OT--looking for a new job

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Registered: 11-28-1999
OT--looking for a new job
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Sat, 10-19-2013 - 11:57am

I have really disliked my current job for a while now.  I have been there 17 yrs--first I worked part time and tried doing cases (law) on my own but it was too difficult to try to juggle 2 things so eventually I went to my current job (almost) full time.  I took this job cause I was a single parent with little kids and it's hard to get a job as a lawyer that you don't have to work over 40 hours a week.  Well it was good for that but now I have very low pay for what I do and I have no benefits.  I have talked to my boss about paying for my health insurance but he always has some excuse.  And I get no benefits of any kind, not even paid sick days.  When I look at jobs with big companies and see the extensive benefits they have it really makes me upset that I have been taken advantage of.  Plus my boss used to be very hands off which I liked.  In the past year or so, he has suddenly decided that he wants to be more involved, which basically means taking over.  Thankfully he only works 1/2 days but he's so obnoxious.  It's like he suddenly knows everything and won't listen to my opinion--meanwhile he hasn't seen the inside of a courtroom in all the time I've been there yet he suddenly thinks he can start doing trials--cause he's smarter than everybody.  So of course I am looking for a job.

It's so much of a hassle to apply for jobs now.  My friend, who is in HR, helped me on my resume and do the current style, which is less about just liting your chronological jobs--you have to list your core competencies.  So I spend all this time doing that and yet every place seems to make you apply on line--and put dates.  I didn't want to put the date I graduated from college for obvious reasons (age discrimination) but you can't submit your application without doing that.  And even though I upload my resume, then basically you have to re-type all your info again.  Even the court website--first they had a specific application which I filled out and saved so I could keep reusing it--then they went to applying on line, then since the last time I did that, now they added additional boxes to the application.  So in the past 1 1/2  hours, I think I did 2 applications.  Hopefully I'll at least get an interview.  There is one job with the court that's like 5 mins. from my house & it pays really well and I know I could do it--of course those jobs are in great demand.

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 1:09pm
I've always wondered how they can ask for graduation dates when they can't ask your age. If you waited to go to college, it makes you look younger, but that's the only way you'd have an advantage. I'd hope experience will help you, but who knows these days. Good luck with it. I couldn't imagine trying to find a new job right now!
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 1:44pm

 Good, are you on linked in?  That can help.

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Registered: 05-10-2005
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 2:44pm

I second the suggestion to use Linked In.   I was unemployed last year for about 6 months, and it was incredibly helpful.  You can also follow companies on Linked In, which is another way to "get seen" by their HR dept.

Also, I highly suggest networking groups, both in and out of your field.  The ones in my field were good, but I got a lot of practice at just general networking groups, where you are forced to introduce yourself over and over.  It's good practice describing your experience and the kind of job you are seeking.  And of course, hearing how other people describe their experiences, and how they frame themselves, is also helpful.  

The online apps are painful, but totally necessary.  They also make a little harder to follow up, because you don't have a name.  I wouldn't worry too much about age discrimination right now - the overall job market is still pretty tight, but I found that experience was considered valuable.

My local library had some great seminars on job seeking in the evenings, there were good speakers every couple of months.  I hadn't looked for a job in 10+ years, and I was certainly surprised at how things changed.

Hope this helps!  Keeping my fingers crossed for you-

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 5:46pm

Yes I am on Linkedin.  I don't know if that helps at all but I figured I had to be on there since everybody is nowadays.  The wierd thing about law is that sometimes experience hurts.  If you want to get hired by a law firm as a partner, you need to bring a certain number of clients (usually they put it as a dollar amount) with you.  Well if I had all those clients, I'd just open my own office.  I think if I had money to fall back on, I'd just do that, but I can't afford to go without a definite salary right now.  I'd actually like to get out of law firms and into something a little different.

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Registered: 04-17-2008
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 7:54pm

Good luck.  I hope you get the one close to your home.  And I feel for you about the boss. As a physician assistant, I have supervising MDs, and in my 26 years in the field, have had a few a-holes.  Usually it was with female supervisors, but I recently had a male who was just the most obnoxious, sanctimonious jerk I have ever worked with.  And, like your guy, he thinks he is smarter than everyone else.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 11:51pm

Oh one of my boss' favorite expressions (and he can go on & on about this one) is "I know more than most doctors" about whatever he's talking about, like TBI.  This is because he has read articles on the internet.  Seriously?  I just look at him and say "no, you don't."  Ok, he can study the brain & memorize the parts and what they do--my son in high school is doing that now in Psychology.  But what he doesn't get is that he has no idea what it's like to actually treat a real patient.  That to me is like saying, well I watched a lot of People's Court and movies about trials, so I know I could do one.

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Registered: 05-14-1999
Sun, 10-20-2013 - 11:03am

I am in the same boat as yourself.  I'm not even getting call backs.  Like someone else suggested, it's rare that a company name is attached so that one can follow up.  This is the most resumes I've sent out without getting an interview.  I've wondered the same about the dates/age discrimination.  For me, giving up isn't an option.  I figure sooner or later someone is going to give me an opportunity.  Good luck with your search!

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Registered: 05-10-2005
Sun, 10-20-2013 - 6:08pm

Hang in there!  I never dreamed I would be umemployed for 6 months (I guess I was naive!)  I kept a big spreadsheet of all the job leads, applications, interviews, etc.    In the end, I applied to 84 jobs, and had a total of 14 interviews (some casual, some 1st interviews, and 2 2nd interviews) before getting a job.    And as it turns out, I ended up getting 2 offers in the same week, although one was part-time/temporary and the other was full-time/regular so there was no question which one I would take. 

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 10-21-2013 - 11:40am

It's good to have a best friend who is in HR and has tons of contacts.  Yesterday I was with her and told her one company that I applied to--she has 5 good friends who work in HR there and she emailed them about me.  This wouldn't be my first choice since it's a good distance from where I live now but you never know.  I hate when they don't have a salary range in the job posting--if it's less than what I make now, then I'm not interested even though they have many more benefits.