A few weeks ago, I was offered a contract job that I was told would last 4 weeks. It was originally supposed to start last Wednesday. Then it got pushed to today, and now they’re telling me it should be Monday. Maybe. I was told that they definitely still want me, but it’s taking longer to process the paperwork.
I’ve also interviewed at several other places: one I bowed out of halfway through the interview process (it involved group interviews and inexperienced interviewers, and was ridiculous), two I was a finalist but did not get the job, and one more that I’ve had two rounds of interviews at last week, and I’m waiting to hear if I’ll get an offer.
I feel like I’m in limbo here. When (if?) my contract job starts, I won’t really be available for interviews anywhere else for a few weeks. So I’m hesitant to start another round of applications, even though it would obviously be in my best interest. If I get an offer from the company I interviewed at last week, I don’t really know when I would be able to start. I definitely want to do the contract job- it pays really well, and would give me deeper experience in the niche I’m trying to get other full-time jobs in. It would help me take my skills in that area to a much higher level.
But I don’t want to just stop applying for jobs, because it’s still possible that any of these options could fall through. It’s also been a bit frustrating even finding jobs I want to apply for. Since I had a positive experience finding a job using Careerbuilder a while ago, I thought I’d give that another shot. But it seems to have gone back to what most people expect out of it: mostly scams, or “offers” for jobs that have nothing to do with what I want to do. (I actually got a phone call from someone who thought I’d be qualified to manage a small sales team. I told her I don’t have any sales experience, and she said that it was okay because the job would be more about managing other employees. I told her I have experience managing projects, but not employees, and that I wouldn’t know how to help a team succeed in sales, and she said, “Oh, that’s okay. We have a two week training program.” Seriously?)
And don’t even get me started about the job postings on Craigslist. I’m astonished at how many companies think they can get people to write for them for free, just by calling the job an “internship” (but still requiring the applicant to have 3-5 years of experience, and a lot of other qualifications that very few -if any- college students would have.)
LinkedIN and a few other sites have been a little bit better, and I have a few resources through the NY Dept. of Labor (one of the many perks of getting unemployment.). It’s just that when I spend most of my day searching these sites, it feels like they all have the same job postings, and I’ve already either applied or ruled them out.
I guess it wouldn’t hurt to go back to my plan of job searching in the morning and list item accomplishing in the afternoon. And I have been doing that, to an extent. I’ve been slowly working on a book I’ve been writing for a while, but I feel like I don’t have enough material for it yet (and of course, to get there, I need to have -and leave- more jobs.). And I don’t really feel like I can go out and explore the city, because that costs money, and I’m sharing an unlimited metrocard with Andy. And it’s been rainy and gross all week, so even the park is out.
On the plus side- my mom (whose birthday is today- Happy Birthday Mom!) sent me some money for Tinker to get his summer haircut, which has already provided endless smiles in this household: