I am 47 y/o social worker, BSW, primary field of interest is mental/physical health. I enjoy the work I do but I do not enjoy the salary. I am divorced and when I was married the income was not so much an issue. My children are older and I have more time to go be more productive in a career and want a more challenging position. I believe that this career has made me abundantly talented in many areas. I am seeking advice as to my next career.
I am feeling very frustrated & disheartened & hoping someone can offer some advice. I have been laid off since November (still). I had a free consultation call with a master resume writer who said I need to overhaul my LinkedIn profile, my resume, do a biography to summarize my education/work so I can switch industries. She also recommended a valuation letter all for close to $3000. She explained that only 15% of people applying online ever land the job which is a dismal reality I seem to be a part of. Apparently, I need to find the hiring manager for any posted job I am interested in & connect with that person. Ok great--but sometimes that person is 2 levels deep in a company so how do I go about that? Rarely is the hiring manager the person posting the job or receiving the resume. My unemployment is running out, I am still paying law school loans & cannot justify paying close to $3000 at this time for a resume/brand overhaul that may or may not work. I was contacted for a part-time job as a travel clerk for $10/hour with no benefits. Is this where we are now in the employment arena? If so why would anyone who sees my struggles want to get a college education? My mom is suggesting I return to school but since I've reached 6 figures in student loans for my law degree I don't see any value to adding another degree. I know networking is the best route but here in Michigan networking consists of paying to attend an association's seminar, workshop, etc... I know there is going to be some who think that the investment in the resume/brand, seminars, events, etc... will pay off but there are some, like me, who are still struggling to get on their feet from the recession fall-out. Are there any suggestions or mentors who can suggest a website or group where mentors are able to help for free? Like a certain talk-show host says at the end of her show...."Be kind to one another".
I'm thinking about not coming back to work after my maternity leave -- even if I have to pay some of the pay I receive during leave. Nobody has asked me about whether I'm going to come back (they are just acting as if this will definitely happen when we talk about longer term projects) but I feel hugely guilty....and sometimes I think I should just quit now. Anyone been in this situation? any advice?
I'm at a relatively senior level in my career, and I'm getting married. I'd like to change my name...but I'm concerned about how it could affect my "brand." First of all, people inside my company and out already know me by my maiden name...But also, will it affect my career prospects and make it seem like I am too focused on marriage?
I'm a recruiter for the largest staffing and recruiting firm in the country. I'm seeing a lot of people on this thread who are extremely stressed out about finding work, and I think you guys need to start seriously considering working with recruiters to find jobs. NOT ALL RECRUITERS ARE EQUAL! I work for Aerotek, where we value your goals, skills, and interests and we find you a "perfect fit": the job that actually utilizes your experience and abilities. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you are looking for work in the Portland, OR metro area. I can be reached via this thread, and, if you're seriously interested, please let me know and I will share my email.
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