My Rant For The Week
Last Thursday I had a bad job interview. I got a call from a child care center, which is part of the Kinder Care chain, for whoever is familiar with child and day care centers.
I get on the internet a lot, looking for job openings that I can apply to. This interview was about a half-hour or so away from my home. I went to the interview as I have went to fourteen other interviews since the start of 2012.
Every time I go to an interview I try to keep a positive attitude, thinking that this one could be my lucky break, as far as a job position is concerned. However, in this economy I try not to get my hopes built up; especially since I have mostly been out of the work force for many years.
Even though I got the driving directions beforehand I still got turned-around, so I had to call the child center and get a clearer direction. When I finally arrived there the assistant director just realized that I needed to fill out a new application, which I didn't really mind. Although, some of this stuff is so redundant, because I already filled-out two of them on the internet. Their applications are very long. It was frustrating because I didn't have time to finish it.
Anyway, when I got into the office for my interview, it seemed like I was really judged as soon as I stepped in there! Before the director even got through my experience, she told me that it didn't look like I had any real experience. I immediately put myself in defense mode or "stand up for myself" mode. Then, she looked further down on my application.
Even though I do have 5 years experience in child centers, this experience was before I had kids. And, I could tell by some subtle remarks that this was not impressive. Remarks like "that was twenty years ago," and so forth.
I am an old-fashioned person who stopped working for many years to raise their kids. Also, I worked with my severely autistic son for many years because we didn't have the money for professional therapy. I don't think the director even took the time to look at this!
Then we got to my educational background. I have a college degree from many years ago. I also recently received a Teacher Aide diploma and am studying Early Childhood Education.
However, some child centers now require a person to get something called a CDA (Child Development Associate). To make a long story short, the director ever so bluntly told me that I didn't meet their educational qualifications!
I asked her why they called me in there to begin with if I didn't meet their qualifications. I also stated that I was willing to pursue a CDA and why that didn't count. She told me that a person already had to have their CDA in order to work there.
I do realize that different centers vary on their qualifications. But, couldn't they have told me this before I ever wasted my time and gas money to go over there? Is my time any less valuable than theirs? Don't people know that gas is expensive any more? Of course, I guess this isn't "their" problem!
I was really mad and aggravated! I started gathering my things up before I ever left. Then, she finally smiled and told me thanks for coming in. I mumbled something like, "yeah right" and walked out.
I've had about 2 or 3 bad interviews out of the 14, now 16 interviews I've had since January, of this year. Most interviewers have been pretty nice and considerate;however there seems to be some who seem cocky and arrogant!
I do believe, for the most part, that the job market is an "employer's market." Employer's aren't supposed to show prejudice, but I believe they do.
However, I keep trying every day and I keep having the faith that one of these days, something will "click." I just thought I would express my rant for the week. I'm sure there's many others who probably can relate.