I started working for an amazing company when I was 18 years old and have grown my career there (I'm 39 now). I started in a call center as a Customer Service Rep and now am a Director of Call Center Operations. I had to start working right out of high school to support my family and so I never went to college, and to get that first customer service job I didn't need a degree. It was also never required for me to earn a degree as I was promoted through the company.
Recently we went through a restructuring and we are reducing call center locations. My center is closing and my position was eliminated. I received a severance package, but the problem now is almost every job description I look at requires a college degree. At this point I don't feel like it matters, I have over 2 decades of work experience! But it is listed as a requirement on every job description for a Director role, a Manager role, and even a lot of individual contributor roles. Am I not going to be able to get a job?
Does a degree really matter?
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It's tough to overestimate how effective these two tools — visualization and mindfulness meditation — are when trying to figure out what in the world your dream job really is.
I know this because I've engaged this holistic and empowering method personally and with hundreds of students and clients.
One of the many reasons it's so instrumental in gaining clarity is because we tend to romanticize what we think our dream job is. That can pull us off-course really fast, and we often feel like we've gone too far down that road toward it to turn back, so we're disappointed yet again finding ourselves in a job that's not a great fit.
In today's post on my blog "Reimagine," we look at what visualization and mindfulness meditation are in the context of a dream-job pursuit and how separately and together they can transform your experience.
If you would love to change jobs but have no clue what you’d rather do instead, or you find yourself trying to find a new opportunity but not gaining traction, this approach may be exactly what you need.
You can read it here:
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My manager does not listen.
she will jump in and take the conversation in the wrong direction and provide wrong information.
I tried telling her the client had issues with something, she cut me off and said the contract is under review that’s why the issues. It sounded wrong so I clarified but she further explained the contract being in review. I know my information was clear therefore I believed her. During a meeting with my client I passed along the info and they had no idea there was contract issues and after they emailed my boss and I.
my boss responded that she was not aware of any contact issues. Now the client is confused why I told them there were issues and even questioning my abilities.
She has done stuff like this before, today in a different client meeting she made me look incompetent.
how do I address this with my boss or do I just ignore her when she does it? my worry is sounding childish and being a complainer but I also don’t care to look bad to clients.
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I would like advice since I was never born or raised in the US
I received a job at a company as a sales representative. They have a base pay but it is based on making presentations to people and not an hourly pay. The only person I am close to that understands the US systems is my boyfriend. He has made me feel bad about all the sales rep jobs I’ve tried to get and I listened to him because based on what he says they sound like scams. But this particular job I think is a great job. I can work from home, I can pick my own hours and all but even this one he says “it’s a contractor position” and that means it’s not good? I can’t find anything online about that not being good and it just feels like a negative thing for him to say. He was saying it seems too good to be true but once he found out it’s genuine he now says I will essentially not make much since I will be paying taxes as a contractor. I plan on getting a day job for constant income but making the sales job more like a side hustle. So before I commit to this I would like to know if he is right or not. He says that’s a bad idea, but I would love to know why he thinks this is a bad idea because I don’t under the US systems around this at all!
PS: the company is Vector marketing. I don’t know if I’m allowed to mention the company or not. If not, I’m sorry and I will delete the post.
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Approaching month 7 of being laid off.
I recently got my job rejection letter after 3 rounds of a (seemingly) successful interview process; which took a total of 2 months, BTW. I am of course left feeling DEFEATED, however. I am wondering if there should have been something within the months-long process I could have done or inquired about etc.? Like a clue to have let me know hey, they aren't as serious about hiring you as it appears. Just in an effort to be better prepared for next time, that was a huge waste of time I actually missed out on the Job Fair
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Lots of people sell their coaching services on this platform.
I think this episode is worth listening to before engaging a Coach.
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May I just vent for a minute? And feel free to commiserate. Over the last 2+ years (actually, probably since mid 2020) I have had countless interviews. Interviews in all shapes and sizes (I'm in HR, by the way, for what it's worth, but I'm speaking as a candidate). I have been in interviews that were the most pleasant experience ever, some where I felt like it was an inquisition (one particular instance, I went through 3 rounds over several months, wasn't really into that job but needed a job, totally thought I bombed it and then when I called to withdraw when I landed my current job, they were upset). Brady Bunch-style Teams interviews. In person with facemasks (which led to one of the worst headaches I ever had). All kinds of different scenarios. And I tolerate them, I do. I applied for a reason, I will follow through and take each rejection in stride and withdraw for what is not a good fit for me. But out of all the different interview styles I've experienced, the one I absolutely hate, is the one-sided recorded video. Hate. Double hate Looooathe that style. I just did one last week (second time in my career I have had to) and I almost withdrew my application once I realized that was the next step. Anyone else find those particularly torturous?