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Job Hunting and feeling stressed out
August 31, 2007
12:39 pm
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It sure is tough out there, you would think that with two college degrees and some experience as a sub teacher, and a long of sales experience, I could fing something.

Drawback is I can only work m-f from 7-6 cause that is when I have a sitter, I do not want some strange person coming into my home, and I don't want my child to go to anyone elses, just how I am. Anyhow, I went to the perfect job just down the street, had the hours and pay and I wanted, but the room was filled with cig smoke, I have severe asthma, I could barly breathe...the one smoking was the office mananger, I said as well as I could, cause I was beginning to get attacks from the smoke, this isn't a non smoking office is it? She just sorta of scrowed at me and I said oh ok, sorry bye!

My car then broke down outside and I felt so trapped! yikes! the other business was open and was really nice to me, helped me fiz my problem and I was on my way. I don't know if I will ever find a job in this locailty and if it will even be smoke free!

I am selective but not too much, I just need hours when I have a sitter, whom I prefer everyone to be 33 clearance background, tv monitors on them and a place where you can come and go and other people are there, due to some bad expericnes, I prefer this kind of arrangement, and the only place that does this is the y in my local town.

I don't want to work in a school, I want a break actually here, I have homeschooled for years and now I just want to out for awhile and make a little money while my child is in school, so office jobs seem to the route to go here, sad that the perfect one had a bad smoke enviroment, I really think it would been a great place to work...

and get this, it was a health care agency too! go figure.

August 31, 2007
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Survivor -

Don't give up.

Think outside the box even.

Have you tried any of the temp agencies in your area? Alot of times you can get a good paying temp job that can go permanent in time. That gives you time to make sure it's a good fit for both of you.

I don't think the hours you have to offer are unreasonable either, nor do I think your demands for competant daycare are either....or a smoke free environment - hell, that's a standard these days. There are many smokers where I work - but they must smoke outside...only after hours do they smoke at the sales counter - but then I just walk out - and let them hang out and smoke together.

When I mentioned thinking outside the box - I meant - consider trying new things you never thought you may like or do. I started in a lumber yard in 1996 - doing paperwork in the purchasing and receiving department. I had a strong customer service/sales background as well. As well as attention to detail and bookkeeping skills. I did the paperwork for a while - and learned all about lumber and millwork while I did it. I soaked new things up and asked alot of questions. In time, when I needed overtime dollars, they let me work weekends at the front counter, at the register - selling the lumber and stuff....so I learned that...in time, I eventually started assisting in sales. Then I ended up in a sales coordinator position where the outside salesmen used me as their support person - I learned even more....making me VERY valuable in this industry - in fact, from all my years doing this - my name is known from Maine all the way down to New Jersey. When I was working for a custom millshop - I learned the cabinet design programs in my free time - simply cuz it looked "cool" and I had seen some of it while I worked in the lumber yard - and knew the codes for cabinets from entering purchase orders for the cabinet people. So, when I took my current job, the cabinet lady left and I was put in the position - and this career has taken off.

Had you asked me back in 1996 if I wanted to be a cabinet designer or architect or designer, I would have laughed.

My brother wanted to be an artist...on a fluke, he was working for a manufacturing company that does electrical parts...he got interested and years later - owns his own VERY profitable electrical contracting company, with 10 employees. Making millions of dollars in sales this year.

So, make sure you consider all angles - try new things - many people will hire you if you have the right CORE skills - in fact, that's what I look for when I hire all my new sales people - if they have computer skills and sales skills - the rest I can teach them - if they don't have core/basic skills, I can't.

Don't give up - and consider trying something new.

August 31, 2007
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Wow, I am impressed here! I am trying to think that way, but its a very small town and jobs are very scarce. I may even go into working for the school, but a high school as a teacher asst, might not be as demanding here, if I don't find something, I am going to either go to school for medical coding or even teach myself, you can do that and then just take a test to certified, there is suppose to be a high demand for jobs in this field and yet many message board forums are full of people who went to school and can't find a job. go figure. Anyhow, I want to start my own dot.com business doing this one day, I think I could do it, I think it would interesting and I think I could be successful at this, its my back up plan here...thanks for your amazing stories!

August 31, 2007
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be weary of those transcriptionist things.

many charge HUGE fees only to find out that there is no need in your town - especially if there is no major medical communities around...if you are in a small town - chances are most of the doctors already have transcriptionists.

Also - a friend of mine found work at home jobs thru http://www.wahm.com - which has jobs thru REPUTABLE companies, who do NOT charge ANY fees.

I was hired by one of them - as a telephone operator/customer service - but didn't follow thru.

She makes GOOD money - all you need is a landline phone and a high speed internet connection.

This website has GREAT opportunities and you can set your own hours - even nights and weekends if you want - some even have benefits.

If you already thought about dot.com opportunities, this may be the route for you to go.

good luck - keep trying.

NOTE - the jobs I found were all while I lived in a VERY VERY rural area - so don't give up.

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