After a year and 5 months, I was 'separated' from a role after my immediate upline (VP) was harshly fired (at-will state). I hadn't even had a full review, and never got warnings. It was not fully expected... but I get it. I was recruited right out of college (with 30+ years of experience) and the projects I was managing focused more on freshening up the 40+ year-old business' image rather than generating revenue. There was a lot of hesitancy on behalf of the old guard, many of whom had been with the firm since inception. So I get it... I expected to be let go as soon as my VP was fired and had been circulating my resume already. The circumstances of my 'separation' are not my rant...
I am griping about the lack of follow-up and transparency from 'hiring' companies, recruiters, career coaches, and even placement agencies. (Hiring is in parenthesis because I hesitate to say they are actually hiring.)
Do I smell or something? Am I grotesque to look at? I didn't frighten any children or puppies lately so I don't think so. ? /sarcasm
For 5 months, every day (even weekends) I've been applying for roles well within my right and experience (manager & director level). I average 15 direct applications a week. I do not apply through LinkedIn or some other job board (too many scams) - I go directly to the company.
I tweak each resume and craft custom cover letters for each role. I research and dissect what the company is already doing (social, website, etc.), and even hint at possible issues with solutions in my communications. I follow up within 5 business days with someone in the HR of the company I am applying with; sometimes with the hiring executive If I know who it is. I am polite, mindful of people's time, and approach this as if helping an existing client.
With NEW degrees (plural) on top of my 30+ years of in-field and directly related experience in marketing, communications, graphic design, publishing... I hear crickets.
WTF am I doing wrong?!?!?
Seriously.... even when I blatantly ASK for specifics as to what my application was lacking - I get no responses. I rarely get feedback from interviews - even when I call the person I interviewed directly. I am told they will get back to me----and they never do.
I am beyond frustrated. I sat here for 15 minutes this morning just crying into my morning cup of coffee while staring at my email box which is brimming with application confirmations.... but nothing else. I am reaching the Point of Desperation. If not for the golden heart of my cousin, I'd be homeless right now. Financially I am maxed on my credit, my car payment will not be paid next month, and I've exhausted unemployment (which is a pittance anyway).
Today - - - - - I think I will walk away. Close the laptop, and just walk away. I've never been so frustrated in my life at the shamelessly unprofessional silence that is out there.
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I just finished an interview.
I am in the field of health information management. The interview went well but when I asked the director of dept about the compensation and she said she doesn’t know how much the position is budgeted or the exact hourly pay. I was previously salaried at a large healthcare facility before being laid off. The position I interviewed for was an entry level position whereas I have about 5 years of experience. The job title would be medical record specialist. I was an analyst in the past.
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Hello lovely ladies,
I desperately need some advice and guidelines here.
I have been out of job for 10 months, I had some interviews and 2 of them gave me offer while one gave me the offer last week which I have signed and should resume tomorrow 2/21/24 then I got the offer from the second one some minutes ago to resume by 4th of March.
I actually like the second one better, the pay is a little higher(10k/yr more), the commute is 20 mins from my home unlike the first that I have to commute 45mins everyday(onsite), the second is also hybrid so I will only commute 3 days in a week.
The issue now is, how do I inform the first I will not be resuming anymore giving I was suppose to start tomorrow or do I go in first and decline the offer?
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A Treatise on a toxic workplace by your friendly neighborhood comedian
A treatise on a toxic workplace....I've worked in many toxic places during my career. One starts to feel as if they are doing everything wrong, when in fact, it's the narcissists that run the place that are partially at fault.
Consider if you will ways to help yourself in your toxic workplace....some of these methods may seem arcane, and even torturous, however, they do work, and you will find joy in assisting your narcissist as they reflect on their own image...
1. False teeth....if you have an extra set lying around, there is nothing as joyful as a fresh cup of coffee c/w a set of false teeth lovingly placed in the bottom of the cup. Your narcissist will gulp down their coffee, lick their lips and say mm mm good…until they spy the false teeth staring back at them from the bottom of the cup. they will run to the reflecting pool and empty the contents of the cup...up from their stomach into the pool, thus spoiling their own reflection.
2. Fingers....oh fingers, what dandy little digits they are. Such an asset to have around, aren't they? When your narcissist demands that you clean their office, even though it isn't in your job description, gladly oblige them. Springtime is the best time for this, your allergies abound, and your nose runs like a faucet. The trick is simple really, blow your nose and clean your narcissist's keyboard with the same kleenex. You're giving your narcissist some of the best parts of yourself, and your narcissist will thank you for a job well done.
3. It's a walk in the park, literally. When the snow melts, and your narcissist demands you clean the rug under their desk on your hands and knees, there is no better way to say i love my narcissist than a trek through the park. Way up north where I live the first thing that pops its little head up from the snow isn’t a crocus, it’s dog poo. A little dog poo goes a long, long way, and it doesn't start to stink until it melts. While trekking through the park on your lunch break, you may encounter a dog turd or two. On this occasion, it's quite alright to help the environment and collect a sample in a plastic bag for future use. Once back in the office, that's when the fun begins.....your narcissist has asked you to sweep the rug under their desk....no problem you say, no problem at all. What you do next is more like painting than sweeping, but that's okay, your narcissist will never know the difference, such is their extreme intelligence....remember the dog droppings you collected at the park, sprinkle a few of the doggie diamonds you collected on the narcissists carpet. When they congregate in their office, with their fellow narcissists for coffee, their fellows will ask them did you get a new perfume, what's that heavenly smell? The heady scent of dog doody thawing under their desk will add a certain fragrance to the air that all the office narcissists will surely appreciate. Your narcissist will feel well loved and congratulate themselves on their perfume....and only you know it's not made of ambergris.
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Was going to post a rant.
Was going to post a long rant but deleted it. Does anyone else who works at a call center get those people that keep you on the phone for extra long and are supperrr rude? At my job we can't respond back or hang up- pretty much just have to go through the motions or we're written up. It literally feels like people are living out these fantasies of being rude to people they know can't hang up instead of either asking for us to stop calling or literally just not answering. It's taking a toll on my mental health that I 100% was NOT expecting. Working with people in person you get your one or two rude people. Call centers...I get them back to back to back- I hate the way I'm spoken to. And the calls I make are to people that SPECIFICALLY request the information so imagine my shock when I am met with the nastiest attitudes people can conjure up from the jump?!?
Don't worry I will maybe think it's funny once I'm out of here.
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How should one answer during an interview that the reason for an extended employment gap is for refusing to take a Covid shot?
In 21’ it was near impossible to get a job without it unless it was retail. One would think someone might have a bias against you if you refused it…
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Follow up again two weeks after 3rd interview + reference check?
Applied for a position in December. Interviewed first week of January. It was a positive interview and the hiring manager emailed to say that they thought I'd be a good addition. Did a second interview with more technical questions. Did a third interview with the head of the department, who asked for my references. They called at least one of my references, who let me know that it sounded like they really liked me. Last I heard was "We'll be in touch shortly" after I sent them the references.
Two weeks later...crickets. Just keep waiting, or write a friendly followup to hiring manager that I'm still interested in the position?