The beat is still going on with me.
Still waiting to see what happens with Bro. I had to obtain copies of my personal checks to prove he did not pay a penny.
I am also convinced all of the admin assistant jobs in our immediate area have dried up, phased out or absorbed into other jobs that exist with their current companies. Not even in the best and worst times have I seen the admin ads nearly nonexistent.
In 1992 when my company closed and when everyone was losing their jobs there were at least 4 ads for admins in any given week. Same for 2002 and pre-June 2007. In August of that year when I picked up the ads to start looking again (because work at my new company was dry and I wasn’t sure what would happen to my job) there were no ads.
The trend stayed on: if an ad appears now, it happens anywhere from a month to every several weeks or more — and usually there is only one appearing that week. I’ve seen it go 3 or 4 months without an ad being available for “the public” to pursue — and when you critically need a job, how can you even cut it with odds like these?
Try to reach the company after you sent your resume and usually the company doing the hiring cannot be reached, or it’s an anonymous ad or I rarely get a call to come in for an interview.
I do not reply to anonymous ads. Waste of time.
It used to be I got a call to come in to interview within 3 days of sending my resume; often as not I’d immediately be contacted. Those days are long over so you know there’s gotta be a problem with the system and NOT YOU.
And when that call to come in for an interview happens, the interview is fruitless and it’s all the same: these people go through the motions and I get a token bunch of idiotic questions, like “How is your English?”
I cannot pin my hopes on what clearly does not exist. Are you here to do business or are you here to waste my time??? What kind of a reputable and intelligent interviewer asks questions like these? How idiotic and how shallow. Then again, when you don’t want the candidate, does it matter what you ask that person?
Yes, it DOES matter what you ask, because you are the one who is putting yourself — and your company — in a bad light. You’re also being a first class doosh.
Several weeks ago I had a conversation with somebody (not an interview) and what this guy said to me crossed my mind more than once during the last many months. That was the wake up call for me — whether I like it or not I have started a business of my own. Slow going so far; I have several contacts and several prospects but I don’t know if they are going to “stick.”
What can I do?
Either I keep on pursuing something that no longer is pursuable or existent or I do nothing or I start a business. None of these are a guarantee but I can see what happens with a business.
It really really sucks and it is a heartbreak. I finally admitted the job market is done — how do you think I feel about that?
Pursue the ads?
Not good for your mental well being or your ego. This will get under your skin and will do so in ways you never knew existed.
Besides, in regard to what I have seen at interviews: these people are pigs; they do not care how you are treated. Who in God’s name tells a person who sent a resume “My HR department from Israel will call you for an interview” when you know full well that no such interview will happen?! What kind of a disgusting thing and no -class move is that, really?
Gee, and when I sent that person who said it an email telling him “gee I got no call where do we go from here” I got no reply back. How about I puke on the entire bunch of you, all at once? How vile and wow, how sickening. Why did you tell me your HR department would call, then????
When you interviewed and the interviewer was not interested, it used to be that you were treated with business courtesy and with dignity. Rarely did you get some whackall job contact running the show — now it seems to be all of them are nuts or just plain inconsiderate and I am not saying this because I am sour grapes I did not get their job.
Something stunk on ice and was rotten in Denmark from the very start of my job search.
So that is where I am at.
I am better off pursuing my art and entering the business world that way. There are no more admin jobs; those are done.