got a scholarship to study cybersecurity and am aggressively pursuing various certifications and a degree in that field, hoping that the claims that there are more jobs available in IT are true. My concern: this cleaning job. I do not want to look like a job hopper. It makes sense to me that someone would take a menial job to aid the effort in preventing COVID spread at a medical facility, but I recognize that it may not make sense to everyone else. How do I present this to future employers? Also, if I have to quit cleaning and go to fast food (which is a lot more per hour than cleaning, go figure), how do I present myself as not a job hopper? I feel very stuck here. Libraries are not even accepting volunteers due to COVID, so I cannot even get my foot in the door through volunteering.
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I am looking for a job due to business unit desition they are shutting down our entire Marketing team.
Please reach out to me. I have more than 12yrs experience.
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I'm wrapping up my toxic job this Friday
Throughout my tenure, my manager has proven to be one of the worst I've ever encountered. Despite my temporary status in the position, I've accumulated nearly five years of experience leading teams.
It became apparent early on that she lacked leadership experience, having transitioned from journalism to communications without a background in marketing. Despite my efforts to engage her in defining our team's vision, roles, and operations, she consistently resisted. Matters escalated when she began circulating rumours about me to an external government department, which eventually reached both me and the team. One team member bravely came forward to disclose the situation.
In response, I initiated a leadership program that included a Hogan 360 review. Unfortunately, my manager's lack of experience led her to underestimate the consequences of her actions, including the revelation that I would review her results. The discrepancies between her scores and those of her colleagues were stark. In areas where I excelled, she marked me as "NA," while in areas where she perceived she could manipulate me, such as "is a respectful person," she rated me highly. This manipulation only added insult to injury, reinforcing a toxic dynamic where compliance was prioritised over genuine feedback.
Through therapy, I've come to terms with the trauma of this experience and now find myself filled with a righteous anger.
Despite these challenges, I've managed to secure an excellent new role that surpasses both my temporary position and my manager's role. My focus now shifts to ensuring she never has the opportunity to exert power over me again.
Should I email HR and document my grievances, even though I'm leaving on Friday?
Is writing a scathing Glassdoor review an appropriate course of action?
Should I bring my concerns to the attention of the government department or the CEO? Would blocking her on mobile and LinkedIn offer some peace of mind?
What would you do?
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How much negotiation is reasonable?
At the beginning of the process, very rich company said their budget was 80-90k. I said that was below my desired salary but would be willing to learn more about the total compensation, etc. I was laid off a few months ago and making 115k - I was hoping to at least come close but this market is insane. It's the same job responsibilities but this new job's title is "lower" in the industry hierarchy.
Anyway - I was offered the job - yay! They offered 90k and I found out their benefits are not great. No 401k match, no bonus, couple weeks PTO.
I'm happy they offered me the top end of their budget. I need a job so I'll take it but... what can I work with here? I clearly can't come in saying I want 115k.
All insight appreciated. Thank you.
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Can you guys help me out?
I'm preparing for a presentation and I need more feedback to this one question. Please! And, Thank you in advance!
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HR is my manager.
I work for a small company and my reporting manager is HR. My manager is extremely unprofessional, dismissive and combative. Should I talk to the CEO or just start looking for a new job?
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I am turning a new leaf in life. For some backstory I've been at a job I hate for about a year now- it's my first 'big girl' job out of college- I broke up with the man I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with at the beginning of the year, and struggle with anxiety which was only exasperated by the previous mentioned. I've never been so low.
So at the beginning of February, I took a step back. From everything. From the grief of the break up, from the job search I started in March of last year, from worrying so much about my job and how terrible it makes me feel. Literally from everything. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I can breathe and refocus.
I'm jumping back into the job search next month because I know the misery from my current job will soon take over again, but as of right now, this is the most optimistic I have felt in months.
Now that I've gotten all of that venting out of the way, I'd love to hear how you all stay positive in tough times in the professional space? And how do you make sure it doesn't affect your work, interviews, etc? I consistently see others seeking advice on obtaining jobs and the current job market, but I'd like advice on maintaining a positive attitude when times get tough personally and professionally. Because I didn't fair well the first time around.
Hopefully, this all makes sense. All advice, words of encouragement, and everything in between are welcome.