I've apparently forgotten how to impress the box fillers...

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    Jan 19, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    If you ask the people I work with, they'll tell you I know my stuff. I seem to have difficulty getting past the gate keepers (HR), and give pause to run of the mill hiring managers. I'm starting to wonder how much of myself Im willing to give up for a new job, to fit in a box, or if I should be spending my time starting my own company. icon_confused.gif

    My job is pretty much my life, I want it to be fun and exciting.
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    In my mid 30s, I decided to take the plunge and switched careers. I was an investment banker for 10 years and I hated it! The primary reason is that the industry lacks morality and I felt I wasn't helping people. So I went to nursing school and 6 years later, the decision to switch careers remains as the best move I've ever done for myself. I am now helping tons of people and I can sleep at night because of it.
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    U got bills to pay. U do what u need to do to make sure they're paid....



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    Jan 19, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIn my mid 30s, I decided to take the plunge and switched careers. I was an investment banker for 10 years and I hated it! The primary reason is that the industry lacks morality and I felt I wasn't helping people. So I went to nursing school and 6 years later, the decision to switch careers remains as the best move I've ever done for myself. I am now helping tons of people and I can sleep at night because of it.

    I wish I could "like" this.
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    I have a terrible time with interviews. I'm convinced that people take one look at me and see the guy who didn't ask them to prom or was mean to them at summer camp.
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    Elusium saidI have a terrible time with interviews. I'm convinced that people take one look at me and see the guy who didn't ask them to prom or was mean to them at summer camp.


    Hmmm... you remind me of the guy who turned me down for prom. LoL Just a tiny bit. He was blond too. icon_biggrin.gif

    As for the OP. If you are not happy it can intrude on all other aspects of your life if you are not careful. A lot of people are unhappy with their work sadly... If you have the drive and opportunity I'm all for switching things up.
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    Jan 19, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    When you apply to the positions, does your job description match the job you're posted to?

    Are you networking with people?

    As an HR recruiting manager, I wish we could get hiring managers to consider more candidates. The 4 companies I've recruited for have had a very lengthy lists of "must haves" for their openings. The department I recruit for currently only makes offers to 4% of the engineers that apply. Since we get measured on how quickly and accurately we find people for positions, there's nothing more that we'd rather do than to fill our roles with you. Using your resume to show how your background overlaps with each of the requirements in the job description goes a very long way towards getting you in contact with the manager. It's frustrating, I know. Keep your head up and continue networking/applying. Consider a location or career change if you feel like you're going too long without activity. Best of luck to you.
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    Jan 19, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    Wise words, MYOL, and an excellent note on using resumes.

    OP, Yes network. If you don't have contacts, look into one of the networking groups online and find out where their events are near you.

    Starting off on your own involves being well enough funded to support yourself without income for some time. Ready?