I have been at the same company for 8.5 years and I am feeling like it is time to make some moves to put my family in a better financial position.

I have worked up to general manager of a small business. Paid 45,000/year and am working easily 50-55 hours per week. No benefits.

I do not have corporate experience and only have an associate’s degree, so I am a bit lost on where to go next. I know I need to be looking at making a major move, but need some advice on where to go from here.

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Polish up that resume and focus on what you do bring to the table. See what’s out there. You’ll be surprised as to how much more you can make. Being loyal doesn’t pay off anymore

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I would recommend working with a career coach or at least hire a professional resume writer. Your resume must be ATS searchable (a resume writer will know what to do). This will help you highlight what you’re good at. An AA is better than nothing in many cases. Especially if you have progressive experience in your field. Depending on what state you are you sobe making a minimum of $65k.
Once you have that polished, create (or update) your profiles on Indeed, LinkedIn, Zip Recruiter and commit time to search and apply.
A Careers membership on LinkedIn (about $35) will allow you to directly message the job poster for positions you feel you would be a great fit.
Be confident on what you have to offer and bring to the table. Don’t sell yourself short.
Good luck!

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Look at an Executive Team leader position with Target. That’s an assistant store manager position and pays anywhere from $60-80k (when I worked there 3 years ago) for external hires. Full benefits and they’ll pay for you to finish your education. Your experience aligns with being able to do that position. Or an Area Manager position with amazon but I think that requires a 4 year degree still (worth checking).

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This is where I'm at with my company. Just only 4.5 years with them. Make 46k working 50-55 hrs/wk. I'm the only backup to an employee PTO or call in (including third shift). What worse is I've advocated for my employees so much this past year with incentives and bonuses, they make around 40-42 with OT. Just don't feel valued at times.

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There’s better out there I promise! I was feeling the same way a few years ago working in healthcare and decided to make a career change. Although I’m in an entry level role at Boeing, I’m making $20K more that my previous job and plan on moving around within the company or switching to a competitor to make more eventually.

Spruce up your resume and go for it! Send me a message with your email and I can send you some referrals too.

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I’m interested in knowing what industry you work in. Also, I agree with the general response in sprucing up your resume and putting yourself out there.

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I manage a privately owned youth sports club with 2 locations, about 900 students and about 60 employees (10 full time and the rest part time).

Have you looked into roles in EdTech? I think your experience managing students and employees would translate well. You’ll always have a job in the Tech world.

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Wishing you all the best, you’ve got this!
Before diving in to the resume just jot down your hard and soft skills, brain dump before trying to format it (or before you have someone else do it).

Jot down measurable impact (found efficiency in X, resulting in Y savings, grew club membership by X by doing Y etc). Again just jot down the wins, don’t worry about order or format.

Ask trusted friends and colleagues (if possible) what they view as your strengths etc. (helpful to have others reflect how they see you.
It’s just nice to take inventory before trying to dive in.

Decipher what you want to do vs what you’re good at. May or may not be the same. I’m great at a bunch of stuff I don’t like doing.

Talk to people like you’re doing here. Ask about roles or industries that spark your interest.

Not sure where you are in your career, but also remember your next move likely won’t be your last so don’t be afraid to explore your curiosity a bit (provided it pays etc). Good luck!

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Thank you for all of this! My husband and I started our family fairly young (at 23/24) and before I had really gotten into a career. Now that my kids are older, and I have some experience, I feel like it’s a good time to make a move.

Since we had young kids, I was working part time, opposite schedule from him, coaching a youth sport. I have grown within this most recent company and am now management and involved heavily in business decisions, as well as overseeing all of the program directors. I am the rung on the ladder just below the owners of the business. Additionally, I am serving as one of the five program directors, in addition to splitting the duties of a second program director position that is currently not filled.

I am physically in the building more than 40 hours per week, and do a lot of AR and HR stuff from home, in addition to being “on call” and taking phone calls and texts pretty much 24/7. I am just feeling like it is a lot of expectation for $45,000/year. Even if I were to negotiate a significant raise, there isn’t really any room for growth, as I currently sit just below the business owners.

I am just kind of feeling like if I am going to be working all waking hours, I may as well try to break into something that can offer decent compensation. I just keep wavering between going back and finishing a degree at 38 or just jumping in to see what else is out there and foregoing the degree for the time being.

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Reach out to the school where you got your associates degree. They should have services there to help you with your resume, interview tips, career change advice, etc.

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Right now, the best careers are going to be in tech. Jobs like software engineer, product manager, product designer, tech sales, product marketing, etc. To figure out which one you want to do, start by working on projects in these fields or interning at a tech company to get a little exposure.

As you can see with what’s going on, no job is imperious from a recession or layoffs, but these jobs are going to have the most growth potential. Every company is slowly transitioning into tech and the majority of jobs will focus around these careers.

My social platform matches people’s careers with their passions by working on small projects. We identify your ideal career and help transition with the guidance of your coach and a cohort. Come check us out here: ourbreadcrumbs.co!

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Optimize your resume and get out there!

Yea- think you might benefit from some
Professional “polishing”. Do some research and you will find good organizations to help with your resume, and probably help with interview preparation. Best of luck

With all the available positions out there, y'all have tons of options. My key take aways from folks in this situation:
1. Experience and how it pertains to your current and future position
2. Interview skills, work on selling yourself with someone you know and get honest feedback.
3. Spruce up your resume, I will say that if you feel confident do it yourself. If not go with professionals because they can get you through screening
4. Know what industry you want to pivot to or if you want to stay in your current industry.


In the end, I will leave you with this: you can get there and make it happen, I believe in you!!

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