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Yet Another Desperate Recent Graduate Seeking Advice.

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:48

I just don't get it.

I graduated in May with a bachelor's in Applied Mathematics and a minor in a humanities discipline. I went to the highest ranked public school in my state and graduated with honors. I'm skilled in statistics, programming, writing, and a few other things. I'm not at all an expert in any of these skills, but I'm decent, and I feel like my abilities are more than enough for entry level work. I've been mainly applying to entry level data analyst positions. I've sent out at least 200 applications and have received 6 phone/in-person interviews, none of which led to anything.

Like many other struggling recent graduates, I lack relevant experience. I worked in food service for a few years during school and held a leadership role at the restaurant, but that's pretty much the extent of my formal work experience. I tried to get relevant internships—I really did—but nothing ever worked out because I apparently lacked experience for those, too. To correct this, I've tried to work on a few mini projects. My projects are simple, but they showcase intermediate ability in Python and statistics. I've put these projects on GitHub and mentioned them in my resume.

It just seems like the structural flaws of the labor market are simply to great for me to overcome. The number of qualifications—and the years of experience—that companies ask for entry level work is astonishing. I apply anyway, of course, but it still seems like I'm fighting a massively uphill battle. People often suggest using connections in order to circumnavigate the absurdities of the online application process. But I genuinely don't have any. I come from a blue-collar family and am the first in my family to graduate college.

This whole situation has really damaged my mental health. I'm constantly succumbing to debilitating anxiety and depression. It sucks. The only comfort I have is knowing that I'm not totally alone. Or am I?

I've considered getting a "McJob" until something better arises, but this just feels so debasing and potentially dangerous (in regards to my career prospects). Don't get me wrong: It's not that I feel like I'm above that kind of work. It's just that they feel fundamentally wrong for me at this stage in my life. I'm trying to work toward a career, you know? Luckily, finances aren't an issue yet, as my parents are supporting me for now, and I don't have debt.

So what should I do? Should I keep applying, despite all this evidence suggesting it's a lost cause? Should I look into fields totally unrelated to my degree (e.g., civil services, trades, etc.)? At one point does one conclude that applying to jobs is no longer worth it?

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what to wear to the interview? Edtech company.

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:30

Female needing help with what to wear to the interview, which I think is a non-technical one.

Company is very new, so no active social media accounts yet. Website doesn't give much on their company culture. But since it is a Hong Kong-based company, I think it might be best to dress a little more towards the conservative side i.e. no funky tshirts.

Weather is expected to be 24 degrees C, sunny.

Is it ok to wear black skinny jeans, flats, blouse and a casual blazer?

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Using previous supervisor as a reference without checking with them?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:25

Okay I messed up.. my new job needs another reference tomorrow and I don't really have one.

Would it be very bad to use a previous supervisor that I haven't contacted first?? I worked there for 2 years and I left on good terms a year ago.

It is a Saturday night and I need it by Sunday morning so I can't call her now.

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Need advice about leaving my current job.

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:23

So I have been working for my brothers bookkeeping company for about 3 years. I handle all our clients payroll and HR. We have about 20 clients, about 400ish employees. Over all, the jobs is pretty good. I have learned a lot and I can set my own schedule to work. Cons about the job are it’s very stressful, the commute is a nightmare, I wake up mon-fri at 3:30am to beat the traffic. It’s taking a toll on me. The first quarter of 2019 is our busiest time of year, and I’m essentially the only one who knows how to do the job. I have an assistant, but I’m not confident that he can really do what needs to be done. He’s also getting laid off at the end of the month due to losing some clients.

The job I interviewed for has better pay, better commute, better insurance, 401k, not as many employees to manage, and honestly, I want the job. The interview seemed to go great, but it’s still not 100% that I have it. The lady told me that I scored the highest in the proficiency test in I took after I applied.

My issue is, I don’t want to completely abandon my job at the worst time of year. My brother really helped me in a bad time, but I feel like I need a change.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Where do I go from here? The life dilemma's of a 20-something cell-phone/pc tech.

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:22

So I am gonna start this off by saying that I have a hard time paraphrasing, most of the time. I tend to drag things on and over elaborate although I feel it's necessary here, and in my line of work to gain a customers trust and make a sale/have them leave with peace of mind. Plus it's in my nature to be extra helpful/insightful/informative, I could literally talk tech with customers for hours, I love to teach others everything they need to know about a topic. I am gonna try to do both here hopefully, explain and consolidate, lol. I may not have chose the correct flair as this thread is gonna pertain to leaving a job, job searching, and work/life balance.

So to start things off, I work for a repair franchise (I guess I should leave it unnamed?) in N.C. for the last 3 years or so of my life, before that I worked for a store that dealt with only Apple products in V.A., a mom & pop pc repair shop, a cell phone repair store some friends & I started, another smaller mom & pop pc repair shop, all prior to my first job at subway where within 2 years I had become an assistant manager taking on responsibilities encompassing everything from doing the truck & orders to scheduling. So that's pretty much me - I live, eat, breath, sleep, and shit tech. It's my livelihood and I love it. Problem is, I think it's time I might have to let tech go, for various reasons including but not limited to:

  • What feels like a dead-end job with no progression (I more or less manage this location, more or less the highest level of responsibility/seniority next to the local franchise owner). I feel like I am also not paid enough given my skillsets, especially compared to those paid similarly within the franchise who have less seniority than myself.
  • I have been having car difficulties regarding the power steering on my only car/childhood dream car/cheap car (say that because while capable of fixing most things that is something which I am physically incapable of fixing due to my having both a lack of time and muscular dystrophy). So maybe it's time for a new car - which means I need more $$$.
  • Feeling as though I am physically limited to a certain set of jobs due to my muscular dystrophy (CMT Type 1A). I mean no regular hard labor, heavy lifting, operating heavy machinery, etc on a daily basis. I can stand on my feet for extended periods of time no problem, but I do have a small fear that once set into the monotony of something like say Best Buy for example, it will take a toll on me without proper mitigation of the pain.
  • Having to soon appear in court having to begin a child support case regarding my paying for my nearly 3 year old daughter I wish to fight for full custody of, from her cuckoo mama, which is where it currently stands after that relationship ending around the beginning of this year for various things she did (more info about that available upon inquiry, but that's a life story in itself).
  • My credit - it's garbage - due to that previous relationship - she left me with a lot of unpaid debts and credit cards and so on. In hindsight, she didn't offer a ton of financial support with that (she has never held a job, car, or license) so I probably shouldn't have let it get as bad as it did. What can I say though, I was young, dumb, in love, apparently full of fertile cum (lol), and I mean hey even when I was young I always wanted to be a dad and have a family and all.
  • My living situation - I have had a significant other, girlfriend, what have you that has worked out for a couple of months now, and we have the potential to fix the issue of my living with a mary jane smokin' family friend plus his wife, 3 kids, and 7 dogs in their 1700 or sq ft 2 story house since my previous relationship ended. My ex and I both used to smoke (cigarettes socially too due to the stress I've been in) - I quit around 4 months or more ago with the intent to stay clean and fight for my kid(s) (2nd of the two is not biologically mine, so I arguably don't have much if any rights to him, though I have raised him since months after his birth until about 4 and a half). Plus there is no way I'd win rights to her in such a crowded living environment, thus why I need my own place, but that ties back to not having good credit, and so on.

I'm certain there is more I am forgetting to mention as I practically introduce myself and tell my life story to reddit. I need to also start a thread in subs such as legaladvice too and maybe financial help, too. I am more or less trying to relieve some of this burden that is life I feel overwhelmed about, while also getting some general job tips/pointers, etc. I know this is quite a long post too, my bad on that. I hope I didn't break any rules (I don't think so).

Tl;dr What do I do about my dead-end given how my life is currently going? Should I try to get more pay, a promotion isn't an option. Should I search for other jobs or stick with where I am currently? What kind of jobs would be suitable for a person with my skillset (I have heard terrible horrible things about working for geek squad, not to mention I don't think I would make as much, maybe Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc). I feel like this has slowly become more of a life advice post lol, but hopefully the community here can provide me some help - thanks so much everyone!

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How do you deal with anxiety and uncertainty of pursuing a career path?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:54

I went back to school three years ago to get a BA in History and wanted to get a job as a public historian, archivist or librarian. I don’t have any work experience outside of volunteering at museums and libraries. I’m really nervous in general and it’s really effecting my studying right now. :( how do I cope with the possibility of it not working out? Better yet, should I start looking to public works kind of jobs?

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I enjoy the work in my public service job but the culture is terrible. Should I leave?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:39

I’ve worked in my field for five years and have a graduate degree in it. I work for local government and on a good day, I feel like I helped some people and that’s rewarding. But the culture of my work environment is extremely negative. Colleagues are intentionally disrespectful and direct supervisors don’t bother to learn your name most of the time. This is a wide spread problem in my field and it’s not limited to my job specifically.

Because of some other circumstances, I had several weeks off recently, so I used them to learn some web development skills. It’s something I’ve been interested in for awhile and I thought I might freelance in my free time after returning to work. Now that I’ve been doing web development full time, I’ve discovered that I really love it. I could see my self working in the field.

What gives me anxiety is the thought of leaving this career I’ve built up for the past five years, plus grad school before it. Has anyone gone through something similar? How did you decide it was time to leave something you’d dedicated so much will power and life energy to?

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Job Opportunities?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:25

Do you guys know of any good job opportunities in the country for a young guy who isn't really attached to anything, and could move at a moment's notice? I live in a small town, and there's nothing really going on around here. So what's out there? I have one of those useless associate degrees in liberal arts, and some experience in fast food. That's about it, though. I'm thinking about going back to school for something more practical, but can't figure out what. Tried to join the military, but was medically disqualified. I'm serious when I say I'm not attached to anything here other than my folks. I have a couple grand saved up, and I could leave now if something decent presented itself. Maybe you guys know of some places that are booming right now with jobs? Open to suggestions.

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Take a lesser, guaranteed job or wait on a better, not guaranteed job?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:23

Hey, first time post here, looking for some advice about how to start my career. Here's the situation:

- I've been applying to jobs since graduating college in June, living with my parents in the meantime. My degree is in English, minor in Journalism, and I'm applying to journalism-related positions.

- About 3 weeks ago (Nov 5-9), I applied to a job at a small newspaper about 2 hours from home. I didn't hear back that week and figured nothing came of it. In the meantime, I also applied to a television news station, about 4 hours away.

- Two weeks ago (Nov 12-16), I got an in-person interview with the newspaper and it went well. I also had a skype interview with the TV station, which also went very well.

- Last week, the week of November 19th - November 23rd, I heard back from both. The guy I interviewed with at the TV station told me they were conducting a few more interviews, but that I was currently in their top 2 candidates. The newspaper offered me the job.

- I told the newspaper I had to speak to my parents before formally accepting, which they understood and told me we could talk on Monday, November 26th (they told me on November 23rd).

- I emailed the TV station and informed them I had a standing offer from another media group, but that I was giving preference to them should I still be seriously considered for the job.

- I didn't hear back from the TV station by November 26th, and so accepted the newspaper job (over the phone).

- The TV station informed me on Wednesday that I was still in the top 2, but they were still completing all applications and finalizing decisions.

- It is now Saturday and they have not gotten back to me. It is reaching a point where I have to find an apartment and get to work with the newspaper, as they are expecting me to start within a week or two.

The job differences are stark:

- the newspaper is small, pays around $28k/year, and is in a largely remote town/area of the state.

- the TV station is local but larger, pays around $44k/year, and is in a large town/county of 200,000 people.

I have a passion for reporting and journalism in general, so either isn't technically bad. Given the uncertainty of the TV station job, I'm wondering if it's better to stall to the point of possibly losing the newspaper job, or should I just take the newspaper job and forget the other one?

Thanks for the advice and let me know if additional details are necessary.

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How to address being a 29-year-old with an MA and still working a retail job?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:54

I am a 29-year-old from the United States and I am now 13 months into a retail supervisor position. This is after having received a Master of Arts in Diplomacy in 2017 following my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from 2011. I first started working when I was 16, but retail and customer service jobs have been the only thing to gain mileage on my resume.

When added up, I only have about one-year worth of non-customer service work I can draw from. That would be about 7 months working as a communications and research intern for my home state’s lieutenant governor in 2009-2010 while I was at university and then 4 months as a paid social media staffer for a political campaign in 2012. I did work for three years, from 2014 to 2017, for a US federal government agency, but even that was fundamentally call center work, despite the complexities of the programs involved.

So, now, with the age of 30 looming large in the horizon ahead of me, I still do not have anything resembling a career lined up. I originally wanted to work within the public policy and public administration field, but I feel like those employers look at my resume and see all the retail and customer service positions I have had and pass me over. To make matters worse, even when I have tried aiming higher in retail, they see what my BA and MA were and wonder why I am bothering to apply.

I feel like my biggest problem is that I have no avenue to build up my practical skills set in order to be a competitive applicant. I cannot even humor getting another internship because the vast majority are only looking for current students. I suppose going back to school yet again and getting a PhD is an option, but doing that is really not financially or logistically feasible, and I certainly do not want to end up in the same boat as I am now. As the saying goes, over-educated and under-skilled. My biggest fear is that I am going to be locked-in to retail and customer service jobs if something is not done about it.

I have had a truly dreadful track record with job applications. If you follow the timeline, it took me three years, from 2011 to 2014, to get the US federal government job, the only major, proper job on my resume. I might still have been there if it was not for a family medical emergency that forced my move back home. Regardless, it was still a call center job with limited opportunities leading outside that environment.

I hired a resume writer earlier this year, in hopes that it might improve my chances, but little has come of it yet. I seemed to be getting more call backs, or even interviews, but no job offer has come my way. So, I do not know if that means my weakness lies in my interview skills, but I have not been able to tackle that yet.

I have very little motivation to continue searching through job postings and even when I do find something that would seemingly be a good fit, it is hard to be optimistic or, dare I say, excited about it. Networking has never really crystallized with me, which probably has something to do with my introverted outlook. While I have a few professional and academic acquaintances, I really do not want to bother them about finding work. To me, doing such a thing reeks of desperation and just ends up alienating people.

So, I am not sure what I am look for here. Advice, I guess. I know my story really is not all that unique, but it helps to have been able to tell it. I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are on my predicament.

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Logistics vs. Supply Chain?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:15

I have some questions for anyone in here who might work in these fields:

What's the difference?

Does it involve programming?

Do you enjoy it/how is the pay?

Is there a future in the career?

How does a young lad break into the field?

I know that's a lot, but any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Should I just go in to this local company and try to meet, or at least drop off my resume?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:56

I have worked in a large multinational corporation for ~5 years. I recently relocated to my hometown on a temporary work contract which expires in a few months. I am used to a big corporate office, but have grown interested in a smaller local company that is doing exciting and semi-related work to what I do now. I have seen job postings in the past that I feel would be a good fit for me. However, at this moment there is not one that I would qualify for. They do say on their website "We are always looking for qualified candidates, please send your resume and cover letter to..." before you get to the job listings page.

My question is this: Is it taboo these days to just stop in with a copy of your resume and try to meet with someone? Not only that, but I would be walking in without a specific job post in mind. Am I better just submitting my resume and cover letter to their HR?

This would be an engineering position, not something like a retail shop. As I mentioned, I am used to a large corporate environment, where you were required to submit everything through the central job portal, go through a series of interviews leading up to the actual manager of the team that you would be hiring into. I have a feeling that this isn't that kind of place.

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Covering manager's job but being paid a LOT less

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:00

I'm based in the UK, working for the organisation for 4 yrs. My manager (team of 3) has gone on maternity leave, and her replacement has left 2 months before she is due to come back.

They have asked me to fill in for this period of time, and I agreed. They sent me a letter in the post to sign and the wage is 25k versus the 29.5k I know that my manager earns.

It's the exact same job, same responsibilities. What's with that? Is that legal?

Please help me, I have no idea how to react to this. Should I be mad?

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Career choice: Comp sci or Mech Engineer

Career Feed Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:56

Hey Guys,

I am currently a first year student in my first semester in college. Before coming to college I planned on doing physiotherapy because that was what I thought I wanted to do, but this past month, I realized this is not meant for me.

I chose this career because in high school, I did quite well in the subjects required for this career. I chose it because I felt it would be easy even though i found it boring. I always always interested in mechanical engineering and comp sci, but I did not do well in physics and also comp sci in high school so I was scared to give it a try in college. Now I wanna switch to one of them but not sure which one would be better. I always like building things and coding but not sure which one is better to go into . Any help is appreciated, thanks guys

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Categories: World Jobs News

If your working hours are 9am-6pm, would that usually include an hour lunch?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:35

Recently accepted a job offer which is 9am-6pm 5 days a week. I am yet to receive a contract so I do not know the specifics, so I was wondering if anyone else has experience regarding lunch/breaks. Would this mean it's still an 8 hour work day, but with an hour lunch between?

The job is only 20k a year so working 45 hours a week with only 20 minute daily lunch breaks seems kinda harsh.

Edit: I live in the UK btw.

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What do you call a person who buys an existing business and makes profit and income from it?

Career Feed Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:25

I'm trying to figure out what career my uncle is in. He and a couple of his friends pooled in money to buy an existing business and now spends his time literally at home all day watching movies while he gets a paycheck. He does have the occasional business meetings. What would I call his job?

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Categories: World Jobs News

Drug screening question

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:03

At what point in the interview process do companies let you know if they drug test? I just completed my final interview yesterday (no further steps to my knowledge) and it hasn’t come up yet. Would it still? It is for a retail company at their corporate offices.

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Those in biotech/pharma industries, what Masters degree do you find brings the most value?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 12:59

In Massachusetts. I’m switching into a Biopharmaceutical company and they provide education reimbursement, which allows me to take 2 grad classes a semester for free.

Which Masters degree do you find most useful? And for someone in my position, which one would you say will help me the most? I understand a lot of companies don’t give raises upon completion, but it adds to credentials needed for promotions.

My undergrad was in Chemical engineering and I do have management experience while I was in college. I have 2 years related experience to the Pharmaceutical sector, making me quite green at 27. The new position is in a process development group, and they will have a new state of the art facility in two years down the street.

Those in the industry , what are your suggestions? My goal is to maximize my early income potential. Many thanks.

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How do I help my college graduate daughter a job?

Jobs News Reddit - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 12:15

I am in an industry where I always get jobs based through word of mouth. I was at my last company for a long time and moved to a new job a couple of years ago using word of mouth.

When my previous company said a job posting we were hiring for was posted on Indeed all I could think of is why are we using this website no one has ever heard of when it would be better to use Monster. In other words, I had never heard of Indeed or of the changes to look for a job since I never do.

My daughter has worked for the same company for about 5 years and has decided to leave that industry. I wanted her to change jobs out of college, but since she was happy, I did not push.

Now that she is ready to move on, I want to help but I am a bit lost.

My boss is a big LinkedIn user so I started using it and found out about the job listings and groups you can join for an industry.

She works in retail and wants to get into HR.

Here is my plan so far to help her get a job in HR. Please keep in mind that she is applying and doing this on her own, but as a dad you always want to help your kids. This is not a situation where I am doing this for her or making her do it.

I will work with her on her LinkedIn profile and get her to search for and find groups to join. I will find out where she has posted her resume and have her add it to other sites.

What else can she do? Should she try to find job fairs (do they still do those)? Does she try to find a recruiting company or recruiter to work with?

Thank you for any help or suggestions.

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