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Job Hunting Diatribe #1

Posted on: November 20, 2008

Warning: There may end up being several of these.

OK. I need a new job, assuming I won’t immediately be able to earn a decent living by freelance writing, a pretty danged good assumption, but that’s being negative, which is a cardinal sin of job hunting.

I DON’T CARE!

I’m not a person without accomplishments or education or experience. I’m a person with the imagination and vision to have developed three very separate careers in research science, publishing, and textile design. HOW DARE I!  It confuses prospective employers, even maybe threatens them? There’s nothing like turning in a CV to a temp agency showing this variety of experience and expertice and getting back a letter saying “I’m sorry. We have no positions that fit your skills at this point in time.”

NONSENSE! Please explain to me why the 17-year-old who quit school early and has spent the last year answering phones and Xeroxing is more employable than me!

You have an assortment of positions and I almost certainly have some skills for all of them. I’m not looking for a job that combines scientific research, publishing, and textile design. I know there is no such job. Why are you so lacking in imagination? Is that a requirement for working in a temp agency?

NO! I’M NOT A TEAM PLAYER!

I happen to be someone who works best independently with little supervision. Try to get me involved in all those silly team-building exercises, and my lip curls cynically within the first two minutes. What a stupid waste of time I could use productively, to the benefit of those who are on my “team”.

NO! I DON’T HAVE SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE!

OK. I do. Not recent, but I do. I supervised a lab and I ran my own lab and I hated doing the supervisor bit. My style of supervision is to treat everyone exactly the way I want to be treated. Set them a job that suits their talents and skills and preferences and tell them to get back to me when they need help or  another assignment. I know very well, that’s not the kind of supervisor businesses want these days. and I would hate doing the type they want even more. I don’t want to do any more of that. Sue me.

There are any number of jobs I feel I could do and would be interested in doing that I don’t have the paper credentials to do. One is teaching. I’ve been tutoring for some time quite successfully. I taught graduate students and med students. Yet, somehow, I’m considered not qualified to teach exactly the students I’m tutoring without going back to school for a year.

I NEED A FOURTH DEGREE LIKE I NEED A HOLE IN MY HEAD! I’ve seen what good having three does me.

What brought all this on? I had a job totally outside my interests that I kept for a couple years because my husband’s career was unsettled. It got settled, which saved my sanity. Would you believe I was handling the stockroom of a manufacturer of electronic thingy’s for mining?! UGH! I got out.

Then my darling husband started bringing me all this information on the proper way to put together a CV and cover letter. He printed it out at work. There are reams of it. And there is not a single source for this type of information that does not CAUSE MY EYES TO CROSS AND MY ANGER TO RISE!

WHY?

Because they all ask me to do a tremendous amount of exactly the type of work I find boring, and they all assume that what I want is one of those jobs that would bore me to tears. I don’t. I want the kind of job I’ve had before. Interesting. Challenging. Encouraging the engagement of my imagination and intelligence.

Uh Oh. I hate to say it, but I think this relates back to my most recent other post. I’m not going to find the kind of job I want to have by putting together a proper CV. I’m going to find it by talking to and meeting with real people. I’m beginning to think that rather than sorting through all this information my darling husband has procured for me, I should be out there on the street making a fool of myself talking to strangers, strangers other than those who run temp agencies.

MAYBE STRANGERS WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF HIRING PEOPLE AND HATE THE SYSTEM FOR THAT WHICH EXISTS AS MUCH AS I DO.

DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THOSE?

As usual, comment away. I will answer.

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