Which of us are job hunting?

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Thank you very much. He was really amazing. When I was at his funeral, I realized what matters.
Sooooooooooooooooooo, no word back from anybody anywhere. What else is new?

But, last week, I applied for a job on Linked-In that sounded pretty great. I've posted here that I'm not quite sure if I even want a traditional office job, and that I don't think I will ever really find my happiness and fulfillment in one. The first thing to do is to shut-out my mother's and others' voices that are trying to convince me otherwise.

I looked-up the woman who posted the ad looking for an assistant, and was completely wow'd! She sounds awesome. She's in "the business" and so is her husband. I read a bunch of articles and interviews and she seems like a total kindred spirit.

LinkedIn tells you when the person views your application so I got the notice that she viewed it and was hoping she'd call and she called yesterday morning!

She seems FANTASTIC! She liked my resume and how creative I was, and how I know the ropes of the business.

She also said she's fine with me working on plays during downtime (who says something like that during an initial phone interview?)

She is also a real estate heiress. Um...does that mean she has spare studio apartments all over the city she could get me a deal on???? She must, right? Haha.

I was on her Facebook fanpage and she really does seem to have a lot in common with me. I'm meeting her at 2:00 today. I just need to be myself, right?
Sooooooooooooooooooo, no word back from anybody anywhere. What else is new?

But, last week, I applied for a job on Linked-In that sounded pretty great. I've posted here that I'm not quite sure if I even want a traditional office job, and that I don't think I will ever really find my happiness and fulfillment in one. The first thing to do is to shut-out my mother's and others' voices that are trying to convince me otherwise.

I looked-up the woman who posted the ad looking for an assistant, and was completely wow'd! She sounds awesome. She's in "the business" and so is her husband. I read a bunch of articles and interviews and she seems like a total kindred spirit.

LinkedIn tells you when the person views your application so I got the notice that she viewed it and was hoping she'd call and she called yesterday morning!

She seems FANTASTIC! She liked my resume and how creative I was, and how I know the ropes of the business.

She also said she's fine with me working on plays during downtime (who says something like that during an initial phone interview?)

She is also a real estate heiress. Um...does that mean she has spare studio apartments all over the city she could get me a deal on???? She must, right? Haha.

I was on her Facebook fanpage and she really does seem to have a lot in common with me. I'm meeting her at 2:00 today. I just need to be myself, right?
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
How did it go? You deserve something fabulous!!!
I've been working at this non profit since tuesday. I haven't been hired, this is just a paid trial.

I feel so bad for saying this but....I am not enjoying this. This job sucks. It is super boring and I feel like a piece of my soul dies every time I walk in that office. The hours are super long, the pay is really low and the environment is super boring.

The ceo, she is so abstract with absolutely everything. I turn in my work to her and she spends thirty minutes asking ME what's wrong with it. I'm sitting there absolutely confused, trying to restrain my facial expressions. Her employee that's been working there for years was with me and he didn't even know what she was talking about. Basically, the issue was the way I worded a few sentences on one page of a 60 page doc and she has him print out a whole file (80+ pages long) to compare the first pages of his doc to mine. She kept asking me what was wrong and I told her I worded the abstract differently and I titled the segment differently (which is all the issue was and is a simple fix), but all the run around was just making me insane in my brain. I couldn't understand why she had to be so vague and abstract about the whole thing and just be upfront with me. I'm so aggravated. I'm new to this and even though I am picking up on things pretty quickly, I don't know everything yet. I get the feeling that I'm supposed to know the ins and outs of everything and be able to mirror everyone's style of writing/etc right now but it's impossible!

This has got me thinking of whether or not im cut out for the workforce at all. If entry level work like this is all I am "qualified" for, I know I will lose my mind.

All I can do at the moment is stick it out and put my best foot forward.

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CIBC - how did it go?

CocoT - don't be hard on yourself. Not all workplaces are like that. I get annoyed with vague people who take forever to do something or nags about stupid crap. If you take the job, then continue to job search.
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I'll type-up everything tomorrow (or later tonight if I get a second wind...)

But, to give you a preview, I have never had an interviewer ask me for my sign so they could compare it to their current assistant's.

I'm really waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop-out right about now.
I've been working at this non profit since tuesday. I haven't been hired, this is just a paid trial.

I feel so bad for saying this but....I am not enjoying this. This job sucks. It is super boring and I feel like a piece of my soul dies every time I walk in that office. The hours are super long, the pay is really low and the environment is super boring.

The ceo, she is so abstract with absolutely everything. I turn in my work to her and she spends thirty minutes asking ME what's wrong with it. I'm sitting there absolutely confused, trying to restrain my facial expressions. Her employee that's been working there for years was with me and he didn't even know what she was talking about. Basically, the issue was the way I worded a few sentences on one page of a 60 page doc and she has him print out a whole file (80+ pages long) to compare the first pages of his doc to mine. She kept asking me what was wrong and I told her I worded the abstract differently and I titled the segment differently (which is all the issue was and is a simple fix), but all the run around was just making me insane in my brain. I couldn't understand why she had to be so vague and abstract about the whole thing and just be upfront with me. I'm so aggravated. I'm new to this and even though I am picking up on things pretty quickly, I don't know everything yet. I get the feeling that I'm supposed to know the ins and outs of everything and be able to mirror everyone's style of writing/etc right now but it's impossible!

This has got me thinking of whether or not im cut out for the workforce at all. If entry level work like this is all I am "qualified" for, I know I will lose my mind.

All I can do at the moment is stick it out and put my best foot forward.

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Originally Posted by CocoT
Oh my Gosh, is this the same non-profit I worked at last year that fired me for "not being a good fit"...the people who watched me like a hawk, expected me to know EVERYTHING and constantly reminded me I was on probation?
Where to start, where to start.

I get to the office and there's a young lady there we wil refer to as the lady who would be the Emily Blunt to my Anne Hathaway...but not British and nice.

Me: Hi. I have a meeting at 2:30.

Emily Blunt: With?

Me: (We'll call her) Carla.

Emily Blunt: Here?

Me: This is the address she gave me.

Emily Blunt: Because she's not here today.

Me: (take out phone and double check) Yes, Wednesday. 2:30.

Emily Blunt rolls her eyes. "This is PAR for the COURSE with Carla. It's not your fault."

She gets Carla on the phone.

Emily Blunt: I have CIBC here to interview with you.

I hear Carla on the other line going, "WHO? for what job?"

Emily Blunt: For what job?

Me: Her assistant?

Emily Blunt: She says you were supposed to come on Friday?

Me: No, today. That's what our emails say.

She gave me the phone and Carla and I decide to meet halfway between the office and her apartment.

Okay, this lady looked very sweet and had a lovely smile and she was perfectly nice to me...but...

Wow.

A tiny bit wacky?

She went on and on and on about how HUGE her summerhouse is, and how the nannies and housekeepers do a lot, but she needs an assistant to run the show. She also trashed her current assistant for a good ten minutes (she's been with her for five years, though?)

She was very nice and seemed to like me, but...ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The second interview started with the first round lady GRILLING me about where I lived and if that was a problem.

What do you suggest I do/say when interviewers give me the third degree about where I live? Aside from lie?

Points:

I have always lived in Central NJ. EVERYONE commutes from here. I commuted for five years. The only time this was a problem was when we were snowbound during major storms. In fact, I am always on time and usually the first person there! At the last office I lived in, a woman asked me where I lived because she assumed I lived down the block because I was always on time!

I fully plan on moving to Hoboken or the city but I can't do that without a job first!

I am upset and concerned people are writing me off. What should I do?!!

I then met with the owner of the company, who was very nice, asked me my sign to compare it to the current assistant's (you cannot make this stuff up. YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP.)

She asked about one of the places I volunteer with on my resume so I told her the story about how I got involved, and she kept saying things like, "You are just SO POSITIVE" and "You are just SO SWEET!"

She called a man over to introduce him to me and said, "This is CIBC, of the BEAUTIFUL SMILE!"

She told me she had to interview several people that were children of people she knew. (Ugh!)

I'm really at the point where I'm waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop-out and say, "Gotcha!"
What do you suggest I do/say when interviewers give me the third degree about where I live? Aside from lie?

Points:

I have always lived in Central NJ. EVERYONE commutes from here. I commuted for five years. The only time this was a problem was when we were snowbound during major storms. In fact, I am always on time and usually the first person there! At the last office I lived in, a woman asked me where I lived because she assumed I lived down the block because I was always on time!

I fully plan on moving to Hoboken or the city but I can't do that without a job first!

I am upset and concerned people are writing me off. What should I do?!!

What you do is ignore their rude and inappropriate questions about where you live, and instead answer the questions that they're really asking and really care about.

Will you be here on time? Will you be able to get here in a hurry? Will you be able to come on your off day in a pinch? Do you have life responsibilities that will interfere with your job? How will you manage to balance life and work without shirking your responsibilities at work or getting totally burnt out if you're commuting a million hours per day? How are you going to keep up with this cool, hip office of urban dwellers if you're so cluelessly not cool to live out in the 'burbs? (Try to touch on all of these and anything else you think they might be hinting at.)


I would literally answer questions of "Where do you live?" with "I assure you, I have never had a problem being at work on time, and I'll have no problem being here when you need me and getting my work done on time". And when the press as to WHERE exactly you live, you can say "Well, currently I'm staying with family in NJ, but again, that will have no impact on my job performance and I'm notoriously on time or early, almost to a fault. Ideally I'll be moving to X withing the next couple months, as well". Because that's not a lie. IDEALLY you would be.
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What do you suggest I do/say when interviewers give me the third degree about where I live? Aside from lie?

Points:

I have always lived in Central NJ. EVERYONE commutes from here. I commuted for five years. The only time this was a problem was when we were snowbound during major storms. In fact, I am always on time and usually the first person there! At the last office I lived in, a woman asked me where I lived because she assumed I lived down the block because I was always on time!

I fully plan on moving to Hoboken or the city but I can't do that without a job first!

I am upset and concerned people are writing me off. What should I do?!!
What you do is ignore their rude and inappropriate questions about where you live, and instead answer the questions that they're really asking and really care about.

Will you be here on time? Will you be able to get here in a hurry? Will you be able to come on your off day in a pinch? Do you have life responsibilities that will interfere with your job? How will you manage to balance life and work without shirking your responsibilities at work or getting totally burnt out if you're commuting a million hours per day? How are you going to keep up with this cool, hip office of urban dwellers if you're so cluelessly not cool to live out in the 'burbs? (Try to touch on all of these and anything else you think they might be hinting at.)


I would literally answer questions of "Where do you live?" with "I assure you, I have never had a problem being at work on time, and I'll have no problem being here when you need me and getting my work done on time". And when the press as to WHERE exactly you live, you can say "Well, currently I'm staying with family in NJ, but again, that will have no impact on my job performance and I'm notoriously on time or early, almost to a fault. Ideally I'll be moving to X withing the next couple months, as well". Because that's not a lie. IDEALLY you would be.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Thank you! That's pretty much what I said...and then she kept pressing! "Do you have a place set here already?" OMG. Yes, because I am independently wealthy and just keep residences left and right in cities I don't have a job in just for fun.
The place I'm at now-for the moment, they did the same thing to me. Interrogating me about where I live (they interrogated me alot actually). The job is in the city and I live in the burbs. Have done so all my life and have never had a problem because I'm used to the commute. They were acting all surprised but...my address is on my resume. Google maps is an incredible tool...

Anyway, whome?'s advice is really good. I actually told them something similar. I arrive earlier than everyone else (except for the receptionist).

Why do employers ask you questions that they can easily refer to your resume about? So annoying.


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Why do employers ask you questions that they can easily refer to your resume about? So annoying.
Originally Posted by CocoT
Because many of them don't read resumes.

Eta: the wording was misleading.
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If this place doesn't call me and hire me, then, oh well...it wasn't meant to be. We all remembered the last time I begged and fought and tried to convince people to give me a job.
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An acquaintance of mine just got fired from her daycare job (it's the fourth daycare she's been fired from in a bit over a year...what goes ON in those places and what on earth is she doing????).

She sent me her cover letter to critique.

Good Heavens. It's terrible. I don't know where to begin with it.
That's tricky, CIBC. Is there some reason why she can't write a decent cover letter?
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This is the third cover letter I have looked over for her over the years. If it's possible, they keep getting worse and worse. I can't imagine ANYBODY taking her seriously with these letters. (Whatever, what do I know...watch her get a six figure job next week!)

I think I may just tell her she should go to a career counselor.
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I'm a full time student looking for a part time job. Just started putting in applications.
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An acquaintance of mine just got fired from her daycare job (it's the fourth daycare she's been fired from in a bit over a year...what goes ON in those places and what on earth is she doing????).

She sent me her cover letter to critique.

Good Heavens. It's terrible. I don't know where to begin with it.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Day care centers have a notoriously high turnover rate. Usually the employees quit because of the lousy work conditions and low pay. Has she really been fired four times? I can't imagine what's going on. Good luck with the cover letter. Can you just write a new one for her?
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