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!
Lately, I have not had much to say. That is why I have been posting pictures that I find on Pinterest. The images that I share with you, are the ones that find to be the most entertaining. (There is a method to my lazy blogging style.)
So why haven’t I had much to say, you ask? Well, I have been focusing more of my time and energy on my job search. I’ve been going to interviews, taking phone interviews, and searching. I have also been spending my time working on my Etsy shop and updating my Twitter more frequently. Blogging is great, but when I don’t have much to say, I would rather just keep my mouth shut. I don’t want to blog just for the sake of blogging. I want to blog only if I have a purpose.
So what’s the purpose of today’s blog? Well, I guess it’s to let you know that I still plan on writing more in my blogs than just adding a line or two and a picture. I do feel, however, that my readers are enjoying the Pinterest posts which is why I will continue to post them as well!
I want to thank all of my followers. I never thought that I would have so many! I appreciate each and everyone of you!
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.
How do you know when to throw in the towel? When is enough…enough?
For the past three and a half weeks, I have been waiting to hear whether or not I have been hired for a job I interviewed for. I was assured that I would be told whether or not I got the job in about two weeks!
Since then, I haven’t been looking as actively for a job as I had been before the interview. I was pretty sure that I had gotten the job for two reasons: there was more than one position available and I had yet to be rejected.
Now I sit here, uncomfortable as pregnant woman who is almost two weeks overdue wondering what to do! I have emailed two people at the company regarding my situation. I have yet to call. Why haven’t I called? Well, I am afraid of being rejected over the phone! I would rather read it in a cold email.
Today, I decided to throw in the towel. I am not waiting to hear from them any more. If I do hear from them, that would be great, and I would gladly accept the job. However, since I have yet to hear from them–I have gone back to applying to several jobs a day.
What is my count for today? It is early afternoon here in California, and I have already applied to five jobs! That is pretty great I think.
For the rest of the day, I might update my blog some more or just start on some of the ideas that I’ve had for my Etsy shop — and apply for some more jobs in the evening.
What is the lesson for today? Know when to hold’em and know when to fold’em, people! Thank you, Kenny Rogers!
I never fully grasped the allure of coffee…until this morning! Now I feel as though I can conquer the world!
However, my coffee high is going to mix with my anxiousness about waiting for a call from that job I interviewed for! That’s a dangerous combination! Not really for me though. I just think it will give me more energy. I do however feel badly for the people around me! They will now experience my jitters…tenfold!