Post # 62
@Vidya: I don’t mean to be harsh, but I’m wondering why all of this is so last minute? I was unemployed for a stretch and I took every day as a way to prepare for interviews, polish my resume, etc. You do have to be ready for an interview at a moment’s notice. I really do hope he gets this job but if if this opportunity doesn’t work out I hope he takes it as an opportunity to prepare, gather some suitable clothes (more than just an interview outfit, things to wear if he does get hired too), an iron and possibly a license.
Post # 63
@Aure: Well, he’s been polishing his resume since he did get fired. At first he was very apply, apply, send in resume, network, network, etc. But after several months he started getting really discouraged and just fell into a rut. Fortunatly, he’s recently come out of it and everything’s looking much brighter 🙂 As for clothes, I think we just weren’t aware of what constituted as “professional.” That was his go-to interview shirt for awhile now and only until this morning when a friend of ours mentioned it did we think it was inapproriate. Fortunatly, the”sloppy-shirt”, as it will forever be known, hasn’t cost him any jobs – the only interview he had was at a gas station that he turned down because it would have paid less than the unemployment he was recieving. But now we know (and knowing’s half the battle…G.I. Joe!). I think we will be investing in an iron. As for a license, he has nystagmus and, while he can see, he cannot see well enough to be able to drive.
Post # 64
So he went in, had his interview. It apparently went well. He has to go back to get his child abuse/FBI clearances before he goes in to shadow on the 11th. Then he can decide if the job is what he’s looking for. Yay :)) Time to shop for some new outfits.
Post # 65
@Vidya: congrats, glad it all worked out!
Post # 66
Yay! Glad things went well! Good luck!
Post # 67
@Vidya: Eeks, you don’t want to turn down a job while on unemployment or you can lose your eligibility. You just have to be careful not to interview for a position you wouldn’t accept. (FYI, in my state you can work and even if it pays less, collect unemployment for the difference. In fact, it’s pretty generous here and you can collect 1/3 of your unemployment check in pay before you start losing the unemployment dollars).
Post # 68
@kay01: Really? I had no idea. Well, yikes.
Post # 69
@Vidya: Ah, I see. I’m glad it went well! Now you get to go shopping with him!
Post # 70
“Then he can decide if the job is what he’s looking for.”
I’m sorry, not to be harsh but he’s looking for a job right? Then, the job he gets offered is the job he’s looking for. Believe me, it is MUCH easier to find a job when you are employed, then it is when you are unemployed. If he is lucky enough to be offered a job, he should take it, work as hard as he can for about a year, and then look to move once he has some solid experience under his belt. He hasn’t worked a “professional” job yet right? That’s why this is even more important. This first job is always the hardest to get.
And yes, investing in professional clothes. Things he can wear in an office everyday, slacks, button down, dress shoes, etc. No need to go crazy and spend a lot of money – but Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, etc all have options.
Best of luck to him!