Finding an Entry-Level Job: What Am I Doing Wrong?

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I don’t even know where to start with this one because I’m still wondering how I got to be a career advisor.

I thought I was a recruiter, then a Human Resources chick, then a wife, and then a kitty mom. Somewhere along the way I picked up a handful of blogs and started speaking.

Life is weird. You better look for advice somewhere else.

Laurie I am working as a specialist for a company that does third party BI’s. I’m motivated, hard working, a loyalist,…ya know, all that good stuff. Here’s the problem, I cant get into HR to save my life! The main issue is I’m a career changer. I worked as an assistant manager in a casual dining restaurant for about 4 years after my first year of undergrad. (I had to stop going to school for money reasons, but Im pursuing my degree now.) In the position, I did all of the store specific HR which included everything from initial recruitment through training. I even revived the company training process, that had long been forgotten and developed a performance based employee recognition program. Through networking and speaking with other HR professionals, they all tell me to apply for HR Assistant and HR Admin jobs. However, most positions require a degree or years of experience. I have applied and tailored my resume to different entry level positions without any luck. So here’s my question….What am I not doing right??? Lay it on me! P.S. When are we gonna get another iMix yo?

Okay, I don’t know what the hell you’re doing wrong — it could be a million things. Could be nothing. If you want to work in Human Resources, think about a staffing agency. Check out the local Kelly and Manpower offices. Smaller agencies work, too. Look for staffing specialist roles. It’s as administrative as an entry-level HR position, you will learn how to recruit, and you’ll be around recruiters who can teach you how to source for opportunities of your own.

The temp industry is up. Sorta. It’s better than the HR market. Staffing agencies are always looking for smart people to hire. You’re savvy, right? You can talk to customers? You can work with people?

Check that out, yo.

Also, get thee to your career department and tell someone you want a job in your field. Be vocal. Make them remember your face and your name. Do it now before you graduate or you’ll be screwed.

PS — Ask and you shall receive. I am totes late, but here’s another travel iMix. It covers my activities from San Diego to McDonalds to my orthodontist.

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