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    I dunno... I've always been good at convincing people of things, regardless of language, and am quite good at calming down angry people if necissary... I know those things are considered good for work and such, but I want to be able to use them for something more meaningful than convincing them to buy something

    and no... I can't get off work for anything... it's preformance based pay, and if I miss any time at all I get paid less

    I have no clue how to write a proper resume to cover the fact that I've worked a lot of different jobs and spent a ton of time in school either
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I dunno... I've always been good at convincing people of things, regardless of language, and am quite good at calming down angry people if necissary... I know those things are considered good for work and such, but I want to be able to use them for something more meaningful than convincing them to buy something

    and no... I can't get off work for anything... it's preformance based pay, and if I miss any time at all I get paid less

    I have no clue how to write a proper resume to cover the fact that I've worked a lot of different jobs and spent a ton of time in school either
    There are frequently positions available at insitutes that cater for adolesents with behavioral problems, autism, downsyndrome and the like. The jobs are there because most people can't handle it, so be warned. That said, my brother has done such things for quite a few years without anything worse than a few bite marks to show for it. You'll get plenty of chance to be persuasive with angry people. My brother entered that career after having worked in warehouse, which is completely unrelated, so your CV is probably less important than the attitude you show on the job. I think the people who run these places take a darwinian approach to finding the right candidate. "Give them the job and see if they are still here at the end of the first week."
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    Your resume is you selling you. School is a good thing, only put the degree, not the dates. Job hoping is a bit different, but you can put a heading such as "Relevant experience" then tailor your past positions with the company you're looking to be employed at. What skills you have and how you dealt with past situations. You can make anything sound good.
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    wow... writing a resume is hard when you come from a background that states "don't brag about yourself"

    not to mention that it's rather boring as well

    and I tend to last longer than most in the jobs that chew people up and spit them out
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    Okay, I didn't mean to be offensive with the 'job hoping,' you stated, " to cover the fact that I've worked a lot of different jobs..." so I assumed you wanted to cover up having lot's of different jobs. My mistake. It's not bragging, it's recognizing what you do well. I happen to think writing a resume is fun. Example: Person works at McDonald's.. They take orders and give people food, listen to their boss tell them what to do better, clean up the restrooms, and maybe have some shift manager responsibilities. That sounds boring. Or, they could list their qualities like this:

    Work Experience: McDonald's Crew leader

    - Assisted customers with precision
    - Team player with a student mentality
    - Excellent with time management
    - Worked well under pressure
    - Skilled in conflict / resolution

    Etc. It can be fun... I read about 500 resumes a week. There are good ones and bad ones. Let me know if you want some help.
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    I went with a functional resume so that I could avoid mentioning my frequent job changes

    if you would give feedback that would be super awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I want to find a new job... I want to do something more helpful to society and which allows me a bit more free time (I work about 11 hours a day currently )... however, I have no job experience in anything of the sort and I don't know how to spin my resume that way or where to look

    I'm taking a wild guess that some members of this site are a bit less clueless than I am and will be nice enough to give me a few pointers... please?
    Yay!

    I was hoping you would want to switch careers... although I wouldn't have dared suggest it in this economy. That job just isn't working out for you well... you don't like the people, you aren't finding any meaning in it... the only good thing about it is the money.

    All right, I've got some theories, but don't take anything I say too seriously.

    Well, the way to start off is to try and acquire skills in your desired field. Perhaps volunteering in a place that would help you develop them on weekends or something? Or maybe taking a few classes on it? Also, it's important to connect with people who are in your desired field. This means you'll have to force yourself to socialize (yes, I know that sucks when you don't have the energy), seek out people who work in such places, and interact with them on a regular basis. Eventually, maybe your job satisfaction will come up, as may your interest in that field, and some of the contacts you've made will be able to get you a job. This process could take a while, but I think that it would eventually get you interviews, if not a job.

    The thing is, it WILL be quite taxing on your energy reserves, and it means you won't have a lot of downtime.

    Another tip, is that there is probably SOME way you can mention the skills and experience you have already in a way that makes them sound desirable in a different context. Since you've been employed a few times before. You just need someone to help you say it in the right way. The contacts in the field, who I suggested forming, would be the best for this task. Alternatively, you could ask us... but we wouldn't be as helpful as people who've actually gotten such jobs.

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    I know this is old but I just saw it.

    This response may not be very helpful but I see you being good in the field of Human Services... specifically in counseling people who need to be convinced of something that's good for them. Like maybe rehab program counselor, or battered women shelter. Oh! What about a Mediator?--Like the person who helps two people resolve their legal disputes. I think you'd be good at that!

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    ^ actually, yeah, whatever, i could see you as being excellent at mediating as well. or what andy said

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    it sounds fun, but I'm not sure how to even get into that field
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