Job hunting sucks. Let’s just lay it on the line, shall we?
Besides holding down the fort in our extreme commuting family arrangement, I am also looking for a job myself. This is not a post where I wonder about how to go about finding a job. I know how to do this. I’ve networked. I’ve had some great interviews. I’ve taken lots of time to prepare for all of them. I’ve practiced my stories. I have an elevator speech. I created a professional blog. I’ve been relentlessly positive and upbeat. I’ve been around this block a number of times. And, in the past, the process hasn’t really phased me. This time though … this time is different.
- I actually had a written job offer in my hand over the summer. I was feeling good. I was all pumped up to negotiate it and poof!
“We’re so sorry. We’ve had an unexpected downturn in business. We’re in no position to hire for this job after all … you’ll be the first person that we call when things turn around …”
- There was another company hiring for a contract position via a recruiter. I had two phone interviews that went well and I was gearing up for an in-person interview. The company wanted to give me the job without meeting with me face-to-face. They declined to answer my questions about the job specifics.
“The company wants your commitment to the job before they delve into answering your questions about it …”
- I’ve been contacted directly by recruiting companies with great-sounding positions —
“You are so perfect for this …”
— that turned out to be not-so-exclusive after all. Positions that were already listed on the hiring company’s website.
“Well, you know … their HR department is not doing a good job filling the job. They need our help…”
- I’ve had 3 interviews for a single job. Taken assessment tests for said job. Provided writing samples. Turned cartwheels. Jumped super-high upon request. And then …
It’s tough out there. Really tough. And that, my friends, in an understatement.
What about you? Looked for a job lately? Heard some stories that left you speechless? Simply want to commiserate? I’d love your comments.