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I've noticed that a lot of the members on here are from PA and was wondering if they had any suggestions for employers or jobs to look into for "Bachelor's degree required, entry level - some experience" type positions in Eastern PA, NJ, or DE. I've been looking into various career fields since late April with some luck, but government positions and legal positions are scarce. I have nearly 9 years of customer service/sales/banking experience and I worked for a very successful chamber of commerce as well. I am an eagle scout and an outgoing person, despite the fact my 96 escort looks fairly ghetto to the average person lol. I am a recent graduate with honors with B.S. degree in Public Administration/Paralegal Studies plus I have taken many business/marketing courses. My resume is excellent as well as my cover letter, which has been noted by several employers.

One note, I'm aware that many would have suggested going to technical school, taking up a trade, or taking up a different career path. I have family and friends that work in various trades and even IT work, but respectfully it simply was not my calling. I chose this career path because I wanted to work in contract and entertainment law someday. I didn't expect the economy to go into a depression for 2009, making jobs scarce even for experienced professionals. I'm also aware that complaining about the economy or "fueling the fire" isn't going to land me in a position with a good employer. However, I believe their is still hope for me and many others so any helpful suggestions are very well appreciated. Thank you
 

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Can you find employment in the reposession industry? Legal skills can come in handy there. Is Chester or Bethlehem within commuting range?
 

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It may sound strange, but you should stop in at the unemployment services, and search through thier job listings, and maybe take a class. Back in '02 when I was unemployed, I took a free class at the Unemployment services, to help me better search for employment. The classes were very intuitive, as well as FREE. I was suprised to hear that only a very small percentage of unemployed people utilize the free services, to help them find employment.

The class that I took was 2-3 hours a day for 4 or 5 days. It really helped me get over the shock of being laid off, and motivated me to seek out new employment.

Are you currently unemployed, or are you just working in a position that does not utilize your degree?
 

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Are you currently unemployed, or are you just working in a position that does not utilize your degree?
The classes actually sound like a great idea because I'm trying every avenue I can think of to get my name out there and find jobs. So far I've followed my father's job search methods of emailing CEO's, attorney's, and hr personnel directly inquiring about employment while looking for open positions through the classifieds as well. I kinda hit the wall expecting employment in Harrisburg or within a Philadelphia law firm, but have found many other opportunities in similar areas.

I am currently employed, but its the same low-wage part-time job I held in college. I can't stay in it for too much longer as it doesn't provide any advancement options nor a suitable salary. I have had a few interviews this week so I know I'm close to finding a good job, just looking for any decent opportunity at this time until the economy turns around. Zzyzzx thanks for the reply because I am actually within a reasonable distance from both Chester and Bethlehelm from my home in Philadelphia and know those areas very well. I am currently looking into insurance providers as well and other agencies that I can put my legal skills to good use.

Thanks again for the replies and your help.
 

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Do you have any professional experience in the field of employment that you are looking for? Professional experience goes a long way, as I am sure you know. Sometimes it is worth while to take a lesser job with the company, just to get your foot in the door. After that, prove yourself, and then move into the position that you want.
 

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Dave94LX said:
Do you have any professional experience in the field of employment that you are looking for? Professional experience goes a long way, as I am sure you know. Sometimes it is worth while to take a lesser job with the company, just to get your foot in the door. After that, prove yourself, and then move into the position that you want.
Very true. I was in a similar situation with the part time job/out of college type thing (only sans degree - could no longer afford to attend). So I took a low level position with a small company, doing the same work I had been with the previous part time job. Less than 2 years later, I'm in a much better position than I was, with room to grow as the company does.
A degree should get you into a better position from the get-go, but with the difficulty you are having it may not hurt to work your way up.
 

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scort965spd said:
Zzyzzx thanks for the reply because I am actually within a reasonable distance from both Chester and Bethlehelm from my home in Philadelphia and know those areas very well. I am currently looking into insurance providers as well and other agencies that I can put my legal skills to good use.

Thanks again for the replies and your help.
I think our Bethlehem office is looking for Collectors, which should be tolerable for someone in a legal background (because of all the legal issues involved). In Chester we have contractors working on REO sales and our legal department is there. Seriously, I think I might get an extra vacation day if I refer you. When I get some spare time, I can look at our intranet to see if I can find and specific job listings.
 

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zzyzzx said:
scort965spd said:
Zzyzzx thanks for the reply because I am actually within a reasonable distance from both Chester and Bethlehelm from my home in Philadelphia and know those areas very well. I am currently looking into insurance providers as well and other agencies that I can put my legal skills to good use.

Thanks again for the replies and your help.
I think our Bethlehem office is looking for Collectors, which should be tolerable for someone in a legal background (because of all the legal issues involved). In Chester we have contractors working on REO sales and our legal department is there. Seriously, I think I might get an extra vacation day if I refer you. When I get some spare time, I can look at our intranet to see if I can find and specific job listings.
Cool, that sounds good and I appreciate your help zzyzzx.
 

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I don't know if there's any BCBS offices near you, but i know our region has been hiring in the legal departments like crazy. :)
 

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Dave94LX said:
Do you have any professional experience in the field of employment that you are looking for? Professional experience goes a long way, as I am sure you know. Sometimes it is worth while to take a lesser job with the company, just to get your foot in the door. After that, prove yourself, and then move into the position that you want.
Very true. I was in a similar situation with the part time job/out of college type thing (only sans degree - could no longer afford to attend). So I took a low level position with a small company, doing the same work I had been with the previous part time job. Less than 2 years later, I'm in a much better position than I was, with room to grow as the company does.
A degree should get you into a better position from the get-go, but with the difficulty you are having it may not hurt to work your way up.
I do have professional experience in public administration, legislation/government affairs, and financial services but I do not have specific experience in legal services.

I think my focus was too large on landing a good position with a law firm before since the past few weeks I've been getting a lot of replies from prospective employers since shifting my focus to other opportunities. My former boss just sent me an email today that some legislative positions may be available in September, so things are starting to turn around. Right now I'm looking everywhere because I've learned that sometimes the best opportunity is in the last place you will look.
 
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