Mike Reitz
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Surprising job hunt - not a rant

For most of the last 16 years, I have built a career as a branch/store manager with different companies in the building materials industry. However, the last of those companies I worked for closed my branch at the end of 2018. I immediately began a search for a new position but nothing presented itself right away so I took a commission only sales position with a local roofer to gain some new skills and see the other side of the business. I have continued my job search under the impression companies would be happy to see a professional take a leap into something new and come away with even more skills than previously acquired. However, in the last couple of months I have had more companies turn down my applications than I ever have previously. I am not certain what the exact reasons are as I mostly get generic responses that the search is now focused on other candidates and I was not chosen. The only thing I can assume is that because I have broadened my search to include companies outside of the building materials industry that in some way this must be the reason for denials. That I do not have enough experience in their particular fields or industries. I have a bachelor's degree. I have taken certifications to help further my career. And I have now worked as both a supply chain professional as well as a contractor. I am a true professional in the construction industry. However, management is management. It's about getting the most production out of your staff to meet company goals. I have no criminal record, a clean DMV, no issues with previous employers as I always leave a company in good standing. I even have multiple recruiters that have contacted me and still no luck. I'm just kind of at a loss at to what might be the problem. I am completely surprised at this job search.

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Richard Sease
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Unfortunately you are over qualified in the employer's mind and are a threat to many of them. They believe you will take their job. This is the current trend and for you and others that have paid a very high price to get your degrees you are the ones who are suffering. It is totally u fair as to how anyone who has a degree is treated in the job market. But, not only it those that have a degree do not forget those with numerous years of experience and over the she of 40 , u being one, you are labeled unemployable because of you age and having an education.

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Cheryl Sherpinski
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I see you said 'companies' so basically the same industry but multiple jobs. Some companies have a disclaimer that you will not work for a competitor for 'X' number of years, it is usually some of the new hire paperwork that you sign. I did that once and even if I liked the job but not the company I was unable to work in that field for 2.5 years; guess what I never did again?

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Harold Simpson
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Pray about it, but keep moving forward. The hiring market has changed tremendously. There are a lot of jobs out there. The recruiters today are using some kind of match software to hire candidates. Keep your options open the right opportunity will come your way.

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Shawn Francis
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If you are interested in & open to a legitimate opportunity, depending on where you are located in Texas, that can provide you with ownership, legacy, & the things you mentioned here, let me know

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James Mapes
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Might be your qualifications price you out of a position. There are a lot of companies that want to low ball pay for qualified work and they can only do that to fresh youngsters as older, experienced and better qualified workers know better and won't take virtual minimum wage for skilled work.

Another thing not directly related to your statements but more in other answers - degrees are over rated. The plethora of people that have gone to college in the last several decades coupled with the worthlessness of many of the degrees and graduates thereof means its not really regarded as such an accomplishment as it once was.

Since trade school/vocational school was looked down upon since, oh the 80s when I graduated, the number of workers going into apprenticeships etc. has declined - but the demand for their work remained and even has increased. Consequently, some of those trades command better compensation than most common degreed positions. As a power plant operator I earn far more than the chemists and engineers with their 4 year degrees, with roughly 2 years of OJT. They have a student loan to pay off, I got paid to train; and while we work the same hours, I get overtime and they do not. Net result, working 50-60 hours a week the engineer makes 80-90k (starting maybe at 60k even), I am looking at my 2nd year of 200k at an average 60 hours a week. Is college really that smart of a route anymore?

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Idrissa Kamara
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You are brelaint and qualify

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andrew horan
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Mike - Stopping Ageism starts at home. When you made your career as a store manager - was in the 20th century. Have you updated your job hunting techniques? Welcome to the 21st century. Do you go out and network? Do you hunt down the hiring managers? The job hunt requires that you update your techniques. Would you rather work with someone whom you have known for months or someone who you met for an hour? Mike reach out to your house of worship to find these hiring managers. Volunteer with them. You are competing with people who went to school with the hiring managers. So should you just send resumes? Or should you go out and meet the hiring managers.

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Joel Paez Wagner
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You are not the problem. There is a slowdown in the economy worldwide.

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Rosemarie Inness
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Mike, Have you ever thought that you might be over qualified? Think on a higher level when applying for jobs.

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Rosemarie Inness
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Like safety in Construction or other jobs that you have applied for or will in the future... Keep your head up and keep trying something is bound to come your way. I'll be in prayer for you God bless

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