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Do you use the same resume for each job you apply for?
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Good thought. Start your own business. I know many who tax prep throughout the year. Of course April is the busy season.
Yeah. Or maybe a bookkeeping service. I'm sure there are plenty of small businesses that could use the help of a bookkeeper, but don't need one full-time, and so would be interested in hiring a professional/contractor to take that on.

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I think that we've had a bad economy for many years and it's made jobs very hard to get. I also think that the job market is biased against older people. I myself have been looking for a job for 5 years to replace the one I have now and have never been able to find anything. I have lost opportunities to many younger way less experienced people. It seems that experience is not as valuable as it once was. Companies seem to looking for younger less experienced employees they can hire for less money. This really worries me. I'm over 50 and need to work at least 10 more years before I will have anything close to what I need to retire. I guess that puts us in the same boat, I'm not sure what to do either.
Sometimes I don't even wanna get out of bed in the morning. I've worked so long and felt I was doing something important. Now I feel useless. It's a hard point to get past in my mind. At times it debilitating, you know?
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Yes, is there a reason not to?
Oh, absolutely! You need to customize your resume to the job you're hiring for. Many firms scan for keywords, rather than reading through every word of the resume. I read somewhere that hiring directors spend less than 30 seconds on each resume (excluding the ones that they want to interview)--you need to make sure your resume catches their attention enough in that 30 seconds to keep them from tossing it.

This is why you need to read the parachute book.

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Could you be self-employed as a marketing consultant for small businesses in your area? They invariably need some marketing help, don't know exactly how to go about finding it, and can't usually pay what large firms want to charge. I have a friend who makes a decent living doing that and supplements it with being a roving photographer for the local newspaper.
I have thought about self-employment. I have a good sense of how to run a business. I have a few ideas for websites and start-ups but I still have doubts. I guess I am my own worst enemy in that sense. A marketing consultant would be an exciting career, but my experience is lacking. I have the degree but not the experience. I wouldn't know how to break into that field either.

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Oh, absolutely! You need to customize your resume to the job you're hiring for. Many firms scan for keywords, rather than reading through every word of the resume. I read somewhere that hiring directors spend less than 30 seconds on each resume (excluding the ones that they want to interview)--you need to make sure your resume catches their attention enough in that 30 seconds to keep them from tossing it.

This is why you need to read the parachute book.
Good Lord what's this world come to. I hired people where i worked and I read over everything. To me that feels short sighted on the part of the HR department.
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Good Lord what's this world come to. I hired people where i worked and I read over everything. To me that feels short sighted on the part of the HR department.
Old school vs. new school, my friend. Some HR depts/hiring directors are so inundated with applications for open positions, it's the only way to keep up with it. They're looking for reasons to rule people out, just to thin out the pile.

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Please, help. I have been a bookkeeper/office manager for 25 years. My job was something I took for granted, and I felt it would always be there. Today the company I worked for is out of business. I've been unemployed for 6 months now and its killing me. I don't know what to. I have applied to over 100 places around me for any number of job types. I've had a few interviews but nothing. I don't want to resort to flipping burgers but that might be my only hope.

I think i deserve a job with decent pay. I don't want an entry level job, but I have been looking at those positions now.

Am I too old and people don't want me?

Maybe they don't like fat people.

I think I have good resume, but I've been out of the loop for so long I don't know.

Working from home would be good, but most of the people that have contacted me are scammers.

Help, PLEASE

I don't have any suggestions for job options but rather a location to consider - Allentown, PA. My sister moved there with her kids a few years ago from NYC, I helped her move. I thought she was insane, she didn't have a job and the place looked like a dead zone. The only thing bustling was the shopping carts in Walmart. But she had done her research and Allentown was the fastest growing city in PA with a highly positive outlook for its economy. She was dead on, the change has been quite drastic.

Another idea - perhaps your resume/cover letter is not the best representation of yourself. I'm sure there are lots of bloggers and websites that offer advice on improving these docs but when I was job hunting, I gravitated towards Liz Ryan. There's something about the way she gives advice that's very motivating and empowering. You can run a search for her, here are a few links to get you started:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140...-voiced-resume
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Old school vs. new school, my friend. Some HR depts/hiring directors are so inundated with applications for open positions, it's the only way to keep up with it. They're looking for reasons to rule people out, just to thin out the pile.
Some larger companies have you submit your resume online and actually run all the resumes through software looking for keywords. Only the ones that meet the initial match criteria are even sent for the initial cursory review. If you don't have enough keywords that match the job posting for that particular position, a live human never even sees your resume.

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Some larger companies have you submit your resume online and actually run all the resumes through software looking for keywords. Only the ones that meet the initial match criteria are even sent for the initial cursory review. If you don't have enough keywords that match the job posting for that particular position, a live human never even sees your resume.
I tailor my resume based on the job description, showing that I have all the qualifications that they are looking for (without lying). Whatever type of experience they are looking for, I highlight similar/relevant experience/responsibilities in the various positions I've held.


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Sometimes I don't even wanna get out of bed in the morning. I've worked so long and felt I was doing something important. Now I feel useless. It's a hard point to get past in my mind. At times it debilitating, you know?
I always thought I was doing something important to, that one day I would get recognized and acknowledged for something. Been here for 6 years and nothing, young women get all the promotions. I feel that I'm wasting my time here but there's no other jobs in the area. It's debilitating, I know. I don't feel like coming to work anymore. It doesn't seem worthwhile.

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I always thought I was doing something important to, that one day I would get recognized and acknowledged for something. Been here for 6 years and nothing, young women get all the promotions. I feel that I'm wasting my time here but there's no other jobs in the area. It's debilitating, I know. I don't feel like coming to work anymore. It doesn't seem worthwhile.
I feel ya, jb. I busted my a$$ for my current employer for several years because we were constantly understaffed, and I got very little recognition. Seven yrs ago, I got a promotion (which I had to apply for), and continued to bust my ass... despite the fact that there's been a pay freeze since 2008. Nothing since then. They won't make me senior associate director, even though I deserve it, because it will cost too much money to give me the raise a promotion would involve. They re-instituted minimal pay increases (0.5%-1%) a few years ago, but that's it. I get very little recognition for my work, instead I get what feels like a constant stream of criticism from my boss (micromanager/perfectionist). I gave up and just stopped giving a sh!t about 1.5 yrs ago. I just don't care anymore. It's soul-sucking and it takes all my energy to just drag myself in to the office each day. Things have gotten marginally better over the last 6 months, since we hired some more staff and I've been able to delegate more and take things off my plate that were never my job to begin with, but not enough to make me want to stay. But I lack the emotional energy to launch a full-scale job search.

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Sometimes I don't even wanna get out of bed in the morning. I've worked so long and felt I was doing something important. Now I feel useless. It's a hard point to get past in my mind. At times it debilitating, you know?
Sir,

I have been there as well. The one job I had worked for 11 years. I worked all kinds of hours and went above what I was trained to do. I held three positions in the company. I was dropped at the curb like a rubbish bin. The did give me two weeks severance. How generous!

As it set in while sitting at my computer looking it got depressing. I felt like no matter how hard I worked it just did not matter. The odd hours and going above and beyond it just did not matter. Yes, sir there was many a day I would rather sit on the couch. But...with mouths to feed and mortgage to pay I had to keep on getting up! So I landed a night time job. It sucked but it brought home some money. Within three months this place downsized. I was back in the same boat again. Double whammy!

I kept looking and found the current job I'm in now. I have been at this job 13 years.

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I feel ya, jb. I busted my a$$ for my current employer for several years because we were constantly understaffed, and I got very little recognition. Seven yrs ago, I got a promotion (which I had to apply for), and continued to bust my ass... despite the fact that there's been a pay freeze since 2008. Nothing since then. They won't make me senior associate director, even though I deserve it, because it will cost too much money to give me the raise a promotion would involve. They re-instituted minimal pay increases (0.5%-1%) a few years ago, but that's it. I get very little recognition for my work, instead I get what feels like a constant stream of criticism from my boss (micromanager/perfectionist). I gave up and just stopped giving a sh!t about 1.5 yrs ago. I just don't care anymore. It's soul-sucking and it takes all my energy to just drag myself in to the office each day. Things have gotten marginally better over the last 6 months, since we hired some more staff and I've been able to delegate more and take things off my plate that were never my job to begin with, but not enough to make me want to stay. But I lack the emotional energy to launch a full-scale job search.
Wow we face exactly the same thing. They won't make me an associate director either and I bust my ass everyday I'm here. Used to have a real ******* for a boss. They fired him, passed me over and gave a double promotion to a young woman with much less experience. She doesn't care about anyone else's career except her own. She's careful not to give me any assignment that will show my abilities. I've gotten to be point I just don't care anymore, and have launched a full scale job search. The economy here is so bad that there just isn't any jobs so it's going to take awhile.

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Well, one thing is for sure. I'll not be content again in another job. I'll work there as long as it suits my needs. I'll always be looking for something better for me "#1" Its taken some hard knocks to realize you don't mean crap no matter how much they tell you are "irreplaceable" The company closed its doors but, I'm still always gonna be on the lookout.
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