Which of us are job hunting?

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My job ended the end of February I'm only half azz hunting (not really) I'm not that desperate yet. I still have some money in the bank and I'm not too worried.

I love not working. I hate work! I hate the whole interviewing process it's such BS. Part of the problem is that I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Now I'm trying to find some ways to make money without getting back into the 9-5 rat race.
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My interview was rescheduled for Thursday afternoon, which is fine. Gives me time to get a manicure.

Interviewing does suck. I can't imagine what the process must be like for someone who isn't a "people" person. I mean, really, I could comfortably blather on about myself and my experiences for hours, but what if I wasn't built like that? What if talking about myself made me really uncomfortable? Yeesh.

Renewed good luck to everyone! May this week be THE week!
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PartyHair, you are right. Interviewing does suck for those of us who aren't "socially" oriented. I'm making myself sick with anxiety before each and every interview. I honestly don't know how many more I can handle. That being said, I think I must interview fairly well. I've had several call-backs and hopefully will hear some good news this week.
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PartyHair, you are right. Interviewing does suck for those of us who aren't "socially" oriented. I'm making myself sick with anxiety before each and every interview. I honestly don't know how many more I can handle. That being said, I think I must interview fairly well. I've had several call-backs and hopefully will hear some good news this week.
Originally Posted by WavingNotCurling
Focus on the bolded! You are obviously doing something right, know what I mean?

Hang in there!
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Whatever anybody does, don't go to my mom for advice! I learned to tune her out a while ago. According to her, people with curly hair simply don't get jobs and that's why my first hunt was so frustrating! (let's forget that I'm in NYC and have been interviewed by people with every color and style of hair imaginable! I wanted to take a picture of the lady with dreads that interviewed me once to show my mom!)

She would also always be on my case that my foundation wasn't perfectly blended and that's ANOTHER reason why it took me so long to find a job. (I had asked my friends about this, and they said how crazy it was and that if my face DID look so bad that they thought it was a reason I didn't have a job, they'd have told me to save me the trouble!)

Apparently, to my mom, the world is one big runway...

Ridiculous!
Whatever anybody does, don't go to my mom for advice! I learned to tune her out a while ago. According to her, people with curly hair simply don't get jobs and that's why my first hunt was so frustrating! (let's forget that I'm in NYC and have been interviewed by people with every color and style of hair imaginable! I wanted to take a picture of the lady with dreads that interviewed me once to show my mom!)

She would also always be on my case that my foundation wasn't perfectly blended and that's ANOTHER reason why it took me so long to find a job. (I had asked my friends about this, and they said how crazy it was and that if my face DID look so bad that they thought it was a reason I didn't have a job, they'd have told me to save me the trouble!)

Apparently, to my mom, the world is one big runway...

Ridiculous!
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Hey I hear you!. My mom told me to discourage phone interviews - to try to push for in person interviews - because its better if they see how beautiful I am. That and because I am not much of a talker, in which case she is right about the not being able to talk about myself very easily.
How's it going???

-I talked with the HR woman at the newspaper and was honest with her that I really didn't think this was a good match for me and she said she had a feeling it wasn't and that she'll keep me in mind for other openings.

-I have another interview on Thursday morning with a publishing house (a smaller one, so maybe that's good)

-Still waiting for that one with the newspaper company that I really wanted I'm going to email the HR woman (she went to my college, so we talked about that at our meeting.) I really wanted that one, but I'll be okay if I don't get it.

I'm not going to lie, I'm feeling a little frustrated and overwelming! I was commuting into NYC from NJ, and now that I don't have a monthly pass, it's very expensive for me to just go up there just for a ten minute interview for something I don't want and might not get. I'm trying to be selective with my interviews, and I'm worried that I'll be too picky and end up in this same position in two years!
Yes, frustrated and overwhelmed sounds about right. I'm waiting to hear back on two interviews this week and, truthfully, I don't REALLY want either of them. Which brings up the ? of settling. How do you determine whether to accept a job that is "okay" or wait for the "right" one? And, no, I don't want to take one "for now" and keep looking.
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A prime example that I should be reading job ads better...

I applied to be an assistant for a theatre company, doing pretty much the same thing that I was doing at my last theatre company. Figured I was a shoe-in for an interview since I have the biggest name in the business on my resume now!

And...well...


Dear CanItBeChristine,


Thank you for your resume. One of the requirements of this job is that someone be fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Could you let me know if this is the case?





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I am not fluent in Mandarin Chinese
I had an interview last Thursday. I think it went really well. However, I couldn't really get a good sense of where they were at in the process. Am I the top choice (meaning I should hopefully hear something this week)? Or do they still have 5 other candidates they want to interview (meaning I might not hear anything for a few weeks)?

There's still a lot that I haven't gotten into with them, so I can't really say for sure what will happen at this point, but I still feel like all the signs are positive.

I did send my resume out to one other job last week, but other than that I'm just kind of waiting on this main one. If it doesn't work out, I still have my current job and the luxury of taking my time.
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I sent out a million resumes yesterday and Monday and just turned off my cellphone and hid it under the coach cushion and am trying not to turn it on for a few hours because otherwise I'll stare at it and wait for it to ring and obsess

Also had a frustrating conversation with my cousin...I'll post some of it...
cousin: In order to do so you need to do the following
cousin: 1. Applying online is useless, you might as well throw away your resume
Me: says who?
Me: that's how I got every offer and interview
cousin: 2. If you do apply online, call the HR department over and over
cousin: says me and I hire people
cousin: and my brother
cousin: and he hires people
Me: every person I know has gotten a job by applying online
cousin: its understood, that any good job you need to have a conversation by phone or know someone that can get you an interview
cousin: But I bet they called in, followed up, and if they didn't they were hiring for an entry level position
Me: I don't think you're entirely right.
Me: I got four job offers my first time by applying online, going for interviews
cousin: You are welcome to disagree
cousin: I'm just a hiring manager, thats all
cousin: Its all interview
cousin: ALL INTERVIEW
cousin: If you don't get a call back from a place that you apply to, you MUST call them
Me: and I have a great resume
Me: I get plenty of calls and plenty of interviews
Me: I went on many the first time around
cousin: nice
cousin: What were these interviews for?
Me: the first time around?
Me: I interviewed everywhere
cousin: yeah
Me: every major publishing house, a bunch of magazines, a bunch of PR places
cousin: what do you mean by first time around
Me: after graduation
cousin: as in last week? or before you got your last job
cousin: oh ok
Me: and this past week I interviewed with Harpercollins and NewYorkGuest
cousin: Very nice
cousin: What did they say?
cousin: You are waiting on a response?
Me: I didn't get Harpercollins, and NYGuest was depending on whether or not the girl who has the position now gets another job
cousin: oh ok
cousin: So you are doing fine already
cousin: You can say what you want about my advice btw, but knowing someone and getting the interview is more than half of getting a job
cousin: especially if you are competent, qualified, and interview well
Me: But I've gotten plentyof interviews without knowing anybody
Your cousin is full of pooh. Sorry. I know in my field just about every job is posted online and eveything stays online until you get called for an interview. I don't know what field your cousin works in, but they certainly aren't in touch with how most people hire. It sounds like you are really getting yourself out there so best of luck. And YES read those job descriptions carefully!
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On a few occasions, I have tried CALLING the place for a follow up. I ask if they got my resume and if they have made any inteviewing decisions. I always get the same reply, no matter where I have called. " We will get in touch with you if you are selected for an interview" or something along those lines.
I mean, it makes sense that you would stand out if you call but so far I haven't seen it be productive at all.
The places where I have interviewed all have called me in a day or two of sending out the resume.
My mom hires people and says she just finds it annoying when people call repeatedly!
On a few occasions, I have tried CALLING the place for a follow up. I ask if they got my resume and if they have made any inteviewing decisions. I always get the same reply, no matter where I have called. " We will get in touch with you if you are selected for an interview" or something along those lines.
I mean, it makes sense that you would stand out if you call but so far I haven't seen it be productive at all.
The places where I have interviewed all have called me in a day or two of sending out the resume.
Originally Posted by violets
I've applied for about seven jobs, got calls from two, and haven't called any of the others to follow up. I feel like if they are interested in me, they'll call. The two I did get calls from called fairly soon after I applied. I almost feel like they would think I was being annoying if I called to check in. To me it's like putting your name on the list at a restaurant, then asking the hostess if your table is ready yet. No, when it's ready, we'll call your name.


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I sent out a million resumes yesterday and Monday and just turned off my cellphone and hid it under the coach cushion and am trying not to turn it on for a few hours because otherwise I'll stare at it and wait for it to ring and obsess
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
HaHa I do that same thing and when the phone doesnt ring I wonder why they aren't calling because some obviously I'm their perfect canidate.
I sent out a million resumes yesterday and Monday and just turned off my cellphone and hid it under the coach cushion and am trying not to turn it on for a few hours because otherwise I'll stare at it and wait for it to ring and obsess
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
HaHa I do that same thing and when the phone doesnt ring I wonder why they aren't calling because some obviously I'm their perfect canidate.
Originally Posted by papayahed

And then you start obsessing, "Why aren't they calling me???? Is something wrong with my cover letter or resume????"
Or, if you're like me, you really get paranoid and start thinking your phone number is wrong on your resume...

I need more therapy.

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