Very often your career is stuck because:
1. Your bosses are very happy with your performance on your current place and don't see any reason to change anything ("on this position you are the best and it's the way to go");
2. There is a high level of job security and good benefits (usually in public sector) that keeps you frozen on your chair;
3. Also, there is a high level of job insecurity and much less benefits elsewhere ("Baby, it's cold outside");
5. There are not so much opportunities to work with newer technologies, because your management decided so;
6. You are reluctant to have a serious talk with your superiors because of some fear to jeopardize your current status.
I've just discovered a new kind of "perpetual motion machine": a job candidate (it's me) that cannot get a job without experience and cannot get required experience without a relevant job.
Today, I've received an automated rejection email specifying my lack of healthcare industry experience as a main reason for rejection of my attempt to get into this new for me industry.
Right now, more and more big Healthcare companies are expanding their business of claims processing in Phoenix AZ.
Every day, I find tons of new Data Analyst openings ads in Indeed and
I am applying only for 1-3 most matching.
I am reposting here my Quora's post:
I am a Survey-Designer-Beginner (the first week) and my-USA-life-long (19 years) surveys responder. I filled out my first survey for JD Powers-Volkswagen in 1998 on paper for $1.00 bill that JD Power sent me attached to 15 pages survey.
If I hate some surveys, I hate them for the next reasons:
I created a new page on this website named "Your Opinion Matters"; it's a Survey. You are welcome to share your thoughts on such important issues as: Jobs, Immigration, Education Affordability, Less Government, 2nd Amendment etc.
These same survey (with some small changes) posted on SurveyMonkey:
This is my First Survey that I am posting online for polling job candidates in the USA and abroad: "Do You Love or Hate your Recruiter?". Because, it did not cost, thus survey is open for limited time.
This Survey has no intrusive questions about age, race, gender, income.
It is anonymous and allows only one entry from each device.
This spreadsheet shows my job applications submissions and interviews' totals together with "getting interviews success rate" for different kinds of positions (SQL Developer or Data Analyst).
During 2014-2016, I found that employers included long laundry lists of skills and experience in their Software Developers Job Ads.
Being mostly Backend (Databases) Developer, I've applied for both SQL Server Developer and Data or Reporting Analyst positions.
Numbers below show that my chances to get interviews are higher when I am staying in my comfort zone of SQL Server Developer.
This statistics covers April - December 2016.
Sometimes, you are not hired not because of another better and brighter candidate but just because .... they decided to not fill that position at all for whatever reasons.
"Thank you for your interest in our Integration Specialist position at Our Company. We regret to inform you that due to recent business needs, this position will not be filled and therefore has been closed.
Thank you for expressing your interest in our Company.
We hope that you will consider applying for any positions with us in the future that may match your personal qualifications and business objectives. We wish you the best of luck in your job search.
Sometimes, they are calling/emailing you almost the next day with automated: "Sorry, but it's not you who we decided to hire."
But sometimes, they don't call back at all and even ignore your follow up calls/emails.
I always follow up every two weeks with emails (no calls to avoid confrontation).
However, as of today, I don't have any update about one really good interview that was on .... 09/02/2016.
Interview waiting time (from Date Applied to Date of Interview) is not necessary long. It can be just two days (see .PDF file attached below).