I've been unemployed now for exactly a year (June 30, 2020 was the day the company I'd worked at for 21 years closed its doors due to the pandemic).
July 1,2021 at 3:45PM UTC
When I was first laid off, I was diligently looking for a new position, commensurate with my skills and experience. I decided to take a break as a family member needed help with her boys as she was an "essential worker" in healthcare and her boys' schools decided to go full-time remote. I happily took the break from job-hunting to help her.
Now that things are getting back to normal, I've resumed my job search. I applied for something that seemed to be my "dream job." It was a longshot - all the "experts" say that applying to a job online is like tossing 100 pennies in the air expecting them to all land head's up. But it fit perfectly with not only my skills, but my desires, so I gave it a shot.
Two days later, I got a request for an interview! Two weeks later, I had my second interview. I'm not a great judge of these things, but I thought I nailed that second interview. It was with three people, and I really thought we clicked and what they were saying they needed and what I was saying I had to offer were in sync. Tonight, I got the email saying, "we've decided to pursue other candidates." Okay, well I guess I misjudged the situation. But what REALLY hurt, and I mean "stung like sticking a hand full of paper cuts into a jar of lemon juice" hurt, was that they said, "We found another position you might be interested in, here's the job description." It was an ENTRY LEVEL call center job! I have over two decades of experience in MANAGEMENT and they thought I'd be perfect for an entry-level job?
Now, I know it sounds prideful, but talk about feeling like the one girl in school who didn’t get asked to the prom! Is that really what they think of me? That all my skill and experience over the last two decades only qualifies me for a low-level customer service position? This has really been a dagger to the heart of any confidence I have. I already struggle with Imposter Syndrome (as many do after being unemployed for a while). I don’t know where to go from here. Are my qualifications and experience really that useless that at 58 years old I need to start from scratch?
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