This is an off-shoot to this thread, which has some good advice in it but my situation is different enough that maybe someone can give me more specific advice: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=545330
Here is my situation:
I graduated with my undergraduate in Mathematics in December 2004, moved back to my hometown of Southeast Missouri, and then did a couple temporary jobs until I got my current job in June of 2005. Since my company pays 75% for taking college courses, I have also been taking courses to get my MBA while I’ve been there. However, as of a couple months ago, the company is moving to Paducah, KY, and combining their two offices. This means that they won’t be needing everyone, so they are laying off some of us, including me.
This came as a surprise to me, since I’ve never had any complaints about my work or anything, so I can only assume it is actually just the fact that there aren’t enough positions available and not because I am bad at my job or anything. Anyway, they tell me that I will be laid off sometime from the end of January to the beginning of March, but nothing specific (and that this date could change, depending). When I am laid off, I will be getting a severance, plus I’ll get the extra 25% for my classes, so I’m not really complaining that much (also, since I am graduating in May, they will have paid for my entire Master’s degree).
However, I have been searching for a job ever since I’ve heard the news, and I’ve applied for a lot of positions, and I have not gotten so much as a call for an interview, only “we are looking in a different direction” e-mails. This MIGHT have something to do with the fact that I have been putting my availability as May 2010, since I don’t know when I’ll actually be laid off and it seemed like a good date (since I’ll be done with school then), but I can’t even be sure if that is the case. I can’t say immediately because I HAVE to stay at my current job until my severance kicks in (another of my co-workers got a different job and quit, and they wouldn’t give him his severance).
My current position is Crew Dispatcher for a River Company (basically entails working with the 2 other crew dispatchers to ensure our 25 boats are entirely crewed up, make sure those people get to the boats safely and on time, along with all the paperwork that goes along with that, etc.). One of the other crew dispatchers, a woman who is 15 years older than me and has had a lot of different types of jobs throughout the country tells me that this job is one of the toughest I will ever have and definitely prepares me for any job in the future, because of how busy it is (we have to deal with almost 500 boat employees). I have never taken any unplanned time off (sick days or whatever), only took vacation days above what I could roll over into next year, and I think I have some pretty good references (my immediate supervisor, my co-workers, plus pretty much all of the captains and other boat employees, who I have good relationships with). The company is also the River Division of a major company (AEP), so it’s not like it’s just some small outfit that no one has ever heard of – I actually have experience in a major company.
One main thing I can foresee is that this area is not too great for jobs. I have been looking for jobs on indeed.com, and have focused on the St. Louis area, but I have recently added the Nashville area to this. (I am single so I can move easily, and I am actually excited at the prospect of moving somewhere else). I’m certainly not only looking at River Industry positions (though I am not against that at all), and I’m actually looking at any job possibilities, including management trainee positions, and I’m not above entry-level stuff, as long as I would be able to afford the area I would want to move to. Perhaps one problem is that there are too many possibilities in mind, and I need to concentrate on something more specific?
Also, some interests (who knows, this may give some people some ideas for me): I know a lot (more than the average person) about movies and music. I like medieval history (I would actually like to someday try to get a upper-level degree in history or art history, but that doesn’t seem to be an option right now). I am proficient in certain aspects of computers (above general office-environment stuff, since I was a Computer Science major before I switched to Math and so have a basic understanding of programming and stuff). I also have minors in English and Physics, and I like to think of myself as a decent writer (not creative writing, but since my MBA classes involve analysis and writing, I think I can get by in a lot of situations).
So: any ideas for someone like me? Does anyone know of any other ways of searching for jobs, possible areas to move to (I am currently liking the possibility of moving to Nashville, but I don’t think I would move anywhere without having a job first), or job opportunities that are currently available for someone like me? Please ask me any questions that may help to focus the advice. Thank you in advance.