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March 26, 2014 7:09 PM Subscribe
I'm having some struggles with my job search. Any way I can effectively market myself?
posted by dubious_dude to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I had a six-month internship four years ago at a government agency that wasn't expendable, spent 2011 and half of 2012 job-hunting without much success, then finally got hired at a reputable, well-known technology retail chain as a "salesman." I worked at this retail store for 1.5 years, but grew burnt out and disillusioned, so decided to resign late last year, wanting some time off. I left the store on good terms, and let my manager know I might return. I'm now kind of regretting this decision, but felt it was the right thing to do at the time.
Since then, I have been submitting resumes on USAJOBS.gov (I'm Schedule-A eligible, which helps) for the DC area, and on various private sector websites. Absolutely no luck has came my way; some didn't reply, but most said I either didn't have enough experience, or my undergraduate GPA wasn't enough (2.75 GPA here).
This is very frustrating to me because I'm Deaf, but I have plenty of skills. I have people skills. I love to write; editing is my area of strength. I'm good with computers and know quite a bit about repairing software issues. I'm emphatic and team-oriented. Wait, is this a job application or... oh, it's AskMeta. Joke aside, I really feel I'm qualified for, and can learn quickly, on many jobs. It's disillusioning that I'm not being given a chance. I'm not sure if it's my resume, the economy, a combination of both, or stingy hiring practices.
I've re-applied for the retail store I used to work at, but I really want to find a job. Any tips or suggestions? I'm pretty lost and grasping at straws with finding a job. It's a paradox to be searching for jobs, but that experience is required. How can I get hired if I don't have any experience in the first place, yet most/all jobs require experience to some degree? I don't want to live on SSI again; I really want to make something out of myself, but I'm not being given the opportunity to do so. Am I missing something or doing something wrong?
tl;dr: I'm currently in an employment slump right now. I'm actively searching for jobs without much luck. I have skills in many areas, but nothing too specific.