So I posted this a while ago:
and had spent months banging my head against the wall trying to get a job offer, any offer. As of today, I am the proud owner of aposition. I still am in shock, and really, really happy right now. So thanks to all of you. While the advice I got turned out not to be relevant in my case, it was great to have the support.
Some background: I had a degree in Finance, older, and a career changer who was unemployed.
WHAT WORKED FOR ME
- Contacting smaller employers directly with a rock-solid pitch about HOW I could help them
- Meeting my future boss who was 1) smart 2) had an open mind (very important if you are over 30) and 3) right place, right time
- Targeted cover letters, re-written each time
- Dumb luck (which I made for myself by being active)
- Taking a crap job, busting my rear, getting a great recc that I could leverage
WHAT DID NOT WORK FOR ME
- Answering ads
- "Networking" events
- Mass copy/paste emails
- Being the "best" (eg, best grades, graduated top of my class, all irrelevant) on paper
WHAT I LEARNED
- Most people working in HR are morons and have no idea what a team actually needs
- Some will put you down and tell you that you will never make it. See if there is any relevant criticism that can help you go forward, otherwise, ignore them.
- You have to be prepared to put in an huge amount of work to get a job offer as a career changer over 30. If you are the kind of person who wants to sign off at 5pm every day, it will not happen for you.
- Even if you do everything right, if you are not lucky, it will not happen for you
- Don't let your self esteem get wrapped up in someone else's opinion of you. Some people will think you are great, some will think you are a loser. You need to have a good solid opinion of yourself before you undertake this. Otherwise, the despair and disappointment will literally kill you, if you don't know who you are.
Advice to ppl over 30: no matter what your career center says about placement rates, and how anyone can get a job, it is NOT true. Because you are the age you are, you will have to work 10x as hard to even get them to look at you. EVEN IF you are smarter, more talented, whatever. It does not matter. This business is geared towards young people. Thus, when you are in school, take any internship you can get and work work work on getting finance experience.