I chose to write this post at anonymous, as I feel that this applies to so many of us who may be thinking the same thing.
I am not begging. I am asking for help. I feel that help and begging are seen as synonymous at times, but they are vastly different. Begging is an act of desperation and pleading, while asking for help is a simple request, and one that is out of humility. This is my humble request to ask for help and guidance. I am positive, optimistic, compassionate, humble and resilient individual, which is why I am asking for help. I know that this situation is not hopeless, and there is an end in sight, but I am not begging, only asking for help. However, I do know that this post may come off as negative and this is not my intent, but is my humble request to ask for help and expressing my experience thus far, which has been quite a challenge.
I have written a lot this week on various sites regarding my reflections on my own personal journey as I navigate through these precarious times. In all honesty, this week has been very tough. As we approach July, I will officially be out of work for 8 months. I was let go back in October of 2019 and became officially unemployed since January 2020. I have not stopped applying/looking for work since the day after I found out my position was eliminated.
I have never been out of work before, so this is a humbling experience, but one of the toughest challenges that I have faced in my life. It has now been 8 months of looking for a job, I have only had two interviews, and three rejection emails out of a ton of resumes sent out to various organizations. I have been ghosted by recruiters, emailed by executives to apologize via email for running 20 min late to our interview, and then sending a cancellation for the interview with no reason, and no answer from the recruiter as to when this can be rescheduled (I reached out multiple times via email and leaving messages). I am not sure if this common practice these days, as I would never do this to a potential candidate. I find this to be unprofessional.
I have had one informational interview with a recruiter, emailed her a few weeks ago to follow up on the position, but still no response; however, this could be due to the influx of emails that this recruiter is receiving. I have networked on LinkedIn, talked to former colleagues, and have done as much as I possibly can to date.
Now, to be fair, we are all in the same boat when it comes to this moment in our lives; however, being unemployed, and especially let go from a job immediately in mid-March is very new to us. Perhaps you, like myself, have worked since the age of 15 or even younger, and being out of work due to no fault of our own has come with a range of emotions and even grappling with self-identity. However, with all of the emotions being felt and so many of us battling the stress of finances and not to mention being vulnerable, scared, and feeling lost, etc. It is a surreal moment to live in this state, especially when you find yourself out of work and your livelihood stripped out from under you.
I am not begging for a job, an interview, or anything else. I am asking for help. I am asking for help to navigate through this surreal time. I am asking for help from those who found themselves in this situation and were able to land a job with an organization or even successfully landing interviews. I am asking for help in the form of advice. I am asking for help and seeking out other ideas on how to sift through this thick fog of uncertainty during a job search. I am simply asking for help in the form of recommendations on what I should try. I am asking for help in the form of support. I am asking for help from a recruiter/organization perspective of what all of those can do to increase their chances for an interview, a response, or an idea of things to consider, but I am not begging for a job/interview from recruiters/organizations. I am asking for help in the form of guidance. I am willing to put in all the work and effort necessary as advice and perspective come in.
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Still, I have a good plan for leaving, and as you can tell from the above description of her, any discussion is going to go badly.
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