“We went with someone with X experience” I keep hearing this over and over.
I am so worn out, I have been looking seriously since 2018 with a break March - Aug 2020. I have been on a dozen or more interviews, most first round (a couple second) and in the end they always reply the found someone else who has a specific skill set (it’s not always the same skill set). I am a project designer/manager.
I have added certifications to my resume, I have been networking my butt off, I am pursuing every avenue I find but something is not working in my favor. I have asked each recruiter/hiring manager for feedback and it keeps coming up that they found someone with some skills I don’t have or have less experience with. It’s not untrue, I have followed many of the roles and the person hired had some special unique skill or experience that made them a great fit. I just can’t seem to find something for my own skills/unique experiences. These are not skills your going to learn online (lab planning, planetarium design, vivarium maintenance, multi family residential construction supervision)
Everyone I talk to that knows me says “oh you’re looking? you would be great at XYZ let me introduce you” and I talk to the hiring group and either they want that specific thing I don’t have or they interview me and then say “oh if only you had designed a BL4 lab, we found someone that has built 40 of them in the last 5 years”.
I am just at the end of my rope and don’t know where to go. My firm has been part time since last April, I work 24hrs a week but need a full time job.