Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Job Search Continues

I have been waiting to write this post because talking or writing about this just makes me so upset and I am still very anxious when I think about it. 

If you missed my last post about my job search you can go here to read it. 

Tuesday I got a call from Company A and I did not get the job. I really did not have high hopes since I had not been called yet for a second interview. The HR person seemed a little annoyed and said that the company hired someone who was refereed by another employee. It made me feel a little better to know that it was not me. I am sure she was frustrated because she reached out to me for the job and it must be annoying knowing you do your job and they ignore your choices. 

So knowing I did not get the job at Company A did not upset me too much because I had very high hopes for Company B and was anxiously waiting to be contacted by the recruiter. I e-mailed her Wednesday and was told that she had reached out to the CEO but had not heard back. Thursday I heard that the recruiter had spoken to the CEO and that they should have a decision by Friday afternoon. Now I am worried because I am wondering why it is taking so long to make a decision. Friday afternoon comes and goes and now I am in panic mode. This can not be good, if they have not contacted me then that means I did not get the job. 

I e-mailed the recruiter again at 5:30. Seven o'clock rolls around and I get this e-mail

An offer was made to another candidate this afternoon, and it was just accepted this evening. I greatly appreciate the interest and time that you spent interviewing with (Company B). It was a pleasure working with you. Please let me know if I can ever assist you in the future.
Then I cried and cried wondering what the heck is wrong with me? I have a MBA that I just got, I am currently going to school for a degree in Web Design, I have over 6 years admin experience and am Advanced in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. Why can I not get another admin job? What sucks is this one was an Executive Admin with work in marketing with a small company that is ready to grow. There was also the chance to work from home or in coffee shops or in the office. Also the chance for events in the evening and trade shows in DC. Something I really could have gotten behind and helped them grow. I am angry, sad, upset and worried all in one. Money is very tight and I am not sure how I am going to pay my rent this month let alone next month.

I asked the recruiter if they indicated why they did not choose me and this is my answer:
I know that it was a difficult decision for them. I will certainly keep you in mind for  other opportunities.
Which tells me nothing, thank you.

On the bright side my husband is waiting to hear back from an opportunity at Taco Bell to be an assistant manager at the store across the street. The Manager seemed really excited to hire him, but we are waiting on the background check. This is where we always have trouble for two reasons; My husband has the same name as his father and sometimes their records cross and we used to live in NH which has a back log of background checks and since it is not electronic it takes forever. My husband has already lost job opportunities because companies cannot wait so long.

Hopefully things start to look up because I really do not want to lose my apartment, especially when I have no where to go and Big J starts school on the 18th.

Anyone know of any jobs in Charlotte, NC? Admin, Clerical? Or work from home opps??


  1. Hi, just stopping by for the Alexa Blog Hop....

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  2. Hi, just stopping by for the Alexa Blog Hop....

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  3. I know you hear it all the time that it's competitive out there and I know it is in the admin circle. I've been out of work several times and completely understand where you are at.

    Do you have a LinkedIn profile and have you joined any groups? I had some success with that. Not typical successes, but people finding me through connections and also by joining the conversations in groups.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Does you resume look a little different than the average? That's always good. At the top or down the side in a column, load it with keywords to your industry that they are looking for. Anymore, they pull resumes that pass their keyword search in their system. I highlighted mine in a colored column. I can get away with it because I'm in marketing, but bulleting them up top in 3 or 4 short columns might work.
    Very few people do this and it totally separated me from the pack. But, then it got me interviews because they were curious. Waste of time, but you never know.

  4. Job searches are tough! I wish you the best of luck in your search, don't worry the right one will come along but hopefully sooner than later.

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  6. Thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement. I am not out just down for the moment.

  7. I totally feel for ya. Job searches are treacherous. I wish you all the best in your future job endeavors.

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    Good luck on your job search!

  9. Kristin - Thanks. I have actually applied to momcorp jobs a couple times. I will check out elance.