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deannahaywood in DFW, Texas

74 months ago

Don'tbelieveit in Phoenix, Arizona said: While companies aren't doing well, they aren't going to look for more people to fill positions that aren't productive. HR people don't produce anything. Companies can outsource their payroll and benefits. Managers do the hiring, so does the software programs. What are HR people going to do?

That's not the case here in Texas.... there plenty of Jobs however it doesn't appear to matter what you know but instead who you know in oder to really break into sector of business interested in. Additionally, its that way every where. Start networking, join organisations of interest by volunteering to fundraising what ever it takes to show you're able to do the job. As I like to call it doing the job while searching for the job. Keep confident in your self and be assertive and direct in business.

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xanbro@*****.*** in Suitland, Maryland

66 months ago

I want to start a not for profit focused in health care. I have a job in health care and I have a real passion for it. Issue have the health care side down. Business not so much. I have done well for myself off prayers, faith and always running into good people that understand my vision. I have established as an 501(c)(3), 3 board members, and lawyer. I want to connect with someone that has their degree in Business.
I'm not looking for a partner, some say consultant I say some one that likes to grow ideas. That's what I need help with. Growing my idea with a strong business foundation. Two minds are better than one. Lol
Can this be done from two different states? What would I make their position if I'm the CEO? Oh did I say we are a very small business, lets just say start up. I'm funding working full time as many others. What can I offer an MBA looking to get the big dollars and we grinding on cold cuts and chips? I found a nitch. All I need is the other have. Bussiness mind and I'm the medical mind. How can I gain the attention of MBA that way to help and the make money as we grow together?
I've come to far and invested far to much not to get over this hump.

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Jobless Banker with an MBA in London, United Kingdom

65 months ago

Anonymous in Hoffman Estates, Illinois said: I graduated with a MBA degree from a respected school last November, and I still can't get a job after almost 8 months. Granted, I am trying to transition my career from the laboratory to more of a business -related role. I am trying to get into health care administration or any marketing role within the industry. Unfortunately, since I do not have relevant experience, I am having a hard time getting a call back. I am looking for entry -level or even postgraduate internships. However alot of the internships are reserved for current students. It is really frustrating because I know I have the intelligence and data analysis skills that I can transition over to the health care industry, but I just cannot get an opportunity. However, I am being proactive... scheduling informational interviews, getting involved in health care related organizations. Hopefully something turns up soon. I have had to move back in with my parents and I need to start paying back my student loans (already requested forbearance). I also don't have health care insurance . Good luck to everyone else who is unemployed, I definitely understand the frustration!

Sorry to hear about your frustrating experience there. I think you are not alone and I think it has a lot more to do with the fact that the economy is still in recession mode. I have a background in banking and my MBA didn't help me to get to anywhere simply because not only banks are hiring very selectively, most of them would still plans to downside. To find a career opportunity where you'd enjoy the challenge and excel would then have to be dependent on your luck. There is no forever up cycle or down cycle in anything so just be tolerant and patient, good opportunity will find you some how. all the best.

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Tesseract in Racine, Wisconsin

64 months ago

Hello--

I know how you feel. If you think your situation is bad, try it with an MBA from a top 10 school. I have been unemployed since graduation, despite my best efforts. I've even spent thousands of dollars on private career consultants, etc. all to no avail. I, like you, am a career transitioner. I am trying to go into marketing consulting/advertising after spending time working in a totally different industry that I absolutely will not go back to (and really can't go back to, given the state of things). I am sitting here, literally scratching my head going "did I just spend 6 figures on a worthless document?" I will admit, my circumstances are unique, but I would still think that, after a year of trying, SOMETHING would have materialized (and I am talking not one interview).

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Bluetea in Texas

64 months ago

Tesseract in Racine, Wisconsin said: Hello--

I know how you feel. If you think your situation is bad, try it with an MBA from a top 10 school. I have been unemployed since graduation, despite my best efforts. I've even spent thousands of dollars on private career consultants, etc. all to no avail. I, like you, am a career transitioner. I am trying to go into marketing consulting/advertising after spending time working in a totally different industry that I absolutely will not go back to (and really can't go back to, given the state of things). I am sitting here, literally scratching my head going "did I just spend 6 figures on a worthless document?" I will admit, my circumstances are unique, but I would still think that, after a year of trying, SOMETHING would have materialized (and I am talking not one interview).

MBA's are a dime-a-dozen. My first job out of grad school was cleaning houses under the table.

Once I took my MBA off my resume just to get a job.

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Jobless Banker with an MBA in London, United Kingdom

64 months ago

Hello Bluetea, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with regard to your job search campaign. I, like you have also spent thousands of pounds on career consultant who claimed that they are very well connected with the hidden job market and blah.. I must say that I had warned myself not to be gullible but after many months of fruitless search and in particular when my strategies ran out, I thought that was the one last dim of hope so I went for it. With a little over a month of career coaching, CV rewriting, practice on networking and interviewing skills, etc. I didn't find any kind of improvement or my odds were increased in my job search campaign by a marginal scale in any shape or form. Money has gone down the drain again. I simply wasn't told anything that I didn't know before. I have deep sympathy to your current situations although I also know that my self-pity does not lead me to go very far either. I share your pain of having spent 6 figures to obtain your MBA, let alone you had to work so hard besides making other sacrifices I would imagine. For me, my situation is just ironic and could be unheard of to many other MBAs as well. I was shown the pink slip on the same day when I reported to my HR that I had passed my MBA successfully and emailed them with my transcripts and asked them to amend my record. Not a good feeling going down the minute when you thought you deserved a bit of recognition for your hard work, it was the judgement day when you were shown the door. Now I am beginning to feel that having an MBA is in fact a handicap of finding jobs, or any job that would demand the candidate a bit more sophisticated analytical and business management skills. I don't want to go there!! I got an interesting article to share: Dealing with Failure with the MBA Job search.

www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-13/dealing-with-failure-in-the-mba-job-search

Hope you can find that helpful.

Wish you the best of luck

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Todd in Royal Oak, Michigan

64 months ago

Anonymous in Hoffman Estates, Illinois said: I graduated with a MBA degree from a respected school last November, and I still can't get a job after almost 8 months. Granted, I am trying to transition my career from the laboratory to more of a business -related role. I am trying to get into health care administration or any marketing role within the industry. Unfortunately, since I do not have relevant experience, I am having a hard time getting a call back. I am looking for entry -level or even postgraduate internships. However alot of the internships are reserved for current students. It is really frustrating because I know I have the intelligence and data analysis skills that I can transition over to the health care industry, but I just cannot get an opportunity. However, I am being proactive... scheduling informational interviews, getting involved in health care related organizations. Hopefully something turns up soon. I have had to move back in with my parents and I need to start paying back my student loans (already requested forbearance). I also don't have health care insurance . Good luck to everyone else who is unemployed, I definitely understand the frustration!

Okay, I may be a bit sadistic in asking, but which school? You're near UC and NU, that would be shocking if an MBA from either of those schools did not produce a job. And I'd hate to see the bill.

This is just my perception but most Business Admin type degrees seem like garbage.

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Bluetea in Texas

64 months ago

Jobless Banker with an MBA in London, United Kingdom said: Hello Bluetea, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with regard to your job search campaign. I, like you have also spent thousands of pounds on career consultant who claimed that they are very well connected with the hidden job market and blah.. I must say that I had warned myself not to be gullible but after many months of fruitless search and in particular when my strategies ran out, I thought that was the one last dim of hope so I went for it. I got an interesting article to share: Dealing with Failure with the MBA Job search.

www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-13/dealing-with-failure-in-the-mba-job-search

Hope you can find that helpful.

Wish you the best of luck

Thank you. I always jokingly say that if I had to do it over again, I would get a boob job instead of an MBA. It would have been a much better investment.

The problem with an MBA here in the colonies is that they are a dime-a-dozen and are more of a pedigree than a degree. I didn't spend the six figures that they do now. Nowhere near.

My MBA is growing long in the tooth, so to speak and I am sure that I received it before many of my interviewers were even born. LOL! I only list it when they say: MBA preferred.

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dentalgeek

58 months ago

Try working as a care giver or apply to be care Coordinator

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kimwerks@*****.*** in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

52 months ago

I earned my MBA in Healthcare Administration in 2011. I was working for a large healthcare network at a bachelor's level position as a social worker. They terminated me one month prior to graduation. Since then, I have worked for three different companies and have been let go by all of them. The positions were all bachelor level positions and were short in term. I apply for Master's level or MBA and I do not have enough experience. For bachelor's level I am over qualified and getting too old. I am unemployed, broke and just need to find work. I am the main provider for my family. I have the skills and education; I just need the chance.

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Ruby Slippers in Las Vegas, Nevada

52 months ago

kimwerks@gmail.com in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: I earned my MBA in Healthcare Administration in 2011. I was working for a large healthcare network at a bachelor's level position as a social worker. They terminated me one month prior to graduation. Since then, I have worked for three different companies and have been let go by all of them. The positions were all bachelor level positions and were short in term. I apply for Master's level or MBA and I do not have enough experience. For bachelor's level I am over qualified and getting too old. I am unemployed, broke and just need to find work. I am the main provider for my family. I have the skills and education; I just need the chance.

Think about taking the MBA off your resume. Many have done it. I only put mine on when I have the experience and they want the degree. Otherwise, you may be overselling yourself.

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Tony in West Chester, Pennsylvania

44 months ago

I can't find a job anywhere in the USA. I have an MBA Degree and get plenty interviews but never the job offer. WTF!!?? I wasted my money getting this MBA Degree. I will not encourage people to go for degrees anymore. Certifications are the new demand. Degrees are a waste of your money.

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Tony in West Chester, Pennsylvania

44 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: MBA's are a dime-a-dozen. My first job out of grad school was cleaning houses under the table.

Once I took my MBA off my resume just to get a job.

I've been tempted to take my MBA off my resume as well. It is worthless!

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phillips31 in Columbia, Virginia

43 months ago

We all are in the same realm. Well let's think about this. We all have a very familiar case and with that case we need to look at what is one of the major problems that we have heard each day in our lives. Violence right? Well, how do we prevent violence? One method is to teach our children not to be violent and not to think without using a strategic process. Guess what that will make us and where our impact could be the most relevant? In the classroom. It is where I am headed because I like educating people, and why not give it back to where it is needed most! Today, we here of more and more violence and that to me seems like and epidemic. In order to cure or treat and epidemic you have to retrain the brain to think another way or teach those who have not been taught. It is worth more than gold to be able to teach what you know to those who are so interested in learning what you have learned plus it will assist in preventing some of the mistakes we made from happening again. Go share the wealth!!!!!

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tiwanh in Warner Robins, Georgia

17 months ago

After reading all of the comments, my 200k education makes me want to throw up. I have been in restaurant management for over 20 years. I can not get an interview in health care at all. I have a BA in English, MBA, and MPH. I have purchased a federal resume for $600 and did not get one hit. I want a career change desperately. I am bored with my job and there is no advancement. Everyone tells me to network. Well, I'm still in the restaurant. My friends says the education scares them and I do not have enough experience in health care. I want to know where did the other administrators start. Everyone has had an entry level somehow. Any words of advice. Or, just a hint on what position to apply for when your interest is health care administration with the educational background of three degrees?

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AZ Guy in Phoenix, Arizona

17 months ago

Remove one of the degrees and see if you get a different response.

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Julia L in Mary Esther, Florida

3 months ago

Tesseract in Racine, Wisconsin said: Hello--

I know how you feel. If you think your situation is bad, try it with an MBA from a top 10 school. I have been unemployed since graduation, despite my best efforts. I've even spent thousands of dollars on private career consultants, etc. all to no avail. I, like you, am a career transitioner. I am trying to go into marketing consulting / advertising after spending time working in a totally different industry that I absolutely will not go back to (and really can't go back to, given the state of things). I am sitting here, literally scratching my head going "did I just spend 6 figures on a worthless document?" I will admit, my circumstances are unique, but I would still think that, after a year of trying, SOMETHING would have materialized (and I am talking not one interview).

Thanks for the comment, I've been tempted to remove my MBA from my resume. I can barely get a call back for very low end jobs. Waste of money.

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