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I have been out of work for a year now. I am only 30. I was working on a career change, leaving a solid career path in marketing (horrible though, broke my soul and my beliefs were not reciprocated - i despise mass media and the communication, habit forming, selling of BS). So I learned it and got good at understanding the big picture and pieces that make that up. The problem, is I am more of the innovator, the idea and questioner to guide the experts who truly know how to execute.

Health, that is where I was going to transition into a career, change behavior, fitness training etc. But with all that going on, I ended up with a spotty resume now, two jobs less than a year, and a gap for various reasons (got canned - work and family emergency combatted).

Now, I am stuck feeling low confidence and inability to communicate what my value is or worse, what i have done. There's algorithms that decide who stays and who goes. I am not that person.

I am in search of a job that doesn't place me behind a computer, this is harder and harder to find.
I have skills across the board and am personable. Trouble is brewing and I can't seem to find the right company and team that is always innovating for the better quality of life. I am a research and a development person but haven't held a lick of a position in it aside from analytical work (which i despise sitting and doing)...

Trying to find my way again and too many options, and too broad of job descriptions that expect you to do more than your job. It's exhausting.
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First, while soul-retching, I would draw on your knowledge and experience of marketing to see yourself as a product and come up with a plan to market yourself. As you well know, a good marketing campaign can overcome any weakness in the product or service being marketed.

Second, any employer who holds 2020 against any job seeker should have their head examined and is probably not a company you want to work for anyway. I don't buy into the idea that algorithms control hiring. They may control whose resume gets passed the virtual screeners, but a savvy marketer will know that there are ways to get around an HR department's defenses.

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Third, with much of America still working remotely, being behind a computer will still be part of the game. The reality is that there will be less demand for travel, or even personal visits within a geographic location. And technology is increasingly becoming a part of just about every role you can play in a company. You can find jobs that are not soul-crushing but still involve computers.

Even if you go into fitness and personal training, there are advantages to creating a web presence that can be used for scheduling appointments and communicating and attracting new clients. And there are gyms that are still open and opening. I've seen 3 boutique fitness studios in my neighborhood alone - one that replaced another that didn't make it, another that replaced a dry cleaners that didn't make it, and a third that just came out of nowhere.

You hate analytical work, but I would advise you to analyze yourself, clarify your career goals, clarify the skills and experience you can bring to achieving those goals, and focusing a marketing strategy to sell yourself to achieve those goals with the skills and experience you bring to bear. Don't let anyone else define your job description for you.

Who spent 2 years out of work himself before landing a contract right before the pandemic began and amazingly, since it was already remote, he's still at it, so you never know from where your next opportunity will come...

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Repositioning your career toward health care is a good idea. Your aversion to computer work is a limitation in that field.

Have you considered retraining in a medical specialty? Specialists of many types train in under two years. Jobs like x-ray tech, ultrasound, MRI, medical lab tech, dental tech, etc, etc. Physicians assistant. Lpn, nurse. And many more.

Most are people oriented. You are up and about. Not sitting in front of a computer. And pay can be excellent.
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If you haven't done so yet, I strongly suggest going over to the Ask a Manager site,, and reading Alison Green's advice about resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and job hunting in general. Following the site would be a good idea too. Really solid stuff.
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Have you considered finding ways to combine your interests with your skills? Perhaps marketing in the health industry? medical/dental equipment, exercise equipment, fitness services, companies that contract w/Medicare to provide in-home physical and occupational therapy.

I'm not personally familiar w/much outside the software biz, but we had program and product managers that performed marketing and product development management. I imagine other manufacturers have similar positions.

Meanwhile, is there local volunteer work you can perform that uses your skills and interests?

Don't forget to stay safe (masking, social distancing, hand-washing and sanitizing).
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People oriented. Computer aversion. Sales seems like good fit.

The first big sale is to convince someone to give you a chance.

In the chemical industry, people often begin at a distributor. Small companies are more likely to give a beginner a chance.

A second entry point is inside sales. People working as customer service reps (csrs) learn products and work with customers. They can move into field sales.
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