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Old 11-13-2015, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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Just like a certain number of graduates, I have decided to take up a call center job in a big city to earn a living while I'm looking for a position in my chosen field.

I completed a paid internship in corporate finance right after I finished college. However, the internship was 6 months long and I haven't been able to lock down a job in my field. I did intern at a couple of other companies and firms during my time in college, on top of volunteering and summer courses abroad.

As I am not planning on staying there very long (6 months tops), I would like to know how I can possibly turn this position to my advantage on my resume. I'm afraid recruiters may discard my application due to this call center position even though the company is a well-known luxury brand. The longer you stay in a dead-end position, the harder it will be to find one in your chosen field. Am I wrong?

The chosen field being corporate finance. Also, I'm not looking for a job in the US market.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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Just like a certain number of graduates, I have decided to take up a call center job in a big city to earn a living while I'm looking for a position in my chosen field.

I completed a paid internship in corporate finance right after I finished college. However, the internship was 6 months long and I haven't been able to lock down a job in my field. I did intern at a couple of other companies and firms during my time in college, on top of volunteering and summer courses abroad.

As I am not planning on staying there very long (6 months tops), I would like to know how I can possibly turn this position to my advantage on my resume. I'm afraid recruiters may discard my application due to this call center position even though the company is a well-known luxury brand. The longer you stay in a dead-end position, the harder it will be to find one in your chosen field. Am I wrong?

The chosen field being corporate finance. Also, I'm not looking for a job in the US market.
I was a finance major and took a call center job at a cable company after I left Graduate School. I was there for six months before I found a more stable job. The next job was at a call center for a State Agency that I worked in for over two years.

I'm not sure what your chosen field is, but in my case, the call center position directly led to a salaried position with great benefits. Once I got my foot in the door, I was able to get certified which put me in line for better jobs within the State.

This was over 10 years ago, however, and I know the Great Recession changed the job market quite a bit. Worst case scenario, you have a job that shows you have dealt with the public and you can use that experience to learn how to deal with customers/coworkers of various temperaments.
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