Job Search Makeover Contest: Editor's Pick

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AOL launched this year's second Jobs Week, continuing its dedication to the business of helping people. One way we are doing this is through our Job Search Makeover contest. We received hundreds of submissions last week and now it's time to vote for your favorite. The winner will receive job search counseling from CareerBuilder, a new job-search outfit and a laptop to help them get a jump start on their search.

Each day we will feature a candidate as "Today's Editor's Pick" and the final winner will be announced on October 10th.




Friday's Pick: Maryanne L.

I have worked since I was 14 years old. I recently turned 50. When I was 14 I worked at the local fairs selling snow cones.. I would go to work at 5am and work till 1am every night. I did this to buy myself everyday items. I did that every summer until I was 16.

When I was 16 I worked at a local truck stop as a waitress. When all my friends were out having fun I was at work every weekend. I learned at an early age I had a good work ethic. I worked in retail for years and worked my way up all the way to a senior operational auditor.

I got married and had three sons. I wanted to be at home with my sons while they were young, so I stayed at home all day with them and worked part time at night as a deli clerk and waitress. When my sons got older I went back to work full time.

I lost my job over 15 months ago due to cutbacks. I have experience in the food and beverage industry. I love to work with people and love operations. I need a career makeover because I want to get into a career that I can retire from.

Voting ends October 7th, so be sure to vote today!



Thursday's Pick: Devon M.

While I realize there is no perfect job, I am on a mission to find the perfect one for me. After working for the Federal Government for seven years, I decided to take a chance on a career change and headed back to school for my Masters in Public Communication. I moved from DC to NYC and I am on the hunt for a job that requires energy, enthusiasm and resourcefulness.

I love engaging with people and ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed. I have found, though, that my DC credentials are not as easily understood in the New York market. My years as an analyst in the international relations field gave me extraordinary professional opportunities and experience, but employers in the communication field seem less willing to take a chance on someone with such a diverse background.

I work hard, I easily adapt to any situation in which I am placed and I can always find a way to make it work. Now I just need someone to give me a chance.

Voting ends October 7th, so be sure to vote today!



Wednesday's Pick: Robert C.

I was laid off in December 2009 after 11 months of organizational downsizing and laying off 75% of my staff -- and after being promised there would be no further layoffs. I found myself trapped in a dead employment status. Having a master's degree, reaching a senior level status and having 20+ years' experience seemed to put me into an "overqualified" and "too old" endless circle with my job search. I've paid executive search sites large sums and had my resume revised three times, with no success. During my 20 months of unemployment I've applied for thousands of jobs and had a few interviews, but no job offer.

I've lost my home, relocated twice, and cashed in my 401K. I'm almost financially broke and am currently renting a small bedroom from a friend. I honestly feel lost at this point, hopeless at times. Having interviewed and hired countless employees, I thought I understood the interviewing/hiring process, but it seems like a whole new world.

At 53, I was looking forward to retirement one day, now I'm starting over and need help with a career makeover. I can't even get a job at the local home improvement store or fast food company. I have advanced management skills in many industries that should apply to some company at some level to support myself. By the end of 2011 I'll be completely broke. Please help!

Voting ends October 7th, so be sure to vote today!



Tuesday's Pick: Roshawn B.

I used to work in retail for Dollar General in 2010 and was let go because they wanted to replace me with somebody who had less experience. I collect unemployment, moved to North Carolina to live with my sister and use the money I make from my unemployment to pay for the house that my little brother and mother live in. I worked for that company for 4 1/2 years and now I'm trying to survive on $138.00 a week, a big cut from what I was making at Dollar General. But I am thankful for everything because my house is almost paid for and I wouldn't change anything that I did. There are days that I would skip meals or wouldn't buy food to make sure that my house payments were on time -- even if it took two weeks.

The job hunting hasn't been good because I haven't gotten any calls back. I have applied for more then 400 jobs and I have 15 years of computer experience. I wont give up because I know the job is out there for me.

Voting ends October 7th, so be sure to vote today!



Monday's Pick: Nicole R.

My name is Nicole and I have been out of work for two and a half years. I am a Mom of five and have worked in a few different industries which I believe creates a lot of confusion for employers.

I sold computer software into retail for thirteen years and then came the internet. The business of needing a sales rep to sell into retail tanked. I just wasn't needed anymore. Here I was two babies, a divorce and no work in sight -- my options were limited.

Through a great contact, I was offered a position doing television production. After a successful run on CBS, the show ended and so did my job. Since then, I have been selling myself into industries that are truly not a fit but, I had to pay my bills. Because I was getting hired for positions that just weren't me, they didn't go very well. Now I am a single mom, two kids, no work and a foreclosure on the horizon. I just couldn't find anyone to understand how a TV job in production shows great skill in juggling many balls at one time in addition to sales. No one could see that.

My heart has pulled me towards disaster relief these past few years. I have recently helped families through the rubble in Alabama, Joplin and Minneapolis. I thought I had found the perfect position at The United Way - what an amazing way to work where my passion is, helping others. I have been forever heart changed in working with people in need. However, United Way didn't even bring me in for an interview. I was crushed. I just do not know where I fit anymore. This time of unemployment has offered me the opportunity to help others, which is a blessing. I would love to turn this passion into a paycheck some how, some way. I just want to be working again.

Hopefully you can help.


Voting ends October 7th, so be sure to vote today!



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