rockyrock wrote:Like Fast indicated above, you must be able to effectively communicate that you're dynamic and can excel in any environment. You have a general degree and general experience to go along with it. Like he pointed out, use what you got.
I worked in HR for a few years and screened/hired dozens of people. I can tell you that unless you are applying for a professional/technical position the degree rarely matters. A four-year degree simply tells me you started and finished a voluntary course of action--that you can finish what you start. The second thing I want to know is that you are successful at whatever you are currently doing. It's important for me to know that if I give you lemons you will make lemonade--or sell them in the case of retail :-)
Look for a job, any job at a company you want to work for. Once you got your foot in the door, impress the hell out of them and when something you like opens apply for a transfer. Most folks don't get the job they want the first time around; people joke about starting in the mail room but if you think about it--what better position to network from?
That whole thing about turning lemons into lemonaid, I mean come on that's kind of lame. What do you think we do all day first? I mean I'll be totally blunt here, because this is how it is - the execs go to some vendor and change everything, THEN announce to IT what they've done and oh that isn't a problem it already went live is it? Um, yes it breaks what we are already doing thanks for the heads up now we scramble to fix what you broke. (You're welcome, just doing my job that i get a handsome bonus for).
You're always worried about cost, so you go with el cheapo company because they brought in people who lie to you and snow you and you don't think the people who work for you know squat so we aren't asked if they are lying (yes they are as you find out after they make the sale and now have to produce). We could have told you that but you don't listen to morons like us, you have all the answers (though since you are so brilliant and have all the answers it shocks me when you have NO friggin clue how to fix what you broke, but that's what you pay idiots like me to do).
When I ask for a few bucks for a lemon squeezer, we don't have the money for it, though we wasted hundreds of thousands on your vendor of the week. So when I ask for a knife to peel the lemon, you say I am not "thinking outside the box" I should do like Batman and cobble something together out of stuff we have laying around to say the 5 bucks a knife would cost. I spend an hour of my time that you're paying me MUCH more than 5 bucks to do that, end up cutting myself, and then you blame me for it. But oh I made lemonaid out of lemons, but sure as hell no thanks to you. It's just your way of jerking my chain because you get off on the fact you're in power and make more in your bonus for making stupid decisions than I get all year long for fixing what you screwed up (when if you'd just talked with me we before you were the "deciderer" we could have avoided that in the first place) but it's such a joy to work for you, who wouldn't want to do that....
Christ it's enough to make you want to hang yourself in your closet.
Actually I seriously have an idea I want to patent, it will cost me 6 grand to do that it looks like (roughly) and maybe a bit more to produce it, but at least I have a direction on my (hopefully) way out of this insanity. The luantics run the asylum in corporate America and it's the same everywhere you go - the good old boys club calls the shots and loots the place and hogs the credit while making you hate life and turn to alcohol to forget you have to go back there on Monday and deal with it. I hope to have my way out only the market will tell.