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When the World Tells You NO
How to see the funny in job-hunting
Searching for a job can be the most frustrating experience. Your life is in the hands of other human beings who can dictate the outcome of whether you can work, or not. As a job-seeker, you sit in front of an individual or group, and answer a barrage of questions that most times they need to read themselves. They look at you with empty thoughts and ideas which you are expected to fill (for them).
It is quite a conundrum, while sitting there nervously, to find out that you were invited to an interview and they know nothing about you. Your mind is filled with questions as to why were you even invited for an interview when the person did not read your resume, in the first place.
I recently went to a workshop for unemployed professionals. A new word or phrase has been added to my vocabulary: career transition, where one is not "employed" but seeking that position of which they are qualified to do. That term does have a positive twist to the myriad of emotions felt when you are not working; but, it does not alleviate the frustration and hurt you feel when rejected.
Are they human?
I am quite appalled at the way resume processors (or HR) personnel respond to our need to work. Often times you will get the rejection letter telling you we don't need you, but nothing explains the complexity of being the dreaded under-qualified. I do believe when rejected for being under-qualified has somewhat to do with a personal decision on the processor who wants to demean me for being unemployed. Recently, I had applied for a job with qualifications below my experience and education level, but the final response was that you are under-qualified. I would have agreed if the processor had offered the term "over-qualified", but I do believe it is less problematic for them to just say under-qualified. One does sit for a long time, re-examining that explanation in your mind, so I do believe the processor was successful by using that term because you are too confused to complain. If one was to look at attempts like this to reduce our credibility, and increase their laugh factor--I would say it is successful.
As a fellow paranoid, I do believe the world is laughing at me for being unemployed. Nevertheless, one has to re-mediate these feelings by finding your "happy place" when the search continues, and the moronic reception given to you, the job searcher.
Ultimately, we can laugh once again when employment meets us.