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Erika Palafox
over 6 months ago
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Unable to find a job within my Career Path! Help-Advice!

As a middle aged single mother of two girls, I am unable to get a job within my career path. I started off as an administrative assistant and worked my way to an executive assistant but am unable to move into Human Resources. I was told that I needed a Bachelors degree in order to be considered for any Human Resource position, so I went back to college, started taking online night classes and am on my third year towards a degree in Human Resources Manangement. Most of my administive positions involved tasks within Human Resources, which built my skills and experience.

I have applied to several positions and only get to the third phase of the interview process. All of the positions I've applied for are stepping stone positions which are entry level positions. These positions involve the typical filing, new hire documents and orientation, scheduling and event planning. I am very well experienced with these tasks and many more within Human Resources and yet I am not considered for any positions!

The Bay Area is one of the toughest and most competitive job markets! The minute they see me in person I am not considered because I am not the hip young type all these companies seem to be looking for. They use large elaborate vocabulary in the interviewing process and expect the same out of me. I am not used to speaking so eloquently and this may be my downfall. Or my downfall is my interviewing skills, I'm always nervous and stumble on my words.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I don't know what else to do. I don't want to give up or feel so horrible, I am honestly feeling like I have failed myself and that isn't who I am. I am a very positive person who is always encouraging and motivating others. But, today I feel defeated.

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keith skeel

Erika, you didn't fail anyone, or anything. You are trying to go to the next level in HR, and your background is not in the title of HR, but many of the same skillsets are. If it were me, I would secure another admin or executive assistant job to get or keep working, BUT...I would continue through school, get my degree, and go for HR at the company I was already working at. It is easier sometimes to promote from within, and especially if you have built relationships with HR and management. This will get you around the road blocks, and on the path for what you want to do. I would also sign-up for Linked In, and start networking with other HR people, and possibly recruiters. Always remember, you are never defeated, you just sometimes need a moment to strategize. Good Luck...

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Marcus Jordan

Hi Erika, Welcome to Jobcase! You're not alone in this plight to find the right career opportunity so don't get discouraged. Upload your resume onto your profile so other members can get a better picture of your work/education background and offer you better suggestions. Thanks.

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William Tamashiro

If I were you I would start looking outside of that job market for the same job that you want if that's the career you want you may need to go where the jobs are unfortunately sometimes out so you must do I didn't didn't regret one moment of it

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Dennis Lindroos

Don't make any sense either. Let them know this can be yours too after you accepted the job. Your the creative type also.

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