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We selected another candidate

Friday, February 08, 2013

Another job interview has come and gone. Yet again I am told that "you interviewed fine and made it to the final few-but we selected another candidate". I have to wonder why.

Am sure that part of the reason is that I'm overqualified for the positions I'm applying for. After all, my background is in computer programming and most of the positions I'm trying to get are clerical in nature. Yet these are the type of positions that I'm happiest doing.

My recent experience is customer service and the skills I have there are excellent.

Is it my references? Hmmmm.... They wouldn't be on my reference list if I didn't believe they will give me an excellent reference. That would be stupid. 'N Mama didn't raise no fools!

It has been suggested that the position I left at the company that was harassing me could have something to do with it. They weren't too happy about paying me unemployment, but the court agreed with me that they couldn't degrade me the way they were because of my handicap. Perhaps I should leave that employer off my resume?

Leaving the "bad job" off my resume would give me a two year gap in my work record that I would have to explain in an interview...supposing that I will EVER get another interview. (no... i'm not so depressed that i don't think i'll every get another interview....it's just taking longer to find a GOOD job than i ever anticipated).

Is it an age thing? My friends have told me how hard it is to get a job once you're over 50 and I'm starting to wonder if that's true.

I've been unemployed for almost a year. It'll be a year mid-March. I'm about bored to tears. I keep busy with looking for work, housework, walking/training the dog, painting, crafts, reading. SHEESH! There's only so much of that you can do.

So... my goal for the next few days is to not binge eat. 'Cause the past has taught me that I turn to food when I'm depressed. Will have to keep super-busy to keep my mind off my worries. Have to change my mindset to only count my blessings. Focus on the positive. Hopefully the motivators here at SparkPeople will work their magic in the days ahead.

Send some good thoughts my way today if you get a chance.

Thank you!
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    Sounds tough. It could be you are overqualified. If you are a programmer, i would wonder why you'd want a customer service job instead if I were hiring.

    A suggestion regarding your former employer, have a friend call pretending to be a prospective employer and ask them for their opinion of your work. Ask all the standard questions. If they bad mouth you, you'll know and can decide what to do next. If they don't you can list them as a reference with more confidence.

    I'm looking too. Tough world out there.
    1829 days ago
    You know all the things working against you. Is there an unemployment office near you? They should be able to give you some pointers on how to make the most of an interview. I, too, have tried for jobs for which I was overqualified. The interviewer assumes you will become bored with the new position. Age, although illegal, is a factor in getting hired, especially if the company is looking for a 'career" person. The problem company should not be giving out information that would negatively affect you. Whatever you do, don't leave it off your resume because you will be asked about the gap and then suspicions will come up.
    I wish you the best of luck.
    1902 days ago
    i think the unemployment situation is much worse than statistics lead us to believe, which gives employers a huge pool to choose from. being older can definitely be an issue. i've read articles that suggest dying your grey hair to boost hiring potential. but i think your job and school history would give your age away.
    in our state, we have "worksource." they'll help you with your resume, with your interview and stuff like that. does your area have anything like that? if not, perhaps you could find someone you know who can arrange a "mock interview" with someone who's in personnel. then you can get some good pointers.
    when you turn in your resume, be sure to include a cover letter. that might be a good place to bring up the issue of your "downward" career path.
    hang in there!
    1902 days ago
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    Hang in there! It'll come for you! :) HUGS!
    1902 days ago
    Wishing you success with the very next interview! emoticon
    1902 days ago
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