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12/12/10 10:24 P

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Being a clinical social worker in the mental health field I have found it so TRAGIC how in these difficult times the FIRST area for cutbacks throughout our country tends to be in social services...where the need is greater than EVER now!

Keep at it and see what happens, but in the meantime don't forget that while the job market may be beyond your control, your food choices and physical activity levels are under your control! Go for it and see how your morale benefits!

So pleased to see you jumping into the message boards...keep coming back to share your thoughts, trials, tribs and SUCCESSES to get the MOST from your SparkTeam! :-)

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12/12/10 10:28 A

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Hi,

I was laid off in March. I worked as a Residential Supervisor in a Group home for many years and went to a therapeutic apartment living program for teen age girls. Well, the program was closed down due to budget cuts.

I decided to take a different direction in Human Services and wanted to become a Special Education teacher. Unfortunately, the school thought my GPA was too low and didn't think so. I also found out my unemployment will end in March/April.

I have been applying for jobs, but haven't heard much back. I am waiting to hear back from one job that I was told went from ft to pt..but at least it is something.

I hope to have something by January...but the way things are going...well, we'll see.

Good luck to everyone on their job search.

As my Father used to say, "You only live once, so do it all!"


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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
9/16/10 9:23 P

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Congrats...that will surely help your job hunt!

Don

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Unemplloyment has finally kicked in ! YEAH!!!!!!!
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Life is NOT a dress rehearsal, ENJOY every moment!



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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
7/21/10 10:44 P

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Thx for sharing the resource...sounds like this fellow can be quite the catalyst!

Don

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7/21/10 5:10 P

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"Years ago I was reading about a group of people who became self-made millionaires at a young age. I donít recall the source. But I remember that it was mentioned that the average person in that group had gone through about 17 different careers before finding the one that lead to financial success." Steve Pavlina

I recommend taking a stroll through this blog for some motivation. He can be cooky but you don't have to believe everything you read! AND he'll start you thinking!

www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2007/11/th
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challenge-of-choosing-the-right-career/


This is how people are made--always questing for nourishment. Expecting perfection is an attempt to ignore this basic human struggle.


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MARLADIA Posts: 1,265
7/10/10 1:08 P

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MRE1956:
No experience isn't the thing any more I have found that out also. It is how young you look and who you know. I won't color my hair any more because of all the chemicals found in hair color.

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Boy, you would think experience would make a difference, but sadly I'm finding this not to be the case....I may have to seriously consider coloring my hair - and I'm so fundamentally opposed to this on every conceivable human level.....

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
6/19/10 10:02 P

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"8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Land a Job"...

Looks like a WONDERFUL resource!

Thx for the share!

Don

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6/19/10 2:56 P

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www.viddler.com/explore/careerealism
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Here's a webinar recording if you have an hour to re-evaluate. I'm looking forward to watching it this evening.

This is how people are made--always questing for nourishment. Expecting perfection is an attempt to ignore this basic human struggle.


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MARLADIA Posts: 1,265
5/28/10 1:17 A

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RELOCATING UNFORTUNATELY IS NOT AN OPTION. WE ALSO MOVED DOWN TO WHERE WE LIVE FOR MY HUSBANDS HEALTH. WHICH IS BETTER SINCE WE MOVED FROM COLORADO. I WOULD MOVE BACK TO COLORADO BUT IT GETS TO COLD IN THE WINTER FOR MY HUSBAND.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
5/27/10 11:33 P

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These are certainly SUCH discouraging times!

Plus it sounds as though you live in a particularly depressed area economically.

Is there any chance you could consider relocating...?

Be careful not to paint with TOO broad a brush...I'm sure there are at least SOME places which respect and value the breadth of knowledge and experience an older worker brings to the job.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conten
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article/2009/04/04/AR2009040400656.html

jobsearch.about.com/od/diversity/a/a
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www.encore.org/news/would-you-hide-y
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moneyover55.about.com/od/careersinla
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Keep coming back and update us on your efforts...we're behind you all the way! :-)

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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MARLADIA Posts: 1,265
5/27/10 11:06 P

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I LOST MY JOB ON HALLOWEEN OF ALL TIMES. I LIVE IN BEAVER DAM ARIZONA. NOTHING HERE BUT A CONVENIENCE STORE,POST OFFICE AND A GOLF COURSE W DINING AND HOTEL.
I WAS WORKING IN A CASINO IN MESQUITE NEVADA AND BEFORE THAT I WAS WORKING AT RITE AID IN ST GEORGE UTAH. NOT MUCH GOING ON IN EITHER STATE FOR A SENIOR WORKER. EVERY ONE WANTS YOUNGER PEOPLE TO WORK. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE ANY MORE THEY WANT YOUNGER.

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5/14/10 8:08 A

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Always keep an open mind when it comes to a new job. It might just be the right time to try something or someplace new.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Everything happens for a reason!


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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
5/10/10 6:06 P

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Great to hear that you are keeping at it! Something is sure to open up in time...patience & persistence! :-)

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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5/10/10 12:17 P

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Thank you everyone! I am still looking for work but I have stopped my "pity party". I am considering contracting. I am considering relocation if the job is stable.

I have concluded that my age and my weight are are issues.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your job loss. My family and I are in the process of relocating. I'm in Alabama right now as I got my real estate license and am selling homes while my hubby and son are in Indiana til our house sells.

It's a sacrifice that we needed to make in order to stay above water but know eventually things will work out for the best.

Stay positive and look for possible things you can do on your own. Now might just be that time to start something you always wanted to do.

Everything happens for a reason!


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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,438
3/15/10 10:09 P

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Michigan can be tough...a lot depends on your field, though...I'm a big fan of the medical field...can't OUTSOURCE it! Any chance of a training program in some aspect of medical technology...?

Just posted suggestions for overcoming psychological stumbling blocks...

Hang in there and keep trying! Let us know how you're doing! :-)

Don

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I'm in Minnesota and it's not much better here. I have read where places in Michigan are really hard hit because of the auto layoffs. I've been jobhunting and working very part-time for several years now. Had to sell my house and looking at very small apartments. I get out of the repairs but the space and privacy may be a big adjustment. I can survive frugally - but barely. Best of luck with your search!

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Lost my job just before Thanksgiving. Now I am working on a total reset--mind and body. Getting a job will be difficult as I am older than my competition. Living in Michigan doesn't help. I may have to relocate.
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