Have you ever been on a date you thought was going well? The chemistry was right, the conversation was flowing, you’re all excited for date #2. You wait and wait, but the person never calls nor do they return your calls and texts. Well, go ahead and substitute the word date for interview, because they are now one in the same. It’s official, job hunting is worse dating!
Over the last four years I have been on more interviews than dates, and the heartbreak seems to have come more from the former than the latter. My resume has been swiped left so many times I started doubting the validity of my own experience. To be clear, I have a job, one that I like. My frustration comes from my search for a second job, one that would’ve put me on my dream career path to become a stylist. I had an opportunity to meet with the co-founder of this particular company, she told me to apply, and of course I did. I received a response asking me to create 3 looks and send them my creations. I worked extremely hard on my sets and sent them in well before the deadline. I’m not really mad that I wasn’t chosen for the position, my frustration lies with the fact that I wasn’t sent a confirmation and I wasn’t sent a rejection.
If you add up the amount of time I spent checking my email between the hours of 8am and 1am looking for a response from the company, you’d think I was crazy; this obsessive email checking went on for weeks. It’s the equivalent of checking your phone a million times a day to see if your date called or texted you. Oh well! I now know the position wasn’t for me, but I still think these jobs should be upfront and honest. Tell me my resume wasn’t attractive enough, tell me I wouldn’t be a good fit for you, or that you want to see other people, just tell me something!!! Oh yeah, when people tell you “you’ll find something” that’s another way of saying “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” and I don’t want to hear that shit! I’m not looking for just anything, I’m trying to find the one. I’ll just have to find another way to get my foot in the door.
Yes, job hunting is worse than dating, so if you’re on a job hunt, I wish you the best of luck! It’s extremely hard out here. Stay optimistic and hopeful, but know that some of these jobs have “f**kboy” tendencies, so don’t expect too much.