James Lyle
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I worked my way though undergraduate school, mostly manual labor and warehouse jobs, and came out debt-free. Pursued a graduate degree, but was unable to finish the degree. Now I have tons of student loans which will be calling in soon, and no good prospects. Applied to about 15 jobs via online job postings (mostly labor and warehouse), and no bites yet. Any advice or recommendations?

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cecelia byrne

Keep looking. Consider substitute teaching and use that four year degree. You can always finish you graduate degree later. As far as the student loans are considered there are income based repayments you can set up. See what the loan provider has available now. Don't wait if it is causing you anxiety because there are different types of repayment plans. There are even low payment plans that do not cover the interest but will still count. Also consider a job in the service sector where there is loan forgiveness

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Kristen Karpf

Are you willing to relocate even for awhile? Lots of jobs here in wisconsin. Get experience and keep looking. Try seasonal jobs. Job fairs attend with a handful of resumes.

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Marisa Miotto

Keep the Faith...

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Anthony Arico

You can try temp to hire jobs is better then nothing. Just keep applying everywhere. Some will call you. Just stay positive

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Carol Jordan

James, I see you have your bachelor's degree in exercise physiology. Have you applied at gyms for work? You might also see if the University of Nevada needs a part time instructor. Even though you didn't complete your master's degree, you might still be able to teach exercise courses. Other places you might try are Assisted Living homes as they have exercise classes. Finally, try Parks and Recreation departments.

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Michael Kelly

Try a blue collar job. Welders, and Electricians are needed Nationwide. So are Oil Field workers. If you dont mind abandoning the "dream" of an office job, white shirts, ties, and never being able to smoke, chew tobacco, cuss, and have a beer on the way home, then blue collar it, the pays damned good.

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Sheila Johnson

James, 2020censusbureau.com. They are hiring for field managers and office clerks nationwide. Since you have a degree maybe you could be a Manager at one of the offices in your area. Also, Faith Technologies hires journeymen Nationwide, Amazon will hire home workers as well. I hope was able to help you God Bless TYJ

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Pat Connell

I see one of the other comments said find small jobs to help pay the bills. there are the jobs like lyft, and shipt you could do. The one I recommend is WeGoLook. They pay you to take pictures of damaged automobiles, and homes late on mortguage payments to confirm if the house empty or not. I tried it for a little bit and it worked out pretty good. I prefer to do other work but in a pinch that is what I do when I need money.

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Pat Connell

I am looking for work too. I have been to the unemployment office and taken some classes and are the things I learned that might help you.

(1 Look for and Join a recommended Job club and make connections most people find their new place of employment through other people they know. Connect with your friends and see if they are working any place you want to apply for they can get your foot in the door.

(2 employers look at your resume about 3 to 7 seconds. Make sure the first Lines in your resume is name, phone,email, and the second thing in your resume is a paragraph showing your objective/summary. This is where they decide if you are worth looking at or not. I have sent out about 100 applications and received about 10 interviews not a lot but I do get call backs so that is about 1 out of every 10 applications. I can get companies attention the next steps I seem to fail at once I get the interview.

(3 Once you are in the interview you will need to have an elevator speech or branding speech when they ask you about yourself or your background. This is a way for you to tell the company about yourself and how you can help their company. You should be able to find out how to create an elevator speech or branding speech by Googling it.

(4 Google some typical hard interview questions online and be prepared to answer them. The one that caught me off guard was in my first interview I believe cost me the job they asked me: What is your biggest weakness. I wasn't ready for that question and totaly stuck my foot in my mouth :) not good. When you go into an interview make sure you are ready for questions like that. Be honest that is a characteristic everyone wants.

(5 A few days or 1 week after your interview write a thank you card for each person or people that interviewed you. It doesn't happen that often now a days and people appreciate it. Sometimes I get the bad news that I didn't get the job and I still give them the thank you card or cards. They could have other openings in the future so that helps them remember you over the other applicants. Thats all I have good luck.

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Gregory Shelton

For the last six months, I have put in over 200 applications. On Google, type the name of the job you want, your city and state, and the words tuition reimbursement -- a lot of companies will pay off your loans if they hire you -- Good luck

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