Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Denied again

Once again, I'm denied a job and lost out to a guy with more experience than me. It's difficult to keep your chin up after losing in a job interview, and yes, there are losers in these things. After a month of applying for this government position, an interview and a few anxious weeks awaiting a callback, calling myself and getting the final word today, I'm getting tired of this. It's depressing.

I've written about it here before, but trying to transfer my job skills from journalism to another profession is much more difficult than I thought it would be. I even had volunteer experience in a Congressman's campaign, which was successful, but still didn't get the job. I understand that other job candidates may have the exact experience the employer is looking for, but in this case and many others I'm positive I could do the job expertly. Experience is great, but job skills are also a great way to judge if someone can do the job. I gave my references, which I don't think were checked, and I'm sure they would have been great references if called.

I'm trying not to get too down on myself for not getting this job, because a dozen years of experience will probably always trump a newcomer, but I've still got to believe someone will see my transferable skills, drive, ability to do the job, and give me a chance. I don't mind starting anew again, but after six months of this rejection, I'm having a hard time finding the ability to keep going. Tomorrow may be a lot different, with some hope. That's what I, and every unemployed worker, can strive for. To keep on pushing forward and forget the offer that didn't quite make it.

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Annette said...

Boy, oh boy, do I feel your pain. When I made a career change five years ago, I had no idea how far back down to the bottom I'd have to go. I'm not sure why people have so much trouble understanding the value of transferable skills. I can't tell you the number of times I've lost out a job to someone with tons less experience, but who maybe was doing that exact same job somewhere else for a year or two OR the opposite where someone with 20-30 years of experience gets the job, which is just barely above entry level. I certainly can't compete with that, but I also have ambitions that these folks clearly don't have. I'm not sure I have much of a point here, other than the fact that I can relate.

npd said...

As Annette said, "I feel your pain." Today we were told that the job we had been training for with the Census Bureau was not going to have enough work for three weeks--much less the three months we had been led to expect--and would need only three people instead of the six they had hired. SO, today I am unemployed again. With a master's degree in English and the experience of writing an English workbook for a business college, you would think I could find SOMETHING. Unless I want to go to work in a nursing home pulling old folks up out of their beds, it doesn't look too promising in this area. Ok, here it comes...let's not give up hope. Somehow something will work out. Blessings to you and yours.