As far as the pride thing goes, Im not too proud to work for those organizations in other departments, but Im flat out BAD at manual labor. If its not a car or computer, Id venture to say Im inept when it comes to machines. Id rather go back to KFC and cook again than screw up at assembly line work. Im not too proud for bottom feeder work, I just would like to not be miserable while I work my way up or look for something better.
Right now the market is flooded with resumes. It really is a who do you know kind of market. Network. Get in with clubs, groups, associations etc. A lot of research has been done to show the best hire is a referral through a current employee. (meaning.... network with someone who has a leg in).
Another job board to use is indeed.com. It combines all the other job boards (monster, careerbuilder, hotjobs etc) into one so you dont have to keep going to multiple sites.
As I mentioned though the market is saturated. A lot of companies won't post jobs on these sites since it costs money. Look at companies individual career websites. They may only advertise their vacancies on their own website to make sure interested candidates are aware of who they are.
Right now I'd gladly accept any gig doing .Net.
I know where you can earn a great living... making great money... have free medical and free dental... working a job that you love! ...and if you owe any student loans, they can wipe that out for you also. The U.S. Army (pm me)
Attitude is everything when it comes to hiring someone. I would stuff the pride in the back pocket for a while, because it will come through in an interview. Don't sell yourself short either.....I sucked at manual labor when I was younger too, but I went to work in construction and worked my way out of the field and into an office. Be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, and you will.
Gee, I recall delivering pizzas with an advanced degree and a family to feed.
I actually started using my degree nearly 20 years after earning it, and while for whatever reason I couldn't get a job in my field, now, my outside the field experience (including mechanical stuff, which I SUCKED at at first) has made me into a primo candidate for my new job.
BTW, I start work at the new job in my field on Monday, making NFL minimum kind of money. Not bad for a guy who schlepped pizzas for a living 6 years ago, huh? I would recommend finding a job with an office, a phone and a computer, and keep looking while you work, though.
And do a good job. No matter what it is that you end up doing.
I'm currently looking for a job in the fitness industry. Would like to get into sports performance training, but is pretty competitive right now and not many positions open. Most of those facilities hire interns that will work for little to no pay. So, for now, it looks like I may be doing some personal training. I really don't like personal training because the client base is not who I like working with. But, I believe for the time being I'm going to have to take a PT job and deal with it until I can get with a sports training facility...
This job market sucks, so I certainly feel for you. Hang in there.
I recently spent 5 months searching for a job knowing that my job would be eliminated soon. I just found one right before I was going to be unemployed.
Here are some things that I learned:
1. Apply for anything and everything. If you think you are too qualified, apply. If you think you are not qualified enough, apply. If you think the pay sucks, apply. If it is a job and it seems remotely like something that might work, apply. I applied for a job that I was sure I wasn't qualified for and it turns out I got 2 interviews for the position. I didn't get the job, but it was still good to get the interviews. Also, I almost didn't apply for the job I took because it didn't sound like something I would like. But it turns out that after the interview, it was something that I would like.
2. If you are willing to relocate start looking in other areas. I wasn't crazy about relocating,but figured that I would probably have to. Turns out I found a job where I live now.
3. I used monster.com, dmregister.com, the star tribune website, desmoineshelpwanted.com, Iowa Workforce development website to search for jobs. Don't just check your area (i.e. finance or computers).....often companies classify jobs differently then I thought they should.
4. Target some companies and go to their websites and see if there are openings. A lot of times there are internet job postings, but there are more openings on the actual company website. You will get sick of filling out online applications, but keep doing it.
5. It can't hurt to talk to some corporate recruiters. My two were pretty useless, but the more ways your resume is out there, the better. They'll tell you that they are the only way to get a job, they are not though!
6. It takes a while and a lot of work. I applied for probably a hundred or more jobs. A pretty big percent of those were ones where I was probably under or over qualified though. From January to now I probably averaged an interview a week. I had a a few 2nd interviews. I thought I was doing pretty well, but as a percent of total, I didn't get a ton of interviews. They told us that on average it's taking 6 months for someone with a bachelor's degree to land a job.
Ever thought about going back to school and getting an advanced degree? Right now a great investment is the investment in yourself.