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mamaof3
 
Reply Wed 16 Apr, 2008 03:37 pm
I have graduated in MIS (Management Information Science) with a good standing in 2003. I stayed home to raise my daughter but now it's time to work. I have applied to many jobs in the past couple of months but I am not getting any response. The degree was a combination of finance classes,programming,banking, math,statistics,and economics. After doing all that I don't know what am I doing wrong that I am not attracting any companies. All I want is a entry level job in a company and I know I will make my way up.
What do I do next????
help me??
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 16 Apr, 2008 04:14 pm
I think the issue might be a concern that your skills might not be up to date. Even if they are, perhaps you're not conveying that too well in your resume and cover letter?

Even though 2003 is very recent in all other respects, as you know, in IT that can feel like decades to a hiring manager. They want to know what you've done recently.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 16 Apr, 2008 04:16 pm
finance investment company meltdown
Are you aware that basically no one is hiring now? There is a recession AND a finance investment company meltdown going on. When did you graduate from college? How recent was the degree granted? Have you compared the technology that your expertise is in with the technology of the target companies where you applied to is hiring?

Oh I see..now...

Because it's greater than 3 years, then it's long time, technology-wise.

Re-entry is a difficult process..especially with no industry experience.

For example, I was just laid off from IT dep't in a finance investment company. Basically, these companies (ones that YOU'D be applying to) are shedding people like mohair from a cheap sweater.

I would also try the alumni and/or placement department at the college you graduated from. I would also make some people networking with alumni..connections...eventually yield job leads.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 16 Apr, 2008 05:00 pm
Mamaof3: a few months ago you posted a note about domestic marital abuse issue, but you sad this:

"I have been out of work for 10 years ..."

Hiring managers are more conservative than ever and want people that have SOME recent work experience. It's the fact that you have no work experience that could be a barrier. Also ,are you naturalized US Citizen or on an H-1B visa?
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 16 Apr, 2008 06:49 pm
a couple of possibilities.

1. Lie on your resume. get a friend to provide a phone reference in case they do call.

2. Dumb down your resume. go for something related but at a lesser level than you want after 3 months or so start looking for the position you really do want and change jobs.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2008 05:58 am
Make certain that your child care arrangements are excellent. A resident nanny or grandmother next door would be ideal.

Day care is all very well, but you should be able to show a potential employer that when illness strikes, your back-up arrangements for a sick child are in place and your life as an employee will not be affected.
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mamaof3
 
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Reply Sat 9 Aug, 2008 06:36 pm
out of work
Yup it's been a while that i worked got a job offer at a bank but didn't pan out because of bad credit.
I am not looking for anything specific ,, just want to work in a office type cubical environment. I know once I get in I'll do just fine.
I'll do the points recommended. Right now I am enjoying a stay at home mom. Hopefully once a credit Problems are solved then I can start looking again.
Thanks for the responses.
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MagicBlackCat
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 12:26 am
Mamaof3

It is a tough job market out there right now. As for office cublice sort of environment you might try a call center. Entry level positions in customer service or IT help desk sorts of things. If you have strong computer skills it might also be good to look into a company that will hire you as an independent contractor to answer calls for their clients from your own home. This normally involves having a set of basic equipment and a full background check but can be a good way to get your foot into the work world and refresh your skills. Just a thought.

Good luck.
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OGIONIK
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 01:13 am
i agree with lying on your resume, isnt that horrible?


but it WORKS. just dont get in over your head...

i usually tell a friend or family member he is now my ex manager and to make me look stunning when or if they call. nothing over the top, just be sure to say perfect attendance, hard worker, punctual, good working with people, etc..
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 08:17 am
MagicBlackCat wrote:
Mamaof3

It is a tough job market out there right now. As for office cublice sort of environment you might try a call center. Entry level positions in customer service or IT help desk sorts of things. If you have strong computer skills it might also be good to look into a company that will hire you as an independent contractor to answer calls for their clients from your own home. This normally involves having a set of basic equipment and a full background check but can be a good way to get your foot into the work world and refresh your skills. Just a thought.

Good luck.


This is good advice. Don't lie on your resume.
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mamaof3
 
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Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 02:05 pm
Back again.....been trying for a year seriously ...can't get a job in financial district because of bad credit and any other place won't hire ...tried call center either I did not sound sexy enough on the phone but what ever the reason was didn't get the job...so all in all it sucks.
I am not giving up because all of my kids are going to school so either I go back to school and start teaching or get into a training program. really don't want to teach though. I am in the process of fixing up my credit so if that works out then I would be applying for the bank positions......
thanks all for the kind words...thought about lying on my resume but haven't done so........If nothing works then i might even do that . Help me GOD
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