Archive for March, 2010

March 23, 2010

Bookreview and a bit of a rant first

I got denied for the job again, I applied for a few more. There are less and less jobs to apply for every week. It is getting bleak. I will be out of my savings by the end of April. I really hope something comes up. Volunteer work is great but it does not pay bills and as much as I appreciate it for giving me something to do I need the money. It is sad so much depends on money but I don’t need a lot. I just want enough to pay what bills I have and afford food. Maybe enough to allow me to get a pet, something to welcome me home. To take care of I fear I am becoming too much of a hermit. I sit around most of the time reading and not doing much else. On that note…

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Great read, witty and entertaining as most of her books are. I find the ones I enjoy most have strong female characters. This one is definitely her most willful and entertaining character. Sophy is a relative that comes to stay with a family in desperate need of guidance.  Through plots and schemes including kidnapping and shooting people she quite manages to set all to rights. She is a strong minded girl with amazing skills in manipulation and everyone adores her.  I must admit her desire to prove herself to her cousin is probably my favorite part as she keeps stealing his willful and young horses to prove that she is just a good a whip as him. All and all blackmail, pistols, horses and a girl entirely too smart for her own good. This makes for a great and entertaining read.

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March 17, 2010

Worse than spinach in your teeth

Had the interview today, I think it went ok. I really think I would fit the job well. They said they had 77 applicants and that this was the first round. I also got an e-mail asking to come in and interview for another part time position at the local newspaper. I am not sure how good of a job that would be yet, it would all depend on the hours and pay offered.

The interesting thing will be going in to the interview. I just had my birthmark on my face laser treated and it looks like I colored my upper lip area with a dark purple permanent marker. It is kind of awkward trying to look professional and your best when you have dark ugly spot on your face. Hopefully they don’t mind so much.

I really hope I get a call back, a job would be a very nice thing right now and getting called back in for an interview for the first job would be great but I am guessing that given the odds 1/77 is not that great. Everyone keep their fingers crossed. I also love how I type this as if people are really reading it.

March 12, 2010

Books i have ejoyed

Best Laid Schemes – Emma Jensen. – Clever clean and fun regency romance. Best part a silly aunt and mischievous monkey.

March 11, 2010

Hope yet again

I got a phone call for an interview this morning. I find when the hope is at bottom something happens to lift it for a bit. The location sounds perfect, and I would love to have a job working in administration. It would be part time 20-30 hours which would not be bad depending on the pay.

Yet again the cycle continues, I apply I get a call, I go in for an interview and the waiting begins. I wait and I wait then I get a letter or call something saying not interested and hopes are dashed once again. I am going to cross my fingers that this time that will not be the case. I am vastly excited to get this interview and am not sure how to make my qualities shine. My best selling point is reliability, the ability to do anything you ask of me, and when I am at work I work. But the problem is those qualities are hard to show in a small interview not just saying like everyone does.

How does one candidate show above others? What makes one more desirable than another? I am happy friendly hard working and yet I get passed over. Maybe it’s a lack of experience or maybe I do not sell myself as I could. I am a communications graduate I should know what to say right. How I am to interact, eye contact, what to wear, how to sit, and all the other non verbal things

Who knows I hope it goes well, all I can do is my best and hope. Hope they would rather have the honest and reliable employee who may not have 5 years experience but makes it up in enthusiasm and ability.

March 11, 2010

Sadly this is not a book review, 24 unemployed and going broke.

I am going to vent my frustrations about being jobless.

November 25th I was laid off from my job as a customer service specialist. I knew it was coming so I saved money and figured I could get unemployment. Sadly I cannot as the company that I was working for claims me as a contractor so I cannot get unemployment and I am running out of money.

I have been looking for a job since July; the current tally of interviews is 4. Yes I have only been contacted 4 times in 100’s of applications. No I am not applying above what I can do; I got turned down by Ross, Blockbuster, Wells Fargo for teller positions. Seems to me the only ones that are interested are office work and I get my references checked then I get the call, e-mail, or letter with the following phrases,

“We have decided to go with someone else” “you are not qualified” (that one was for a job that required 6 months customer service I have 3 years and a high school diploma I am a college graduate.) and my all time favorite “thank you for applying but we do not think that you match what we need at this time.” How many f u letters can one person get? I wish I could make a count, might be able to get a record for most f u letters from putting in your resume.

Every time I get down. Every rejection hurts, my boyfriend and family are very supportive. I go to career fairs, career workshops where they go over your resume and interviewing skills. I apply for every job I qualify for. Yet it seems to me that the economy here in Corvallis Oregon is getting worse. Every day there is fewer jobs and more bills.

Complaint #2 Spammers. People who post jobs just so they can try to get people to fill out credit reports and get their personal information. DO YOU HAVE NO SHAME? There are people out there looking for work desperately because their families are going broke and you are posting little bits of hope only to laugh as they realize that they are just scams trying to get personal information from them. Or those people with work from home jobs that you have to pay for to start. Stop filling up actual job sites with your crap. It makes it hard to sift through for real jobs that we actually want. I hope you all suffer unemployment and having to go through this only to feel like the world is laughing at you.

There is the rant for today.

Stephanie