For a while now, my blogs have been lacking something…WORDS! I’ve mostly been posting silly pictures that make me smile. So what have I been up to lately?
Applying for jobs! (And some Etsy work, of course!)
I’m having such a difficult time obtaining employment. I know that I have the education needed to get a great job, but my experience is lacking a little. Here comes the question that I ask myself on a daily basis (more than once a day, usually):
How can I get more experience if no one will get me a job?
I actually felt pretty positive about the last interview process that I went through. I guess you can say that I’m used to rejection by now, but there is something that I will never get used to. Is it that difficult to send a generic letter to those who interviewed informing them that they didn’t get the job? I gave you about 45 minutes of one day for a phone interview, and I gave you another hour of another day to go to the in-person interview. Did I mention that I had to drive an hour each way to actually get to that place?
Before I get into a long(er) rant, I will stop here. (I won’t begin to tell you about my emails that weren’t answered.) This is for all you employers out there! Please be respectful and update those who traveled to your office to be interviewed. That will be greatly appreciated because I HATE cliffhangers!
I took a slight break from the internet for a while. I didn’t update my blog too much. Nor did I add much to my Etsy. I didn’t even update my Twitter as often.
The holidays and a cold happened! Christmas is very time consuming! There are so many details to attend to–so much to keep track of! I’ve also been watching my nephew and nieces while they are on winter break! All of the holiday planning, kid-watching, and job searching stresses have finally taken their toll on me! My cold didn’t last for long–I am still recovering, but I feel so much better now.
Now I can finally put the holidays past me, and figure out what I will be doing in the near future. Yes, I know that New Year’s Eve is a few days away, but that’s more of a stay at home and do nothing occasion for me.
Now to actually think of some resolutions and actually follow through with them this year!
Phone interviews are amazing! I didn’t even have to dress up in my business attire to do this interview. I sat on my comfy bed wearing my warm pajamas wondering if I should paint my toe nails.
I know that some people think that phone interviews are horrible for some of the following reasons:
I can’t see the interviewer’s face therefore, I cannot gauge whether or not the interview is going well.
I don’t know what to do if there is a brief moment of silence….Awkward!
I don’t know what to do to ensure the interview that I am still engaged in the interview, or to see if they are still listening to me!
Well, first off, even when you are having a face-to-face interview, it is difficult to gauge the interviewer if they have a good poker face. Their tone is important. When you cannot see a person’s face, you tend to pick up so much more about the, based on how their voice changes throughout the call. This will help you figure out whether or not they are still interested in you. Brief moments of silence don’t bother me too much. The interviewer, at times, will need to regroup to figure out what else they need to ask or discuss with you–but if there is a whole minute of silence, there might be a problem! Make sure that you ask relevant questions to the interviewer to show that you are paying attention and are interested in the job. If the interviewer is still talking to you, and actively asking you questions–they are still engaged in the interview.
My interview this morning went well. It lasted about 30 minutes, and at times, it seemed to be a delightful conversation. The interviewer informed me that I would be moving on to the second round of interviews…and that just made my day! I look forward to them, and I hope I get this job. It seems like it would be a great fit for me in terms of my career goals.
Tip of the day:
Stay positive! Phone interviews are not that horrible. You should feel more at ease since you will be choosing the place where the interview will take place.
Today was such a lazy Sunday! And no, not that SNL/Lonely Island skit/song.
Today has been the coldest day we’ve had thus far, and it made me just want to do nothing and stay in bed all day. And guess what? I did not feel guilty about it whatsoever!
Since I don’t have a job, I usually feel guilty about not being productive. I feel that I don’t deserve to relax since I’m not working. But today, I did not let that bother me. I realized that even people without a job need time to rest and clear their minds. If we are constantly trying to figure out what to do next without taking a moment to take a breath, we won’t be thinking clearly at all!
So my tip for today is:
A lazy day once in a while is not a bad thing. It helps you to re-energize and clear your mind!