Tammy Dotson-Mittons
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I graduated with my masters in psychology in 2018 and still can’t get a job! I have applied for close to 4,000 jobs but for whatever reason I don’t get called in for interviews. I thought it was my resume but I had it professionally done and people say it looks good. I have been reduced to applying for cashier or meaningless jobs because NOBODY will call. I even relocated from Florida to Colorado to give myself more options. I have done just about everything so I have a variety of experience. What’s going on??? I don’t have a recent criminal record (20 years ago). I’m very disappointed in this society. Any suggestions?

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john-jesse-jr. :bautista

Food For Thought: If one obtains an "education" in an area that requires ONLY "task-orientation" for work as an "Employee" for a "Corporation" vs. area(s) that require critical thinking where one provides his/her skills directly to clients in TRADE; it may be difficult to earn a living. Go to your nearest LAW library and study the difference between the words "Commerce" and "Trade" - you'll thank me later if you do.

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Stephanie Dixon

So I just watched FB about becoming a luxury travel advisor. Its a self employment job obviously. Just an idea but a way to make your own money w/o all the corp BS! Good luck!

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Felicia Lewis

Yes, Unfortunately that is so many people stories. And l am sorry you had to experience that, we live in such a fast paced world and everyone is gravitating to the same thing, same ideas, same opportunities! And companies are overwhelmed with decisions to make. Not, to say you don't qualify it's just alot of competition, l would say keep knocking til someone is so impressed with your experience that they hire you immediately. Continue to accept the lower positions, until the real door of opportunity opens. Good Luck on your successful journey.

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James Chionis

Why work for someone else? Open your own clinic. Get on linkedin and other social media sites. Get involved with your chamber of commerce. They will advertise and refer. You've earned your degrees. Hang them up prominently on the walls of your office. Go solo and make it!

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Melanie Taylor

You did not mention what type of work you are seeking, only what you don't want which leads to the question, What do you want to do? What's your career plan or tracking? How did others with those positions get their jobs? What were their steps? Are you connected with them through their LinkedIn or professional organization?

Masters, but do you have the required certifications or licensure for the positions you are applying for--all 4,000? What are your references? Are you applying for positions with salary ranges above your experience level? Are you working with a headhunter or recruiter that specializes in your field or fields that could build transferable skills and references?

Have you used the method described in, The 2 Hour Job Search, by Steve Dalton? Because as you see, just applying is not adequate. Networking is necessary in your professional field. Dalton's book is the best.

In the meantime, volunteering and mentoring with a non-profit in any capacity can give you access to all levels of other volunteers. It broadens your access to employment situations. Where are your peers volunteering? Organizations working with those in need of housing are always seeking volunteers from shelters to habitat for humanity.

I would not recommend disclosing that you have applied 4,000 times without a single hit. That would be a red flag, even if there is no reason for concern. The law of averages would come into play unless you are applying completely outside what your background supports. Or, depending on your prior criminal conviction? If you have an obstacle there, best to find a way to make that narrative happen with fhe potential employer.

What support systems do you have in place? Do you have supervision, for example. Who are you seeing? Being in this industry you know the importance of that sounding board. Society is not responsible for your disappointments, right? Glad you are reaching out because it is time to take stock and regroup. You've got a lot to give, you know this. It's time to go out how to make the connection to workplace cultures that are meaningful and useful for both you and the employer.

Happy Hunting...and remember, the journey really is the destination.

Best to you!

Melanie

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Elizabeth Harms

For counseling need social work back ground. What experiential teaching experience do you have? Volunteer mentoring? Crisis hotline work? Psych degree alone isn't much. What you do aside from the degree will get you hired. Any marketing classes? Ties in to promoting consumer buy in marketing products. Managed people? Otherwise may need PHD or MD with that psych degree.

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Gena Flynn, PHR

If you are using the photo attached to this post, change it to a professional looking photo. Secondly, society doesn't owe anyone anything. Thirdly, no job is meaningless, That sounds very condescending to others.

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Betty Reese

Sadly even an ancient arrest record will negate your offerings because of the impersonal online way of applying for jobs any more.

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Belinda Jackson

Good advise. Been there. Removed that information from my resume because I was told I had too much education for the positions I have applied for. Still looking.

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Amanuel Haile

Dont tell them that u have a Masters degree, They may fear to pay a Masters Graduated, So make it Simple afterwards you can tell them in n interview time. And try to Volunterr and like to have your own Counselling like company,

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