Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What A Process

So today I had a job interview.  I just applied to this job last week so was rather excited to hear back from them so soon.  But I must say the whole finding a job adventure has turned into a much bigger process than I ever imagined.

Honestly at times I find it completely overwhelming.  Let me explain.  Everyday I set aside time to spend sending out resumes to new job listings, or researching jobs online. Which usually turn into a few hours.  I would say 95% of the resumes feel as if they disappear into cyber space.  And then there are a few here and there I actually get some form of response from.

And from those I do hear from, I hear the same thing over and over.  How within the first day of placing the job listings they are overwhelmed with hundreds of resumes.  To hear that feels downright discouraging at times.  It feels like I'm competing in the Olympics or something for that ultimate medal that only comes around every 4 years.

Two months ago I went through an interviewing process for a big university here, and I was told it was between me and another candidate who the office would anonymously vote on.  If the vote ended in a tie neither of us would get the position, and they would start all over interviewing.  Well you guessed it....I found out by letter that the vote resulted in a tie.  So even though they felt I was a very strong candidate neither of us would be getting an offer because of the tie vote.  Really????? (never heard of that before)  Come to find out from a friend that the position was eventually withdrawn and they never hired anyone.

And the positions I apply for only want the same thing. They want a perfect fit for their companies. The company I interviewed with today informed me they have already had two different people that held the position and neither worked out eventually having to be let go.  There is some pressure involved when you hear comments like that while just in the interviewing process.

Think about it though.  In this case I'm trying to find a job that will be a good fit for my skill set and educational background.   Ideally something that pays well, a job I love, good benefits and nice coworkers.  A position that I can eventually advance in and stay with for many years to come.  That is a lot of ask for right?  But at this point I really want to find a job I can call my home away from home.  Know what I mean?

Yet I know the reality of this bleak economic market, and how hard it is to find a job let alone a job one really loves.  And that is when I start to think this really is a process in itself.  One much bigger and overwhelming than I first anticipated.  Seriously, what a process!

In hindsight I don't think I would study psychology again. Nope I would get a masters in criminal justice,forensics or something of that nature. And I would have been an FBI or DEA agent. Seriously. Unfortunately they have age deadlines so it's too late to go back to school and then try to apply for those positions. Opps sorry went off on a daydreaming tangent there. haha

Seriously if you happen to be in a similar situation drop me a note to tell me what your experiences have been like.  Oh and if you could do anything, or hold any job, what would it be?


1 comment :

  1. Awww good luck! I know it is frustrating but everything happens for a reason and I know you'll end up with the perfect job in the end!!


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