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I am a mother of 5 daughters ages soon to be 17, soon to be 13 a 7 yr old a 5 yr old and a 21 month old. I am soon to graduate with my associates degree in Human Development and Familiy Studies. Over the past 6 years I have been working as a Residential Program Worker teaching MR/MH/DD individuals all the basics of daily living. Now mind you MR/MH/DD individuals most have the mental capabilities of a very young child even though they are adults. I am trying to apply for a position as a Therapeutic Staff Supports worker also known as a wraparound . kinda like a private counselor for children...Here is the problem I have experience working with adults not children and was told with only an associates I need 3 years experience. How do you get it if no one will give you the chance. I have had steady work experience for 9 yrs now that got to say something. I have worked full time raised my 5 daughters on my own and went to school. Gave a good CV letter and resume. What else can I do

Asked By: heheyeahright_youwish - 8/2/2007
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Just keep applying to jobs even if you don't meet their experience requirements. Do your best to make your resume and cover letter polished so they stand out - seriously, ask ten people to read and critique them. A lot of employers will make an exception for your "lack" of experience if they have a low number of... More
Answered By: ♥snack cake - 8/2/2007
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There are obviously ample applicants for that position and the requirements will not be compromised. You may have to try other regions where there is more demand for your skills. Somewhere down the pipeline someone will adjust the parameters to get you in where you are needed. Keep trying!
Answered By: artiststree - 8/2/2007
 
You can't... those people who have jobs, have ALWAYS had them.
Answered By: manna eater - 8/2/2007
 
Man, that does suck! You have all the experience you need right there at home. Congrats on all your accomplishments, had to be hard at times. You deserve a medal! Just keep trying, someone will give you a chance. Good luck!! : )
Answered By: summergirl - 8/2/2007
 
I can understand your dilemma. I've been on social security disability for quite some time and I'm desperate to find work. The problem I'm having is how to account for the work absence on my application or resume. I'd love to go back to work, but there are other lingering questions such as insurance and medication... More
Answered By: Fern O - 8/2/2007
 
While it is commendable, the sad truth is a potential employer doesn't care that you managed to work full time and maintain a home and take care of your children. All they really care about is your work experience and nothing else. Most schools do offer job placement after graduation...this would probably be a good... More
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Answered By: magnadudl - 8/2/2007
 
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