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Old 11-02-2011, 09:43 PM   #2181
 
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anna - the person who is contacting you might not have seen your cover letter. Just express your interest in the position and tell her you are planning to relocate on such and such date and that you are available by phone before then. If your move date is far out, you might need to consider making a trip up there for the interview(s).
That's right...also, I've had friends do skype job interviews, too.
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I hope she responds. My spirits are dwindling. My friend was like "obviously you just need to move now. Chi town is waiting."

I hope these interviews go well CIBC. Sorry about the mia phone interview.

And I totally know what you mean about the script thing. I keep dreaming that CollegeHumor will realise how funny I am and hire me. Then I'll make ridiculous YouTube videos forever....

Oh sheesh, y'all. 'Tis my phone!
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I had a job interview on the 20th, I still haven't heard anything. I'm losing out hope . It was for an admin assistant/receptionist position, not ideal but it was for a company that I think I would be a good fit for and could eventually move up from said position. They also had nice perks and benefits. It was temp to perm through my agency

I can't complain too much though, I'm working on another temp assignment as a personal assistant. It's a bit annoying because I'm not really using my skills and I have to talk a lot (something I hate and not used to, my throat keeps getting dry). I am getting paid so again I can't complain too much, I am just a tad sad and frustrated at the moment. This is not where I want to be but I'm grateful for my temp agency, and that I am working despite just moving to a new state. *sigh*
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Well the store called and offered a job so yayy for some pocket money before I move.

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I had a job interview on the 20th, I still haven't heard anything. I'm losing out hope . It was for an admin assistant/receptionist position, not ideal but it was for a company that I think I would be a good fit for and could eventually move up from said position. They also had nice perks and benefits. It was temp to perm through my agency

I can't complain too much though, I'm working on another temp assignment as a personal assistant. It's a bit annoying because I'm not really using my skills and I have to talk a lot (something I hate and not used to, my throat keeps getting dry). I am getting paid so again I can't complain too much, I am just a tad sad and frustrated at the moment. This is not where I want to be but I'm grateful for my temp agency, and that I am working despite just moving to a new state. *sigh*
SiB -- What do you want to do ideally? I know some people in the area who are always hiring if the person is right, mostly in tech companies if that interests you. You can PM if you'd rather.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:40 PM   #2186
 
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I just had my phone interview...

I got grilled about my employment gaps (After college, it took me a while to find a full-time office job, but I worked full-time retail AND a part-time office job through that time...all on my resume...and they grilled me about my other two unemployment gaps.)

It seriously made me feel like crap and makes me wonder if nobody will hire you if they see nobody else has

I was honest...I've been SEARCHING FOR A JOB (I guess you don't know how bad it is out there, Lady Who Has a Great Job), nannying, freelance writing, working retail and taking classes.

Don't people understand how bad it is out there?
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I just had my phone interview...

I got grilled about my employment gaps (After college, it took me a while to find a full-time office job, but I worked full-time retail AND a part-time office job through that time...all on my resume...and they grilled me about my other two unemployment gaps.)

It seriously made me feel like crap and makes me wonder if nobody will hire you if they see nobody else has

I was honest...I've been SEARCHING FOR A JOB (I guess you don't know how bad it is out there, Lady Who Has a Great Job), nannying, freelance writing, working retail and taking classes.

Don't people understand how bad it is out there?
On the plus, side, they didn't write you off before the interview. I've had interviews that I thought went really badly and I still got the job. Fret not.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #2188
 
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But why on earth grill me about why it took me so long to find a job after college...which was SEVEN YEARS AGO?!
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Sarcasm, come back to NYC! You raise the property values here (tee hee!).

Anna, congrats! That is great news. I'm glad you got something. When is the move?

CIBC, maybe practice with some friends so that you can have some smooth answers when they grill you about the gaps in your employment history. That's a very tough issue to answer - I know. I had to carefully word my responses to that.

Kayb - your post about being fluent in Chinese and willing to relocate to China struck me as very funny - only because there are all of these ads asking for everything under the sun.

Like: (made this up but its not far from the truth) "Executive asst., must be fluent in Hindi and Korean have a 4.0 average and ten years experience on Wall Street, be able to handle tough, insanely demanding bosses with constantly shifting deadline priorities and be model material with a bubbly personality and available 24/7. Doesn't pay much but great experience."

These ads make me choke. Meanwhile, I am actually working! Have to get up at 4:00 am, for a board meeting which starts at 7:00 - not being paid much and I'm SO tired but so far boss is very nice and I'm hanging in there. Good luck everyone!!!
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Glad it's working out for you CP. In this economy, "We do what we gotta do." It's hard being at this certain age (I'm not going to call us old) and being female and single and not making much money. I hope you have benefits there. I don't and it scares me to death. I find that dancing on the weekends help me. It takes my mind off of things. It's sort of my escape.
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Thanks CP! I'm still looking for apartments but I'm hoping to move between December and January.

I'm glad you're doing well with your job.

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But why on earth grill me about why it took me so long to find a job after college...which was SEVEN YEARS AGO?!
Because she's a bad interviewer?

I had an interview where someone complimented me on my journalism experience, said she'd been reading my writing for years--and then ask me if I had any "news gathering experience." Uh, yeah, I do, because.I.worked.for.a.newspaper.for.years. And that's what we do. News gather.

I recently had a job interview where the guy asked me next to nothing about me, but spent 2 hours talking about his bipolar alcoholic ex-wife, his new wife, his custody battle, how his dad was murdered by the mob, etc., etc.

Don't drive yourself nuts second-guessing their motives. Work on polishing a ready answer like Curly Pearl says, and keep it moving.
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But why on earth grill me about why it took me so long to find a job after college...which was SEVEN YEARS AGO?!
Because she's a bad interviewer?

I had an interview where someone complimented me on my journalism experience, said she'd been reading my writing for years--and then ask me if I had any "news gathering experience." Uh, yeah, I do, because.I.worked.for.a.newspaper.for.years. And that's what we do. News gather.

I recently had a job interview where the guy asked me next to nothing about me, but spent 2 hours talking about his bipolar alcoholic ex-wife, his new wife, his custody battle, how his dad was murdered by the mob, etc., etc.

Don't drive yourself nuts second-guessing their motives. Work on polishing a ready answer like Curly Pearl says, and keep it moving.
I'm SHOCKED that has never happened to me in an interview before.........................
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Was SO hyped-up for this interview tomorrow because the company sounds awesome, but I just realized the original job ad said "fluency in Spanish is preferred." Yet they still called me in without asking about it! So now I just need to pray that nobody else is perfect for that job and ALSO fluent in Spanish. Come ON, Universe. Throw me a bone. (Or do I just tell them I'm fluent in Spanish and make sure I'm fluent in Spanish within the next two weeks??? No?)
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I just had my phone interview...

I got grilled about my employment gaps (After college, it took me a while to find a full-time office job, but I worked full-time retail AND a part-time office job through that time...all on my resume...and they grilled me about my other two unemployment gaps.)

It seriously made me feel like crap and makes me wonder if nobody will hire you if they see nobody else has

I was honest...I've been SEARCHING FOR A JOB (I guess you don't know how bad it is out there, Lady Who Has a Great Job), nannying, freelance writing, working retail and taking classes.

Don't people understand how bad it is out there?
The problem is that so many people lie about gaps that it seem unusual to have them.

The fact is, your honesty could really be hurting you. It might help if you mentioned that people suggested that you fudge your resume because that's what everyone does, but you just can't do it, as you would never want to disrespect a potential employer that way.

Buena suerte with the Spanish speaking interview

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:09 PM   #2196
 
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Just got my rejection for the job I really really wanted

I'm on my way to another interview so at least that's keeping me from crying and ruining my makeup.

I'm so frustrated and crushed and heartbroken. All I've had were disappointments this year, with jobs and guys and writing and everything.

I'm trying so hard. If I was just feeling bad for myself and being a sad sac, I wouldn't be trying so hard but I really really am.

Now my mom has our home on the market and it's just adding insult to injury.

I hate this so much.
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It's obvious you've had a very rough time and you keep on trying. And trying really hard.

It's tough to have to give up what you've grown accustomed to having.

When I look back over my life I find areas where I supposedly had it all, but I just couldn't fathom the fact that I could lose it, or that it was a privilege. It never even crossed my mind, because it all was such a 'given'.

At this point, I know that I have to be so grateful for what I do have-- my family, my partner, my health, food in the cupboards, and the roof over my head - even though it's not actually my roof.

One day I may lose one or more of these, easily!! So I'd better be thankful and happy with what I am still blessed to have.

I had to quit all the housework gigs I had due to chronic tendonitis and nerve damage in my hand. So I guess the health part is already precarious.

I remember a saying 'Youth is wasted on the young'. So very true for me. I had a lot of illusions of how my life would be in the future with high expectations, and never really saw how very very lucky I was. I am sure if I had, I would have enjoyed my life a lot more!
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It's obvious you've had a very rough time and you keep on trying. And trying really hard.

It's tough to have to give up what you've grown accustomed to having.

When I look back over my life I find areas where I supposedly had it all, but I just couldn't fathom the fact that I could lose it, or that it was a privilege. It never even crossed my mind, because it all was such a 'given'.

At this point, I know that I have to be so grateful for what I do have-- my family, my partner, my health, food in the cupboards, and the roof over my head - even though it's not actually my roof.

One day I may lose one or more of these, easily!! So I'd better be thankful and happy with what I am still blessed to have.

I had to quit all the housework gigs I had due to chronic tendonitis and nerve damage in my hand. So I guess the health part is already precarious.

I remember a saying 'Youth is wasted on the young'. So very true for me. I had a lot of illusions of how my life would be in the future with high expectations, and never really saw how very very lucky I was. I am sure if I had, I would have enjoyed my life a lot more!
So very, very true. I'm in the same boat. Never realized how lucky I was until my luck ran out as far as employment is concerned. I need to remember to count my many terrific blessings!
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I didn't know you left NYC, I know you loved it there.

Good luck everyone on the job searches. It's definitely hard out there.

Keep applying. I applied for the same job in a different agency and my name popped up two years later on my boss' good candidate list. You never know!
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I just had my phone interview...

I got grilled about my employment gaps (After college, it took me a while to find a full-time office job, but I worked full-time retail AND a part-time office job through that time...all on my resume...and they grilled me about my other two unemployment gaps.)

It seriously made me feel like crap and makes me wonder if nobody will hire you if they see nobody else has

I was honest...I've been SEARCHING FOR A JOB (I guess you don't know how bad it is out there, Lady Who Has a Great Job), nannying, freelance writing, working retail and taking classes.

Don't people understand how bad it is out there?
The problem is that so many people lie about gaps that it seem unusual to have them.

The fact is, your honesty could really be hurting you. It might help if you mentioned that people suggested that you fudge your resume because that's what everyone does, but you just can't do it, as you would never want to disrespect a potential employer that way.

Buena suerte with the Spanish speaking interview
Wow, I didn't even THINK of saying that! That's a good idea.
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