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Has anyone ever responded to a rejection? I never have but I've considered it. It probably isn't proper.

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Has anyone ever responded to a rejection? I never have but I've considered it. It probably isn't proper.

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Originally Posted by CocoT
I wouldn't respond.

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Has anyone ever responded to a rejection? I never have but I've considered it. It probably isn't proper.

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Originally Posted by CocoT

I have if it was something I had wanted and if I liked the people I had met with. Just "Thanks for letting me know, I did enjoy meeting with you, I hope you can keep me in mind if any other openings come-up for which I might be suited" or something like that.
You could call the HR office (or whoever scheduled it) and say something like, "Hello, this is Christine. I'm scheduled for an interview on Wednesday, and I wanted to confirm the time." I wouldn't even give a reason about fuzzy reception or anything.
Originally Posted by sarah42
Thank you! I did just that.

There was also an open position in an office I have a contact at, so I submitted and then let my friend know I had applied...they called me within minutes! I was driving when they called, and were gone when I picked-up, but I'm calling back first thing tomorrow and hopefully I can get an interview for later in the day on Wednesday.

I honestly put Joel Osteen on YouTube and got comfortable on the couch and listened to him preach for two hours today and it did make me feel a lot better.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
I have two interviews tomorrow now!
I'm struggling a bit with a certain friendship of mine...she is also unemployed, has been for a while, but, unlike me, has made zero effort to find ANY kind of a job. When I told her my store was hiring over the holidays, she said she'd never work there because then she'd see people from high school and be embarrassed.

She sleeps until late in the afternoon every day, eats a lot and has gained a lot of weight, and has come-right out and said that I'm the only person she talks to.

She charges everything on a credit card and her parents pay the bill.

She lives nearby and is a convenient friend to have, but she's dragging me down. I'm not sure what to do. I'd never abandon a friend in need, but, I'm ALSO a friend in need! I'm struggling with my own depression/unemployment and I feel like being around her is just making me feel worse. She's not even trying to stay busy or motivated. She's clearly very depressed, but I don't think I can do any more to help her.

What should I do?
I'm struggling a bit with a certain friendship of mine...she is also unemployed, has been for a while, but, unlike me, has made zero effort to find ANY kind of a job. When I told her my store was hiring over the holidays, she said she'd never work there because then she'd see people from high school and be embarrassed.

She sleeps until late in the afternoon every day, eats a lot and has gained a lot of weight, and has come-right out and said that I'm the only person she talks to.

She charges everything on a credit card and her parents pay the bill.

She lives nearby and is a convenient friend to have, but she's dragging me down. I'm not sure what to do. I'd never abandon a friend in need, but, I'm ALSO a friend in need! I'm struggling with my own depression/unemployment and I feel like being around her is just making me feel worse. She's not even trying to stay busy or motivated. She's clearly very depressed, but I don't think I can do any more to help her.

What should I do?
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Find free things for the two of you to do together that do not involve $ and try to lighten up the friendship. Maybe even see if you can volunteer together. It'll get her out of the house and feeling useful. I volunteered when I was unemployed last year and it was very fulfilling to me. It gave me a scheduled thing to do that made me feel like I was contributing to society and helping others AND I got to meet a lot of people and put it on my resume.

I am down because the lady that raved about me and said she'd let me know something Monday or Tuesday never got back with me and they close at 4:30 so I am not taking this as a positive sign. She said she was more impressed with me than the other 2 applicants by a long shot; all they had were "references" and I take that to mean they know someone high up in the company, which I don't. And I do know it sometimes is ALL about who you know.
I'm struggling a bit with a certain friendship of mine...she is also unemployed, has been for a while, but, unlike me, has made zero effort to find ANY kind of a job. When I told her my store was hiring over the holidays, she said she'd never work there because then she'd see people from high school and be embarrassed.

She sleeps until late in the afternoon every day, eats a lot and has gained a lot of weight, and has come-right out and said that I'm the only person she talks to.

She charges everything on a credit card and her parents pay the bill.

She lives nearby and is a convenient friend to have, but she's dragging me down. I'm not sure what to do. I'd never abandon a friend in need, but, I'm ALSO a friend in need! I'm struggling with my own depression/unemployment and I feel like being around her is just making me feel worse. She's not even trying to stay busy or motivated. She's clearly very depressed, but I don't think I can do any more to help her.

What should I do?
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Find free things for the two of you to do together that do not involve $ and try to lighten up the friendship. Maybe even see if you can volunteer together. It'll get her out of the house and feeling useful. I volunteered when I was unemployed last year and it was very fulfilling to me. It gave me a scheduled thing to do that made me feel like I was contributing to society and helping others AND I got to meet a lot of people and put it on my resume.

I am down because the lady that raved about me and said she'd let me know something Monday or Tuesday never got back with me and they close at 4:30 so I am not taking this as a positive sign. She said she was more impressed with me than the other 2 applicants by a long shot; all they had were "references" and I take that to mean they know someone high up in the company, which I don't. And I do know it sometimes is ALL about who you know.
Originally Posted by goldencurly

I've really already tried that with her! But she's just such a Debbie Downer. She's already on anti-depressants.

I hate when people rave about me and I never hear from them again! And you're absolutely right...sometimes you can be absolutely amazing and dazzle them, but the mediocre candidate who was somebody's nephew will get it instead.
I have an interview tomorrow!!! I applied for the position last night, and they called me this morning!

That's a good sign, right?
Originally Posted by MojoDojo
Got a call today, they said "they are going a different route and are no longer offering me the position, but that they would keep my resume on file for the future"

WTF does that mean? I would have got the job if they didn't change their mind??? Augh!!!

On the plus side, my boss said that I should be able to work 2-3x a week minimum, plus my usual 2 weeks per month, that's a plus. I think. I'm still mad at him, but it does seem like he's trying to keep me (even though we aren't working next Monday he's still going to pay me so I don't lose hours).
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CIBC- I think you should tell her how you feel. tell you wnat you told here. you love her and dont want to abandon her, but she's bringing you down. misery loves company.
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So...

First interview yesterday...A LITTLE strange with the questions, but everybody was really nice. It's technically a publishing office but they said they seek-out theatre people because they really mesh with them.

Some of the questions:

"How many thank you notes did you write in 2012?"
"How many minutes per week do you spend looking for something you've misplaced?"

I took the "Thank You" note question that it would make a good impression if I wrote-out a thank you note within a few hours of the interview and left it with the front desk. And if it looked weird...whatever...so was that question!

The second one, all pressure was off because my friend was present at the table and I already knew the man interviewing me. Great interview, but I had to take an HTML test and I tried to memorize codes the night before but clearly didn't do well enough in one day! The guy said to me, literally winking, that he'd let me learn it and see what he can do...sooo...sounds promising right?

I was also asked, "What's your favorite 1980's TV theme song?" at an interview yesterday. I immediately answered "Fame". Now I'm just kicking myself. I could have been so much more creative! Fame doesn't even really count because it was a movie theme song before it was a TV theme song! Why didn't I say Kate and Allie? Or start humming the theme from Highway to Heaven???

He gave me the HTML test to take home, and last night, I downloaded a manual onto my Kindle and read through it and redid the test.

I redid the test and emailed it back to him, and wrote:


I know that I clearly didn't have too much HTML experience, and haven't really used it since we had to make mock-websites in college, but as I said, I'm a quick learner, and I would definitely even be willing to take an online course if that would help. I downloaded a HTML for Dummies book onto my Kindle and tried to read through it, and then redid the test you had me take today. I'm sure it's not perfect, but it's definitely better than it was before...I am attaching it to this email and I'll gladly retake it again if you want me to. I'm sure it gets easier once you're used to it.


That's really all I can do at this point, right?

I redid the test and emailed it back to him, and wrote:


I know that I clearly didn't have too much HTML experience, and haven't really used it since we had to make mock-websites in college, but as I said, I'm a quick learner, and I would definitely even be willing to take an online course if that would help. I downloaded a HTML for Dummies book onto my Kindle and tried to read through it, and then redid the test you had me take today. I'm sure it's not perfect, but it's definitely better than it was before...I am attaching it to this email and I'll gladly retake it again if you want me to. I'm sure it gets easier once you're used to it.


That's really all I can do at this point, right?
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
To be honest, I wouldn't have retaken the the test and sent it back to him. Thinking as an employer, that would seem needy to me.
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I redid the test and emailed it back to him, and wrote:


I know that I clearly didn't have too much HTML experience, and haven't really used it since we had to make mock-websites in college, but as I said, I'm a quick learner, and I would definitely even be willing to take an online course if that would help. I downloaded a HTML for Dummies book onto my Kindle and tried to read through it, and then redid the test you had me take today. I'm sure it's not perfect, but it's definitely better than it was before...I am attaching it to this email and I'll gladly retake it again if you want me to. I'm sure it gets easier once you're used to it.
That's really all I can do at this point, right?
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
To be honest, I wouldn't have retaken the the test and sent it back to him. Thinking as an employer, that would seem needy to me.
Originally Posted by MojoDojo
At the interview, he told me he wanted me to study and brush-up and retake the test at home. He also said he wanted somebody to start ASAP. I didn't want to waste any time.

And he responded first thing this morning saying I just made one error, but that I was getting it, if I could just correct it.

Also, if you have been at the interview...it was extremely laid-back, because my friend was interviewing me with him, and this guy is well-aware of everything I did for my other boss...it's a small community.

Last edited by CanItBeChristine; 01-17-2013 at 09:14 PM.
My apologies, then. 'Twas a misunderstanding on my part!
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Yeah, I just basically did what he suggested I do.
CIBC - that's a difficult question regarding your friend, normally I would say, try to be there for her, maybe get together for a day and alternate between hanging out and applying/searching for jobs together. Help her with a CV/covering letter etc. she's clearly very depressed and I wouldn't want her to loose the one person in her life she depends on for friendship.

However, you are also going through a difficult time and battling depression yourself. And you need to look after your own health. Maybe limit your contact with her, if you feel she is having a negative impact on your own mood, but don't cut her out completely unless you have to.

There's really no right or wrong decision here, you have to just do what you feel is best for you.
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Annnnnnnnnnnnd somebody over here is in "I may just never get out of my bathrobe and face the world mode" once again.
I have been sending out a lot of resumes in the past few days. I spent a lot more time on my cover letters too, instead of the usual one I customize for every app. I put more of a personal flare in them and gave more examples of what I've done and my experiences. I also wanted to sound more confident so instead of just saying something passive like "I hope to hear from you soon", I added "....I will exceed your expectations." I hope that gets me some better hits. What I've been doing hasn't been working that well so I need to change it up. Get more real.

I also applied to some staffing agencies because I really need something productive to do. They have their downfalls but my sister has had a some luck with them and it's better than having nothing at all.

I received a small hit yesterday from a non profit I applied to on Friday. She said she liked my resume and then gave me 13 questions to answer because she wanted to know more about my background. She emailed me at around 7am and I saw it at around 9, I sent in my responses at around 11:30. I'm a little anxious because I haven't heard anything back yet. I know I should give it time but I can't help being anxious. I don't have nothing else to do.lol
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i have to update my resume, its just seems so much harder. i dont know why. i kow the formatting has changed since 2009, but I'm just so confused by it. or i could just be trying to aviod even opening the docment.
I need to learn Spanish. That will definitely give me more options.
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My sister has a Phone interview with a bank on friday!! She is so nervous, has no idea what type of questions they will ask.

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