Jennie Ferguson
over 6 months ago
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Good afternoon, I have been actively searching for employment for over 2 years now. Yes, 2 years. I am currently a stay at home mother of two. After leaving my last place of employment we decided to expand our family. I apply to at least 10 jobs a week, I get an interview about once a month. I'm getting looked over. I dress and look professional, I am respectful and feel i do very well on my interviews. I apply for jobs I am well qualified for and for job I am well over qualified for. Living on one income is a struggle and I am more than ready to go back to work. It's such a bummer to constantly get denial emails and not get the call that the job is mine. I've been to a job coach and my resume has been critiqued. I feel I am doing what I need to do, I am just loosing hope that I will never get another job. I have even applied at the local grocery stores and pet stores. Send some good juju and I will do the same for anyone having a difficult time as I am. Thank you!

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You can't quit.... I know it's hard, tuff, and yes even disrespectful how things go. But don't let the bastards win..... Go out and continue by statewide or nationwide job hunt.... Something will happen to the positive.... BUT JUST DON'T QUIT..... Nobody can quit here. And you've got the right tools to succeed.....education and experience... Just keep going and open up new areas to search.....

You can't quit.... I know it's hard, tuff, and yes even disrespectful how things go. But don't let the bastards win..... Go out and continue by statewide or nationwide job hunt.... Something will happen to the positive.... BUT JUST DON'T QUIT..... Nobody can quit here. And you've got the right tools to succeed.....education and experience... Just keep going and open up new areas to search.....

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Marijoy Bertolini

Hi Jennie, Susan has it right - one interview a month is pretty good! One extra thought I wanted to pass on is that if you have an opportunity to mention that you've already made accommodations for child care, you may alleviate any of the hiring manager's concerns about your schedule or hesitation to get back into the workforce. Also, if you're interviewing for a role that you consider yourself 'overqualified' for, make sure to state why the 'lower' position is exactly what you're looking for. For example, if you've been a manager & are applying for an individual-contributor role, explain that you're not looking for management. Use examples of your individual contribution & emphasize that you're most interested in finding the role they have to offer. And keep at it! You're doing great, just keep going. Best, Marijoy

Hi Jennie, Susan has it right - one interview a month is pretty good! One extra thought I wanted to pass on is that if you have an opportunity to mention that you've already made accommodations for child care, you may alleviate any of the hiring manager's concerns about your schedule or hesitation to get back into the workforce. Also, if you're interviewing for a role that you consider yourself 'overqualified' for, make sure to state why the 'lower' position is exactly what you're looking for. For example, if you've been a manager & are applying for an individual-contributor role, explain that you're not looking for management. Use examples of your individual contribution & emphasize that you're most interested in finding the role they have to offer. And keep at it! You're doing great, just keep going. Best, Marijoy

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Susan Keegan

Hi Jennie, Averaging 1 interview per month, believe it or not, is not bad. Some highly qualified applicants go consecutive months without receiving so much as a rejection letter or a call back. Getting your resume critiqued by a profession career counselor is an excellent idea but also look into applicant tracking systems in order to understand how most companies use algorithms to rate and select applicants from their online application pool. That could be a major reason why you’re not getting more interviews.

Hi Jennie, Averaging 1 interview per month, believe it or not, is not bad. Some highly qualified applicants go consecutive months without receiving so much as a rejection letter or a call back. Getting your resume critiqued by a profession career counselor is an excellent idea but also look into applicant tracking systems in order to understand how most companies use algorithms to rate and select applicants from their online application pool. That could be a major reason why you’re not getting more interviews.

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