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Over 50 and Unemployed

My husband and I both recently lost our jobs. We are both 58 and unable to retire at this time. I've been in the home building industry for 20 years and really don't know anything else. My husband has been in the grocery business for about 27years. We are both concerned about the possibility of ever finding a job at our age. Please help us determine what we need to do in order to get back into the work place.

Navigating the Resources

I am on a job search, but feel overwhelmed by all the resources. I'm interested in companies with an international presence in the field of survey research, market analysis, organizational consulting/human resources management, etc. Where should I look and how can I gain an advantage in obtaining the advertised and "hidden" job openings?

Setting Goals for a Job Search

I have a B.A. in Psychology, it's been over 2 years and I don't have a job. I owe money on my degree so my school won't give me my transcripts, I do have proof that I went for 4 years. What should I do? I'm looking for work every day and no luck.

More Education?

I am unemployed since December 4, 2008 being a Computer Aided Drafter of 10 years experience in the Consulting Engineering field. I have tried applying, searching and interviewing to move into an entry level position in IT as a Help Desk support but I find nothing or when I do get interviewed, never get hired. I have tried taking courses for CompTia's A+ certification and failed. I also see that companies who hire in the IT field want someone with certifications from Microsoft of CompTIA if not in general.

Trying to Move Up in the Industry

I am 29 year old female and have graduated in 2006 with BS in Biochemistry. I have been looking for something in my field, but everything is temporary or contract as well as low pay. Currently, I am working as a Pharmacy Technician in the translation department for one of the large mail order pharmacy. I went to school for few years in the hope of getting a job paying more, but some company needs to give me break for me to gain experience. I have posted my resume on CareerBuilder and Monster. I would really appreciate if someone can guide me.

Strategy for Difficult Economic Times

I am curious about the best approach to finding a position in this difficult economic times.
During a time of great competition you need to embark on a search that is focused, strategic and assertive. You must have a strong sense of your skills and value and be informed about the needs of the marketplace. If you need more education, get it! Target the types of companies that can benefit from your skill set and do your best to network into the company, check their website for openings and position yourself and your application in a way that makes you stand out.

Search Strategies for Ex Offenders

I have a Class X felony on my record that is 13 years old, yet it can not be expunged. Briefly, it was my first and only arrest. I count myself lucky because the company I worked for then kept me on the payroll and I had a position waiting for me when I got to work release. When that company closed its doors in 2000, reality set in. I went on 6 interviews to one company and then they sent me a letter explaining that my background was simply not what they had hoped for. So many doors are closed to people like me. I act and live as normally as everyone else, yet when I interview now the fear of discovery, along with the age factor is unbelievable. I am supposed to be going to school through WIA since I became unemployed once again. Do you have access to companies that either don't check that far back, companies that don't check, or those that understand our justice system is not always foolproof? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Where should I search for a job?

 I specialize in selling ad space. My background is in radio, newspaper, and special events. Could you direct me to the web sites that I should be searching? I prefer to work with local companies as I am now representing out of town firms.

Mid-Level Opportunities

Are there any jobs out there that are between assistant and management? It appears that organizations want you to be one or the other and are no longer offering coordinator or mid-level opportunities.

Volunteer to Employee

Where can I volunteer that it will lead to full time employment?

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