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September 11th, 2015 at 04:48 am

I did not get the job. I got an email Wednesday night from the head of the interview team asking me if I had time for a chat the next day. I knew then it was the "we've decided to go with someone else" chat; job offers come from HR.

He began almost immediately asking me if I was going to quit because of my other job and asking me not to. I probably will, but I said that I am going to do both jobs for a year and then reassess.

He told me that I interviewed the strongest, had the most complete program package, and that everyone on the committee agreed I would do a great job in the position. He could not offer any feedback for me to improve my interview skills.

The person chosen had once already held a similar position in a different county. On paper she looks better than I do on paper. He told me I need a deeper resume. There is no way I will get a deeper resume if I stay put because they aren't interested in developing the talent they have.

He told me to keep applying in the future and I said "Will there be positions in the future? In the 6 years I've been here this is the first time we've had an opening." He acknowledged that and agreed in the 8 years he's been there it's the first time, but that he is pushing for more professional hours.

As much as I love my job I can't wait 6 years for another position to open up just to be told how great I am but they're going with another candidate with a "deeper" resume.

When I interviewed at the University one of the committee members told me he was going to be hiring for a similar position and that I should apply. So, I applied last night. If I get it then I will be full time at the university. The pay will be about 50 cents an hour less, but the benefits will be good and I will get to take classes again. AND the hours will be between 8am-6pm M-F with no nights or weekends!

It's a bummer and hard to go to work. But as long as I am there I am making some changes. I am being taken advantage of because I've been so flexible and so willing to help everyone else. I am going to be more vocal about which assignments I prefer, and choose projects that are my interests.

This isn't exactly personal finance related but I don't really have a place to vent about this and my boyfriend and best friend are going to get sick about hearing this soon.

7 Responses to “I guess not”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Very sorry to hear that you didn't get the higher position. It's sad that they put you aside because you didn't have a "deeper resume" even though you gave them six years of your service. Sometimes you just gotta pick yourself up and carry on, wishing you the best of luck with this.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Bummer! VS says it well.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Having been on the hiring side for many years, I can tell you it is ALL about the current pool of applicants. Sometimes people with very slight resumes and experience get in if they show strong potential -- as long as they are not in competition with more experienced candidates. What I am saying is that next time, your resume may be plenty deep enough. I would recommend that you have your resume done professionally. It's shallow, I know, but employers are often influenced just by the appearance and tone of the resume.

  4. snafu Says:

    So sorry about the job. Did it go to an external candidate? I've been in the workforce a long time and the cynic in me wonders if your manager prefers to retain your exemplary work. I hope you'll apply for the full time position at university or any other suitable place since your effort to be a helpful and enthusiastic team player resulted in the position being down graded to clerical. I'm guessing that adjusting your hours to co ordinate with the part time university work will give you more flexibility in choosing projects and leaving other staff to muddle through problems on their own.

  5. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Sorry to hear that. Good luck next time.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That truly stinks about the job. I hope you get the other job you are trying for.

  7. jokeabee Says:

    Thanks everyone.

    CB- thank you for this insight. I am not sure I am at the point emotionally to fully appreciate it.I never considered having my resume professionally looked at,but now it is something I will look into.

    Snafu- the job did not go to an external candidate, so I can't be angry about that.I am very happy for my coworker and new it would be us two leading the competition, but I still think they made the wrong choice and not just because I really wanted the job. What's done is done and all I can do now is continue to put my best effort forward and look for positions elsewhere that will give me the deeper resume. I might be able to come back later,or I might discover new passions.

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