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Job hunting woes

by Marcia and Dr. Rick

August 9, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Peter from New York City writes: 

I’m having difficulty finding a job. I finished a college degree in 2001 and haven’t found a full time job since. I’ve been applying online to job ads in various industries. I didn’t know what to major in but ended up with a major in Health administration. I wonder if I took some classes equal to a second degree, in a different major, would I then be able to find a job. If so what courses do you recommend. Is there something I can do or do I have to wait till job market improves.

Coach Marcia B Says: 

It’s already been ten years since you graduated.  You say you haven’t been able to find a job.  I find that hard to believe.  Most people don’t get work in their major but they are able to transfer their talents and abilities to find a place for themselves in any industry.  I can’t tell whether you are interested in Health administration but certainly the health sector is a place where there are jobs, even now.  My advice, take whatever you can get to get your foot in any door.  Then work hard and see what happens.  Sitting around waiting for an opportunity is a dead end.

Dr. Rick says: 

There’s something seriously awry in this story.  While I think healthcare is a fertile field, I have to believe that you are getting in your own way of securing a job.  You sound too scattered in your approach for looking for work and you need to focus this to a specific area and determine how you can be of service to a variety of companies that you would be pursuing.  You desperately need either professional coaching or some therapeutic help to guide you in presenting yourself in the most professional manner possible.  Ten years is simply too long for you not to be employed.

Best wishes,
Marcia and Dr. Rick

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