Lynn Areno
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I’m really feeling down due to job searching and searching for something that I would like to do and when I do find something that I would be interested in, they “prefer a bachelor’s degree”. I can’t afford to go to school to get a bachelor’s degree and all the jobs that require or prefer some sort of degree, I could just be trained on and do a good job at it. It’s ridiculous and frustrating!

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Jessica Mitchell

I agree! Its very frustrating because at the same time it doesn’t make ANY SENSE! I wish things were alot easier now like they were back then. But keep pushing Lynn!!

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Carrie Gillespie

I hear you - it sounds like a frustrating experience. Keep going - I hope what you're looking for is right around the corner!

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Beatrice Pesqueira

I would recommend that you apply to it anyway. Give it a shot. Who knows you might get it. If it does come down to it remember that you can to to give them reasons that you could be a good team member. Or you could go to do some part time and go back to school. Best of wishes to you.

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David Church

Go ahead and apply; If they say "preferred" then it is not an absolute requirement. One thing you might do is emphasize your work experience and any specific training you have received short of a Bachelor's degree.

You are absolutely right that is is frustrating; For most jobs, you can certainly learn the necessary skills without formal education.

Good luck and stay at it; You will make it!

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susan musumeci

Just because they "prefer" a degree doesn't make it a requirement. If you have the work experience that can compensate for book learning, show it in your resume and your cover letter. If you meet the basic qualifications but that "prefer" is getting in your way, apply!

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Avalon Biederman

I hear you. The right one is just around the corner. Soon!

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Will Phoenix

I don't understand. How do you know you could do those degree-required gigs if you don't have a college education? How do you know you would be good at those gigs let alone be successfully trained? Or are you simply thinking positively?

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Lynn Sheehan

Lynn- I absolutely agree with Ms Gochee's answer to you. Why not apply anyway? What harm would it do if they just say no and like Jessica said, " They might not even ask about the Bachelor degree requirements." What if you make such an impression on the recruiter that they hire you because they feel you would be such a benefit, that the BA doesn't matter? Besides an interview with feedback, whether or not you get the job, is always good practice... Good Luck, Lynn!

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pamela dutrow

I'm in the same boat as you Lynn. It hasn't been easy. And on top of all the drama of losing. My job of 20 years, and not receiving any type os assistance or even a job. So I truly hope this holiday season will bring you A Christmas miracle. Best wishes on finding work. Hang in there Lynn, this to shall pass, my nana always said it. Btw those words keep me going Xoxoxo This girl here is the reason I go on

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Maureen Hilderbrand

My first suggestion is to visit the Jobcase Resume area. Why? Because the way your resume is written it is not going to get past the automated filters that companies have in place. Remember, our resumes and cover letters represent us, so they need to be written correctly with the correct formatting and words. Also, any work experience that is older than 12-15 years unless it relates directly to the job you are applying to remove it. One can apply to jobs, that state they prefer a degree, with a strong resume that shows you have experience in the area of the job posting. But if you have no experience in that area, chances are high they will not interview. It is a fact.

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