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Welcome to Cindy! I also work in mental health. I'm a psychotherapist in community mental health. What state do you live in?
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4/24/14 7:18 A

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I am Cindy. I am looking for a new job. I have been in the health insurance world for a little over a year. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. Prior to insurance I have worked across many different settings in mental health. However, the pay was horrible. Insurance pays better but I sit in a cube all day on the phone. I have been very discouraged in the job hunt. Any assistance advice any one could offer will be appreciated. Thanks Cindy

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Thanks! I am starting to read and buff up on the site- it's a good feeling when people tell you, you are in the right place! Sometimes you feel like the oddball of the bunch!!

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Welcome to the Careers Team! Spark is a great site and a great place to learn to get healthy. This team is a great place to talk about career concerns. I could relate to a lot of what you said in your introduction. I tend to be an over achiever and I let stress build up. You're in the right place.
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Hi- My name is Susie and this is my first post for SP! I just signed up to day :) I am a bit of a workaholic (over achiever type person) and stress at my job is at an all time high- In May I was admitted in the ER, for having 'tension headaches' I had a pretty bad migraine that caused a spasm in the back of the head- they believe this is caused due to tension (brought on by stress, over exerting myself, etc), this led to jarring up my muscles in my shoulders, neck and back. I was part of a kick boxing program for a year and half. I am taking a break from that to let my body health and be more preventative to avoid any more of these 'headaches' - I need help in learning to let things go at work, not getting so worked up, let things play out, not responding to things 24/7. I want to be able to sleep at night and not have so much anxiety about job stress? does that make sense? Anyways, not sure how this works- but here I go! Thanks in advance!

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Welcome to the team! What is your master's in? Sometimes, its hard to be motivated in the job search. Its a very difficult process for some and that's why we're here. I found a lot of support and a place to vent when I was looking for a job.
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Hi all,
I am new to Sparkpeople- I've been using it for weight loss for about 2 weeks now, and it occurred to me that you might have a group for people looking for work. I am so glad you are here!
I just finished a master's program, but I am having a lot of difficulty feeling motivated or or selling myself to now look for work. I'm looking to stay motivated, not get depressed and take action, and this groups sounds like it might help with that.
Thanks!

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Hi Barbara! Your path is so familiar to the fields I'm exploring (journalism, education) and I'm glad to see someone else who has done it (and know that it might not be what I'm expecting). What kind of work are you looking for now? I have heard classroom management can be quite challenging -- you probably got some valuable experience from it.



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Welcome to the team. Congrats on your weight loss. I hope you find it helps in finding a job.
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Hi, my name is Barbara and I live with my husband, teen-age son and dog in Indianapolis (south side). I have a BA in communication arts (journalism) and worked in that field for a number of years before some insane decision made me go back to school for a teaching credential and try elementary teaching...which I bombed miserably at because I couldn't get "control" of the classroom. (You can't make kids behave who don't want to behave -- and who are allowed to run the show at home!)
So, for the past five years I've languished in part-time jobs trying to get back into something publishing related. My husband said that employers don't like overweight job applicants (especially if there's an equally qualified "eye candy" applying for the same job); so during the past four years I've been monitoring my food and exercising (darling husband gave me a gym membership for Christmas last year). I'm down 35 lbs (and from a size 18 to a size 12) from what I was in 2007...and also found Spark People in 2008.
That's the short version of my story. Feel free to check out my Spark Page. Thanks!

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That would be great. I'll be gone this weekend. I'm going to spend the weekend going through the stuff we have in storage and have a yard sale before we move it here. I won't be back until Saturday night (probably late). But, I agree we should start talking. When I started this team, I was frustrated with all the well-meaning people in my life who just didn't realize how their comments just made me feel worst. I was living in an isolated rural community and so I couldn't find a support group in person. So, I started looking here for a team. There wasn't anything about jobs or careers at the time. So, I started this team for people to support each other. I think its great how there are so many teams for people looking for jobs. I remember that I pretty much expected to be the only one here. I was in shock to see how many people joined the team in a short period of time. I think there was and still is a great need. This was where I found support and encouragement when I was angry or upset with the search. It was better to come here to talk about what was going on instead of going on a binge.
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Cindi - I'm glad your husband is feeling better and has lost weight! I have since lost 10 pounds myself, thanks to healthier lifestyle. I haven't read The Spark, but maybe I should. I actually just became co-leader of Upside of Downsized but maybe the answer will instead be to just join forces with you here on these boards! I agree with you - there is room for people to support each other on the job search. It's a psychologically difficult task! I'd be up for brainstorming with you on how we can all help each other here.



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Hi,
My husband told me this evening that he thinks his old job was killing him. He is losing weight and feeling so much better. That was a strong statement to make, he might be right.

I think the concepts behind Spark can be used in more than just weight loss. Have you read The Spark (the book)? I want this team to be a place where people can come and work on what they need to work on to find a job. Let us know how we can help.
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Hi Cindi et al - thanks for providing such a supportive environment. I'm currently unemployed but have also kinda been enjoying it after a deep bout of workaholism. Now that summer's gone, however, I'm feeling the urgency. Luckily, SparkPeople is a great motivator. I've used it to lose weight and keep track of calories. I was looking for a similar functionality in it for the career aspect of life, too. Alas, here we are :)



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Welcome. The job search is difficult. Currently my husband is in the search process and it's very difficult. Keep possitive. I believe that if you are persistent and positve, eventually you'll find a job. Sometimes you have to get creative. I ended up finding my dream job 3 hours away from home. It was hard, but I made it work because I really appreciated having a job. Best wishes in the search and come vent with us anytime.
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Hi I am Lynn. I have a masters degree in school counseling, and living in MI is not making that job search easy. I am working part time, and thankful for it. I just wish something would come along that was more fulfilling. I have been married for 3 years, my husband has a good job and we have a house. I just keep looking and applying. GOOD LUCK to all. Thanks for letting me share/vent.

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Having a place to vent is one of the purposes of this team. I work 3 hours from home because my husband's job is here. But, we might have to move this summer and then he'll be jobless. During the time I was unemployed, I liked being home and having the time with my family, but you are right, there is that "cloud" hanging over you and if finances are difficult, it's a big cloud. Hang in there and stay in touch with us.
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Hi, I returning to the work force after 11 years off. I graduated last March with a certificate to practice ultrasound. I have been looking for work since I received my first credential in April 2010 and now have the two credentials I went to school for making me a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in both Abdomen and Ob/Gyn. The school i went to emphasized how important it was to be registered and that finding a job would be easier. Well, not in my location. Apparently I would have to move to be employed. That's not a possiblility as my husband's work is here in GA. I too have been stuggling with depression, frustration, and lowered self confidence. Everyone says that I should enjoy the time i have off, but it's hard when i feel like i have a little black cloud hanging over me reminding me that I'm jobless. I'm starting to feel like I wasted the 3 years it took to get into the US program and finish it. I feel bad for my kids who missed out on alot of afterschool things and my youngest who I put in daycare. I guess I'm looking for a place to vent my feelings on this subject because I think I might talk about to much with my friends. thanks for letting me vent :)

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Best wishes in the job search.
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I took a leap of faith recently and quit a job in which I was a victim of full-blown workplace bullying. I know that I have so many great qualifications, and a ton of wonderful references from colleagues who saw what a strong contributor I was, and what I had to go through. This week, I've devoted full-time to this jobsearch mission, and it's been interesting, to say the least. Please keep fingers crossed that I find something soon, though, even if it's just something to tide me over for awhile and pay the bills. I'll keep mine crossed for all of you in transition, as well.

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Welcome! Your plan is a good one. That is what I did while I was looking for the job I'm in now. I was unemployed for 8 months and to distract myself, I worked on my eating and exercise habits.
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Hello! I just finished my masters in GIS and I have started the grand job hunt. I think if I just looked for and applied for jobs all day I would go insane so I'm distracting myself with various activities. One of these is improving my health by losing some of this extra weight I accumulated during college. I figure this weight loss will help me feel better, help me look better, which in turn will give me more confidence in my job search.

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Welcome to the team! Tell us a little more about you. What do you do now? Do you like it?
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Hello, I've been on SP for about 4 months and it has really helped me set and meet healthy weight loss goals. I am finally going to get serious about some career goals -- maybe SP can help me there, as well! Actually, the problem for me is that I can't figure out what I want to do next, and I know I need a change.

Eating well and moving around feels great!
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Welcome to the team. Sounds like you have a lot of insight.
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Hi, I just joined today. I'm currently working as a project manager in healthcare, and of course, I'm thankful to have a job in this economy. However, I'm frustrated, because I know that this isn't what I want to be doing for my life's career. In fact, I'm actively pursuing other opportunities and going on interviews every chance I get. Life is too short to be miserable at work!

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Hi Holly. Boy, that's a tough position to be in. I am in the Philly area, but I'll keep sending postive thoughts your way.



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Welcome to the team.

I think HR would have lots of possibilities. Check out small companies and even go to some who don't have an HR person and market your expertise to them. Tell them how an HR person could help their company run more efficiently and free up the boss to do other things. The author of What Color is Your Parachute really believes that you have to go out and make your openings. Even though you are being considered for a job in your company, they might decide to go outside of the company. Be careful about putting all your hopes in that one job or any one job. Always have other possibilities and plans, because that one might not work out. I recommend the book What Color is Your Parachute. The author encourages people seeking jobs to get creative and not limit yourself to advertised openings.
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Hello! My name is Holly and I was laid off as part of a reduction in force at the company I had worked for almost 9 years. I started as a part-time cashier in high school and slowly worked my way up while attending college. I was unemployed for about 3 months when the same company that laid me off called me back to temp after they fired one of the executive assistants. I've told the company that I would love to have the position permanently, and am now waiting on them to make up their mind. (They are interviewing other candidates.) I don’t really understand the situation since I am obviously qualified for the position. (I am working in the position RIGHT NOW. How can I not be qualified?) And I have 9 years experience with the company…doesn’t that say something about my work ethic and my loyalty? I will be very upset if someone else is hired and they let me go again. It is not a fun situation to be in, but at least it’s a paycheck. If anyone in this group knows of any companies hiring for HR positions in Atlanta, please message me! I have a Masters degree in HR and over two years general HR experience.

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Welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your injury. One of the things about life is that there is almost always something out there if you do some searching and get a little creative. Go to your college guidance department for some vocational counseling. There is a lot out there that is health related without going into nursing.

We're glad to have you here on our team.
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I am Rebecca, and...well I do not have a career as such anymore. I hurt my back at my job as a nursing assistant (well to be more explicit I was a nursing assistant and health unit coordinator, but I digress)in a hospital four years+ ago, had surgery, chronic pain, and now am just getting used to my adjusted lifestyle and need to find a new career. It took me a long while to get used to the fact that I would not be able to get back to my pre-injury pain-free state, and that I would not be able to do whatever I wanted to do anymore. I was going to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing for a BSN during my recovery from surgery and was expecting to be able to return to "normal" but when that did not happen, the pain got labeled "chronic," and I decided pursuing a career in which I would need to lift and/or maneuver patients was not a good idea. Battling with workers' comp was a nightmare and I eventually settled out and with the money paid off my student loans (although I have no degree lol) went to Spain to get treatment for my chronic pain, and finally now I am living with my parents, trying to find some way to get a job with a background in health care, a bad back, and no contacts! lol! (not to mention no car and I live in the suburbs) I am going this week to a counselor for the State's disability services something-or-other...I am not sure if they will be able to help me or not. I just really want to be able to finish my education in psychology or social work...as I feel those fields would be rewarding to me much like nursing would have been.

Sorry for the long post...

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With this economy, having a job is so important!

I didn't start out in mental health. I was a teacher and then a pastor for 17 years. I've done several little things between. I was a service coordinator in an apartment building for elderly. And I was a bereavement coordinator for hospice. I also worked in a neighborhood center in the inner city and coordinated programs in church settings. But, I have to admit that I feel happier and more fulfilled than I remember ever being. I had resisted going into mental health earlier and now I wonder what took me so long.
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I am currently an executive assistant. I went to college to be an English teacher. I struggled to find a full time job right after college 13 years ago. After subbing a couple of years, I found a job. I struggled when I taught. I moved schools and still struggled. I moved to PA, subbed and tutored and never found a full time job. I worked as an Executive Assistant in a nonprofit for 2 years, then moved to this position. My job is okay, but not sure if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am happy to have a job, that's for sure!



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Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do?

I'm Cindi and I'm the team leader. I work in mental health and love my job. I love being able to help other people.
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