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How do I get through the barrier of being overqualified for jobs or my wheelchair being a consideration?

I have a college degree with a background in journalism, nonprofit advocacy work and customer service. I have been downsized from nonprofit in 2005 and was ill-matched for a payroll position in a corporate environment that overstressed me, so I resigned for my health. I am not ill, very independent and have a lot of qualifications, but realize that I may have to resort to entry level work to get my foot in the door. I'm very willing to do that. I've consulted professionals to polish my resume, have taken continuing education classes in Spanish and grant writing, and seek the consultation of rehabilitation services counselors, career counselors and staffing agencies. Still, I'm having trouble finding work beyond part-time at the local movie theater. I really want to keep my experience professional and my salary gainful beyond minimum wage. I've posted my resume on several job boards and continue to look every few days, if not daily, for work. What now?

Asked By: life coach on wheels - 9/3/2007
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Sounds like you've been doing all the things that any job counselor would tell you to do – that's a great start. I'm going to make an educated guess that you're having a hard time choosing the exact thing that you want to focus on and that's what is causing the problem. You're hoping that you can find a job where you... More
Answered By: ann_other18 - 9/4/2007
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you have to take what i say with a pinch of salt (nay, with a spoon full... More
Answered By: batasari1 - 9/4/2007
 
I suggest that with your abundant expertise backed by professional qualifications , you should work independently. Journalism has a vast scope for that !!. Through self confidence and will power you are bound to achieve this !!
Answered By: V.T.V.RAM - 9/4/2007
 
Good on you for getting out there Professional on Wheels. You clearly have a lot of skills and are prepared to get out there and do what it takes. I agree that you should work for yourself rather than settle for some mediocre entry-level job. I totally know what it's like to feel undervalued and be underpaid. My... More
Answered By: mariapirona - 9/7/2007
 
maybe apply for State of Federal jobs, they should be happy to employ someone with your background and fotitude. They offer great benefits as well.
Answered By: Calamity Jane - 9/11/2007
 
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