I got my MBA and all I have to show for it is a pocket sized diploma
July 23, 2012 3:58 PM Subscribe
I got my MBA, and moved from the suburbs to the city -- why can't I find a job to apply for? And those I do, no interview.
posted by hrj to Work & Money (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Some backstory -- typical, I guess. I got my B.A. 10 years ago with excellent grades from a decent school (Rutgers). About 2 months after graduation, I took an Inside Sales job at a local company (that really wasn't sales -- more customer service).
After moving from NJ to PA with my boyfriend (now, husband), I ended up in a more traditional inside sales Account Management job where I did pretty well, but hated. I hated pushing products, I hated the end of the month pressure, and the managers who thought Glengarry Glen Ross was inspirational. I worked for a major commercial credit reporting company, working with small businesses (usually owners and finance people). I liked being helpful to my customers, I liked problem solving, and I also liked helping my coworkers navigate our very complicated compensation program (which meant tinkering in spreadsheets).
I thought about going back to school to be a teacher, but didn't think I could find a job as a social studies teacher, so I went back to school for my MBA, starting part-time, and then switching to full-time as a TA. I have no student loan debt. I concentrated in corporate finance -- I liked the analytical side of it, tinkering with spreadsheets, doing analysis, etc. I also really enjoyed teaching which I did for classes that were outside of my concentration -- Organization Management the first year, and Supply Chain Operations Management the second year.
In my last semester of school, my husband got a new job which facilitated a move from Allentown, PA to Austin, TX which was AWESOME. I arrived in May, and have been job hunting and there are lots of jobs, but I'm floundering. I don't know what I'm qualified for now, I don't really know how to do resume/cover letter/interview stuff. I have applied and interviewed for exactly 3 jobs, of which I got all 3, and sales interviews are different - they are more personality based. They were all entry level positions.
I applied for one job at my husband's company -- as a University Relations Representative which seemed like it would be interesting for me. The hiring manager called my husband (who submitted me internally, and said I was overqualified and would be bored). I've thought about going back to school -- either PhD or for teaching, but I don't want to keep using school to delay working which is what I think I did with the MBA. I don't need to be in a high level position, or make the money I was making before (low six figures). I'd be happy with 35-50K and the chance to enjoy the Austin lifestyle, and not be a workaholic. I am an overachiever, and I know that I can learn to do most anything fairly quickly. I've excelled at every job I've had, and I have good verbal and quantitative skills.
Sorry for the novel, but I really don't know how to approach this job search when I all I really know is that I want to do something different.
Thanks in advance for your help. I'd be happy to post my (altered) resume if that would help people.