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Re: Getting a job...Another opinion

Posted by DaisyM on November 22, 2003, at 19:23:05

In reply to Re: Getting a job...Need advice Elle2021, posted by fallsfall on November 22, 2003, at 8:18:02

I'm not sure I agree with complete honesty --it totally depends on your field. As the CEO I am always looking at a variety of issues, not the least of which is workman's comp and disability stuff. You can not be discriminated against because of an ongoing illness -- but there are a million reasons NOT to hire someone. In this day and age it is not uncommon for people to be moving around, a lot. You might say something like, "I needed to work so I took a number of positions knowing that they could be short term due to reorganizations. I am really hoping for something much more long term now."

If it is a human service field: "my life was really complicated for awhile but those issues have resolved and I am looking forward to prioritizing my career goals."

Another suggestion is to go to work for a temp agency - They place you, short and long term stuff, and you don't have to explain to the employer your history. If the employer likes you, they may offer you employment without all the "hoops." I entered my current field this way, working temp while finishing my Master's and then took a permanent job where I was placed.

I totally agree about taking a slightly lower level job -- it is a great way to show your stuff. Especially if you are cheerful and very willing to ask for extra work.

Just some thoughts. Don't be too hard on yourself. The job market is really really tough right now.




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