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March 29,2022 at 8:37AM UTC
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I’m not sure I’m going to make it
I started a position at a state government agency in February. I honestly knew when I took it that it was a mistake, but I was living on savings and needed to stop the bleeding. At the end of March, a colleague brought up a federal grant that she wanted me to apply for. She is at another agency and she and I are supposed to be working on a program together but she has done next to nothing, other than come up with ideas for me to implement.
I went to my manager immediately and put the grant on her radar. She initially said no, because the program I inherited already has a fiscal year aggressive timeline. She told me to email the Director about it and I did.
The Director gets sick a lot. I didn’t get a response and sent a follow up email a week later when she was back in office. Neither one of them made a definite decision at the time. They wanted to wait until another discussion among other people at the agency took place.
Finally, after I asked for a decision, my manager told me to schedule a go/no go meeting with the director who finally decided that she wanted ‘us’ (really me) to write it. By this time a month of time had been lost.
Mind you, I don’t have grant writing experience. I was only here 2.5 months before this was put on me. I haven’t been afforded grant writing training, and this wasn’t mentioned in the job description or interview. After them wasting away the month, I’ve had to make up the time working nights and weekends. I got partnered with a person on our team who flat out said he didn’t want to do it. He feels there is another person on the team that this grant should’ve gone to.
The reason I took a government job is because my mental health is poor. On paper, I’m overqualified. I’ve been in therapy and getting help for months and I thought that I could handle a 9-5 and focus on my health. Unfortunately exact opposite is happening and my mental and physical health are getting worse. To top it off, I’ve had to put my program on hold for a grant that has nothing to do with it. My manager is trying to force this grant to tie into my program but it just doesn’t. And I’m done working late nights and weekends on this. I worked Memorial Day and she acts like it’s no big deal. Worked until 3am last night and emailed her and our admin so that someone else is aware of the after hours I’m putting in and not getting compensation for.
I’m trying to give myself three months of job searching but I’m hanging on a thread.
I want to quit everyday. I went to see the ADA coordinator today and asked her about the procedure for reasonable accommodation because I need an additional telework day. She seemed visibly uncomfortable. It also happens that she was the one who reached out to me about this job. We’re meeting tomorrow and I don’t plan on telling her all the details, but I’m really unhappy here. I’m just trying to use my frustration as fuel to really look for a job that’s a good fit.
I’d like to ask you all what you would do in this position? The job market is volatile and it’s stressful going through this process yet again.
Thanks for reading this.
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Hello everyone, just want to say I appreciate this platform and all stories I hear that make me feel not alone in all the scary, beautiful, frustrating and fulfilling parts of work.
I do have a question though about job offers. Whats the longest you have had to wait to hear back from a job offer? I am currently in a 2 month stand still with two companies and they from time to time keep calling to ask follow up questions. I just don't understand why. I just want to know if its a lost cause or have people finally got offered jobs they've waited months for. Thank yall!
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I was reading a job description in an email and this was part of the job description:
Job Title: Enterprise Architect
Looking only 10 - 15 years client is not accepting 20+ years of experience candidates
* Minimum of 10+ years of professional technology/ w. concentration in data
* Superior knowledge with the ability to manage and coordinate enterprise information use, corporate data access design, metadata management and distributed/replicated data approach to ensure consistency, timeliness, data lineage, data quality, and availability of master data throughout the enterprise
* Ability to define Data Strategy, Data Governance process; Prior experience in defining Data Strategy is a plus
* Hands-on experience with one or more business intelligence tools or comparable programming and data experience is a plus
"Client is not accepting 20+ years of experience candidates" - Is this considered Age Discrimination?
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I reached out to a recruiter from a staffing agency who is apparently looking to fill a contract position.
The recruiter asks me what are good times to call, I sent her my whole week schedule listing specific dates and times I am available for a call. Instead she emails me and says if I can talk a different time which I am not available. I do have a full time job right now but am searching other opportunities. My calendar is unfortunately a little packed for a Thursday. She didn’t send me a job description or anything specific about the job either. Is this already a red flag? I read about staffing agency online and they have bad reviews.
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Why do people ghost candidates that they have interviewed?
I had an interview recently, sent a thoughtful thank you email and have heard nothing. Isn't that rude?
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I could use some ideas.
I have applied and applied. I have had recruiters, head hunters, HR and everyone in between make sure my resume is great. I apply to positions that seem like a good fit, I tailor my resume, I write cover letters and nothing. Recently I applied to a position that is literally what I've been doing for 10 years, have a Masters degree in and was told my skills and background don't match what they are looking for. It feels like there is this invisible barrier and I don't know how to get through it. Any tips, ideas, tricks anything is highly welcomed, thank you!
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