I got laid off last August and have been applying to jobs ever since. My job searches are usually not as difficult as this one has been--the only other times I've had this much trouble finding a job were as a recent graduate with no experience. Less than 2 years ago, I had tons of employers and recruiters who were interested. Now I apply to jobs that look like a perfect fit or maybe 90%, at least, and mostly don't hear anything/get rejection emails or get rejected after interviewing, usually with the person I'd be reporting to (also unusual for me). I do think some of the auto rejections are due to salary expectations and ATS, but some aren't.
A couple of times, I've applied to jobs after scanning the job listing and later discovered I overlooked something about the job. I mostly work in marketing departments managing their website landing pages, product pages, SEO and content, and the job in question has a title that is just like other jobs I've done, listed several websites that belong to them in the job listing and listed tasks I've done while managing websites, like A/B testing and content.
But when I looked at the job listing more closely while preparing for the interview, I realized I actually wouldn't be working with their websites at all--it's more like a social media and email marketing position, which I'm really not interested in nor particularly skilled in. When asked about strengths and weaknesses in relation to the position, I went ahead and admitted social media is not my strength. He also asked a question about email marketing, looking for 3 specific answers, and I only got one right. So, I thought that was it. I've literally had better interviews for jobs for which my skills/background are more on the money and got rejected this search cycle. He also confirmed that I would not be working with the websites.
About a week later, I got an email from the CEO saying the VP of Marketing (with whom I interviewed and would be reporting to) passed my info on to him and that he wanted to schedule an interview. I went ahead and scheduled the interview, which is coming up.
So, the problems:
Not interested in the work and don't feel qualified. Worried that taking this job will take me off the career path I want, i.e. will make it so that employers only want me for social media/email marketing jobs when I want to do website marketing (also often called ecommerce marketing, but that's also what this job calls their position). Don't like the hours--my previous job was more flexible. And it's supposed to be a fully remote job, but the VP lives in my area and HQ is in my area (but still is a long commute)--I am concerned that this is going to turn into working on site sometimes, which I don't want to do, and I kind of feel like the fact that I live near him is one of the reasons he is considering me.
But I'm worried that if I reject this, it will be several more months before I find anything else. I am not in urgent need of money, but I do feel like I need to get back to work. I did also think maybe part of my issue is my resume and decided to hire someone to rewrite it, but I got the first draft back a few days ago and was not impressed/didn't really think the bullet points were significantly different--the differences were mostly formatting, the professional statement (which felt "off" in terms of my background) and a "core competencies" section (which also felt kind of "off"). I sent the writer two examples of jobs I'd like to get to help him, and I don't think he looked at them. If I felt confident in changing my resume making a difference, I'd feel more confident in turning this position down if it were offered to wait for the right job.
Sorry for the length, but anyone got any thoughts on what they'd do in this situation? Just want different perspectives. Thanks!
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Recently, three different execs have approached me on Friday afternoons with requests for project planning/research to be done over the weekend, with a report back on Monday.
I’m in mid-management. I don’t report directly to any of these execs. My direct boss does not work weekends, nor do they require me to do so.
None of the projects I’ve been given thus far are critical to operations, nor are they really within my scope or skill set. It’s nothing I’m unable to do, it’s just a stretch of my usual duties and areas of focus.
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