So now that I’m out of hospital, I need to get back onto the job market and find a new job. My previous managers “let me go” because I’d “been away too long” from a job I really enjoyed and was good at.
So. I updated my Resume and sent the newest version out to the 3 job agencies I’m listed with. That was about a week ago. No one got back to me.
Anxious, I started applying for any and all jobs online which has lead to 3 more job agencies signing me on. I’ve been asked by each recruitment agent to “interview online” so I’ve had 2 Zoom meetings and 1 TEAMS meeting. I’ve had to explain the constant job changes on my CV and assure each recruiter that I’m not flighty, I’m a temp and the very nature of temping means I move from job to job in quick succession.
Here’s how basically every interview goes:
Employer: Tell us a little about you.
Uhh…I recently got out of a psychiatric ward. I’m deeply grieving the loss of my Dad and I’m probably one random moment away from another complete breakdown. I’m on the edge, holding on with everything I’ve got.
Out loud: I’ve been temping in a wide variety of offices for the last 10 years. I am familiar with working for both Private and Government offices and can easily slot into reception cover, administration assistance, facilities management, data entry and filing or call centre work.
Employer: Great! Tell us why you’d like to work for us.
Literally so my husband and I don’t starve to death. I need to make money. You guys have access to money. It’s as open-and-shut as that, really. I can start tomorrow.
Out loud: I felt it was time for a change and really resounded with your company policies. I’m excited to learn more about your business and believe I’d be a great fit for the role you currently have available.
Employer: What are your strengths?
I’m a kind, loyal and a faithful friend. I truly believe my husband and my mates are the salt of the earth, so I’ll do everything I can to make them happy. I’m an incredible singer, a talented writer and a passionate advocate for children…and sustainability. Go me!
Out loud: I’m driven, smart and familiar and confident with a wide range of computer products and programs. I’m able to learn new skills quickly, adapt to new situations seamlessly and I’m pleasant to work with.
Employer: What are your weaknesses?
I trust too easily and open my heart to anyone and everyone. I’m a seasoned people pleaser who magically attracts bullies and assholes.
Out loud: I’m the “yes” girl in the office. If anyone needs anything, they’ll usually ask me and I’ll either know how to help and what to do, or I’ll Google it and find out. Saying yes constantly is exhausting but I still haven’t learnt to put boundaries in place.
Employers love that answer ^^ they eat it up, honestly.
So I’ve been to a tonne of interviews.
I got offered a week’s reception cover at the Prestigious “Dumas House” where all our Parliamentary Ministers work.
After that, I’ll start a 6-week administration role for the East Metro Waste Disposal company.
Deep breaths, JD. You’re going to be ok.
Wish me luck, guys. I’m exhausted already.
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