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  •  Keep telling yourself that. (11+ / 0-)

    The last interview I had was a day and a half long multiple panel interview.  I was interviewed by around 20 people.  The guy that was the position's boss.  Every person in his unit.  Every person (save one) in the two units his worked with and their bosses.  His boss.  His bosses boss, the vice president (note:  singular.  There can be only one).  I too have a killer resume showing years of experience (including a PhD) and a mile-long list of technical skills.  It was the best interview I've had so far and was preceded by four phone interviews.  That's out of five in-person interviews and I have no clue how many phone interviews in my two year long search for employment.  It's been three months since that in-person interview and I'm still waiting to hear back.  Naturally I expect nothing at this point.  

    Interviewing with seven different people isn't even standard--it's well below standard.  Having a killer resume means nothing.  Years of experience means nothing.  A mile long list of technical skills means nothing.  Ass-kicking written recommendations mean nothing (I've one from a member of the National Academy of Sciences--whoop de f*cking do).  I know the work backwards, forwards, up side down, inside out, and have nearly a decade of experience training people for some of the jobs I've applied for.  To merely say "I obviously know the work" is slander.

    But in this job market where a hundred fully qualified people are applying to each and every job all of that means less than nothing.  The job market is a raffle.  A few win, the vast majority lose.  You got lucky, nothing more.  There are a hundred people lined up to take your job and they'll do it for fifty cents on the dollar, and that's not including offshoring.  Ignore those facts at your own peril.  I'd like to rah-rah workers but we're in the ultimate employers' job market and have been for many years.

    •  I never said... (3+ / 0-)
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      BigOkie, Dirtandiron, Brian B

      I never said you should be in the position you're in.  

      The reason I applied for this job was because my last one was outsourced.  So thank you for the advice, but I'm well aware of how disposable my corporate overlords think I am.  I'm not sure why my refusal to internalize their abuse bothers you.

      And no, it's not luck.  Luck is pure chance.  Your unhappiness doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't have been called for the interview if I hadn't already been doing that type of work for years.  Does that mean I was the only qualified person who applied?  Of course not.  I'm sure plenty of qualified people didn't even have their resumes glanced at.  I went through plenty of that  myself before I got this job.  But that doesn't make me less qualified, or less skilled, and I don't deserve the recommendations any less.  It's not like I'm Luke Russert -- I worked for it.  (So did the other candidates.  And they all should be working, and I hope they are.)

      But it's about time people stopped thinking "I'm so lucky, I'm so grateful." Because that leads to "Well, they cut my pay, but I'm grateful I still get my benefits."  The following year, it's "They cut my benefits, but I'm lucky they didn't cut my hours."  Then it's "They cut my hours, but I'm lucky I have a job."  Like the proverbial frog in the pot of steadily heating water.

      What if employers hadn't been able to get away with that all this time?  What if people did what Wal-Mart workers have started doing, or what Occupy Wall Street started last year?  What if they'd started fighting back?  Maybe there'd be more people getting paid better now, resulting in a stronger economy, and fewer people like you getting fucked over.  That's what I want, and what I hope might happen.  

      But it won't even start until people stop saying "I'm so lucky," like they themselves have accomplished nothing and are only working because the benevolent corporate gods chose to rain good fortune on them.

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