Post # 1
My dream job that is. The one that would allow us to move back to Ontario. The one that I have already pictured myself in, and the one that I was sure I had. I asked why I didn’t get it, of course, because I want to make sure that I don’t make the same mistake(s) in my next interviews (I’m hopeful there will be more interviews).
Her answer was that she was glad I asked because it was nothing I did, and nothing about my interview style. She said it was because they found a candidate who was fluent in French and English, and I am only fluent in English and Russian. She said it was unfortunate because they liked my writing better. Ugh. I will go learn French at this point.
It’s hard because it is nothing I can fix (at least immediately) and now we are entering into the summer months when no one is hiring. I am really depressed, my FI is on nights tonight, and I’d just like to go home, cry, and cuddle my furbaby. Also, I need to apply for more jobs. Okay, I think that is the end of my rant.
Post # 3
@MrsPanda99: I have a science degree, 10 years retail experience, 4 years of experience in a financial office, and I can’t even get a RETAIL job because I live in Ottawa and don’t speak French fluently enough 🙁 it’s tough out there!!
Post # 4
I’m really sorry. That sucks. I’ll be sending good vibes your way!
Post # 5
@MrsPanda99: I wonder if you can contact them again right away and discuss a plan to learn French? That way you would be a triple threat with languages.
Rosetta Stone is amazing and easy to use and you will learn very quickly.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: That’s a really good idea. I started hinting at that, but she didn’t bite :-
@NotTheDoctor: Damn French, the bane of my existence. I actually can read and write French, I just can’t speak it and I sure wouldn’t call myself fluent. I’m out of practice, but I could pick it up again. I did mention that in the interview, but I guess they prefered Mr. Already Knows French instead. You’re right, the market sucks and it is tough out here *angrily shakes fists*
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: Bummer! I am really sorry. Definitely look into Rosetta Stone. I was learning French using this a few years ago and was shocked at how quickly I was learning and how much I remembered. I really need to get back into it!
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I will definitely look into it because I don’t want this to hinder me in the future. In a way, I am glad it wasn’t something I did wrong. I’d rather it be a skill I don’t have than it be the fact that I am a shitty interviewer (and I am not a shitty interview :P).
Thank you 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsPanda99: Boooo….I would hire you in a minute and give you a special parking spot and a dangerously outdated assistant named Gladys….
Post # 10
Aww, that’s really sad, I’m sorry you didn’t get it!
What kind of job are you looking for? Just wondering if I might know anyone in your field who is looking to hire?
I speak French fluently, and what’s funny is that THAT is the reason I was hired with my company, but I’ve never spoken a word of French at all in the 7 years I’ve been there. It was a requirement, but it’s rarely used unless you’re in certain jobs (which I’ve never been in). So stupid.
Post # 11
@Nona99: LOL and I would accept it, outdated assistant and all. I just feel like a huge failure because I really needed this for my family and I didn’t get it. All I can do is keep trying, and I know that. But it doesn’t take the sting away :-
Post # 12
@MrsPanda99: I’m sorry to hear that! But to help you in learning French, you should use duolingo.com. It is just as good as Rosetta in helping you learn and it is free. Also, it is very well built and native speakers constantly comment on things so even if the phrase is textbook in correctness, they’ll chime in with the more common lingo. Good luck!
Post # 13
@FortiesFlare: I am in marketing communication. Currently my title is “Manager of Business Communication and Integrated Engagement.” What a mouthful that is. The job is fine, but I need something full time (as opposed to contract, which I’m in now). It is so hard to find and I am just sick of being a temporary employee. I am absolutely willing to accept a pay cut so I can get the extra benefits and security for my family.
I wish I had kept up with my French. I know it is a good skill to have, but I don’t think my brain can handle three languages. I already think in Russian and speak in English, so add a third to the mix and I don’t know what will come out of my mouth. That’s crazy that you haven’t even used the skill they hired you for – but at least you could use it if they needed you to. Very disappointing and hoping my furbaby can cheer me up :-
Post # 14
I’m so sorry! That is so disappointing. On the bright side, you can immediately start working on cultivating the one skill that kept you from this job so that you have that in your arsenal next time you apply.
But you’re right — that doesn’t make this particular situation sting any less. Hang in there hun!
Post # 15
@MrsPanda99: I’m really, really sorry. Up until yesterday I have been in a job search since 2011. It’s been a long, nearly 2 years.
After not being able to get a writing/communications oriented job, I started seeking retail and restaurant jobs…NOTHING. I was actually told despite having extensive retail experience, along with college, I didn’t qualify for a job at a department store. Yet, I would go to that department store and the associates for the most part, didn’t know what the hell they were doing and would complain the store needed help. GRRRR.
I adore the French language. I hope you get to learn it quickly. And I sincerely hope you find an even better fit than you thought this would be. It’s out there.
PS – It impresses the crap out of me you know Russian!
Post # 16
I am sorry this happened. I am sure good things will come your way.
In the meantime, I guess it’s time to brush up on your French… who knows? Maybe Other Guy will suck and they’ll give you a call back!