Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When a Door Closes

Read between the lines and you can probably figure out I didn't get into the next round for the dream job. I lamented a bit by text to DD1 and DH. I whined on the phone to DH as well. I felt disappointed, had a little pity party in my head driving home. By the time I was in my driveway, I was good. Thinking back, I answered every question honestly,accurately, and without pretense. There is nothing I could have done differently. Of course I had to get the news on a Tuesday! They just weren't looking for me to put forward. I'm annoyed that I didn't actually ever meet the client. That seems a bit disingenuous since the recruiter contacted me after the closing period and had several rushed turn around times. That's how recruiters work I guess. I can honestly say though I will not work with one again if solicited for anything short of a dream job.

I love the picture above. The first part, the touchy feely, it will be ok message. The bottom half though, is funny, yet empowering. I don't need to wait for someone to open doors for me, my hands work perfectly well to open one myself. Better yet, how about I build a door and create something entirely new to walk through. Thanks for all the words of encouragement. On the bright side, I got three blog posts out of the saga.

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  1. I am sorry about that - I never personally liked working with recruiters either, always felt like a barrier between me and the potential employer. Have you considered (when you are ready) contacting these potential employers directly? It is very likely they have their own HR departments who keep resumes on file. I know we deal with one company out of Toronto that just hired a recruiter for a job that they could have easily sent the resume direct to our client and they would have been happy to look at it. Another one of our clients completely bypassed all protocol and contact the head office of a very large tire company and is in the process of interviewing there for a job which was never advertised. Just a thought:) Keep your chin up! Your company is happy to have kept you

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    1. For this type a position, jobs come up up very infrequently and are small work forces and governing boards that make decisions. When and if I do look again, I'll take your suggestion. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. I am sorry that you didn't get the job but I think your attitude with the whole thing is healthy. Who knows what the next door holds.

    Judy

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    1. It wasn't meant to be. Their loss, right?

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  3. I am so sorry you didn't get the dream job, so keep dreaming and another will appear. (Of course it won't hurt to hone up on your door building skills while searching for that dream job)

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    1. Perhaps. Once I knew how wide a net they cast, I had figured I would have a tough go. Nothing wrong with using this as motivation.

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  4. I'm sorry that you weren't successful SAM. A door shut in my daughter's face on Monday when she lost her job. She has an interview today, so my fingers are firmly crossed for her. It's not a dream job, but it's a job. We were just about to book our holiday, but now can't as may need the money to help with her rent. It's just the latest crap item on an ever growing list. ☹

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    1. I'm so sorry for her. It's easy to move on from a lost opportunity when I have a good job, but hardly when starting again. I wish her the best of luck.

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  5. Sorry to hear you didn't get the job.
    Arilx

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    1. Thank you. I'm good though, just disappointed.

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  6. Sam, sorry you didn't get put through to the next round. But, you stayed true to yourself with your answers and that is the most important thing! The right opportunity will present itself. =)

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    1. That might have been my down fall! I was very specif on my view points. All experiences help us grow though, so having not really interviewed in a long time,it was an opportunity to freshen those skills.

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  7. I'm sorry to hear that, and totally agree. If you know you did everything you could, then chalk it up to a great learning experience. I find that I'm often relieved when I hear more about what that job actually was about, or who they were looking for (i.e. someone who has a deep analytical background). If the role doesn't play to your strengths, it's not a fun fit even if you get it. I recently didn't get a job I was very excited about, so lots of practice at this one. ;-)

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    1. I am quite rusty at the job interviews. My current job, yes, I had an interview, but it specifically played to my strengths, which they already knew which is why my now boss wanted me to come here. Other than that, I haven't made the cut for an interview since 2007. Of course I started looking only about five years ago, and then stopped again after this change until recently. I was sure to be rusty, and it more than likely showed.

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  8. I'm sorry about your dream job, but love that meme! Oh yeah! I DO know how to open doors!!! ;)

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    1. There's still some ideas circulating in my head on things I can do.

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  9. Sorry the position didn't work out. I'm in complete agreement with the commenter above, it was a good learning experience and hopefully it's brushed up your interview skills. You did well to get as far as you did. x

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    1. Nothing harmed for sure. I no doubt was rusty and it very well may have showed. At this point though in my life, I am not going to be faking it to get my foot in the door. In hind sight, I might have been more honest than recruiters usually get.

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  10. I applied and interviewed for an assistant manager job in Dec 2015 because my two bosses were retiring after Christmas. The interview was tough and I didn't get the job because of lack of experience. Both positions were filled in Jan 2016 by two new bosses and that's when the nightmare of my life started, (which eventually led to me getting terminated). Had I been an assistant to that new manager, it would have been even more of a disaster. Sometimes things work out for the best.

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