As we approach the end August, my job search has met nothing but brick walls. I go this direction, I hit a brick wall. Switch direction and hit another wall. I feel like a rat that can’t get out of a maze. Doesn’t matter where I apply, I can’t get anything to fall my way. Most of my recent applications have been to retail such as Petco, michaels, hobby lobby, chipotle, walmart. I applied to 6 different chipotle locations and only got two interviews. I applied to three michaels location and got one interview. I also applied to 3 to 5 petco locations and got 1 interview. I do not understand what more I could do. At my interview at michaels, the girl that interview me gave me her own personality evaluation to see how I would fit in. It was another way to see if I would be a employee that she would need to train and if my personality would be a difficult one to work with. I’ve also been applying to position within the city, but nothing there. One of those position is working at the public library. You think that would be a straight forward position as long as you enjoying working with public. Right? Seem I don’t meet the qualifications for that.
As I continue on with my search to find a full-time job, I decided to attend a career fair. The last one I went to was about a year after I finish school. Now I’ve attended many during my college career, but felt that as student in the liberal art school, these fairs never benefited liberal arts majors compared to those career fairs suited for business or engineering majors. I attended them with the hope something good came out of it and to practice my networking skills. In my opinion I think career fair are a waste of time. For people such as myself looking for work and needing a job, they don’t really help. For this career fair that I attended, it was small and was organized by the public library along with alamo workforce solution. So keeping a positive open mind I thought I give it a shot and attend. I didn’t forget to take a few resume with me and luckily I called in advance to see what companies would be attending.
The career fair was held at a local library near my neighbor. Got there about five-minute before they started. The first company recruiter I spoke with was from JPMorgan Chase. It was a very informative conversation and the recruiter gave me a lot information about the company and the position they were looking to fill. The downside to the conversation was that I would still need to apply online. The recruiter did take my resume and I hope something great comes out of it. After talking with the Chase recruiters I went to two other companies. Speaking with these companies is why I think career fairs are a waste of time. All they told me was these are the positions we are hiring for and you would need to go to their career website and apply. No questions about my experience or ask for my resume. The last company I spoke with was a staffing agencies. I introduce myself and passed on my resume. Mention what job positions I was interested in and she wrote down the information. I’ve work with staffing agencies before, but felt like there was never progress. I would constantly called them about positions I was interested in or applied for. Only to hear, will get back to you or just never hearing from them.
I left the career fair not disappointed, but okay knowing that nothing has really change. People want a job and come to them hope to get something, but at the end it just telling you what we all already know. Go to the career website and apply. If you lucky enough you’ll get a phone for an interview or won’t hear a word from the employer about your application.
Since I finished college 9 years ago, I’ve been on the constant search for a full-time job. Looking here and there, applying for this job and that one. Within this 9 years time, I’ve only had a few job interviews. Resulting in zero job offers and the job hunt has left me exposed. Not sure what else to do since it seems most employers could see right through me. My little job experience not enough for them to consider me for any position. I get it, I lack the experience, but doesn’t mean am not motivate to get my hands dirty and learn. These behavioral interview questions only relieve my introvert personality. I accept for who I am and that is something I can’t change. I may not show my excitement for the position during an interview or have an out going personality, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do the job require. It doesn’t mean that am anti-social, hate being around people or am not a good fit for you company. It just mean that am a calm, down to earth individual and asking me a few hard question is not enough to know who am really am.
About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks. They are a company that sell eye-wear. Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position. Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses. Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores. I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017. I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff. Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.
So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt. Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little. I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am. All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.” So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on. People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame. Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client. Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client. I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes. I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes. I said to myself, “this isn’t right.” Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?” With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.” My response and reaction now you are telling me this. She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.” I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay. If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.
Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay. It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something. Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance. I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen. Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.
I had my first job interview for 2017 at the beginning of the month of March. It was an interview for a position at one of the digital libraries. It was a job that I applied to because I felt confident this is a position within in my skill set and am comfortable working with technology. Like with any position that I apply for, I make sure I read the job description and duties. Don’t want to be caught off guard if there something that I might not be able to do such as traveling to different locations. I don’t have a car and if a car a required I don’t apply for the position.
So I had my interview in the the afternoon. Didn’t do my usually routine of going to the gym. I wanted to be focus and be in that positive mood. I arrive at the digital library on time and waited to be call in. Like most interviews I’ve had in the past, two people were conducting the interview, the manager and a assistant manager. I introduce myself, shake hand with the manger and assistant manager and then they beginning asking their questions. Tell me a little about yourself? Question about my skills set in using pc and mac which am comfortable with. My experience using HTML and CSS. Then they ask me to question that caught me off guard because,one they weren’t mention in the job duties. One of those question was having to work at a another location for half a shift and then coming back to this site to work the other half. I don’t have car, but I could still work a whole shift at the other sites if am told ahead of time. The next question I totally didn’t know how to respond to, would I be comfortable reading to kids. I was not ready for that cause it wasn’t mention on the job description or duties. I know library have their days when someone read to kids, but I thought they usually have someone specific for that task. Not just random people. The only way I could responded to that question was am open to trying it. The more we went into the interview, I felt like these question were more for a day care/school position. The next question that came up was that everyone who work at the digital library teaches a class about something. I didn’t know what to say except that I would teach a photography class since that one of hobbies. I know it wasn’t a good answer, but again this wasn’t in the job description or duties. When I applied for the position I felt I was applying for a position where I would assist people needing help using the computers or tablets. Answering question they had, like what program to use to type a paper, downloading a digital book or browsing the web.
At the end I want to stay positive that I could still get the position, but two-day later I get an email from the manager that they decided to go with someone else. The more I go through these job interview that I thinking something is not right. Is my personality just horrible, am I giving off a negative vibe when answering some of these questions, maybe my response is not great to get their attention.
I had my second job interview of 2016 which is really disappointing and am still confuse on why I can’t get more interviews and a job. Some people I’ve talk to and family members say you need to be confident when you go to these interviews. In the back of my head it not a confident issue because I know I can handle any job duties that come with the job. Yes I am nervous when it comes to interviewing, but who isn’t nervous when interviewing for a job? I think part of the nervousness comes that all these question they ask you will only expose my lack of job experience. Hiring me will mean training a rookie to do that job which I think most companies would rather hire someone that has experience. If am called for a second interview this will only show am the weak candidate, because they will issues a series of test such as using excel, data entry and some other things. Now am a beginner when it come to excel and a rookie when it comes to using the latest version of word, excel, powerpoint. Kind of hard to stay current on the latest technology when you are unemployed.
I would like to end this post with a question about interviewing for job. Do you have a hard time make eye contact with the person interviewing you? I find it difficult making eye contact with the interviewer. When do, i feel strange, like if my eye are pulling be away to look somewhere else. It a weird feeling, like if I going to black out. I think the next time I interview I might not wear my glasses.
Happy New Year my fellow Bloggers. Hope everyone is doing great as we begin and welcome 2016. As with every new year it a opportunity to start fresh, set new goals, both personal and professional. It a time to review the direction your life is going and decide whether you need to change course. I feel that my life needs a course adjustment. In the next 5 years, I don’t want to be in the position that am in now: Living with my parents, not financially stable, still unemployed and don’t have a career set. So my goals for 2016 is to first find a job where I can begin working on a stable career that will lead to something better. From there I hope everything will fall into place, my financial situation and other personal goals. My next goal which is important is staying healthy, eating right, going to the gym and doing my morning walks. As long as my weight doesn’t go up that a accomplishment. If it goes down, that just awesome and currently my weight is at about 283lbs. So will see what happen this year. My other goals are as follow in no particular order:
Read at least 14 books or more. I read 7 in 2015, but I also start late in the year.
Continue with both my blogs, this one and my photo blog. Hope to attract more followers and have better content.
Also continue with writing in my journal which I started at the beginning of December 2015. At the same time practice drawing and maybe add other medium such as watercolor.
I would add traveling, but that not going to happen if I am unemployed, so no point on talking about that. I will only dream and dream about it and hope the time come where I can travel the world.