Post # 32
@weddingmaven: Good advice! I’m actually pretty social networking savvy, so both Fiance and I have googled the hell out of every way you could possibly spell our names and it all comes up clean. You can’t find my pinterest, twitter or anything with my name, except Facebook which has nothing posted publically and is very “family friendly” even for those who can see it. My cover photo is a beach picture and my profile photo is my face in front of our Christmas tree, so nothing to be seen negatively there. I dunno. Maybe they will say “We googled you and think your picture of the beach is highly offensive!” 🙂
Post # 33
@MexiPino: The email sounds appropriate. Just one thing I noticed, you said “meeting” twice when you said you enjoyed meeting them. Lol, sorry, I’m a teacher and it caught my eye. 🙂 You probably already fixed it.. Good luck!
Post # 34
@MexiPino: Sometimes it’s just a hard market and it’s not YOU it’s the fact that they’ve got so many other qualified people.
Keep plugging away, see if you can do anything to tip the scales in your favor, and let the rejection roll off your back. I’m sure you’ll land something soon!
Post # 35
@MexiPino: I can completely relate to what you’re going through. But think of it this way, at least you’re getting interviews! I have been unemployed for four months and I have only gotten TWO interviews.
But that’s partly my own fault. I had the first interview not long after I got laid off and I thought it was in the bag so I really slacked off on applying to jobs. I still applied but nowhere near as much as I should have been.
Once I found out I didn’t get the job, I picked up the slack again and started applying everywhere. Then the holidays happened.
But today, I got a phone call for a interview.
Anyway, my point is, I understand how bad it sucks to be unemployed. You are not alone! And I think the email is fine. Hopefully you will get a response! 🙂
Post # 36
I was between contracts for about three months, it sucked especially because I had interviewed for a seasonal job somewhere I had worked before and they turned me down… After I had finished two degrees and had a couple years of relevant full time work experience. I seriously was considering options not in that field, like starting my own business, because I didn’t think anyone would hire me, ever. I cried a lot, too.
However, not too long after I got a job with a higher level of responsibility, and a second job that started right after that contract finished – big bonus points for being right in the same small town as my SO lives! This week I found out they’re extending out my contract longer term, that the contract I had last year wants me back as well, and I’m feeling the power of positive networking. Don’t give up hope, the right job will come up for you soon, and grab it with two hands when it does. If there is a professional organization for the area you work in/want to break into, look into getting involved there! You never know where it would take you.
Post # 37
@MexiPino: you’re welcome! Sorry it was the format was so wonky – I was on my iPhone, but hopefully my point got across. Just so you know, I’ve been there (I may have already mentioned that) – I quit my job to move with Fiance for a promotion for him from St. Louis to the Philly area. I had an interview literally my first day in town, and it went AMAZINGINLY well – it was the exact same position/industry I had been in for four years previously, I got along really well with everyone, they told me before I left that I was in the top two, etc. The next week I went in for an interview with the CEO of the organization, he loved me, even took notes of what I said to bring up at a board meeting later that week – and I didn’t get the job. And it SUCKED. A lot. I cried like a freaking baby when I figured it out (once I didn’t hear back in the week time frame they told me), and then again when I officially found out. But (and I know you hate to hear this), it worked out. I got a job as a bartender and then two days later was offered a FT position in my field…not my industry, and it’s a big change, but I’m taking it as a learning experience.
So I’m rooting for you – I’m not just being a big turd of an HR person!
Post # 38
@alotlikelove: I did but thank you!!
Post # 39
Awww I’m sorry you are going through this. I can relate as my SO is going through the same thing. He’s in a specific field and it is just DEAD where we live and he is considering moving. He’s been applying forever and has gone on so many interviews that he was sure he’d get one…but got that same stupid email “We’ve gone with someone more qualified”
But he always responds back and thanks them…cuz you never know…
“Thank you for informing me of the final job outcome. I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about _____(company name). I would appreciate if I could be considered for future opportunities”
Something along that line…because, maybe you were runner up and they will consider you next time ?
I know, its friggen tough…but you can’t give up, you have to stay aggressive because jobs just aren’t handed to you these days and there is tonnes of competition.
Just keep trying, and be positive!
Oh! Also, always send a ‘thank you for meeting with me” email after each interview, sometimes that’s a make or break. 🙂
Post # 40
@MexiPino: Definitely send it. I’m in HR and would probably respond.
Well, I would respond if the reason was minor (if they were a great candidate but someone was better) or if it was something that could be changed (real lack of qualification, horrible reference, language skills, couldn’t answers my technical questions, etc.).
I wouldn’t respond if I just didn’t like the person (this sucks, but if you have two equally qualified candidates and one is likable but the other is not, well…), or if there’s any possible way it could be interpreted as discrimination (if the person was dressed inappropriately, I wouldn’t tell them).
I suggest checking yourself out on Google, etc. to see what you come up with, and make sure there isn’t someone with the same name as you on the sex offender registry 😛