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most difficult job search I've ever had

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most difficult job search I've ever had

I'm basically freaking out right now. I'm going through the most difficult job search of my life - and I'm 50, so that's a long time. I've got more skills, experience, etc than ever, I have a new master's degree in the exact field I'm applying to, and I haven't gotten a callback in over 2 months. Zero, zip, nada.

I've followed all the job search advice, and I've gotten many jobs over the years, so I don't think I'm doing anything terribly wrong. I had a very successful short-term contract over the summer, so as far as I can tell I can still do a job, get on with people, and so on. I've run out of ideas.

What do you do when NOTHING seems to work?
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What Master's degree and which field?
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pinkpearl wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:08 am
I'm basically freaking out right now. I'm going through the most difficult job search of my life - and I'm 50, so that's a long time. I've got more skills, experience, etc than ever, I have a new master's degree in the exact field I'm applying to, and I haven't gotten a callback in over 2 months. Zero, zip, nada.

I've followed all the job search advice, and I've gotten many jobs over the years, so I don't think I'm doing anything terribly wrong. I had a very successful short-term contract over the summer, so as far as I can tell I can still do a job, get on with people, and so on. I've run out of ideas.

What do you do when NOTHING seems to work?
Have you had a peer of yours review your resume? How many pages is your resume? How many jobs have you applied to so far?
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blitzforce wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:18 am
What Master's degree and which field?
Too doxxy to say. But my former classmates have mostly found jobs with no difficulty. There are a few of us who are struggling.
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Reach out to recruiting agencies for more contract gigs while you conduct your own search. More eyes looking out for you increases your odds at finding something. Also we are approach the slow season of hiring so if you haven't found anything by early December, take a mini break before you ramp up again Jan 1
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FedExpress wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:29 am
Reach out to recruiting agencies for more contract gigs while you conduct your own search.
I've done that already. In fact, that's how I got the summer short-term contract, and the client was very happy. As in - taking me out for lunch on the last day with a gift card and an offer to give a "glowing" reference happy. That same agency currently has a posting in my field that I've applied to online and called them about, and they're ignoring me. This is part of why I'm going so mental - even doing well for the same company isn't enough to get a callback!

I'm really not kidding when I say I've taken & done all the job search advice and it's still not working.
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pinkpearl wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:21 am
Too doxxy to say. But my former classmates have mostly found jobs with no difficulty. There are a few of us who are struggling.
You do need to provide more info about your field and qualification. No need to hide behind the woods ;-)
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jaguaar wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:20 pm
You do need to provide more info about your field and qualification. No need to hide behind the woods ;-)
He needs to ask MikeShen what to do since Mike says you can make good money with any degrees as long as he works and network hard.
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jaguaar wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:20 pm
You do need to provide more info about your field and qualification. No need to hide behind the woods ;-)
It really is too doxxy. And anyway it's a niche field that most people haven't heard of.
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pinkpearl wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:28 pm
It really is too doxxy. And anyway it's a niche field that most people haven't heard of.
I'm sorry but what is "too doxxy"? I can't even find this expression on Google...

But anyways, how is anyone here going to be able to provide you with any meaningful advice if no one knows what your field is?
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blitzforce wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:37 pm
I'm sorry but what is "too doxxy"? I can't even find this expression on Google...

But anyways, how is anyone here going to be able to provide you with any meaningful advice if no one knows what your field is?
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dox

Too doxxy means the info could lead to my IRL identity.

Most people won't know what the field is even if I did name it. I'm looking for more general perspectives. I can't be the only person on here who has struggled despite doing all the right things. Hell, I've already posted about how I'm being ignored for a job I already did well for the same company.
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blitzforce wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:37 pm
I'm sorry but what is "too doxxy"? I can't even find this expression on Google...

But anyways, how is anyone here going to be able to provide you with any meaningful advice if no one knows what your field is?
It's a slang for 'doxxing' , a term popular in the Twitch video game streaming community. It means anonymous user(s) will attempt to find the name, address, etc. of target victim and make it public. This can often lead to 'Swatting', which is basically call the police for false reasons. There has been many incidents where streamers are playing video games live, only for their front door knocked down and a team of SWAT/police raid the building. People suck.
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coriolis wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:48 pm
It's a slang for 'doxxing' , a term popular in the Twitch video game streaming community. It means anonymous user(s) will attempt to find the name, address, etc. of target victim and make it public. This can often lead to 'Swatting', which is basically call the police for false reasons. There has been many incidents where streamers are playing video games live, only for their front door knocked down and a team of SWAT/police raid the building. People suck.
He's 50 years old and knows about slang terms from a video game streaming website. I think I need to get myself up to date on these terminologies :p
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pinkpearl wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 11:08 am
I'm basically freaking out right now. I'm going through the most difficult job search of my life - and I'm 50, so that's a long time. I've got more skills, experience, etc than ever, I have a new master's degree in the exact field I'm applying to, and I haven't gotten a callback in over 2 months. Zero, zip, nada.

I've followed all the job search advice, and I've gotten many jobs over the years, so I don't think I'm doing anything terribly wrong. I had a very successful short-term contract over the summer, so as far as I can tell I can still do a job, get on with people, and so on. I've run out of ideas.

What do you do when NOTHING seems to work?
Technically, that implies you've tried everything. Literally everything. Which I will say you haven't.

You probably have constraints that dictate the job search. You'll need to remove those. It's the equivalent of trying to find a product with specific filters set and not finding it. Well if you need the product, and you know it exists, then you'll need to change your search params to widen your search.

Maybe you're looking in the wrong places.
Maybe you're looking in the wrong geographic area.
Maybe you're applying to the wrong openings.
Maybe the resume is the issue.
Maybe you're not using the right agencies.
Maybe your network is too small.
Maybe because it's such a niche, there are only X openings available and all of them have been filled by your classmates.

GL.
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Maybe my facial hair isn't patterned right.

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