About to be on the poor man's canned bean diet... need work!
October 31, 2012 10:24 AM Subscribe
Help me figure out why I'm not getting any bites on jobs-- I get callbacks. I get interviews. But when it comes down to obtaining the job and subsequent paycheck itself, I'm failing.
posted by camylanded to Work & Money (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been scouring the newspaper, Craigslist, online job postings in general, networking through friends and other random people I barely know and hitting the pavement to see what's out there.
I've been applying anywhere and everywhere that is either hiring someone for entry level work and/or customer service related work (which I have roughly 5 years experience in). I am learning more towards customer service related work... and I've had 2 interviews in related work just this week.
Both, I thought, went well. The first (a call center) gave me a callback after the interview for a second interview. I was not able to talk to him over the phone, and got a voicemail. I've called back to schedule that second interview... and... nothing. I've called back twice to leave messages with his secretary. Still nothing.
The second (a bookstore) gave me a callback after the interview to let me know all the positions had been filled. I was then abruptly hung up on before I had the chance to ask what I could do to improve on my interviews in the future.
For some reason, that really hurt-- just as much as when you think you've had an excellent first date and that the person really likes you and then sends you a shitty text letting you know they never want to see you again. I don't know what went wrong there. I'm wondering if I should call back and ask-- but after that weird abrupt hangup, I'm almost afraid of what the answer would be.
Where should I go from here? Is there anything I can do to figure this out without being able to get a hold of either of these people? In these interviews, I was confident, helpful, gave good and not-too-long answers and seemed to really impress the interviewers with my attendance in previous jobs and the pure volume of clients I've worked with in the past.
Help, please? What did you do to get past the rejection from a job you thought for sure you'd land?
I had one job a few months ago when my school semester started that was essentially telemarketing for scholarships from alumni but it really wasn't something I was excelling in and was only a few hours a week and therefore, wasn't a large paycheck. I've been leaving it off my resume due to the short time I was working there (barely a month). I'm not required to tell employers about this, right?