Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Over It

I have absolutely had it with the job hunt. I've had it with rejection, I've had it with wordsmith-ing cover letters, and I've had it with I’ve had it with “How’s the job search going?” and “Why do you think you haven’t been able to find a job yet?” I’ve had it with "I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further about how my knowledge, skills and abilities can compliment your team."

I've had it with advice. I'm over it all. If you think you can do it better, faster, smarter, then by all means - sell your house and car and move to Japan for a job that sucks the life out of you and makes you wonder if you can make it out with one tiny piece of your soul left intact and then move home four years later (and by home, of course, I mean someplace you've never been before and where you know no one) only to find that you have to strip all of your accomplishments and probably even your MBA that you worked quite hard for from your resume just to convince someone that you're not overqualified for their shitty job opening and that you won't leave in three months when the “next great thing” comes along because, oh, remember?, the great thing never came along in the first place and that’s why you’re trying to act very interested in their shitty job.

This post has been brought to you by insomnia, IBS, a twitch in my left eye, waking up grinding my teeth every morning, a $300 electric bill, one month straight of daily snow, the fact that I have no more Valium, landlords who won't fix my effing bathroom, a rash on the left side of my face, five extra pounds, the dog next door who will not shut the hell up, and milk in my fridge that went bad three weeks ago and has now turned into a solid.

(Actually, I feel a little better after writing that.)


  1. So, what's up?

    Seriously, I can understand your frustration. The hardest job in the world is finding and landing a job. Keep that in mind, the search is a job.

    Good luck. I really hope you find a good fit soon. I think you will. You have a lot on the ball.

  2. holy hell! that is rough. i only went 5 weeks without a job when i relocated and i was stressed out to the max. i can only multiply that feeling to get close to understanding.

    that whole over-qualified business BUGS me. i got that too. rrrrRRRRrr! i'm glad it helped you feel better to vent.

  3. Writing about things like this does help, doesn't it? By the way, thank you so much for your kind words of support when I was having the same kind of day over the weekend. You are clearly such a smart, interesting, dynamic woman. The right fit will come along--for both of us! Peace.

  4. Ditto to all above. And, hey, at least you have us!

    I was thinking...AdSense! Just let Google put some banner ads up on your blog and you'll be rolling in it in no time! Or so I'm told.

  5. Ugh - I am job hunting now too but not even for the same reason you are, so I feel for you totally.

    I don't think I am better than you are but if you ever need anything, I am a recruiter by trade =).

  6. My god, you don't sound very good....sounds like a good dose of The Kennedy School and a trip to homey Portland may just be the thing you need!

  7. I have the solution to all your problems . . . MOVE TO NEW YORK CITY! Then you will be surrounded by other unhappy people and you will feel normal =)

    Think about it . . .


  8. PDX is a great place to come back to, to get away from all that stress... and after that... Hawaii again....

    Greatings from Talum Mexico.

    Thinking about you...

  9. Just to let you know I have been where you are. I know that doesn't help you much.But know that it can't last forever. When I moved to Pdx it took me almost 7 months to find a job, and the job I found was managing a Shari's Restaurant. I was there for 3 years, so it can be done , just give yourself time and some credit would ya !! Thinking of you, hoping it all works itself out soon.

  10. Hang in there ... trite, but true. You've read my story, you know that it's feast or famine! The same will come to you. Sending all my good karma your way ... if nothing else, read some David Sedaris tonight when you get into bed. At least you'll smile and sleep better ...

  11. Insomnia, IBS, LE twitch, daily blizzard, extra poundage, rash scales, cheese fetish, the barking dog (is mine)... I have all of this AND live in WISCONSIN.

    Feel better? ;-)

    Seriously -- sending peace and good vibes your way.