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The Career Shift Myth

So, after months of trying to get an entry-level job in a different industry, reaching out to different companies, writing personalized cover letters, interviewing and yet, always ending up not getting the job, I felt compelled to write about it. I have over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, and I was also in a managerial role for the past three years. I have many skills which are considered transferable, a great work ethic and speak three languages. I have an Associate's degree in Business Administration, also pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Management/Entrepreneurship ( 3 semesters left). I have maintained a 4.0 GPA because I know how to study, I'm eager to excel, and ultimately I'm a fast learner. Also, I am a co-founder of a startup, and I've been working on different aspects of the business - marketing, bookkeeping, R&D, product design, etc. All these qualities/achievements/projects can't impress enough people to hire me regardless of how I pitch myself. I tried applying to internships and nothing. So here's my question, how does one achieve a career shift or change in this kind of situation? How do you convince someone that you can actually do the job? We are talking about a customer service position, which requirements are no different from my professional and academic experience. Seriously, what is wrong? #work #internship #recruitment #careerchange

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DigitalArtist Jay
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Can you try a recruiter or temp agency. Maybe a temp agency would let you do some "different " types of work. Maybe that way you could get some experience.

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Blancho Houser
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You can drive go & get that money.

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William Onderlinde
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Svetla: I hesitate to offer these suggestions because you've probably heard them already. I suppose further you are one of how many applicants in a crowded field dealing with, I feel, fickle hiring managers. Here goes. Get your resume scrubbed by other people who write/ evaluate them. I know this may cost $$ U don't have; try to find a free "Source". More than one if possible--get a consensus. Remember: Hiring Managers take "seconds" to review a resume; seemingly a few eye blinks. Also, are U applying for positions beneath your qualifications--which are substantial. I hate to say it, I've seen that reason given to a person willing to work. Pray & and I hope you maintain your patience & faith. God Bless.

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Susan Glennon
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Try creating a skills based resume rather than a timeline resume. This will highlight the skills applicable to the position you are applying for.

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Lois Martin
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Svetla Syrimis Have you considered a PAID INTERNSHIP? It could be the answer! Talk to your academic advisor and check out internships.com

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Marcia Hines Dunn
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I am experiencing the same. I am wondering about the personsame that conduct the interviews.

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Alexia Soutsos
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Get the book called "Stacked" by Dr. Karen Gurney on Amazon. It's all about the words you use and getting through applicant tracking software. Good luck.

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linda carmack
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While u view yourself as being nothing short of terrific...Could b ur potential employer may not see the same qualities and for a variety of reasons.....Maybe changing ur approach might b the key to landing the job....Good luck!!

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carl mason
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Write your resume toward that job requirement and connect with someone that works at that company and find out who was the person that did the initial hire and get in contact with that person. In other words go on job web sites and connect with people in that area of experience,

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Mary Otto
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Try going to sodexo might find what your looking for

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