I worked between college and law school

Everyone thought I was going to bolt for further schooling every day. I did plan to leave after several years. I was extremely overqualified. If you need cash now and can’t wait, postpone the master’s. I found jobs that were insulting compared to my academic standing and the place where I graduated college. It made me value the advanced education more. I find it very sexist but women are allowed a sojourn to find themselves that men are not. Oh, when you apply for graduate school, working gives you an advantage. Diversity. You know what the work world is like.

Most of the time I don’t even get simple acknowledgement of receipt of my resume. I just met a bimbo from Orinda HR yesterday who’s more concerned with shopping than interviewing people.

If anyone is from the SF Bay Area here and has a job opening in teaching or programming, drop me a private email please. I know I can do the job.

I was an HR manager for 8 years and with an attitude like that I can understand why you don’t have a job! One thing you have to remember (I learned this from experience both on the job and looking for a job) the fact that you applied for a job with the company is very important to you and the main thing in your life at the moment, but to the HR “bimbo” it is not the most important thing of her day, she may have sexual harassment investigations going on, dealing with other employee relations issues, trying to hire for other positions, dealing with insurance or payroll issues and a hundred other things that pop up in an HR persons day. You have no clue what HR has to deal with on any given day. Believe me a bad/bitter attitude comes across during an interview and do you really think that HR person is going to want to hire or pass on a resume to the hiring manager of a person that has a bad attitude going into the interview process? They are thinking that person may become a potential problem to her in the future, I sure didn’t want to hire anyone like that, I had enough problem employees to deal with I didn’t need one more crappy attitude!!

If you don’t do it already a really great thing to do is to send a thank you note for the interview (e-mail is fine) as it leaves a good feeling with the hiring manager, it shows you have class and shows off your communication skills and it brings your name up in front of the person hiring you once more which is what you want.

Your life may suck today, but you are the only one that can make it not suck tomorrow!!

Where do you get your information?

SF is a terrible place for unemployment. Where are you from? Do you see the homeless and barely poor walking the streets of SF? I’ve had my resume reviewed by several people who would tell me something is wrong with it and they have told me it’s fine.

I’m glad you can be so high and mighty since you apparently have a job.

Trying harder? I don’t know your history so….

Honestly, I can’t answer for everyone… I was pretty fed up with always being told no by employers throughout my life, I knew it was my visual impairment, and I did in fact get very fed up and for about 4 of those years, I stopped trying. Period.

But this time, when I did get that little seasonal job, I KNEW I was good, and when I kept getting turned away yet again, I just said, “I guess I’ll have to go to the ACLU or something. this is just stupid.”.

I got another interview and hired in the following month.

Having been there over a year now, I have received good feedback and raises. I even get called in to fill in for others. If me, a half-blind, diabetic on insulin female can get a job, I’m thinking it’s pretty much do-able by anyone. Especially in this land of the car and ‘Image’ (Southern California).

You, in SF bay area, have the BART system, many, many, many different places and fields of employment. What is your history with employment/ temp agencies? I used to belong to 5 of these, and not one could place me.

I applied just about everywhere around here, and didn’t even think of working in the Stockroom, but I started off there in the back, when they saw I am organized and energetic. Now, I’m back out on the sales floor and help out in back too. I call myself the “Team Safety” . What, in fact are the positions you’re applying for?

I dogged the place I work now for 3 years before getting hired for the seasonal spot. Then I went back the next month and took no excuses. If they don’t call you back CALL THEM! every bloody week! Don’t take NO if you really want to work somewhere. Keep on it all the time!

Consumer Debt – Recent College Grad

Hey everyone,

I’m new to the group and was hoping you all could lend some advice on my situation. I graduated from college last spring (’05) with around $50k in student loan debt currently being repaid at $400/mo. I also ran up a credit card balance of $9k due to a few job changes, emergencies, and getting settled into being on my own (furniture etc..).

The $9k is on a credit card at roughly %11 apr. Would it be worth taking a consumer loan and paying this off? I have no idea what consumer loan rates are at right now.

I currently make $2500/mo after taxes, and after all my fixed expenses(rent, student loans, utilities etc.) are taken out I am left with around $1k/mo.

What do you all think I should do?

Pay down the debt as soon as possible, then start to set up a savings plan. You want to be a saver not a debter and it starts early in life. If you are disciplined you could pay off the credit card debt pretty fast without much financial restructuring. The school debt is likely at much lower rates due to federal initiatives. Again, pay down the consumer debt as soon as possible. It gets your career going on the right foot!