Tag Archives: The Interminable Job Search

Work matters.

“All honest work is honorable.”  My Dad. An area manager for a large insurance company tried to recruit me to be a sales agent last week. He kept talking about how my qualifications didn’t match my work history. “Whenever someone … Continue reading

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Interview fail.

Dear Ms. Recruiter: I am very sorry that the connection was so bad yesterday when we talked.  Otherwise, it would not have taken until I saw your email at 10:00 pm Pacific last night for me to see that the … Continue reading

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I don’t understand this.

I got a rejection letter for a job that I had really, REALLY wanted this morning.  It was the standard, “although we are impressed with your credentials, your skills and experience are not compatible with our current job opening,” which … Continue reading

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Well, well.

I had a very productive day yesterday. I straightened the house so the housekeeper could come in.  I did a load of laundry.  I went to my Thursday afternoon group.  I went to the post office to mail off the … Continue reading

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Nice consolation prize, there.

As I suspected, I did not get the job at the Coolest Place Ever. Given the way the process was handled, I don’t feel like I was rejected, simply like I was not that good a fit. However, as I … Continue reading

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I do not think I am the droid you are looking for. Sadly.

I did a skills test earlier this week for a position at the Coolest Place Ever.  After I turned in the computer portion of the test, they handed me Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0 with instructions to take the assessments … Continue reading

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Sunday afternoon.

So, I am lying on my bed under the influence of Vicodin — which I am not supposed to take because the acetaminophen in it is contraindicated with some of the other meds — because the strained ligament in my … Continue reading

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Reality bites, sometimes.

I had a job fair this morning: bleh.  Both the guys I talked to looked completely bored and like they would rather be anywhere but there. I had a later “informational interview” at 1:00 at SJSU.  I was a bit … Continue reading

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Dear Tech Support Guy…

When I tell you that I cannot get the password reset link to work with your site, it should not take four different calls over two hours — with repeated efforts from numerous password reset emails — for you to … Continue reading

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Herding cats.

I had an interview of sorts with a SAT prep company.  We were requested to upload an instructional video.  Here’s mine. They said be creative.  My only regret (and the thing that will probably cost me the job) is that … Continue reading

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I need advice.

Last night I went to a panel discussion about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  It was absolutely fascinating.  One of the panelists was someone I knew when I was an undergraduate*, a man who is one of the most … Continue reading

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Who am I? What am I doing here?

I have eight job applications I have to fill out this evening, and I am sitting here writing this. I am frozen. A friend lost her job today.  She is a wonderful, smart, funny woman, but more relevantly in this … Continue reading

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I suppose it should make me less unhappy that the woman who told me I wasn’t getting the job (because another candidate showed up with six years more experience at the same job than I had ) seemed to feel badly … Continue reading

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Well so much for *that* job…

[I decided that, on the whole, this paragraph was unwise.] Rats.  And I really liked this job (at least according to its Craiglist description).

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I wish my brain would just shut up, sometimes.

[Warning: this post is going to be a whine.  I am blogging this because it’s too long for Facebook and I want a reminder of the first part of the post. I am disabling comments because, while reassurance is always … Continue reading

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Hi, I’m Pat. Will you hire me?

It’s downright depressing. I am 48, with a J.D. and a lot of life skills under my belt, with a recent work history with a former supervisor who is willing to praise me to the skies at a workplace where … Continue reading

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