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Also just submitted for a job that sounds like I'd be perfect for AND I already know the person who was the contact! I emailed her on her private account to give her a headsup.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Oy!

The young lady who I sent my application to left me a voicemail today.

We have several friends in common and she even came to see one of my shows last year because her best friend was in it.

She left me a very nice message but I was getting a little nervous before she got to the gist of the message...I honestly thought she was going to say something like, "We all know what happened with your last job, you're much too a controversial candidate to take on". (Do I look for drama? Haha.)

BUT she was calling to say:

"You are really really REALLY overqualified for this position. I know that's the worst thing to hear when you are looking for a job...but you really are."

She told me to call her back (I did, left a voicemail) because she wanted to talk to see if she could help me out in case she hears of something else.

It was very very nice of her to leave that nice honest message...but...REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!

If I talk to her again, I might ask her what the salary of this job is because, odds are, it's more than I was making (which was below the NYC poverty line and no health benefits...) and has impressive as my last position seemed, I also used to walk dogs and pick-up my boss' dry cleaning.

I'm so, so incredibly frustrated.
Also just submitted for a job that sounds like I'd be perfect for AND I already know the person who was the contact! I emailed her on her private account to give her a headsup.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Oy!

The young lady who I sent my application to left me a voicemail today.

We have several friends in common and she even came to see one of my shows last year because her best friend was in it.

She left me a very nice message but I was getting a little nervous before she got to the gist of the message...I honestly thought she was going to say something like, "We all know what happened with your last job, you're much too a controversial candidate to take on". (Do I look for drama? Haha.)

BUT she was calling to say:

"You are really really REALLY overqualified for this position. I know that's the worst thing to hear when you are looking for a job...but you really are."

She told me to call her back (I did, left a voicemail) because she wanted to talk to see if she could help me out in case she hears of something else.

It was very very nice of her to leave that nice honest message...but...REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!

If I talk to her again, I might ask her what the salary of this job is because, odds are, it's more than I was making (which was below the NYC poverty line and no health benefits...) and has impressive as my last position seemed, I also used to walk dogs and pick-up my boss' dry cleaning.

I'm so, so incredibly frustrated.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
I totally commiserate. It's six of one and 1/2 dozen of another - damned if you do and damned if you don't - not enough experience or over qualified!!!

Crossing my fingers for you - good luck CIBC.

I'm very frustrated also.
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Thank you! I'm glad other people understand but even more frustrated that we all have to go through it!

Seriously, if this job pays the same or more than I was making, I'm going to ask if I can go for it.

Very nice of her to call, though, at least!
I'm going to end-up in Bellvue soon.
Sent it another application today. The system has still not been updated apparently...
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So I had a job in retail, but the store is closing. I have about a month before it closes officially. I feel like...crap.
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Wahooooooooooooo!
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
Best of luck to you! Any news with the lady who left a message saying you were over qualified?


So I had a job in retail, but the store is closing. I have about a month before it closes officially. I feel like...crap.
Originally Posted by annabananaliese
I'm sorry to hear that.
I left her a voicemail and an email...she didn't get back to me. Not sure if I should expect her to...we have a bunch of friends in common, have been Facebook friends for a while, so maybe I'll run into her soon.

I am really, truly going batty. There's a lot of stuff going-on on the homefront...my mom's going through a horrible break-up, I'm having some heartbreak/guy problems of my own right now, and all this job stuff is just wearing me out. I'm just ready for something really great to happen. SOMETHING.
I left her a voicemail and an email...she didn't get back to me. Not sure if I should expect her to...we have a bunch of friends in common, have been Facebook friends for a while, so maybe I'll run into her soon.

I am really, truly going batty. There's a lot of stuff going-on on the homefront...my mom's going through a horrible break-up, I'm having some heartbreak/guy problems of my own right now, and all this job stuff is just wearing me out. I'm just ready for something really great to happen. SOMETHING.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
The whole "over qualified" thing is irritating to the nth degree. She really should just give you a chance. Boo. ):
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhh good lord, it couldn't have gone better but until I get an offer, I know that means nothing!

They told me they passed around my writing samples and cover letter to the entire department because they were just so great (who says that?!?!??!)

The salary isn't so great, but when she told me it, she kept compensating that the benefits package was amazing. (Good sign?)

I sent my thank-yous and am going to put it out of my mind!!!!!!
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine

I didn't get it

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I finally forced myself to take a shower and get dressed. I feel terrible. I feel hopeless. I just want to give up because I've been trying for seven years and all I do is lose jobs all the time and then go on wild goose chases trying to find one. I just feel like such a loser, a failure and years and years behind my friends. And to top it off, I am crying over a guy and have that "gonna be alone forever too!" feeling.

I feel like this is it. This is my life and its just not going to get any better.
Originally Posted by CanItBeChristine
CIBC, please stay strong. You are such an awesome person so things will get better in due time. Trust me, I know exactly how you feel. I had a interview at a department store I just KNEW I nailed and I found out that I was over qualified. I am also frustrated, but I gotta stay strong and keep trying--even though my ego has been trampled... Have you ever thought about going back to school to get another a degree/trade in another field? How about moving to another city for work?
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Oh My God.

Most pointless morning ever.

Got a call from a woman about a CV I had sent in to this pub MONTHS ago. Saying she's new recruitment person there and she's going through CVs they have - would I be able to come in on Saturday and chat to this guy?

I was like sure. 5 months of Job Hunting and this is THE ONLY reply I have had. I do not want to work in a pub but beggars can't be choosers I suppose.

Dad drives me there - there's no public transport so he said - go to the interview but depending on hours, you might not be able to get here if there is a job possibility. I turn up - and am left waiting in this gorgeous but empty pub for half and hour for the guy Im supposed to meet deigns to come over and see me.

Finally he sits down and is like - 'Hi what's your name?' 'Sooooo what job have you applied for then?' I explained that I hadn't, but had send a CV months before and was called in - but looking for basic waitressing jobs'. The guy then asked me what experience I had - he clearly had no idea who I was, had never even looked at my CV. He was very quiet and obviously not interested. And then he was like 'so what do you know about the ____ (inn name)?' I just looked at him thinking seriously? Its a pub? Im unemployed (which you know) - I sent my CV to see if you had basic pub work going. Am I really expected to know the delicate history of the place!!?

Anyway I didn't say that - I just answered the question ect etc. Then he was like - right 'we don't actually have any work going. Maybe the odd hour here and there. But you know - I've got your details (he scribbled my name and number on a piece of paper) and just keep pestering me - you know, just keeping ringing up'.

I was like WHA!!?!?!!

The whole thing lasted 37 mins.35 of which were me waiting around for him, 2 minutes of 'interview'.

I mean WTF!!??! I was pissed off.

Why bother calling someone in if you have no work? What if I had had to pay and negotiate awkward transport to get here? He clearly didn't know me from Adam, hadn't looked at my CV or had a clue why I was even there in the first place. And why the hell should I waste my time ringing you time and again to see if you have work?

My life sucks you guys. SUCKS. I had a breakdown the other night and just sobbed for 2 hours.

I have no social life. I have no job prospects. I rarely see any friends. I can't sleep. I can't bring myself to do anything any more. I no longer want to leave the house (and have nowhere to go anyway) because I've put on so much weight I constantly panic about how I look and how others see me. All my family does is ask 'have I got a job yet' and then half joke/have seriously say 'well maybe you'll get one at some point in your life'. Which makes me feel like ****. Seeing old school friends in painful. I don't want to have to explain 'I have no job' when they all seem to be doing fine. I mean - what is so freaking wrong with me? I've lost the energy to bother. I don't do any artwork - I just lie and say I have. I just can't see any future. Im 23 in a month, never had a proper job, back living with my parents, one of whom I don't get on with, have no social life and has never even been on a date.

I don't expect a reply. I just have no where else to say all this to get it of my chest a bit.
I'm sending positive thoughts your way CIBC. I really hope you find something soon. As you know I have had a similar situation finding jobs and getting laid off. Feeling hopeless and depressed and like my future would involve working minimum wage.

Well I'm happy to report after over two years of unemployment I finally found a full-time job. It pays more than I have made before and actually sounds like it could be interesting. It's communications related. I'm nervous and excited and start next week. I hope it all works out well and I don't get laid off again for a very long time (hopefully never).
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I have no social life. I have no job prospects. I rarely see any friends. I can't sleep. I can't bring myself to do anything any more. I no longer want to leave the house (and have nowhere to go anyway) because I've put on so much weight I constantly panic about how I look and how others see me. All my family does is ask 'have I got a job yet' and then half joke/have seriously say 'well maybe you'll get one at some point in your life'. Which makes me feel like ****. Seeing old school friends in painful. I don't want to have to explain 'I have no job' when they all seem to be doing fine. I mean - what is so freaking wrong with me? I've lost the energy to bother. I don't do any artwork - I just lie and say I have. I just can't see any future. Im 23 in a month, never had a proper job, back living with my parents, one of whom I don't get on with, have no social life and has never even been on a date.

I don't expect a reply. I just have no where else to say all this to get it of my chest a bit.
Originally Posted by kat180
I can relate to almost everything you are saying, except I am several years older than you. I had dinner last night with three girls from high school...one has an awesome career as a lawyer and a great husband, the other two have great jobs and serious boyfriends/practically fiances. I'll never be one to feel like I am a failure for not being married, but I just felt like I was sitting there with nothing to bring to the table, like I'm living the same life I was ten years ago.
I'm sending positive thoughts your way CIBC. I really hope you find something soon. As you know I have had a similar situation finding jobs and getting laid off. Feeling hopeless and depressed and like my future would involve working minimum wage.

Well I'm happy to report after over two years of unemployment I finally found a full-time job. It pays more than I have made before and actually sounds like it could be interesting. It's communications related. I'm nervous and excited and start next week. I hope it all works out well and I don't get laid off again for a very long time (hopefully never).
Originally Posted by tgreyz

Congratulations!!!
Tgreyz Congrats!!!

CIBC and Kat - Life has to get better. It's hard to not get depressed, especially when you are surrounded by people who haven't experienced the horrible economy that those who've graduated during the last 10 years have. Many of us couldn't find jobs to apply to, entry-level positions want someone who isn't entry-level, the pay sucks or if you graduated in the early and mid 2000s, you're one of the first to be laid off. Yes it sucks out there, so it isn't you.

Be creative, branch out and stay as positive as you can. Tune out the idiots.

Kat - Is moving a possibility? Does Britain have something similar to the American Americorps or Vista? That would get you work experience and into a different city.
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