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anya
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0 posted 08-15-2010 06:39 PM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya


Hey,


As someone who was recently lost my job I am having the somewhat humbling experience of interviews and an unpresidented level of critique and rejection. Wodering what others experiences of this situation is?

I had a third interview for a job I really wanted last week which consisted of psychometric testing which apparently I did not do so well in.

Am annoyed that good references, a degree and experience count for less than psychometric jibberjabber!!

Rant over!

Anya
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1 posted 08-15-2010 10:17 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Anya,

I know what you are dealing with, and my heart goes out to you. While I don't know your age, I will tell you that I am in my late 50's and was released from my job back in March '09...and I am still looking. I have sent in applications every week since; and when I do chance upon an interview, I have been picked from a field of applications numbering 100 to 150 or more.

I do not have a degree. I have 40 some years worth of experience in one field or another, but primarily the legal field or that of professional assistant. I can only assume that I can envision what is going against me: age and past wages.

I have had years of experience in interviews as my husband was transferred frequently and while he maintained his job, I had to continue going on interviews. Never in my life have I found it so difficult to get even a part-time position.

Here's the problem. It's not going to get better any time soon. IF you are young, I would suggest you look into jobs you think you may be over-qualified for; bagging groceries, working at WalMart, whatever you can do to keep the bills paid and the wolf from the door. Once you get that sort of job, or jobs, as the case may be that everyone may only want part-timers, then hold them close and fast; don't complain; do the best you can and don't take anything for granted.

And keep looking for "the" job. Don't give up on yourself or our country. Our country has been through recessions and depressions before, and we will be through them long after this one. It's human nature and we all seem to love the playground where the wheels go round and round that the teeter-totter goes up and down.

So goes life.

If you are married, hang tough. If you are single, know your friends well and if they are in your situation, start rooming together. A shared rent is a paid rent.

Don't lose your enthusiasm for life, nor for your lifelines...like writing. Look for writing jobs. You never know where they may pop up. I know that for a fact.

God bless, Poet. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

anya
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2 posted 08-15-2010 10:43 PM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

Thanks Sunshine, sound advice.

I think I was being somewhat self indulgent having a moan. I am only 24 so don't have the ageism which I know is rife in the job market working against me.

As I can't stand not to not work I have just started doing a job I never thought I would as a night time taxi controller of all things which if nothing else gives me time to write and read to my hearts content! However loosing the job I loved was hard and I desperatly want to get back to a fulfilling role.

Good luck to you as well and I shall persevere!

Regards Anya
jwesley
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3 posted 04-01-2011 12:16 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Ha! Have to agree/empathize with  Sunshine...lost mine over a year ago (I'm 67) and have put out hundreds of apps, phone calls, emails, etc...
very few if any 'takers' and nothing close to an offer...not Walmart, any of the fast food places, etc.  All the lower paying places say...you made too much, you won't stay, etc. (and these are all extremely high turnover places worried about whether I'd stay or not --- BULL PUCKY!).

Anyway ... guess I need to find a way to go on the dole - at least over the years I would have earned my place in line.

j.
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4 posted 04-01-2011 03:39 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Anya, if it helps, perseverence pays off. I finally re-entered the work force at age 59 in February. Whew! It's only part-time, but that's better than a kick in my rear!

 
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