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The Things You Think Are Useless, I Don't Understand

Monday, October 22, 2012

It has been an incredibly competitive few weeks, and it's not over yet. One more to go, perhaps more, but ... er - wtf are you talkin' 'bout, jes? I hear you cry.

Er, sorry. I'll start again.

While doing the weight loss dance, I am also, yet again, looking for work. It colors my days, no matter how successful it is. It's tiring. I swear I should get cardio points for it.

And this month, in particular, has been busy. I have had four in-person interviews so far, with a fifth one scheduled for the day after tomorrow. And so - here goes -

The first one, on 10/3, was with L. I have worked at L before, and the commute is excellent although it has other things that are not so recommended. Be that as it may, they decided to pass on me but they also hauled my resume over to another department. I am not holding my breath on department #2 calling but hey, we'll see. Keep in mind that I kind of have a dual track going - social media and data analysis. The truth is, I want to do social media. But I can make a living doing data analysis, even though it generally bores me to tears. This one was for data analysis so I am not exactly sorry to see it go.

The second was on 10/11, and was with B1. Lovely people and it's in social media! Except the commute stinks on ice. I am still waiting to hear about that one.

The third was on 10/19, at B2 (sorry for the confusion; I don't name companies). Lovely people, kick-bun commute. But - le sigh - it's in data analysis. Feh.

The fourth was this morning, at C. Great commute, and it's in kind of a marketing/social media hybrid thingie but mostly marketing. This was one of those jobs that I applied to because I like to do something every work day. But the truth was, when I sent that one out, all I could think of was - you're out of your depth. And I ended up psyching myself up this morning before going in - they wouldn't bring you in unless they thought you could do this.

Well, no, that's exactly what they did. I get the feeling that the HR Department wrote the job description and did the initial screening 'cause there I was, babbling on about social media (which is all over the job description) and the interview said, "Well, we don't do too much of that." Oh. Then I was asked to comment on their website. And I mentioned that a particular blog wasn't up to date (although I thought the idea of a blog was a rather good one). And the interviewer said, "We don't have any blogs." Well, all righty, then!

I came home, and I checked. While there was no place to put comments, the entries were dated and had social voting buttons. Hence, I stand by my assessment. It may not be a blog in the strictest sense, but that is a freakin' blog.

I still think I blew that one.

The fifth one, on Wednesday, will be another lousy commute for a social media role. Sigh. We'll see.

Everything has a problem, yes. But at least there is interest.

In other competitive news, I ran my 34th 5K yesterday. It was a fairly big race with a lot of walkers and I landed kinda near the front of the final third of the pack. Not too shabby.

Truth is, I mainly despise competing. I like collaborating. If we could all run the 5K together by everyone, young, old, fat, thin, short, tall, fast, slow, holding hands and crossing the finish line together, I would prefer that.

And if there was a way to get a job without competition (and I mean a good job; I'm not talking about becoming a paper carrier), I would jump at it.

Working with people - for real - is what a lot of these social media jobs are all about. They tend to have Twitter and FB and blogging window dressing, but they are usually about company collaboration. Yet the very essence of getting these jobs is to be cutthroat.

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    Cutthroat collaboration...say what...? Very strange indeed! Kudos on the 5K...was hearing on the news about all the runners out on the streets of NYC in the wake of Sandy as there is a big run coming up in a few days. Neither rain nor sleet! :-)

    3112 days ago
    Yes Feh. And yes you are running a marathon, in the job hunt effort you make. I love that image of the collaborative race. At least you have us to cheer for you on both efforts.
    3118 days ago
    i am going through some of the same issues checking out some new job stuff. i have had a few internal interviews but i have had no luck. job interviews are never fun. i don't like playing the games. i'd rather be working.

    3119 days ago
    Yeah, job hunting sucks big time! But you have interviews, you have interest, and I hope something will come through.

    Have you also looked at internet jobs? Just for something until you find the dream job. I don't know what kind of jobs are available, but I've heard about people who work online, and I don't know if that's something you've looked into - but with your social media background, thought it might be worth mentioning.

    Just good luck, hang in there, and something will come through!
    3119 days ago
    I feel so dumb when I read about your job hunts as I still don't understand what you do. I have no doubt you are good at whatever it is and hopefully the best job will show up.Job hunting is a big problem for a lot of people theses days.
    All the 5 k's you have done is just super awesome.
    3119 days ago
    emoticon on the 5k and good luck with the job hunt. emoticon
    3119 days ago
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    yay well done and I know job hunting sucks the life out of you! :( good luck and I hope you hear back from them soon! :)
    3120 days ago
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