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I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

The ball's in my court (I think). Now what?

I have been halfheartedly looking for a new job. My current position does not leave me much time or energy for searching, plus I have had a lot of illness in my family in the last year, which is time-consuming and emotionally draining. When a supplier I work with mentioned that someone in her company had left recently, I asked her whether she plans to replace him, and she said she does. I emailed her my résumé, and she sent me the job listing. In her email, she asked me whether I was interested, and if not, to let her know what my concerns are so they could address them because "your résumé is great!" How do I respond in the most effective manner? [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

I think I'd be awesome at it, regardless...

I applied for a position and I don't fit the qualifications. Was that bad? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on May 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Are entrepreneurs employable?

Will the entrepreneurial work I've been dedicating the bulk of my time and energy to make me look hirable if I ever decide to get a "real job"? Or will it look like a potential liability and put me at a disadvantage? What will I be qualified for? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How to choose an IT person

The best IT person for the job. How to choose one from a small pool to handle IT stuff for a very small NH town. [more inside]
posted by Hobgoblin on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Please lend me your cover letter expertise!

I would like to apply for this internship, but I am uncertain of how to address some of the qualifications listed in the ad in my cover letter. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Which courses to become a good PT?

Personal trainer course (ie cert III & IV fitness) in Melbourne, Australia - what should I be looking for? Any recommendations or advice? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Sep 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Do I need to go get a Marketing degree?

Applying for jobs that fall broadly into the Marketing, PR & Communications field, and need a quick reality check on the issue of qualifications and experience. [more inside]
posted by Weng on Aug 10, 2011 - 8 answers

The How's and Where's of Finding Qualified Freelancers?

Semi-regular need for freelance experts in things that are not "my areas of expertise," as Hodgeman would put it. Help needed not in finding particular people, but in knowing where and how to find the experts I need. [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jul 23, 2011 - 4 answers

TEFL in Lithuania?

Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 6, 2011 - 2 answers

What makes me a doctor in UK?

What degree in the UK will allow me to call myself a medical doctor? Can I add a Dr. to my name if I do an MBBS or equivalent, or do I need to complete a specialization? [more inside]
posted by hariya on Aug 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Another where-do-I-go-from-here thread

UK English graduate can't find proper job. Keep searching, take time out, or get more qualifications? (Also regrets degree, wishes he'd gone science or IT. Would not be amiss to getting-a-second-degree-without-funding advice.) [more inside]
posted by Fen on Jul 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Contesting immigration descision?

Does anyone have any experience with contesting an Immigration New Zealand application decision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 - 3 answers

What would I need to know to be an archivist?

How much "knowledge of archiving systems and processes" would I really need for this job (see inside)? Oooh! Difficult to frame this question without insulting all archivists. Please forgive me. After you've read inside I hope you will understand. [more inside]
posted by smallbunny on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

What have they done to become a corporate executive?

What have they done to become a corporate executive? [more inside]
posted by neworder7 on Oct 13, 2009 - 17 answers

How to retain a career in the arts industry

Is there a qualification that will (relatively speaking) "recession-proof" a career in the arts industry? For example, a management qualification? [more inside]
posted by Weng on May 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Not a deadbeat but I play one on TV

Rentalfilter: Would you rent to me? I'm not a complete deadbeat, but I am paranoid about looking for a new place to live in the coming months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Teach me something new.

What is the right course/night class/learning path, to take right now? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Jan 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Translating a (lack of) qualifications when I move to the US

Help me translate my (lack of) qualifications when I emigrate to the US. [more inside]
posted by tallus on Sep 2, 2008 - 7 answers

How closely do job requirements in a want ad typically match what a company is actually willing to accept?

How closely do job requirements in a want ad typically match what a company is actually willing to accept? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2008 - 9 answers

If we know what we're talking about, can we review books without a PhD?

Will academic journals generally publish book reviews written by people who are not academics, but who have applicable experience and knowledge? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on May 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Job qualifications help

Specialised question I hope someone can answer: American in UK with UK qualifications....chances of my finding a decent job in the US? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Apr 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Is Brad Pitt a particle physicist?

In order to inspire my pupils, and demonstrate to them that studying science does not mean you have to become a scientist, I'm trying to compile a list of famous people with science-related qualifications (bachelors degrees and better, preferably). I'm specifically interested in those with physics, chemistry or biology qualifications (or variations thereof, e.g. biochemistry, astrophysics) but if it turns out that Orlando Bloom has a degree in geology or Christina Aguilera is an expert neuroscientist then I'll take them too. [more inside]
posted by alby on Jul 24, 2006 - 70 answers

A roadmap for life

At the grand old age of 37, I've suddenly been hit by the realization that I'm in the wrong career and it's corroding by soul. I want to work in something to do with the surveying and production of maps (I love maps). Does anyone work in this field and have advice on what qualifications I'll need and be able to tell me what sort of stuff they do?
posted by DZ-015 on May 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me choose a career!

Today at a job interview for a marketing position at a law firm, the lady interviewing me expressed her concern that I would find the job boring because I am overqualified for it. My question has two parts: how do you respond when an interviewer tells you something like that? And, if I'm so overqualified for this marketing job, what kind of job should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jun 6, 2005 - 11 answers

Which Degree?

I'm returning to college this summer to finish a degree and have come to a crossroads as to what degree to go for. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ttrendel on Apr 8, 2004 - 12 answers

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