Don't talk that way!!!
The whole "I can't b/c I only have a HS diploma" stuff is just that.. STUFF.
I'm no different. I have a HS diploma, NO certifications (although I hope to have my PMP this summer) and have been working on my degree for ohhhhh, jeesh... 15 years now?
I started out a $5 an hour secretary for Blue Cross.
I now don't make nearly what I'm worth, and alot less than my best years, but I'm workin' on that ;)
I used to work on Oracle. I got a rapid-fire self-taught/exposure education in the front end applications for about 2 years. Got myself aligned with a GREAT guy from a Big 5 (now big 3 I think) consulting f/irm. I sold my soul to the working devil, working easily 100 hour weeks for 36K a year (NO overtime). But at the end of it all, a big 5 f/irm took me in.. no college degree. Doubled my salary instantly. The other big 5's? Wouldn't even LOOK at my resume. Oracle? Heck no (which was hysterical, b/c I was teaching THEIR help desk when I was working in Italy).
When I left, I went back into private industry, increasing my salary another 25% or so. Smartest thing I ever did, working there. Another place I sold my soul to the work devil, BUT, that one company on my resume will open doors faster than a degree will.
NOT trying to brag. My POINT is. NEVER think you "don't deserve" whatever b/c you lack a "formal education". That's BULLSHYT!!!
Being able to succeed in business has just as much to do with hard work, and savvy, as it does with a piece of paper.
Before I got into Oracle, I was in shop floor manufacturing for several years. Went to work with a start-up company, really an established company bought out of receivership by it's CEO-for-hire. He is a Harvard grad, is a mentor, very highly regarded. MOST of my business confidence comes from him. I knew I had work ethic, I knew I was smart, but I didn't believe I could get from Point A to Point B without that piece of paper. He told me, even as Harvard grad himself, it meant nothing. He's mentored Harvard students who don't have half the business sense of people he's worked with on a shop floor (including me). Smartest man I've ever met frankly and working with him did amazing things for my business confidence and I've never looked back.
Find your "niche". Find what you like to do and are good at doing. Yes, luck and timing and positioning has alot to do with it but even some of that CAN be controlled.
You ARE worthy of whatever you set your mind to do, you just have to BELIEVE you are. You are in sales. Sell YOURSELF first. Most people who truly get ahead in business weren't "prepared" for their "next" job. They go for a higher goal/achievement, believing they WILL be able to do the job, rather than knowing they CAN do the job. If that makes sense.
Have to go to a meeting myself now.. but this is your pep talk for the day!!! Keep sending out resumes!!! Shoot for what you WANT, not necessarily what OTHERS think you can do!
I'm sorry this one didn't work out.. another one WILL. Don't Give Up!!!
Feel free to pm me ;)