I should have known better

…but I didn’t.

I got laid off 4 years ago; have been looking for a full time job for 5 (things were not going well at my company; I saw the entire supply line dry up in June of 2007, long before the recession officially hit).

I recall an interview I had back in April of 2009.  It was in a small city about 5 miles from here.  The person who did the interviewing kept me a grand total of 7 minutes. 3 of those minutes she spend answering the company phone, since she was the only one in the office.

The job was as an admin assistant to the owner. The owner was not present. I thought that was kind of strange that his assistant — who was leaving shortly and would no longer be employed there — was conducting the interview.

She asked me nothing much. She spent the 3 minutes recanting and reviewing the job ad/job requirements.  She ended the interview by saying she had 2 more weeks of interviews and she would call me if I got the job.

The job paid $15 an hour but according to the young lady who was doing the talking, it was possible to be paid more after employment; the boss would have to decide how much more the salary would be.

I keep thinking about this dumb place and dumb interview. The point is this: I am now pretty sure that’s where this entire job hunting mess came to entropy. And IF I was smart, I’d have scratched the entire job hunt right there and decided to do something else with my life and employment….

Yes, but what???

And that’s where everything comes to a dead end.

If you’re like me — nobody to support you and no parents to send you a check each month — you’re beyond being up shit’s creek with no paddle.

The thing here is this: that was a long time ago and I’d have had more time on my hands where I could have done something else with my life other than go to useless interviews and talk to equally as useless people.

This is the boat all of us are in.  Where to go? What to do for employment? State jobs are out; the last state job exam I took was 3 years ago; I got an 85…but so did 150 other people. That was the end of that. EVERYBODY is trying to jump on the bandwagon for a state job and for a teaching job.

I should have known better and I sure wish I decided way back then, after that interview, to do something else with my life.

4 thoughts on “I should have known better”

  1. Before I lost my job my boss (who I adored)came up to me and suggested I go back to school to become a teacher, and job would pay. At the time I was working a 40 hour week and stressed and going back to school was the last thing on my mind. After all this was 2006 and I had graduated from grad school only back in 2004 and figured I was done with school. Then when I lost my job in December 2007 I checked into going back to school once again for teaching, even went to talk to the head of the department. However I figured I would found a job because after all I had a lot going for me.

    Now it’s almost 5 years later and I sit unemployed and hopeless. Things seem to be going better for me personally including doing a lot of volunteering but job? hopeless. I don’t even know what to do anymore but at least I have my parents helping me. I am not proud of that fact (and get harrased and bullied about it)but I see no other options. Because I have a masters I am overqualified for many jobs I apply such as entry level and of course retail and restaurants. The jobs at my level in my fields are increasingly going overseas and to visaed workers and it’s a problem. I know my fields are dead and need to change.

  2. If my art was sharper and better 3 years ago, I probably would have done what I am doing now: open my own shop and go places.:)

    I don’t see why not. It’ll be a lot of hard work but what have i got to lose?

    And imagine: that kind of fuss made out of a little peon nowhere job. Ha — this was a foodstuffs company and I would NOT be suprised if illegal after illegal was staffing that slaughterhouse/whatever it is termed.

  3. The need to support yourself distracts you from what you might do otherwise. When I turned 40, I quit my job. I had about a year of salary saved, so I could stay out for 3 years or longer if I wished. I had hoped to go onto something else, but after about 14 months, I decided that I’d better go back to the government before I became entirely unemployable. That was over 11 years ago. I’m on my sixth job since then, but I did it to myself, seeking other jobs either for advancement or to see another part of the country. Since leaving my job nearly 13 years ago, I’ve lived in Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia, Maryland, Germany, and Colorado. It helps not to be tied to a geographic location, but I could have stayed at any of the places where I’ve lived.

    Every change in your life carries certain costs. I don’t believe in spending money for retraining unless it’s a couple of weeks of training because today’s hot field will draw in people, and by the time that I am trained, there will be too many people in the field. We’re trying to fill some jobs where I work, but you have to have previous experience in the field, and it’s a field that has employed no more than a few thousand people at its peak, counting all contractors and other support personnel. Because I’d done the job competently for 3 years in the past, I could be rehired now.

    A little-known fact is that one can qualify for engineering jobs in the federal government by ways other than having an ABET-accredited engineering degree, and they are to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is given twice a year by the National Council of Engineering Examiners and is open book, though I believe that they are now limiting you to a reference book that they supply, OR by having 60 or more semester hours in physical sciences and math. If you have a bachelor’s degree in physical science or a master’s degree in the sciences, you would qualify for at least a GS-5 job, more probably GS-9 or GS-11 based on your work experience, and the GS-5 job would go noncompetitively to GS-12 over 3 1/2 years, or if you have a masters in a scientific field, you would qualify as a GS-9, which would give you advancement to GS-12 in two years. and to GS-11 in one year. In a lot of cases, the degree that you have doesn’t matter, just the fact that you have one.

    I have formed the opinion that you have a far better education than the average admin, and that might be what is confusing potential employers. You might do well in contract andministration or program management or budget analysis, and there are internships that pay a full salary and will train you for the job, and you’ll make GS-12 ($70K or so) in no more than 3.5 years if you have a bachelor’s degree. People with masters degrees start at GS-9.

    Some years ago, you told me that you didn’t want to work for the government. Fair enough. Aren’t test scores good for a period of time, often up to a year? I’ve found getting hired by the government to be largely a numbers game that takes a long time from application to hiring even when you are a current government employee. The drawback is that if you got one of those jobs, you’d probably have to move.

    Technology has caught up with federal service to a degree, or possibly the other way around, because if you go to http://www.usajobs.com to look around, you’ll find that you can save your resume and documents that will be required sooner or later, like your transcripts, on line. Once you have your records on line, it is very easy to apply for jobs.

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