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So, about a week ago I had a panel interview, and I'll admit, I feel like I totally fell flat on my ass with that one. My employment specialist seemed to disagree, because he felt I was able to answer some really tough questions pretty well. Either way, I was met with another one of those 'We found a better candidate emails.'

I just love those, because they just go to show just how useless applying for a job is these days, at least in the tech field. Because no matter how qualified you think you are, even if you're an exact match for the job, there's always 5 or 10 candidates who are better than you (Not really, employers can just get away with a lot more crap with those candidates).

This latest failure in my job search also proved something else: Connections don't mean shit either. I worked for someone at this place, who gave me a glowing reference for the position in question, and they're probably one of the few folks in this world who would even go that far, and in the end, it didn't matter. Not one bit.

So I guess I'll still be stuck at home a while longer going stir crazy because employers don't want to hire people without a driver's license, or any other excuse they can dream up but never admit with their generic emails. And telling me 'you'll find something' won't help either, given the fact that Florida is the land of no opportunity, unless you're one of Rick Scott's friends.

I just know I'm getting sick and tired of sitting at home and surfing the web seeing ads saying 'Billionaires tell 'Murica to prepare for financial collapse (That they'll cause)' or Sugar Daddy ads for college graduates with massive debt (I'm not making this up).

See you around,

Homer

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:34:30 PM PST

  •  Stop it. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't need to feel any guiltier about being a Floridian who found a job right out of college. Having to pass a homeless shelter when walking to and from work already maxes out my shame level.

    Seriously, I hear stories like this and can only wonder, "OK, I got a job. Now what the hell do I do about the millions who DIDN'T!?"

    •  You can't fix stupid...at least, not overnight. (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, FloridaSNMOM

      As long as people refuse to vote locally, and worse, continue to go against their own best interests when they do because some miserable, petty rich wingnut tells them that their own interests amount to communism, things won't change anytime soon.

      It all starts with the nation as a whole stepping up as adults and calling the current economic situation for what it is: Stupid. But until the paranoid wingnuts shut the hell up, we'll never be able to have that conversation.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:56:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  "As long as people refuse to vote locally..." (7+ / 0-)

        That is the biggest problem that really needs to be solved.

        I tried- this last election- to get people excited about voting for their town council members.

         Hardly anyone cared.

        I live on Long Island, NY- and town councils play a huge role in what industry gets in, who gets to build, and, in the case of the towns out on the east end, who can never build.

        But, when people complain about these 'local' problems, they blame Congress, or the president, who have absolutely no say on how the local government works.

        It's these small town councils and village boards that epitomizes what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they laid out democracy.

        As I say to voters during those 'off year' election cycles:

        "You can't knock on he door of the White House and tell President Obama your problems.  But you can run into your council member in the supermarket- and get that tree root removed from the road."

        Please- everyone- vote locally.  I believe it is the most important vote you can cast.

        Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

        by grannycarol on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:12:52 PM PST

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      •  They will NEVER shut up (2+ / 0-)
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        ladybug53, FloridaSNMOM

        Bullies never stop, never question their actions. They live to swagger and expand their power and influence. The only solution is to meet them head-on.

      •  Actually, it's "people who refuse to stand in line (1+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean

        for two hours or more in order to vote for local candidates who, whether Democrats or Republicans, represent the same developers."
          In Florida, the Republicans get the support of the old time Southerners plus the hard core Pubs who migrated here from up nawth. Most of the time they've sold their shack in NY or wherever, buy a much nicer house here, and, even though they're retired on their union derived police or firefighter pensions, they hate unions.
           The Democrats, although about as numerous, just don't have the same party fanaticism as the Pubs. And they don't have access to anything like the Pub money machine.
           Then there's the lack of news coverage of the local races or the state legislature, and you have a recipe for Republican rule.

    •  Don't worry about it... (1+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM

      ...but I'll tell you you have two choices.  Live high and large now and have as much fun as you can or scrimp and save every last penny because in the end you will be discarded at some time.  So basically scrimp and save and have no fun so that when it hits you can scrimp and save grasping at just a little more time or have as much fun as you can while you got it knowing you will crash and burn as soon as it ends.

      Sorry for the crappy outlook.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 12:41:43 AM PST

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  •  Maybe the person they hired... (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, Calamity Jean

    ..won't work out. Crazier things have happened.

    While you're waiting, watch a lecture series on YouTube of something that interests you. Some really good course available for free.  

    Soon, you won't have the time.

    Good luck!

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:00:55 PM PST

  •  It's the same thing in education. (5+ / 0-)

    The "another candidate that better met our needs" letter is burned into my brain I get it so often.

    Sometimes--especially in Indiana--I wonder if I've been blackballed.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:08:10 PM PST

  •  I Was a State University Worker 15 Years When: (5+ / 0-)

    I went to the interview for a computer support tech job at another department, for a minor raise and some interesting technical work.

    Loved the interview with management, breezed through the period with potential co-staff. They were university, education people. So was I. I'm spouse and son of public school teachers. Land Grant university.

    Then I was introduced to the Human Resources™ interviewer.

    "How do you deal with the frustration of dealing with customer support complaints?"

    I said I use all these systems myself, I too am a customer, so the callers who complain don't frustrate me. I sympathize, and I enjoy working with them to find solutions or avenues of redress for them.

    "You have to answer the specific questions we ask. How do you cope with the stress of servicing complainers?"

    I answered "What do you think the symphony orchestra would sound like, if they chose candidates by asking them how do they cope with all the racket of those 100 musical instruments?"

    This was the era when a great land-grant public institution often largest campus of the US was being conquered by corporations. Shortly before its owners brought a signature world leader, Margaret Thatcher, to campus to meet with 2 dozen business grad school students without mentioning the visit to 70,000 student/faculty/staff of the educational opportunity.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:21:29 PM PST

    •  I bet you didn't get the job. (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW
      "You have to answer the specific questions we ask. How do you cope with the stress of servicing complainers?"

      I answered "What do you think the symphony orchestra would sound like, if they chose candidates by asking them how do they cope with all the racket of those 100 musical instruments?"  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 01:12:44 PM PST

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  •  Letters and not-letters (4+ / 0-)

    These days, I see announcements and ads in which the employer says flat-out that they don't send letters. If you hear nothing back from them, it means they're hiring someone else.

    These are for positions where employers used to always send out letters, especially to anyone short-listed and interviewed.

    The letters are awful, but no letters at all? Even worse.

  •  Try being obese... (2+ / 0-)
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    Homer177, FloridaSNMOM

    ...you could be more qualified than anyone in the room and ace the interview, if you get one in the first place, and still not get the job.  I've given up.  It is just a matter of time for me.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 12:37:13 AM PST

  •  I think that most interviewees (0+ / 0-)

    are stiff, nervous, and awkward. I see my bosses interview people all the time, and they're hesitant, quiet, and deferential. Some are hired, some not, but it's not based on that. They'll hire people out of rehab, or with minor criminal records, but if they're cocky and obnoxious, it's a short interview.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:16:50 AM PST

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