I didn't get the job

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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312 posts
Helper bee

@orchidaloha:  I’m so sorry to hear that. Tha definitely sucks. I hope you can find something soon!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ugh, I completely feel your pain. I am so sorry. I have been turned down for SO many jobs that I have lost track. Crossing my fingers for the both of us. 

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@orchidaloha:  There are always ways to get in touch with someone…Facebook, Linkedin? I’ve even Googled people and found them. If this is a job you’re serious about isn’t there someone who wasn’t a direct supervisor who would vouch for you? I’ve even given friends who I’ve worked with casually (yes, I realize it might NOT be the most ethical thing, it happens). 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@orchidaloha:  story of my life. i did 10 interviews with a government agency that won’t be named, and they ended up not choosing me and wouldnt tell me why.

i also had 4 interviews with a small company, they told me i was a strong candidate but then didnt pick me because they thought my goals didnt align with the position. LIKE DUH WHO WANTS TO BE A SECRETARY FOREVER. idiots

THEN i interviewed with another government agency, two interviews, they offered me the job, then funding fell through. AWESOME.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Honestly I’d just lie and make up supervisors. “This is (Insert Name), and he was my manager during this season of employment at (Past Job),” and then give a cellphone number of a close friend that could vouch for you as a reference (who also understood your position, etc).

That probably makes me a shitty person, but it’s definitely the route I’d take. Not like there would be anything to lose since you wouldn’t get the job without the fake reference.

Post # 9
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312 posts
Helper bee

@orchidaloha:  I just had an idea, I’m not sure if you guys use performance evaluations in Canada but we have them in the US. Is it possible to provide the potential employer with copies of your performance evaluations from your old supervisors? Maybe just as a last resort to show them how much you want the job and that you are trying to work with them. I think they should make an exception in this case. It’s not your fault! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@orchidaloha: Hey, no judgment. I was in a similar position a few years ago and I had to fake references. Called up the BFF, sent her off an email with important information, and I was good to go. If the job is yours provided you can get the references, I’d do it. (yeah yeah, lying is bad, but it’s not like OP is lying about her credentials.)

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@orchidaloha:  That’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard of.  Who can come up with that?  My boss would give me a glowin review in casual conversation, but would be pissed if I left (since I’m that damn good) so I couldn’t use him.  My last boss retired and didn’t give a hoot.  I suppose he’d give me a good reference, but I could never track him down.  Before that I worked for a d-bag and I know they don’t give references anyway.  I called and checked.  🙂  And that’s the sum of my employment history.  They WANT people who jump around?  Geez.

Better luck finding a job working for less neurotic employers.  Anyone sane will just ask for people who are familiar with your work.  I gave my assistant and two former coworkers, one who moved on and one I moved on from.  A former boss said I could use him, too (except I didn’t technically report to him).

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

That is bizarre.  What if you only had one supervisor in the last 5 years? 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@orchidaloha:  hang in there! post-wedding i’m also getting back into the job market, and i am so not looking forward to it. rejection here i come! WHOO HOO!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@orchidaloha:  I work in finance and have contacted clients via LinkedIn who have given me fantastic references. The job I will begin in August noted that my LinkedIn references were what really did it. A supervisor can blow smoke up someones butt all day but a client will really tell you what they think. I know it might not seem ethical but I would seriously consider using friends as faux references. Like the other bride said, what do you have to lose? 

With all of that being said, even if you do not secure this new position – I would suggest putting in serious time on your LinkedIn. I have found it’s so easy to have a great profile if you just put a little effort into it. 

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