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.