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Piglet
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Best of luck BC! [Smile]

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Zappa
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2/3 "NOs" out of my recent round of applications, the third delayed the closing date so I won't hear for a while, but don't expect too much.

There is a possibility looming though so all is not yet lost.

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Doone
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Caissa
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How are the job searches proceeding?
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Piglet
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I have a couple of applications in, one as a receptionist at a car dealership; the other, if I've understood the advert correctly, would be doing pretty much exactly what I did in Belfast for 15 years, and would suit me down to the ground.

I'm still not holding out a whole lot of hope - although neither of them specified a degree as an essential requirement, I should imagine that so many of the other applicants will have one that my application will become quite invisible.

[Frown]

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Ian Climacus

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Piglet
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Well, I didn't get the one at the university, for which I thought I was so well-suited. [Frown]

At least I was told I didn't get it - the application was via Career Beacon, who actually let you know. As I've ranted here before, I can't understand the modern habit of only informing the applicants who are to be interviewed - how hard can it be to click on a few names and hit "send"?

[Mad]

The e-mail said that the job had gone to an internal applicant. I'm off to the web-site to see if his/her old job is now up for grabs.

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Brenda Clough
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I didn't get the one I applied for either. I am certain it went to someone internal.

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Mili

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Hi all and good luck with the job searching. Has anyone had career counseling before? I want some advice on changing career tack and the type of study I might need to do and perhaps feasibility of getting work in certain areas,especially if I decide to do something really different from my current teaching and childcare work. I have a few ideas of what I might like to do but am indecisive and anxious.

I get highly anxious about applying for jobs and change in general and am not good at selling myself (even to myself sometimes!). On top of that I have had a pretty tough couple of years with work related stress, deaths of friends and family, family and friend illnesses, dealing with verbally and emotionally abusive people in my church, and witnessing quite a few bad things - children seriously injured falling off play equipment, hit by a truck etc. I have had some general counseling to help with my anxiety, but thought some specific career advice would be good.

However, career counseling is pretty expensive, even at the cheaper end and the higher end is really expensive - one provider I looked into charged $800 (Aus) for two sessions! And some people online complain that they have been ripped off and charged large amounts of money for little help finding a job or getting good advice. Has anyone found career counseling helpful or have any tips on choosing a good careers counselor?

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Ian Climacus

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Oh, Mili! [Votive]

I'm not sure if they do "outsiders", but have you thought of contacting a nearby TAFE or university and seeing what they charge for non-students [unless you are one]? May be cheaper than private to see how you find it.

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[Votive] for all seeking.

6 weeks til my contract ends and only verbal assurances [which I do take with some acceptance; but paper confirmation would be nice] my contract will be renewed. I know I'm lucky to be in a job, but this is a tad late to leave it, esp. for someone anxious like me.

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Brenda Clough
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I have a friend who is getting career coaching. (Not sure how this is different from career counseling, but it may be a US or even a NYC term.) She claims to be deriving great benefit from it. But OTOH she is not yet employed.

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Mili

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Thanks for the feedback. From my brief research on services in Australia I think Careers Counselors provide coaching as one of their services. They can help people with resumes, cover letters, interview techniques etc to apply for jobs, but also help people looking to change careers or get back into the workplace after taking time off due to child rearing, illness etc. Currently I just want advice on what career change/tweak might work for me and what my study options are.

Unfortunately I don't think I can access university or TAFE services as I am not a student, but I have found some counselors who work from home and don't charge through the roof. I can always try one session and not go back if it's not useful, I guess. Some of the more expensive places you have to buy a package of 6 or 12 sessions, which I guess might work for someone from the corporate world who has the money to spend on it.

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Mili

Have you thought of working through What Colour is My Parachute as a way to explore this without a careers coach.

Jengie

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Piglet
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I delivered my CV today to the local branch of a chain of opticians, for a part-time receptionist's job. The girl who took it was very friendly, asking me what hours would suit me and so on (the hours they were offering would have suited perfectly).

We'll see ... (pun completely intended [Big Grin] )

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Mili

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Thanks for the suggestion Jengie. It sounds like a great book and I like that it is by a Christian author (who passed away last year, so not sure how that will affect further editions) who recognises the need for mission and purpose in life as well as meeting our physical needs. I have ordered a copy of the latest edition online.

Good luck Piglet. I really noticed how receptionists make a difference the last couple of years at my optometrists. I'm not sure what is going on there, but sometimes lately the service is really poor and once when I was waiting for an appointment a staff member was horribly berating one of the admin staff for poor performance in front of me and other customers. I'm sure you would be an asset if you get the job.

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Pigwidgeon

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...once when I was waiting for an appointment a staff member was horribly berating one of the admin staff for poor performance in front of me and other customers.

If I didn't know better I would think you went to an optometrist in Phoenix. A number of years ago I needed my glasses repaired so I went to a place in the same shopping center where I worked (part of a national chain). The manager was "horribly berating" one of her employees right in the shop in front of customers, and I was appalled. I never went back there even though it was so convenient.

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Piglet
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Crikey - all that berating is almost putting me off! [Eek!]

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