No one still wants to hire me?

Nov 27, 2019 39 Comments

Super frustrated. Made a post a while back posting my basic anonymous credentials looking for some advice. Still can't get a job. Giving a bit more background.

Background:
15 years experience IT Sales, Security, Personnel Management, and Project Management, no real programming experience. Experience with Nessus, nmap, Splunk, Active Directory, AD OU, slurm, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Exchange, Cisco and Juniper Hardware, and overall Windows, MacOS and Linux SysAdmin.
Two Associates in Computer Design and Computer Science
MBA in Executive Management from Ivy League School
Can't move due to wife taking care of handicapped sister for job, sister lives with 55 year old mother, mother owns house, no plans to move.
We have a 3 year old I usually take care of. We have a nanny for when I get a job.
Live in low pop area (100k - 125k people for a 100 square mile radius.)

Jobs I've applied to and been passed over for:
Police Dispatch Tech Lead - 79k Salaried City Gov - Interviewed - Passed over for internal hire.
IT Management Lead - 86k Non-Salaried - Interviewed - Not hired due to being unable to relocate.
IT Support Specialist II - 65k Salaried - Interviewed - Not hired - No reason given.
Computer Systems Specialist - $32/hr Full Time and Covered Benefits - Going on 3 weeks no contact.
General Manager - Goodwill - $31/hr Full Time - Applied - No interview.
General Manager - Walmart - 90k Salaried + Profit Sharing - Applied - No interview.
General Manager - FedEx - $42/hr Full Time - Applied - No interview.

I'm at the end of my rope here. My wife says "Just apply at something like McDonalds or some other fast food place, they hire anyone." and I feel pretty upset that with my credentials I may possibly be looking at doing something like this.

What type of positions should I be looking for with my expertise? Am I short selling my skills and applying for things I'm over-qualified for? I want to do something that is Remote work or will do Travel up to 40%, but I'm really not sure what I'm looking for.

I have been self-employed for close to 4 years now, but my market is dwindling for my product and I need to get a job soon. I have a mortgage and bills that need to be paid and even though I've got about 6 months worth of savings left, I started job searching over a year ago and have only been paying my 4 employees since. We just recently let go 2 of them, and are planning on laying off the rest by the end of the year. I really need something to stick, and maybe be told what positions I should be looking for.

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Your wife can't relocate but you can.
    It is easier to find a job when you have one.
    Reach back to the companies that gave you offers and ask for the job again. Move there. Go home twice a month.
    Suck it up until you can change your circumstances.
    Job location is a luxury you can't afford if you are thinking of flipping burgers
    Nov 27, 2019 11
    • Sorry for your kid op. Sack up and do what's needed or enjoy asking "what size value meal do you want" to high af kids in your local drive-thru.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • CDW VQqN03
      Hopefully this is not happening because you’re being discriminated against for being a CIS Gendered WM
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Cerner RMuh72
      DBAP.

      Either you or your wife have to make sacrifices. You’re asking for help, but don’t seem willing to do anything. You appear as if you feel things should be handed to you.

      Man up or be content working fast food. Neither option is bad, but you have to accept reality.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • How is this response even valid here CDW - VQqN03?
      Students lured by Feds into a fake University has something to do with solving OPs situation?
      Dec 23, 2019
  • Microsoft SwiftSocks
    Ok, hope this doesn’t come across too frank, but no one wants to hire a “jack of all trades.” Hiring managers want people who specialize. It’s too competitive to not do so. From how you describe yourself, your experience doesn’t tell a story. Focus on branding yourself and positioning your experience all one way. Want to become a program manager? Relate all experience to PM responsibilities.

    Second, shift some of your focus to remote-friendly tech companies where you can make good money and not relocate. There are many threads with lists of companies to try, but consider Stripe, Twilio, GitHub, GitLab, Quizlet, Zapier, Auth0. Ask for referrals if you find a good fit.

    Have you considered product ops or technical marketing? These may be paths to explore. But again, don’t just apply - *really* ensure your resume tells your story.

    In the meantime, do what you need to do. Uber if you have to.

    Hope this helps!!
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • OP
      Uber not in my area unfortunately or I would.

      I'm checking out those companies for possibilities, thanks.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • NTT SFBt85
    If you haven’t burned any bridges, leverage your network or current customers. Inquire about opportunities at their companies. If you have developed good relationships, they should be more than willing to help you out and refer you for internal opportunities.

    Also, if you’re note active on LinkedIn, start. Find an interesting and relevant article article about Cybersecurity, IT, PM, etc and post it. Include a brief message or description referencing the article or securing incident.

    Spark peoples interest.

    Also, first and foremost before anything else, get on your knees and pray to God asking Him for help, guidance, perseverance, and an abundance of offers in your desired career field.
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Nortek Security & Control GS79
      On LinkedIn, use the option to post your own articles (like blogging) as a path to talking about what excites you in tech or project management or whatever. Doing so demonstrates your knowledge as well personal interest in the topic.
      Nov 28, 2019
  • Equifax BLEHBLEH81
    Hey, so I think the issue here is that your skills are all over the place. When I read this, I can't tell if you are wanting to lean more towards IT sales or project management. In my opinion, what you can do is pick a career path: either project management or IT sales (I would say PM) and make your resume more towards that.

    If you dont have programming skills, I don't see why you need to include PHP or MySQL unless you want to apply for a technical project management position

    What you can do also is have 2 sets of resumes: have one that's more towards IT sales and another towards project management and apply for those types of jobs using either resume
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • OP
      This is more of a what I can do post over a whats on my resume post. I feel like maybe I'm not targeting the right positions.

      Every application I've put out has a specific tailored resume for whatever the position is for. This post is just to show what my skills are, and hopefully get suggestions for positions based off that skill set.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • IBM KgLd81
    Reading this breaks my heart. You have more skills than 90% of my coworkers yet you are struggling. Would you consider going into consulting? We have hired people who do not travel or who travel infrequently.
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • EPAM Systems kSWK84
    Where are you located?
    Check out Epam system and let me know. I can refer you
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • OP
      I'm taking a look at epam systems and there are a lot of job listings. I'll look through them, thanks.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Accenture BxJw83
    Juniper is hot , you can make lot of money even remote. You should think about getting more cloud oriented skills for the skills you already have.
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • OP
      I'm quite proficient in both AWS and Google Cloud, no certifications however.
      Dec 23, 2019
  • IBM UJCB81
    You have 6 months of savings left. Have you considered one of those 8-12 week programming bootcamps where they guarantee you a job or it’s free?
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Equifax BLEHBLEH81
    Also, try joining some meetup group for professionals and network. Networking can help with landing job

    Another thing you can do is if you have LinkedIn, reach out to the recruiters in the area

    Ask them if there's anything open or if you do see a position, that you are very interested in a certain position
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • T-Mobile heckoworld
    Have you thought about getting into IT recruiting? Pay seems good from some LinkedIn posts I’ve read. Lookup activity posts from IT recruiters, they make $$ and work remote.
    Poster chocolata had some good points. You can travel while your wife stays put in your current town. This job “ IT Management Lead” was it at least close enough to fly there early Mondays and leave Thursday nights with WFH Friday?
    Nov 27, 2019 4
    • OP
      This is something I'm looking into. Never done recruiting, but from the few cold recruitment calls I've gotten in the past, it does seem like something I could do.

      Definitely would need something well paying to consider flights to see family. Round trips from my location to the nearest big city run upwards of $500 at their cheapest. My location is not great. Don't think I can get the IT Management Lead position re-offered, that interview was almost 2 months ago.
      Nov 28, 2019
    • T-Mobile heckoworld
      There is the train or bus if the other place is close enough. Or driving.
      If you wanted to try them back, just say you ended up working out a plan for travel and if they are still looking for a top notch IT manager, you would love the position. Worst response is a "no"
      Nov 28, 2019
    • OP
      No train or Greyhound stations near me. Only a municipal airport, no commercial flights. My location is really bad.
      Nov 28, 2019
    • Where do you live?
      Dec 23, 2019

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