Job hunting. Ughhhhh

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.

Sigh.

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.

6 responses to “Job hunting. Ughhhhh”

  1. Congrats to you!! I am sure that it feels good to be back at it again. I write resumes’ for folks and work with clients on interviewing. I love the honest back and forth that you had with yourself. Your “out loud” responses were really well thought out and it shows if you have that many offers so quickly. Thank you for sharing and congrats. You should be really proud of this moment.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tommy! You are such a blessing. How lovely of you to help people with their resumes! I think a good resume is what generally gets your foot in the door, so you’re probably helping a lot of people get jobs, that’s awesome xx

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  2. Many congratulations on doing so well, Janet. I think you are very brave. I haven’t been for an interview for decades but would never have been able to come up with your great reasons for being ideal for this job. I loved the honest communication you had with yourself. It shows both the internal and external conversation really well. You did so well. I hope your new position and the following six-week one go exceptionally well. Loads of luck to you, Janet. Xx πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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    1. Thank you sooo much, Ellie. You are such a source of kindness and I’m grateful for you in my life. I struggle with the pretence of job interviews. I’m lying about how “awesome” I am, the Employer lies about how much they’ll support the worker, the website will list how inclusive and anti-bullying the workplace is but people will still get bullied. We wear these fake “I’m so great” masks in job interviews and play the game. It just makes me sad πŸ˜”

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  3. I just loved your internal answers. If only there were companies that valued our honest heart felt responses.

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    1. I think that’s where the problem lies…honesty isn’t valued in the job market. In jobs where I’ve been honest about my mental illness, I’ve been fired shortly afterwards on some lame, confusing excuse. Now I just keep it to myself and project an image of strength and confidence that I’m so far from what I feel. Breaks my heart how much dishonesty occurs in offices. And bullying. It’s absolutely appalling. Sending you big hugs. I’m so happy to hear from you xx

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