Career change after disability leave
August 24, 2005 4:43 PM Subscribe
Imagine the worst-case scenario for an unemployed person looking for a new position. OK, my situation is not quite that bad, but almost. I plan to begin interviewing in January 2006 after two years on disability leave. Given the details I describe inside, how I do best use the remainder of 2005 to land the best possible position?
posted by mischief to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Due to heart disease, I have been on disability leave for the last 18 months. Next week, I begin therapy that has a very good chance to put me back into the ranks of the employed in early 2006. How do I best explain this two-year gap? Do I have any hope of getting full health insurance benefits? How much of a compromise can I make between health insurance coverage and salary?
Until 2004, my career has been very hands-on in various high-tech fields, however due to the sensitivity of my pacemaker to electrical fields, I cannot return to that path. Nor can I return to my previous employer, because the few positions for which I am qualified do not pay enough and they are dead-end. I have determined that my best career path lies in management, however except for making corporal in the US Marine Corps 20 years ago, none of my previous positions gave me any experience in leadership. How do I best prepare to get an entry-level management position?
I have moved from Atlanta to Las Vegas, primarily because Las Vegas has shown great resistance to economic lulls. (Ill-advised marketing campaigns targeting families are another story.) I have always had an interest in the gambling/hospitality industry. I am in a new town with no real network of personal acquaintances or business associates, nor do I have any job references of consequence in Atlanta (my only good ones are in jail or working in Canada due to a scandal). Beyond contacting local alumni (which I plan to do), how do I meet people of influence in such a short time?
Finally, I have a BS in computer science from Georgia Tech, and Las Vegas is significantly below the average for number of residents with a college degree. Datamining is huge in Las Vegas, and that is another area in which I have an intense interest. However, I have no experience in the field. How do I break into the datamining biz? What do I need to know language/application-wise and how do I best obtain that knowledge and experience quickly and cheaply?
One last question, I need business cards but I have no clue what info to put on them for someone who is unemployed beyond the standard contact information. Other than the resume, how do I market myself?
I have exhausted searching the web for answers. For the most part, the information online is sketchy. Because I receive disability insurance payments, my cash flow is very limited, and I must rely on public transportation. I need resources for information (beyond what my insurance provider can give) as much as I need answers, because I have many more questions. My situation has many facets and no one person can answer everything, so I will appreciate anything you guys can pitch to me.
Brainstorm! I don't care how ridiculous an idea may sound. Thanks!