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Underemployed

Monday, October 08, 2012

How to start. After over six years at a job I totally LOVE, two weeks ago I was informed my full time job was going to part time. My job consists of Admin Assistant/QA/Trade Show Coordinator. The other two Admin Assistants (who have been there for less time) will keep their 40 hour jobs. They see their jobs as jobs, while I could go on and on about mine, because I love what I do and our products that much. Needless to say that is irrelevant now, my loyalty means diddly squat to these people. The Admin Manager has never liked me and she now has a chance to see me go. I cannot afford to stay at 20 hours so now I have to find a second job for 20 hours, but preferably a new job for 40 hours. I cannot stay at a job where I am not wanted, and while some people there want me to stay, my direct supervisor wants me gone and I just cannot stay. So now comes the hard part how to look for a job.

Technically I am a teacher, but I had to let that expire when we moved back here. Prior to becoming a teacher I was in the admin field, so I have about 15-20 years experience in that field. When I was at the top of my field I was typing at 100 wpm with zero errors. I can pick up any software program very quickly (which led me to become a business teacher). My current employer says that employers no longer look for Letters of Recommendations which I was counting on from the nicer of the managers from where I work. He says that they now rely strictly on Credit Reports...to say mine is bad would be an understatement. With all my medical bills we are messed up.

So now I have to fill out a resume again, and it is totally different than the last time I filled one out and I TAUGHT how to complete resume writing. I feel like a complete fool.

I went to Job Service online today to try and fill out the forms and I was lost, I'll try again tomorrow. I have to try and complete the online resume, I wish I could fill out an old fashion one. If I could only print my old one to keep my history and start from new considering my old one was looking for teaching jobs.

I hope I can find something. Wish me luck.
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SLIMMERKIWI 10/9/2012 12:24AM

    I think that the time spent at your current employment will speak for you - if you hadn't been any good, your current employers would have gotten rid of you a long time ago. also,. I would be inclined to emphasize the current global situation - there are so many employees in your line, as there are in most lines of employment, being let go.

One thing that crossed my mind regarding the lack of written reference, a lot of firms aren't taking too much notice of them now because if they have hired based on that reference, and the new employee turns out to be not to the ability that the writer has indicated, the new employer has been able to sue the writer for incorrect information.

I suggest that if you have friends in your current work, ask if they will be prepared to act as a referee - the same with referees in general. Where it comes to the finance part of it, if you have a good relationship with a firm, ask if THEY are able to be a verbal referee. Even if you have struggled with payments, if you have explained to them the medical problems/costs, then I am sure it will filter through to the prospective new employers. I know that one place I was working years ago, different people would phone the company, and I heard things like this being mentioned to the callers.

Whatever happens, good luck!
Kris

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NDTEACHER1 10/8/2012 10:18PM

    God may have bigger plans for you. I will pray for you.

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