Post # 1
I’m unemployed and have been for quite a while. I’ve applied at a total of 14 different places as of today. I’ve been turned down by 6 of them and 3 of them said they were no longer considering my application when I checked online. I have been extremely stressed out about this with another semester of school coming up and with the wedding. I NEED some money coming in.
I got on Facebook and started a conversation with a friend of mine who knows my situation. When she asks me how the job hunt is going, I tell her and she then says that she lucked out on a job interview Thursday. This friend JUST moved here less than a week ago AND she’s applying at one of the places I applied to and was turned down for. I know I have more experience than she does (I know, sounds horrible, but I’m mad!) She then proceeds to tell me how she was 1 of 3 people selected to interview for the position and so forth and so on. She went on and on abotu how great it went and she should get a call tomorrow. Which, good for her for getting a job and all, but DAMN! I need work too! For my wedding and college costs. She needs gas and cigarette money…
Ugh. I’m so frustrated with this and this isn’t the first time it’s happened either. I don’t know what it is about me that makes people not want to hire me.
Post # 3
Awwww I understand!! That’s so annoying 🙁
It’ll happen! I know, it’s never soon enough and it sucks in the mean time but keep your head up 🙂 Us Bees are here for you!
Post # 4
@Mrs. Puffin: It is. And it’s not the first time she’s “beat” me out of a job. She got a job I had applied for when we were in high school… which makes it a little bit worse. I guess I also feel a little sorry for myself because I feel like I need it more than she does. She moved in with her parents, they still pay for everything. She needs extra money to ride around on and buy cigarettes with.
I’m living by myself, going to school, planning a wedding and living off of what money I have left from my previous jobs, graduation money and the donations my parents make for me every month.
Post # 5
sometimes people are just so excited that they don’t stop and think how what they say might affect someone else.
example: today on two different occasions i was talking about wedding planning stuff to a girl who just called off her engagment a week or two ago. I know. I felt bad about it. The first time I was halfway through what i was saying before i remembered. And the second time I segued into it somehow and i kept silently telling myself to shut up, but i just keept babbling on.
my point is, she probably didn’t try and make you feel bad, sometimes peoples mouths run faster than their brain!
p.s. good luck on the job search! the perfect job is waiting for you.
Post # 6
@Lee_Ann: I know she probably didn’t mean anything by it, but I can’t help but get a little irritated. She knows I’ve been unemployed for 2 years, and actively looking for 1.5 years. If she gets this job, it will be the third one she’s had since I’ve been looking.
I’ve also been trying to get away from needing my parents help. I’m 21, I live alone. I shouldn’t still be depending on them to pay for most of my bills, especially after I was paying for most everything, cell phone, gas, helping out with my car insurance, when I was 16.
Post # 7
I’m sure she was just excited about her own interview (who wouldn’t be?) and didn’t think that her comments would hurt. As a PP said, sometimes our mouths move more quickly than our brains!
Although that said, it sounds to me like you need to get out there and apply for a lot more jobs!
You say you’ve been actively searching for 1.5 years yet you’ve only applied for 14 jobs?!? I applied for over 100 jobs (with personalized cover letters and resumes for each) when I was graduating college and that was in a span of a couple months. You have to be your own advocate and get your name and resume out there in people’s hand if you want to same opportunities to come to you as your friend is getting!
Post # 8
I’ll say this, not sure if it’ll make you feel any better about the friend getting a call back when you didn’t: A lot of places are looking for people who are LESS qualified right now, so they can justify paying them a lower salary. Companies are facing tight budgets and the prospect pf paying you what you’re worht vs. what your friend or someone else with less epxerience and/or less education or training is a lot more attractive right now. In fact, many people who ahve been laid off and are job hunting are omitting things from their resumes to make themselves look more hireable – comapnies fear hiring people who are ‘too’ good for the job – they fear you won’t stay after they’ve invested time and money into training you, making you a bad investement. So, they call back people with less…. impresive work histories or resumes hoping they’ll luck out and get soemone who can do the job acceptably for cheaper.
Job hunting sucks at the best of times. I’m sorry you’re not having a lot of luck right now. Maybe you should see about revising your resume a bit, and taylor it for each job you’re applying for (a lot of people simply make up one version, regardless of the differences in the jobs they apply for). For instance, if one job is more of a customer service position, play up anything you’ve got about that, but downplay a bit, any management experience you have, as that could make you look ‘too’ experienced or too expensive to hire. If you re applying for a creative job, emphasis your creative abilities and skill, but leave out and book-keeping you might be abel to do, and bring a small throw-away portfolio to leave.
I hope that makes sense. Good luck with the hunt.
Post # 9
Try contacting a recruiting firm that specializes in your industry. I was laid off a year ago and went through a recruiting firm to land a contract gig, and while I was doing that, I continued to look for a permanent job. It kept my resume current, and I think that helped me once a permanent job came through. Recruiters want the commission, so they’re great advocates for you. Good luck!
Post # 10
@Mrs.KMM: Oh no, not 14 jobs in the 1.5 years, just 14 in the last 2 months. I have no idea how many I’ve applied for over the entire time I’ve been looking.
@Isilme: Sadly, it does make sense.
@amanda06: I don’t really have a specialized industry. I’m a college student working on my bachelor’s degree. All I have is an associate’s degree in science.
Post # 11
Uhhh… I am not sure I agree with Isilme comments…..
BUT – how close are you with this girl? Can you say to her “Gee, I am so happy you have an interview – I have had no luck! Could I see a copy of your resume? Maybe that will help me edit mine so that I can make my resume look more attractive and then maybe I can harness some of your luck!”
Post # 12
Have you had anyone read your resume and cover letter? It seems like there is something wrong there.
Post # 13
@SouthernGirl: Hmm, what about temping? If you can use a computer and answer a phone, you can get work right away. No interviews required:)
Post # 14
What kind of jobs are you applying for? Since your a college student I would assume your schedule is limited. Is that effecting employer decisions?
Post # 15
I’m sorry 🙁 As someone who is unemployed (well I’m working part time but NOT going to school) I understand how frustrating it can be!
Post # 16
@SouthernGirl: I know how irritating it is when someone with less experience and doesn’t really care about a job, gets one. My sis has been looking (with a BS) and my cousin’s wife got a job aying well and she has no high school diploma. Like, WTF? I remind her what Islme said about they pay them even less.
Also, remember what you wrote: If she gets this job, it will be the third one she’s had since I’ve been looking.
Sounds like a job hopper and I’m surprised she keeps getting hired. Those who have never been unemployed or laid off, don’t understand how it feels to see soemthing like this happen. I hope a job comes soon for you.