Not Getting Job Offers? Several Reasons Why

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By Paula Fitzsimmons

Rejection stings, especially when it involves a job you really wanted or thought you’d be perfect for.

It’s essential that you learn to not take rejection personally . . .easier said than done, I know.  But getting turned down for a job isn’t a reflection of who you are or what you have to offer.

For one, you’re competing against dozens and even hundreds of other applicants – one hiring manager at an animal nonprofit recently told me she and her coworkers receive thousands of applications per year.

There are any number of other reasons why you may not be getting your dream job or called back for interviews. I’ve outlined a few of the big ones below.

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Urban Coyote Ecology – an Emerging Field

Urban coyote ecology - careers with coyotes & urban wildlife

By Paula Fitzsimmons

Wild animal species once largely restricted to rural areas have become regular urban denizens. In my own mid-sized city, it’s no longer uncommon to see foxes, coyotes, and turkeys roaming freely in residential areas. Several months ago we even spotted what appeared to be a bobcat on the arm of a busy highway. These kinds of sightings were rare as recently as a decade ago.

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Caring About Animals Shouldn’t Hurt: How to Protect Your Soft Center

Self care tips for animal caregivers and advocated

By Paula Fitzsimmons

As animal advocates, we’re exposed to some pretty nasty stuff. Failure to properly shield ourselves emotionally may lead to problems later on, sometimes with disastrous results.

Veterinarians, for instance, experience a higher suicide rate than that of the general population, according to an article in the Journal of Veterinary Medical EducationShelter workers, vet techs, disaster workers, and anyone in regular, direct contact with distressed animals are susceptible to compassion fatigue.

Those who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to protect animals and the planet are not immune from the hurt, either. Working on legislative bills that don’t pass, dealing with harsh critics, and having to constantly raise funds can also be brutal. And yes, volunteers are also vulnerable.

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Extra Income from Home: 7 Ideas for Animal Lovers

7 ideas for animal lovers to make extra income from home

By Paula Fitzsimmons

If you want to supplement your income, getting a part-time job is just one option. I have ideas for seven part-time, low-risk gigs you can do from home.

Earning potential often depends on your skills and the effort you’re willing to put in. There are no guarantees, and no quick and easy fixes to success that I know of – you still have to put in the work. But it doesn’t have to feel like work when you enjoy what you’re doing. I can attest to that.

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The Animal Lover’s 2017 Guide to Scholarships

2017 guide to scholarships for animal lovers

By Paula Fitzsimmons

Animal lovers, if you need cash to help fund your education, you’ve landed on the right page. This is the second scholarship & financial aid list I’ve created specifically for those of you interested in animal care, protection, and conservation careers. You may recognize some of the awards from last year’s list, but I’ve added new ones, as well.

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Expect Spending on Pets to Increase

Demand for pet care products and services is expected to rise in the coming decade. In their recent article, Bloomberg reported that dog walkers will be in higher demand than teachers, a claim based on a new consumer trends report from The Conference Board.

The report projects that spending in certain categories, including pets, will strongly increase. And dog walking, is of course, part of the pet industry.

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Seasonal and Part-time Positions with Audubon

You’ll start seeing an increase in seasonal jobs on Animal Jobs Digest, as organizations are looking to fill spring and summer slots. Six new seasonal & part time positions with National Audubon Society were posted just this morning, varying in location and job category. You may be looking for a permanent job, but there are good reasons to consider seasonal employment, especially with an organization like Audubon. Some of the benefits you may experience . . .

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