Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Grievances

Hello All!  I've miss you and my writing so much.  I've been really busy with life and looking for a job, that I've just been out of commission so to speak.  My life has been full of applying for various jobs, going to the gym when my partner has time to take us and trying to figure out what it is I want out of this crazy thing called life.  Now before anyone asks me about the gym thing and why I need to wait for someone to take me.  Well the gym I go to is about an hour away from me if I take the train or bus.  Driving it takes about 15 minutes at the most.  Its not an excuse, it's a freaking hassle.  Anyway moving on.

What's been bugging me the most lately is this whole job search thing.  It's been almost a month that I've been out of a job, but I've been searching for work for much longer than that.  Before I was laid off there were two previous layoffs at the company where I worked.  The first was in 2009 and the second was in May of 2010.  By then we knew another would come so I started looking.  In November the third set of layoffs occurred and my name was on the "Shit List"... Inside joke. Apparently people that were getting laid off referred to the unlucky ones as a part of the "Shit List".  When the CEO found out about this, he was apparently very upset. I just thought it was funny... So I'm applying to all these different types of jobs, that at this point I'm even applying to things that are entry level.  My pet peeve to all this is that you get either you're over qualified (entry level) or you're under qualified (entry level).  Let me explain.  I don't want to stay in the world of Media.  Though it's what my mind knows how to do, I'd like to broaden my horizons and try something new while I'm still young enough to get my feet wet.  I'm very much interested in Marketing; more so of products like beauty/cosmetics, toys, sports memorabilia and things of that nature.  So here I am probing through Hotjobs, Monster, Career Builder and websites like the NBA, NFL, Nintendo and so forth.  And not ONE place has responded.  I've re-done my resume about a million times, with different people giving their input and have developed about 101 different cover letters.  At this point I'm at a loss.  WTF are these people looking for?!  I know the economy is bad, but obviously there are some jobs out there, if I'm applying to positions.  Then I remembered when I was at one of my previous jobs.  I remember speaking to a supervisor who was putting a job up on the internet, but only because by law they needed to.  The job in question already had two prospects from inside the company because they would rather higher from within.

So the question is, is that what these companies are doing?  Are they just putting up jobs because by law they have to, but they already know that they have their candidate in tow?  Looking for a job is extremely frustrating, and now this.  Now I'm not saying this is what they're doing, but I know that it's a possibility.  So what's a jobless girl to do?  Go and contact Head Hunters and Recruiters. And of course my luck would have it the ones that I've contacted or have contacted me are in CT.  So now not only am I broke, but the little money I get from Unemployment I have to use on transportation to CT.  AND these Head Hungers and Recruiters only show me jobs in Media! I keep telling them I want Marketing and then it's all silence. Ugh! This is the most annoying situation.  And for those that like to say "You're not looking hard enough; there is work out there."  I'm sure there is, but I didn't go to college for four years to sell people belts and earrings at your local Claires or be a hostess at Chili's.  And no, I don't believe that having a job at places like that is wrong or beneath me, so relax. I mean God bless the people that do have those jobs, because that means they have an infinite patience I will NEVER have. Its just not for me. If worse comes to worse, then yes I'll do what I have to do.  But bet your ass I'm going to keep looking for something that will actually use my brain, because my mother paid damn good money for me to do that.  So may the Lord continue to be with those that have been doing this for a year and more than that.  How do you do it?  It's driving me to drink.  So its either keep looking and become a drunk, pray for divine intervention or stop fighting the inevitable and go back to what know.  Or just become a deep fry cook at your local Diner.  A girl with dreams, that's what I am.

So is anyone else out there struggling like me?  What's your advice? Inquiring minds would LOVE to know. :)

Happy Blogging All!


  1. aww im so sorry to hear that girly =( just hang in there...somethings gotta give in time im sure!! I have/had a couple of friends unemployed for awhile now as well and heard its rough..hopefully something will come thru! In the meantime just try to enjoy all this extra me time and work on your summer bod lol

  2. I'm so sorry i can relate to waiting for a job it took me forever...and now that i have one i have been so overwhelmed trying to stay on top off everything... i feel u girl...hang in there.

  3. I was unemployed for 2yrs (yes you read that correctly 2yrs) and it is most certainly rough out there. I endlessly applied for positions with not so much a peep back. There is truth to what you've been told about companies having to post up positions even if they already have a candidate in tow internally. Sucks but it's reality. Companies want to stay hiring within or with the referral of an existing employee. That will get your foot in the door (which helped me immensely in landing my current position) then the rest is all you. I have a friend that is a marketing manager at a company out in Yonkers and she was previously umemployed (like you) before landing her current position. If you're interested (with her permission) I can put you in connection with her. Could be worth a shot to get some advice.