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You know you love that cheesy title.

The job hunt is a rollercoaster. You get a few job leads, have a few interviews, get your hopes up while impatiently waiting and then possibly face rejection (once again) and that sends you down into the ‘woe is me’ pit of despair. It’s tough out there.

After a few leads that didn’t turn into the job offers I was hoping for, I’ve been feeling a little down. I’ve been trying my best to focus on the positive and have been surprised by how much Twitter has helped.

When I joined Twitter I didn’t expect much. I definitely didn’t expect to ‘meet’ other unemployed people who would basically become my safety net, preventing any excessive wallowing. Yet, it never fails… if I post an update about having a bad day or feeling frustrated, I’m guaranteed a few encouraging messages from some of my favorite people. They may not know it, but this encouragement seriously helps. For me, it means even more than positive thoughts from my friends and family. These people are like me. They are riding the rollercoaster along with me and understand in a way that none of my IRL (in real life) friends can.

So to those of you on Twitter – you know who you are – who continue to lift me up, send me funny links, give me advice and generally just care… THANK YOU 🙂

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My last post was quite a vent, so I don’t want this post to come off that way. However, there is something I need to address.

The employment process is a two way street. There are employers and employees and if we don’t all do our part, the process will fall apart. In an economy with unemployment rates in the double digits, it can be difficult to keep it all together.

Honestly though, we (employers and potential employees) are handling the same tasks.

  • I take time to sift through hundreds of job listings. Some of these listings are time wasters, they either want to con me out of money or they are listed under my city even though they are located in another state. Many postings make me shake my head and wonder what these people were thinking. Some try to re-word their posting to trick me into thinking the position is something that it really isn’t (it’s not a door-to-door salesman it’s a residentual marketing director!)
  • You (employer, hiring manager, HR person) take time to sift through hundreds of applications and resumes. Some have grammar errors or don’t relate to the posting at all. Some make you shake your head and wonder what these people were thinking. Some try to re-word their resume to make it seem like they have the experience even though they obviously don’t.

You see? We’re not all that different.

That is why it pains me when an employer pulls over to the side of the road as I struggle to make it up the hill. If you expect me to follow up after an interview, you should really respond to my email or call. If you fill a position, you should really let me know so I can cross it off my list and stop sending those unanswered emails. If you are sending me a rejection email (which is painful enough to receive, but again, I’m just glad to hear back!) please at least spell my name correctly. My name is Danielle, not Daniel. I am a girl, not a boy. I go through great lengths to ensure that I spell names correctly and use the correct title. You should really do the same.

I realize that you are dealing with dozens of applicants and numerous jobs. But you expect perfection from me. If there is a spelling or grammatical mistake in my cover letter or resume, I’m in the trash without a second thought. I get it, we (job hunters) should take pride in our work and put a lot of effort into what we do, but shouldn’t everyone?

You want respect and strong work ethic and attention to detail from us and we simply want the same thing. It’s a two way street, that’s all I’m saying.

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I opened up TweetDeck about an hour ago and unexpectedly became very angry.

I’m not easily angered and I’m definitely not one to express any anger here on my blog. I’ve read too many horror stories about the consequences of blogs that are a bit too candid. But, let’s just be blunt… I’m incredibly annoyed.

The back story…
There is a girl, maybe you’ve heard about her already, who decided to sue her college because she hadn’t received a job offer. Basically, she felt that her school did not do enough to help her find employment.
My Twitter feed was a-buzz with negative feedback. People generally thought that this move would hurt her professionally, making her appear whiney and unable to accept responsibility. I remember one tweet even saying Who will hire her now?

Well… someone did. The Ski Channel did.

Now, I have to hand it to them, the company is definitely getting publicity from this (I’m blogging about it, I’m contributing, I know) but I don’t live by the motto that all publicity is good publicity. This has tacky stunt written all over it, starting with the fact that the job is in California and the potential employee is in NYC (and when I click on your press release and there is a picture of a half naked woman on the right hand sidebar linking to “Super Babes of Snow” I’m less than impressed). Nonetheless, the company is of less importance to me.

What bothers me so much and has me grinding my teeth as I type out this post, is that out of the millions of hard-working, responsible, dignified unemployed people out there, this girl gets a job offer. It even looks like they are creating a position for her! She exploited herself and her school and blamed someone else for her lack of success. The Ski Channel calls it ‘fiesty’ I call it ‘ridiculous’

Ranting aside, I do in fact take this with a grain of salt. In the press release the company founder and CEO even says;

If she is this fiesty, we’ll try her out.  But if she is playing the victim card and pushing her problems onto everyone else – then her job wouldn’t likely last long.

Not exactly the bode of confidence I would like my future employer to have for me.

I'd like to apply for a refund on my college education

We all think we’ll step out of the classroom and into a corner office at our dream company, then reality hits. I don’t blame my college for my current lack of unemployment. Sometimes I blame the economy (don’t we all these days?) but that is more for the lower numbers of opportunities than it is my ability to actually get a job.

Your college not preparing you is not an excuse. The crappy economy is not an excuse. These things are challenges. They have to be faced head on, dealt with and conquered. They are lessons to be learned. I am facing my challenges, not pointing my finger, and I know that my outcome will be positive. These challenges will make me a better employee and a better person, I have confidence in that and I’ll take ‘better’ over ‘fiesty’ any day.

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