I really enjoy reading the posts and support here in this group.
It impacts me in many ways and I feel inspired by all of you. I’m hoping to get some insight on how to proceed with my job search, since the anxiety and frustration are weighing on me.
I started my career in insurance, originally, and returned to school to get my Bachelors when I was told it was preventing my career goals. That was untrue, but I obtained my degree and the debt that came with it during the 2008 recession.
I found a love in the Travel industry and put in my time learning everything, starting from the bottom since the economy hadn’t recovered while trying to show I wasn’t a job hopper. In the aviation sector, stability is a foreign concept. You have to stay agile in order to stay in the business and I felt many factors were against me, but I ignored them.
When I started gaining the trajectory I wanted, I moved to an area that didn’t have the aviation presence I just came from, but I wanted to stay in the industry. I was a Recruiter + in my last roles with growth on the horizon and was now back in an entry level role in an area where most retired from their positions because of the employment scarcity.
Luckily, I found a WFH job with my dream company. The position was entry level again, but I knew the company was stable. The opportunity to learn and grow were beginning to open for me and then I was furloughed which led to being laid off.
During my furlough, I stayed active within my company through the Employee Resource Group as a PM and got my CAPM. I knew once I was laid off, I wanted to leave the industry for good because it’s too volatile and demands a lot for little in return because they’re aware people who sign up for it really love the business. Like I did and it’s bittersweet.
I’m now interested in transitioning into tech, specifically cyber security. I was trying to learn Python and took some courses on IBMs Open P-Tech. I think it’s a missed opportunity for tech recruiters not to look at travel agents because we use GDS that require cryptic entries in blue screens and each system is a different language, and I found it transferable going through Python.
I’m again applying for entry-level positions in the tech space and I feel like I’m spinning my wheels. I don’t want to discount my previous career experience to again start at the bottom and I genuinely feel I’m aging out of the market at 40. When I look at my resume, the experience speaks to all the skills required, but when keeping with the “only relevant experience on your resume”, either the job title doesn’t appear to match the accomplishments or the gaps in work history make me look like a job hopper. I’d love to connect with anyone who can share some insight and hope to read your comments. Thanks!
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