In this episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching Radio Show, I answered questions on getting unstuck, troubleshooting a job search after 11,437 submissions, helping a military spouse, and balancing personal and professional goals!
Josephine asks: I feel trapped in my current job. I’m not sure if I’m just burned out from being a social worker and need and change-but at 42 what kind of change can I make? I don’t make the money I believe I deserve. I have worked at my current job for 13 years and feel stuck and unappreciated. I do work for non-profit so I know that it makes a difference in pay. I would love to work for a bigger company or in a university setting but don’t even know where to begin. How do you “unstuck yourself”?
Lou asks: I’ve applied for 11,437 jobs as of today within the past 14 months of searching. This online stuff doesn’t work but what else can you do? Temp agencies are useless too, they either don’t have anything right now or only have very low pay short term contract jobs without benefits that nobody wants. Having a ton of temp jobs will only make thing worse for you in the long run. Yesterday, I saw an engineer I used to work with at [large tech company] before the last layoff now working at [retail store] as a part time cashier. That’s embarrassing. Where are the “real” jobs at? People like to blame it all on your resume but I’ve had mine done 4 different times and things haven’t improved yet. Job fairs are a waste of time also, it’s always an overcrowded room of applicants standing in line for hours on end to talk to some company rep for less than a minute just to hear them say go apply online. What do I do?
Anne asks: How do I market myself as a military spouse who can only commit 2 years (at maximum) to an employer?
Adi asks: My most pressing question is how to balance my personal and professional objectives.