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#1 TheyCallMeGunny

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:51 AM

In the video below I give more or less a "realistic resume" of the skills I actually posess, the means and skills I lack, and a history of my work ethic and demonstration of my skills..

I'm having a horrendous time finding work in the area I live in. I've started my own small business and it pays my bills- But I need to find more income.

If anyone can take 11 minutes of their time to listen to what I say in this video and perhaps suggest a field of work I haven't considered to look into: It would be greatly appreciated.

Fields I'm already considering that are suited to some of my skills:

Private Tutor, clerical/data entry, security guard, landscaping/carpentry apprentice. These fields are some that I've already been considering, but locally haven't found any availability. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

It would help a lot if it's something in Washington County, PA. As I don't own a car to get to jobs outside local bus ranges. Even Pittsburgh, PA is an option if the pay is worth the extra 4 hours a day on buses and $20 round trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc6OsVkAgkQ\
*Anything online is acceptable, too. Though 99% of the "potential" jobs here are phony. I've even looked into mock trial jurers: As they pay a dollar a minute average. I'm seriously looking EVERYWHERE possible.

-Edit: My paperwork works against me: Due to the mention of WCCC and how, being homeless at the time: I couldn't afford anything past my first semester. Also being homeless as a child, most of my work was under the table: So I have next to no work history on paper. Or that until I could have my business officially legalized into a corporation: I'm considered unemployed on paper even though my actual income is over a grand a month. Then the Army, and the fact that I served 11.5 months: Therefor am not considered a veteran due to under a year of active Duty... And the list of things where paperwork shows lack of ability/commitment where an actual excellence exists continues: I'm working on finding any paperwork on the reality of things to present to employers. In the meantime, if anyone has ideas of a field where these skills would be beneficial: That's all I'm asking.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:46 AM

In the video below I give more or less a "realistic resume" of the skills I actually posess, the means and skills I lack, and a history of my work ethic and demonstration of my skills..

I'm having a horrendous time finding work in the area I live in. I've started my own small business and it pays my bills- But I need to find more income.

If anyone can take 11 minutes of their time to listen to what I say in this video and perhaps suggest a field of work I haven't considered to look into: It would be greatly appreciated.

Fields I'm already considering that are suited to some of my skills:

Private Tutor, clerical/data entry, security guard, landscaping/carpentry apprentice. These fields are some that I've already been considering, but locally haven't found any availability. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

It would help a lot if it's something in Washington County, PA. As I don't own a car to get to jobs outside local bus ranges. Even Pittsburgh, PA is an option if the pay is worth the extra 4 hours a day on buses and $20 round trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc6OsVkAgkQ\
*Anything online is acceptable, too. Though 99% of the "potential" jobs here are phony. I've even looked into mock trial jurers: As they pay a dollar a minute average. I'm seriously looking EVERYWHERE possible.

-Edit: My paperwork works against me: Due to the mention of WCCC and how, being homeless at the time: I couldn't afford anything past my first semester. Also being homeless as a child, most of my work was under the table: So I have next to no work history on paper. Or that until I could have my business officially legalized into a corporation: I'm considered unemployed on paper even though my actual income is over a grand a month. Then the Army, and the fact that I served 11.5 months: Therefor am not considered a veteran due to under a year of active Duty... And the list of things where paperwork shows lack of ability/commitment where an actual excellence exists continues: I'm working on finding any paperwork on the reality of things to present to employers. In the meantime, if anyone has ideas of a field where these skills would be beneficial: That's all I'm asking.



Start out small and work your way up. I know it sucks, but you will likely have to get a low-end entry level job to build that work history back up. Try applying for positions that you might even be overqualified for.

For me I have a College degree and am almost finished with my second. I just got a full time position in the retail world, but it is an excellent position, and is offering more benefits and $$ then what I was making elsewhere.

I don't want to sound rude or anything, but employers aren't going to care about your IQ tests and the stuff you took when you were a child. They want to see your recent history.


Another thing you could do is go back to school. Federal financial aid is pretty good right now (likely to change pretty soon) and you would likely qualify for it. Even if its taking a class a semester, at least your building towards something. www.fafsa.gov, I dropped out my first semester in college, and at 25 I am now almost done with my Bachelors. Never to late to go back to school. Even if its just community college or a technical school. Just stay away from for-profits with their false promises of finding you a job.

It seems to me you have a lot of knowledge about various things and what not, the only advice you can really give to someone is that they should pick what they are passionate about. IF your passionate about computers and IT go that route,, or maybe something entirely different.


To be successful in any career you need to be passionate about what you are doing otherwise you won't be really successful imo.

Edited by greengiant912, 25 July 2012 - 10:52 AM.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:35 PM

I use to work for IT I was a computer tech in a repair shop. I basically ran my bosses business but he paid me way to little so I quit. His loss, your in a better position than me I can't even get a permit due to the fact I'm missing some credentials required to apply for one.

Find a job is just as hard because they usually also require those credentials I'm missing. It's complicated but hopefully I get it sorted out in 4-5 years. I'm sure you'll find something that pays well with all your work experience in different fields. Good Luck m8 =P

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:30 PM

Isn't it like 180 days active duty or something to be considered a veteran? I think the only disqualifier would be a dishonorable discharge. Since you served 11.5 you're well over the time.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

Isn't it like 180 days active duty or something to be considered a veteran? I think the only disqualifier would be a dishonorable discharge. Since you served 11.5 you're well over the time.


Yes, it is 180 days and you can go through the VA to get whatever you need fixed. Just bring your DD214 and have the VA get on it to fix it. Unless you did something wrong...
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:44 PM

Yes, it is 180 days and you can go through the VA to get whatever you need fixed. Just bring your DD214 and have the VA get on it to fix it. Unless you did something wrong...


No, it was just arthritis. The year I mention is short hand for all the benefits that would really be useful to me: Most importantly the GI Bill. They deduct a small payment every month of $100, after 12 months you've been deducted $1,200 and you're eligible for the full assistance the GI Bill offers. There are limited benefits I could receive, but it's simply not something that would be of any use to me, as an individual.
-Edit: not to mention when you've served a year, with enlistment choices of 2-6 years at a time.. Employers want to know why: And when it comes to hiring a 23 year old professional; Bias is built into just about any employer, as I'll admit most 23 year olds are complete morons.

Aside from that the VA and other veteran's benefits would function (to my benefit anyways) no different than a local career link. And since it's not resume writing or posting that I'm lacking: I'd be receiving nothing of use from it. My actual issue is job placement: I am actually looking at entry level, but have been having no luck. Either there's no one hiring, or as Long John Silver's told me: I'm over-qualified and they're not risking hiring me for me to leave 6 months later.. Yes: I did apply there. Which is why i'm looking for a semi-skilled career again- while I'm also still applying to entry level jobs... but not holding much hope: I'm stuck right between two levels of work.. And it seems neither one wants me: Either not professional enough, or too professional.. Hence looking for something I can say I have a particular skill in: Give the employer something specific to consider hiring me upon.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

No, it was just arthritis. The year I mention is short hand for all the benefits that would really be useful to me: Most importantly the GI Bill. They deduct a small payment every month of $100, after 12 months you've been deducted $1,200 and you're eligible for the full assistance the GI Bill offers. There are limited benefits I could receive, but it's simply not something that would be of any use to me, as an individual.
-Edit: not to mention when you've served a year, with enlistment choices of 2-6 years at a time.. Employers want to know why: And when it comes to hiring a 23 year old professional; Bias is built into just about any employer, as I'll admit most 23 year olds are complete morons.

Aside from that the VA and other veteran's benefits would function (to my benefit anyways) no different than a local career link. And since it's not resume writing or posting that I'm lacking: I'd be receiving nothing of use from it. My actual issue is job placement: I am actually looking at entry level, but have been having no luck. Either there's no one hiring, or as Long John Silver's told me: I'm over-qualified and they're not risking hiring me for me to leave 6 months later.. Yes: I did apply there. Which is why i'm looking for a semi-skilled career again- while I'm also still applying to entry level jobs... but not holding much hope: I'm stuck right between two levels of work.. And it seems neither one wants me: Either not professional enough, or too professional.. Hence looking for something I can say I have a particular skill in: Give the employer something specific to consider hiring me upon.


I know about the GI Bill, I'm in the Air Force, about 5 years now.

What did you do in the Army? Look at becoming a Police Officer? Correctional Officer? What interests you?
With the GI bill, you get as many months as you were Active Duty because you were separated with a medical condition. Definitely call the VA or another education center to verify that. But it is possible you can get almost a year worth of school for free which would help you out.

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Also, I know about the serving less than a year thing. Try 5 weeks and having to explain that one. It all works out and there are waivers for everything. But in the end, since you are out it's worth looking into the GI Bill benefits. Just because you served less than a year doesn't mean you are completely out of benefits.

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Did you sign up for Selected Reserve status if that was part of your discharge? That could gain you the maximum 36 months if you did.

Edited by Overclocker16, 26 July 2012 - 02:43 PM.

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