Sunday, November 25, 2012

Revisiting past jobs to advance

Are you a college graduate who is unemployed? Many college graduates can relate to your current unemployed status. Have you considered revisiting a past job to improve your job search. We can't be too selective because our student loans, rent, credit cards, cellular phone and other bills must get paid. Revisiting past jobs may help you to advance your goals to accomplish long awaited dreams.

Our dream jobs are impacted. There are more job applicants than job openings. We have to take low paying jobs to make ends meet. The problem with making ends meet is that these types of jobs only earn us 30-40% of what we need to break even. It's dejecting to hold so many college degrees, work experience and skills that employers tend to overlook as unnecessary. 

Over a month ago, I got invited to interview for a minimum wage job position. I got hired to work 10 hours a week. I thought about the low hours and pay. On the day of orientation, I declined the job offer. In 2 hours, I got hired as a server at a restaurant across the street. I served for 8 years while attending college. I realized that waiting to find the perfect job would put me in bankruptcy mode. 

I decided to make the sacrifice to work in restaurants. It's hard to deal with guests that run you around in circles. They seem to play games with you. However, I serve guests who respect me for serving them. One mother told their son that this server is highly educated. Another table asked what degree I earned. It is the way I communicate with my guests that give away the fact that I am educated. I also work with a few other servers who hold college degrees. They, too, are struggling to find a job in their career field.  

The U.S. job market is still on the decline. We can't believe media reports informing us that our economy is making progress. We are not making progress. There are too many educated applicants in the job market. I got invited to take a city test for a city of San Francisco job position. Out of 2100 applicants, the city approved 1,500 to proceed with the city test in January. 

I'm not sure how many job positions are available, but I know that my graduate degree in the same exact career field, Veteran's preference, medical and client experience, and strong work ethics will give me an advantage. 

The job market is impacted. We face an uphill battle to find a job that is right. How can we pay our student loans with minimum wage jobs? Why would we accept a low paying job with education/ We have to accept these low paying jobs to survive. It's sad we have limited opportunities with great education and experience. 

You are not alone. I understand your pain. I work as a server again. It is a job I performed from 1999-2007. I earned four college degrees, served in the Air Force as a medical technician between 1994-1998, and hold experience in many other areas. The best I can do right now is to revisit restaurant work. I can't afford to pay my monthly bills, but I mange to work double shifts to make about 35% of what I need monthly. 

If you're having a tough time, you know the U.S. job market reports are misleading. As an educated individual, finding a job that meets your requirements is a tough challenge. Accepting a past job to advance. Good luck! 


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