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Didn't get the job :(

June 24th, 2015 at 02:08 pm

Sigh. I've been looking for and applying to other jobs. DH's response to my frustration is virtually always "why don't you take some time off?" which would be nice, aside from the fact that I've been "off" work for about four months. I'm not even really sure what I'm doing so wrong! I've even gone to those resume review things offered by our library. Meh.

Anyway, I've just finished applying to a temp agency. I think part of the problem is that I don't have enough experience (or as much as the other people applying) for the permanent positions I've been applying for. Temp positions pay much less (pay is around $9-10 per hour, a sneeze away from minimum wage here), but hopefully that way I can manage to get more experience and maybe try to fanagle myself into something more long-term.

Last night I felt super crappy after hearing I didn't get the job, so DH surprised me with carry-out (paid for with his personal spending allowance) so I wouldn't have to cook and could just wallow and watch crappy TV. Very grateful to have a supportive partner

In any case, I've decided to only spend 5 hours a day job-searching, the rest doing housework/cooking/exercising and starting to volunteer (I loved volunteering where we lived before and I've found some good opportunities here). This way I won't feel overwhelmingly like a failure when my 8+ hours a day in job searching/applying doesn't yield quick results

7 Responses to “Didn't get the job :(”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    I'm sorry, I know that is frustrating. Frown

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Applying for temporary work sounds good- not only will you get experience but you may get some more work-related connections and possibly land a permanent role.

  3. snafu Says:

    I too like your plan for temp jobs particularly since a large percentage of jobs are 'wired.' All too often someone was recommended for the job by an insider which is a small edge for the successful candidate. Please don't get discouraged, it takes a lot of 'no's' to get to reach a good fit in a new location.

    Meanwhile, it helps to work out a few weeks of meal plans and explore all the free/low cost entertainment available this summer. Volunteering is fun and has potential for you to make new friends and possibly learn other skill sets. Have you read the new version of 'What Color is My Parachute?" It'sl ikely available at your local library for free.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry you didn't get the job. Perhaps your temp job experience will lead to a full time position.

  5. brokebutnotbroken Says:

    So sorry to hear that. =(

  6. mimaki Says:

    Thanks all...hopefully the temp thing works out. And you're right, snafu--I found out through a mutual friend that the person who got hired for that other job was the grandchild of a board member. I'm guessing that may have had some influence (I'm sure they were otherwise qualified, but family connections never hurt!).

    I went to a local nonprofit employment agency today and met with a counselor--he said the avg national job hunt takes around 22 weeks (so now I don't feel like such a freak). I'm going to go to some of their workshops to see if I can't beef up my job hunting

  7. scfr Says:

    Your plan to do volunteer work is a great one. It always feel good to help others. You may learn some new skills and you never know when you'll meet someone who knows someone who knows someone who is hiring. Good luck!

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