The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are--Joseph Campbell
The main thing you need to do is become as skilled in as many facets as possible. Even doing something like the IJS computers for skating is a skill that I have mastered and I can apply it to my work skills. I seriously get people who are amazed by my level of computer skills and understanding, but that hasn't been because I have sat back and waited for things to happen. I have jumped in and done it.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
Think of Atlanta as a slightly larger nursing home
Course, if you have a nice job and home where you are now, it's not really necessary.
Susan1 indicated that her cousin was not willing to learn new things - that computer stuff scares her. You expect this woman to obtain all the information she needs by using the same methods that you would and there is no excuse for not knowing how to do a proper resume.
It did not appear to me that this woman has more than an entry level job. When you lose a job after 30 years and you had never had to write up a resume or even interview for a job, it is extremely overwhelming just thinking that you have to enter a new job at the novice level with young people who most likely will not be patient with an older person.
True. Reminds me to be more patient and have perspective.
The unwillingness was conveyed very strongly by the original poster, but I can imagine defense mechanisms being interpreted in many different ways.
And for a certain class of office jobs (like mine), I can certainly imagine questioning what the point of all this paper pushing is, if it actually benefits anyone, and if it has anything to do with skills or intelligence.
What a coincidence, since I just went to our training center's open house. I promise to take technical and business (people) classes I've been meaning to take. I keep letting them get away because I'm too busy, but if I want to move up and on, I've got to continue to grow.
But the original poster's cousin is actually very specialized! That's always good.
Therefore, resumes, interviews and such are not good indicators of whether she will be able to perform her job duties well. I am in a similar predicament from the other end. I am hoping to hire one entry level person to help the senior analysts on my team with the more routine portions of their jobs and I have found it surprisingly difficult. For the time being I have resorted to using interns/coops and temps.
I was thinking about this post and was wondering how are things going for your cousin, Susan1?
And, a couple weeks ago when I said she had the interview? No, she wrote that she was "thinking about the interview on Thursday", but she wasn't the one being interviewed. The office she wants to go to (on her terms) was interviewing someone else. I haven't heard anything else. I'm sure they will hire her eventually because they can't find anyone else. And the other secretary that works there has been pulling for her. We'll see.