You spin my head right round, right round

I stumbled upon this Business Insider article this morning, 5 Reasons Why You Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job. Okay, so maybe I haven’t put enough key words into my resume, and I don’t have exactly 2-3 years of experience, or the master’s degree you want the person to have and then you’re just going to pay them 10 lousy dollars an hour anyway. Personally, I think that’s crap. I still think it’s rude to ignore emails. I much prefer getting the generic, sorry we chose someone else than nothing at all. No one likes being stood up.

I am wondering, though, how anyone is supposed to be getting experience if no one is willing to take a chance and hire you. Oh right, there are internships. Wait, I’m 23 and living on my own with bills and loans to pay, I can’t work for free. I think they call that slave labor anyway. Sorry, in college, no one was there to help me figure out where to do a meaningful internship. I realize now I should have done this on my own. Hindsight is 20/20

So, I’m working at a job that I really don’t like all that much, because it’s a job and it pays me well, but I certainly don’t see myself doing this forever. It has really nothing to do with my major; I don’t get to be creative, I get to sit down all day and listen to idiots the nicest people tell me how wonderful I am. Does this experience count for anything??

I’m just wondering if I’m ever going to be able to have a job that I like. Or if I will always dread Mondays and be counting down until Friday?

Growing up we were always told you can be anything you want, the world is at your fingertips. But, not really. For jobs that I’d really like to take, I am being offered $10 an hour. I can’t live on $10/hour, with maybe 30 hours a week. In what world can someone live on that? That’s not the dream that we were promised, and I wanna know where it is.

That shit makes me bat shit crazy

I recently finished the book Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, which reminded me of an idea that I had for a blog entry. I don’t want to get into too much of a summary of the book, and really my point is only made in one paragraph (page 249, if you decide to check the book out). The main character, Lee, is fourteen when we first meet her and is venturing off to a private boarding school. In order to become prefect, or class president, you had to be nominated by another classmate, preferably not one of your friends because that would have been “tacky and transparent,” and once nominated you didn’t want to campaign because that would be similar to “ass-kissing” (glad we’re past the rules of high school). Anyway, she’s writing the book from her adult perspective and compares the prefect nominations to when she was interviewing for jobs:

This desperate aversion to seeming like you wanted anything, or worse, to going after it, stayed with me for years after I left Ault. When I graduated from college, my father told me he was concerned that I didn’t express enough enthusiasm in job interviews, and the comment shocked me. Enthusiasm was a thing you were supposed to show? But wasn’t it a little disgusting, didn’t it seem the same as greed and neediness? Of course you wanted the job, I thought, and the interviewer should know that because why else would you have shown up in his office?

My mom has expressed a similar concern to me. Although, I admit that I sometimes maybe don’t show much enthusiasm once I’m in an interview and I’m being told the actual job duties. Sometimes it’s all I can do to hold myself back from saying, Really?? Since when does an Events Coordinator flip hamburgers? Is that really what I was learning about while I was in college, I must have missed something. By the way, you definitely have a hole in your shirt.

In my opinion, I feel like the expected enthusiasm levels are sometimes over the top. Am I really supposed call you everyday after an interview? Is that really going to make you more likely to hire me? I think that once I leave the interview, you (the interviewer) have already made up your mind about me. You already know whether or not you’re going to hire me, or at least have a pretty good idea. So is me calling you going to change my fate, or just make you want to slap me and regret ever calling me in for an interview to begin with?

My mom reminds me that it is an “employer’s market.” Employers have the luxury of calling, or not calling you back, no need to inform you that, lucky you, you didn’t get the job. Of course, I don’t really think that’s fair. As job seekers, we’re putting ourselves out there everyday, trying to make an impression, and until we hit the jackpot and land a job, we’re going to be frustrated. The way I see it, I show my interest by contacting you, taking hours to write my cover letter, and finally, by showing up to the interview, ready to answer all of your questions that sometimes seem pointless, (Where do I see myself in five years? Well, hopefully with a job, or maybe homeless if I don’t get a job soon). What else can we do? I’m not sure employers would appreciate us jumping up and down on their couches, would that show them that I really want this job?

I’m on the hunt, I’m after you…

you meaning the perfect job (whatever that is)

I’ve been job searching since March. For four months I’ve been searching for a job, any job, preferably at least somewhat related to my degree (Communications). I chose my major because I wanted to do something with advertising, pr, marketing, or something along those lines.

In my job searching, I have used plenty of job search websites, Monster, Simply Hired, LinkedIn, government job search engines, as well as directly searching for different PR/Advertising firms. There are plenty of problems with these methods, at least in my opinion. It also really makes me wonder how anyone ever got a job before the advent of the Internet. When using job search websites, you have to sift through numerous jobs just to find something even remotely similar to what you are looking for, while also watching out for the scam jobs that are posted everywhere. When you finally find something that seems promising, you often have to submit your resume via the website, filling out forms and copying your resume into a 2000 maximum characters box, which does not support any of the formatting you worked so hard on. I just have to wonder does anyone even ever get these? I have no way of contacting them, so I’m basically sending my resume into nothingness, hoping that someone will get it and like what they see.

Looking directly for companies is sometimes a little bit easier. I like to see potential employers websites, see what the employees mini bios say about them and the company, plus, of course, the actual layout of the site says a lot. There’s a problem with this though also, some companies don’t post their job openings, only an email link to info@companyname.org…so helpful, who do you address it to? We’re taught throughout college how to be professional, so we address it To Whom it May Concern, because who is going to be reading this email, do you put the president’s name? The person in HR? What if it’s a gender neutral name and there aren’t any pictures. There are so many confusing obstacles to get past just to apply for a job.

So, four months into the hunt and I’m still jobless because I’m under-qualified (so-and-so had a better internship than you), overqualified (just because I have a college degree), or my personal favorite – those professionals just don’t even bother to email you back.

My dad says just keep slinging mud, eventually something will stick. So here’s a fistful of mud coming your way.