January 29th, 2008 admin
While at my $15 an hour job I went on several interviews for positions that required an MBA. When asked if I was currently working I honestly replied that I was. In retrospect that hurt me. It seems that I was not getting jobs because I was already employed.
I remember one job interview vividly. It was at a temporary staffing agency and the open position that I had applied to was for a Financial Analyst. According to the job description I was more than qualified for the position.
The interview seemed to be going pretty well. That is until the guy that was interviewing me told me that sometimes you needed to start off in the mailroom and that was his suggestion for me.
I left there disgusted.
January 24th, 2008 admin
At first I was selectively sending out my resume. I thought that with my credentials that I could be picky about the job that I took. After no results from that I began sending out my resume to all jobs that required an MBA. Even after that I was still not seeing any results.
So, I took a $15 an hour job temporarily. I didnâ€™t tell them that I had an MBA though. I didnâ€™t want to be told I was overqualified for the position as I needed the income. Besides, I did not expect to be there long. I continued to send out resumes and go on interviews while at this job.
January 20th, 2008 admin
Even though I completed my MBA in December of 2006, I did not start looking for a new job right away. I was moving out of state within a month and decided it was best for me to stay in my $15 an hour job until moving.
My plan was to look for a higher paying job that required an MBA upon settling in my new home. I had previously looked at the job situation in the city that I was moving to and had seen plenty of jobs that I would be qualified for. I assumed that once I started sending out resumes that I would have no problem getting a new job with more pay and maybe even a fancy title.
Being overly confident, I took my time settling into my new place. Why? Because I was certain a hot commodity like me would not be on the job market for long.
January 17th, 2008 admin
In December 2006 I finished up my studies for my MBA.
I had read that the average starting salary for an MBA is around $75,000, so I was pretty stoked about making that kind of money. You see, at the time I was making $15 and hour so that kind of pay increase was very appealing.
I knew that by having an MBA as a woman that I would be a bit of a minority. However, I did not think it would matter too much. In fact, I thought that the importance of an MBA would overshadow the whole gender issues and possibly even the pay gap between men and women.
For a 28 year old (at the time), I was sure naÃ¯ve.