Career Transitions In A Depressed Economy – Worth It?
I’m going through this as we speak. The former corporate management role I once had, is no more. While I don’t mind that, I still need a job, but who’ll hire me? I’m a minority three times over – Native American, female, middle-aged.
People have asked, “why don’t you start an 8A business??”, but what they don’t realize is, I don’t have the money to do that. I have plenty of hobbies that I could turn into a home-based business, but I don’t have the money to go without a full-time income at this point, so that idea is out.
Wouldn’t you know, the economy is still in a depression, and I refuse to believe it’s a recession – we had that before the last decade ended, and it’s much worse at this point. This economic depression might be slowly getting better, but there aren’t many places for someone my age and demographic. Or is there? What kind of career pays no attention to demographics?
I’ve decided to change careers entirely, so we’ll see where it goes. I think the key to a complete career change is to word your cover letter masterfully – pick a career you’d like, and build your past experience around that. I’m going to use my past to get into a another career altogether…I’ll let you know how it goes!
Do not sign up with Careerbuilder.com
I’ve learned the hard way. While job-hunting, of course I went to the biggest online job-hunting websites to not only search for jobs, but hoping companies searched for me.
- Dice.com – best for technical jobs
- Careerbuilder.com – DO NOT USE
- Robert Half Int’l
- TekSystems / Thingamajob
- Kelly Technical
Some of these are strictly tekkie sites, but I digress…do not sign up with Careerbuilder.com. They are the WORST source of spam I’ve ever seen in my life. I could tell from the way I set up my profile on there that CareerBuilder was the source of the spam. I was intentionally and against my will subscribed to about 20 spammers who sent me jobs listings all day. Of course, that means I have to unsubscribe to all of them, which means they now have my email address for their future reference, and I’m extremely angry at this. I value my privacy, and I’m telling everyone to stay off CareerBuilder.com – I’m not so sure they’re running a legal business because of all the spammers. CareerBuilder is a scam to get your information resold, and to auto-subscribe me to a bunch of junk “job opportunity” spam emails. Identity theft, anyone?!
In addition, CareerBuilder has this “feature” (and I use the term loosely) that a job seeker can view who’s looked at their résumé or profile, and this seems like a good idea until you realize that these are the spammers and this is how they get to your information…and they can probably glean personal information from you while they’re at it. It’s like a spammers heaven – your info, your email address, your name/address/phone or whatever you left out there…identity probably abounds. I’m fed up, and if I can find a way to report them, I will. The feds need to check them out! Thank God I didn’t put my name on my résumé – nor did I put my address/city, nor phone number. I tell ya, I’m still upset that even my email address is now in the hands of probably hundreds of companies willing to spam/phish me or steal my identity. CareerBuilder should be shut down – blacklisting isn’t punishment enough.
I’m pissed off, people – you can certainly look for jobs using CareerBuilder, but don’t ever register for an account…
SPAMMERS who auto-suscribed me to their own spam:
email@example.com via amazonses.com
firstname.lastname@example.org via sendgrid.info
email@example.com via bounce.insphereinsurance.mkt4449.com
firstname.lastname@example.org via bounce.insphereinsurance.mkt4449.com
Not spam or advertising, I just wanted to share some shortcuts for job-seekers – I got some great advice for cover letters here…
Put me in the job-seeker category – I’m currently trying to find a technical career. In the area where I live, this is actually not difficult because it’s a large city with plenty of options. However, sometimes you just need a little boost or edge in order to stand above your competition to get hired. Be ready for that interview! In these harsher economic times, you can certainly give yourself and advantage as a job-seeker by educating yourself for free. It can only help you.
I found a great “Freebie” website that has some great tutorials, so I have to share – and you’ve heard of this company before. It’s the Goodwill Community Foundation – yes, that Goodwill. They have topics that can give you some more business savvy.
Go forth and learn!
Did you know there’s a “deception service” you can pay to lie for you? Lies and deception is apparently big business these days – especially for job seekers! Apparently, one former private investigator put his own skills out there as an entrepreneur to start a company that fulfills a market need.
- Paladin Deception Services have been referred to as “professional liars” by CNN.
- MSN Money says, “Need a job reference? Hire a liar“
- The Denver Post says, “Retired private detective runs professional deception business” – Liar-for-hire Tim Green will tell anyone anything — for a fee.
Paladin Deception Services offers:
Is lying illegal? This is a troubling dilemma for some, but the above mentioned business will not go around the law to provide services, And yes, there’s a caveat – you MAY get fired from your job if caught lying. Is it really worth looking over your shoulder to keep up the façade? Can you remember and keep track of your lies/stories?
Paladin isn’t the only disinformation service out there. CareerExcuse.com, The Reference Store and Fake Your Job offer to span the gaps in employment, and cover your hide to smooth out any resume wrinkles that might be a red flag.
I know the job market is tight, and businesses are failing…but many businesses are starting, too. I’m out in the job market looking myself, but I wouldn’t lie or deceive to get my next job. Karma is a you-know-what, and I don’t need any hellhounds on my trail!