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Co Worker smells terrible.

I've been working at my job for a while now and there is a employee that always comes in smelling like asshole (like a portable toilet) and BO. The whole department knows he smells terrible and have brought it to the managers and HR attention, but still he continues to come to work smelling like BO and Asshole. It's gotten to the point where I cannot work around him and get frequent headaches as well as the feeling of throwing up while around him. I know it's not a medical condition as he dresses like a homeless person, and no he isn't homeless, as he lives with his parents. Trust me when I say I gave this guy all the excuses to smell terrible and he does it by choice. Honestly I have no idea what to do anymore and I'm about to tell him to his face he smells.

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Which pay frequency (i.e. biweekly, bimonthly, monthly, weekly, etc.), do you prefer? Why?

Bimonthly is personally my favourite. You get paid a consistent amount every month (if you're salaried anyway), feels like you have more to play with each month, and overall it just works better with the way I budget. EDIT: By bimonthly I mean twice per month, semimonthly is technically correct

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Laid off after my first day?

I had just gotten a job and was excited to start. My start date was pushed a week which did not alarm me at the time. The company switched CEOs and apparently some changes were coming. I had given my 2 weeks at my other job, they did a background check, I negotiated my salary and signed offer letters, did 3 interviews, picked up the supplied computer and phone, made a home office, and other things. Everything went very smoothly. The company is pretty big so I did not think this would be an issue. I showed up for my first day today (remote position but the first day was in person and the person I was supposed to meet was not notified (no-show). I waited 2 hours and started to plan out my marketing strategy. After waiting, and I contacted the party that should have been there and getting no reply, I told the office manager I was going to go home and work there, she agreed and called the hiring manager in front of me to notify him and he also agreed it was a good idea. HR was also told and I got the greenlight. I then had a meeting with the director of marketing(who I was meant to meet in person) online a little later and outlined our plan. Everything went great. I get a call from HR later telling me that they are "no longer proceeding with the position"... They informed me that I did nothing wrong but it was a call from upper management. The person who had hired me is no longer with them (even though I interviewed with 2 others who are still there). After I politely told the HR manager about the situation they would be putting me in and the general unprofessional behavior of it all, she told me she would talk to upper management to see what can be done. I am assuming nothing will be done and it was a useless platitude. They told me I would be paid for the week and I would need to arrange a drop-off for the equipment. I would also be the first pick if the position opened back up ( I would not accept it due to the nature of it all and unprofessionalism). Is there anything I can do?

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Told my boss I'm leaving and they offered me a big raise to stay on. What should I do?

I was recently offered a job on roughly the same money, but an industry I'm much more interested in. Aside from that I've been at my current company for 5 years and have really been itching for a change for around 2 of those. While I haven't seen the figure yet, my boss said he would get back to me with a significant offer to keep me on, and allow me to largely forge my own role. Should I go back to my other job and say I've been offered a raise, is there a way to do this tactfully to perhaps encourage them to match the number?

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My webcam interview fail. “I’m not the aurora”.

If this gives anyone a laugh, I’m happy. Job hunting is a grim experience. Recently had a Zoom interview which went wrong in the oddest way. I was using my *state of the art* MacBook Pro 2013. Which, unbeknownst to me, struggles with Zoom software. I’d previously set the video call background as the Aurora Borealis - as per my previous employer’s request, to be used for an online client day. We didn’t end up turning on our webcams though due to internet nope - so I didn’t get to see the fancy background in action. Cue interview. Log into the call. Solid job. Wtf is this?! No, what? My Mac had properly upset itself trying to superimpose the Aurora background. Rather than place it behind me, as is required of a *background*, it wove it through my face. Like cosmic facial tie dye. The interviewer asked if I might turn off the “distracting visual”? I’d only used Zoom once before, so panic set in. My brain went blank. I apologised and said I didn’t know how to turn it off. The interviewer sighed and said we could continue. I was so blindsided I didn’t even bother to turn off my webcam…just ploughed on. To break the tension I ventured “I’m not the Aurora” thinking he would get the reference. He didn’t. Tried my best. Thought I interviewed well, despite my digital eccentricity. He emailed a few days later exclaiming “I didn’t get the job, and that if I worked there we’d make each other mutually miserable”. Think I was close…

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I signed to a new job, so I quit my old job, then the new job rescinded on me

I signed the offer letter on august 14th, then they found a better candidate, so now today they let me know that the job is no longer available. After I quit my old job, and declined 2 other job offers. Hopefully I just die in my sleep tonight.

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Company is forcing us to install tracking software on personal phones

I just tried to log in to my work email and got a message that I need to install Microsoft Authenticator to log in. I was annoyed that I have to install a work app on my personal phone, but figured it wasn't a big deal. When I tried to sign in, it told me that I need to enable tracking so they can watch me every hour. Bullshit! I reached out to IT and left a message saying I can't run the app because I'm jalbroken. What are the odds I can bypass this invasion of privacy? How can companies get away with this? [proof](https://imgur.com/a/eZ2984F)

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First work from home job, normal for lots of down time?

Hey everyone, So I’m about 2 months into my new work from home job as a Project Manager/Purchasing for a commercial plumbing company. While some days can get busy, I find myself with a lot of downtime, especially between waiting for email responses, price quotes and waiting for material lists to order material. I’ve always had jobs like being a plumber or working retail where there was basically 0 downtime but now it feels almost like I’m doing something wrong because I’m not constantly busy. Has anyone else had similar experience working from home or even in the office , especially in a similar role/field? Appreciate all the help/advice on this :) ***Update*** I want to thank everyone who has already posted a response. There are alot of good advice and suggestions here for anyone who works from home and is feeling similar to me. Really appreciate it!!

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Things I wish I could say to potential employers but can't

1) Why does the position say "entry-level" but you want 5 years experience? 2) I prep for my interviews, the least you can do is read your job post and my resume. 3) I am not on call from 7 am to 9 pm. 4) My resume is shortened so you will read my much longer LinkedIn Profile. Please read it. 5) Why would I go to school for a field, only to have you discount it in an interview? 6) Why say you will call back when you are not? Feel free to add your own "things you wish you could say"...

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I'm tired of the "Why do you want to work for us?" question

Honestly, most of the times I had not heard about the company until the moment I found the posting. I just want to work, there's no mystical and magical reason behind my interest of working for these companies, just me not wanting to starve and looking to be productive somewhere my knowledge and expertise can be beneficial for both parties. I swear I've felt tempted to write a very brutally honest reason just to see what happens.

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Boss said she wouldn't have hired me

Had a different boss when I came on 8 months ago. This week newer boss comments she wouldn't have hired me, would have hired someone from the industry (new to me). I thought we had a good relationship and I was doing ok at work except missing one report since I'm down staff and am covering for 4 weeks now the staff that either quit or went back to school. It was awful to hear this especially now that 4 out of 5 days a week in spent covering for the staff we simply don't have and now managing 17 people when I used to only have 3 direct reports. To say I feel awful and stressed is not even touching the surface. I feel there's no appreciation for the fact im left filling in for our staffing crisis and can barely now have a single day in the office to address the things I need to do and that day is usually full of meetings. I want to quit. Is that giving up? Her comment was demoralizing and didnt build me up at all. Previously I had been happy at my job. I no longer feel valued. Previously I received a wonderful evaluation from former boss.

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Parents do not understand the job hunt struggle. I’m losing my mind.

I was going to type up a massive rant but I just feel so deflated. I moved back in with my parents at the end of March. They just don’t understand the employment market at all. My mum is especially bad for this. My mum said tonight that she expected me to be in full time employment before my classes even ended at university. She expects me to have a full time job, with a good salary, good holidays and that’s either WFH or local enough that I wouldn’t have to rely on public transport (we live in a backwater suburb with no real centralised centre. All businesses tend to be based in the cities). She berated me for applying to work in coffee shops and restaurants, whilst slating me in the same breath for not having a job at all. She wants me to spend all hours of the day applying for jobs. She wants me to “just print off a few CVs and hand them into places!”. She wants me to be phoning companies and asking for a job. She thinks that my undergraduate degree means that I should be able to walk into any job I want. She just doesn’t get it. She’s in her mid forties. She didn’t go to uni and she managed to walk into a decent, well paid office job in the nineties. I just can’t do that anymore. Neither can anyone my age. I just want that fact to sink into her skull eventually. I feel like such a disappointment. I want to cry over this situation every single day. Hell, I want to scream.I absolutely hate that the parents of my generation are so blind to what we are up against. I just needed a rant. Feel free to remove if this sub isn’t really the place for this.

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Does anyone else detest uploading your resume and then having to type out all your experiences again?

They ask for a resume/cv and then a cover letter. I upload both. I switch to the next page and then it says “Please input all work experience starting with your most recent” and it annoys me to the point where I exit out because I can’t be asked in that moment (I end up reluctantly doing it hours later though) Can someone tell me what the point in this is?

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Don’t waste my time to find out it pays near minimum wage!

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What happened to the days when you just did one interview and knew whether or not you got the job? I'm tired of the 5 rounds plus skill test interview process

It just drags everything out and it's exhausting and nerve racking. I rather employers narrow down candidates they're interested in before even contacting anyone. Plus if you're working while trying to find a new job you constantly have to take time off and that gets suspicious. Why aren't these employers vetting applicants more strictly instead accepting everyone?

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Has anyone ever tried to make you feel ashamed about your job?

I apologise if this is the wrong subreddit but I honestly didn't know where else to post this. I received a boatload of nasty messages last night from someone I haven't spoken to in years, majority of them basically shaming me for what I do for work, followed by them bragging about much money they earn at their job (they said they were making up to 3k a day in commissions which I honestly think is BS but that's besides the point). I feel like they were just trying to rile me up because they were being nasty about a lot of other aspects of my life, but for some reason being shamed for my job stung the most. I work in a distribution centre for one of the leading supermarkets in my country, doing a variety of different jobs from loading trucks to training new people. I bring home a decent pay check each week and I work with some incredible people. It doesn't sound like much but it's honestly the best job I've ever had. I've never been shamed for my career choices before and I'm feeling really down about it, to be honest. Has anyone experienced anything similar?

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Hiring managers who repost a job to get more applicants after turning down qualified ones, why?

So this has happened to me multiple times in the past few months and it's something I genuinely don't understand. In case the title isn't clear, this is an example of what I'm referring to: Last month I applied for a job and I met all of their listed qualifications, as well as some of the "bonus points" they listed they'd like to see. I tailored my resume to the position, wrote a thoughtful cover letter, and waited because they said they'd only be contacting applicants after the application deadline. About a week after the deadline passed, I saw the job had been reposted and the application deadline had been extended. The next day (before the new deadline passed) I received a general "thanks but no thanks" email from HR. I know it's an employer's market right now and you can choose to be picky and hire people who otherwise might not have applied. However, if you're reposting a job after at least a few weeks, that means you're not getting the applicants you want. If that's the case and you aren't getting enough qualified applicants, what would cause you to throw out a candidate who is without even an interview? While this makes me absolutely rage, this post isn't just for venting; I genuinely want to know what I'm doing wrong. EDIT: this got a lot more responses than I was expecting LOL thank you all for your advice! It seems the consensus is that I'm either not selling myself well enough on paper or I dodged a bullet because these places have shitty hiring practices. I'll work on the former and be thankful for the latter :)

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We need more people like this

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Anyone else tired of the song-and-dance for every job interview?

I've been told "I wish I'd sensed more enthusiasm" as feedback a handful of times now. It's the only feedback I get besides "we went with other stronger candidates" - it sounds just as generic. What interviewers and recruiters don't see is the enthusiasm before the interview. The time it takes to shower, do hair, shave, makeup, put on professional clothes, set up the lighting, print out my resume, research the company, write down good questions (not generic), make sure there are no distractions, make sure the internet bill was paid and isn't going to cut out, mic and camera check. What they judge as enthusiasm is fake smiles, laughs, over the top reactions and overselling of credentials. Because that's what passes through the camera in virtual interviews. I'm honestly exhausted before the interviews even start now.

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Anyone else tired of the song-and-dance for every job interview?

I've been told "I wish I'd sensed more enthusiasm" as feedback a handful of times now. It's the only feedback I get besides "we went with other stronger candidates" - it sounds just as generic. What interviewers and recruiters don't see is the enthusiasm before the interview. The time it takes to shower, do hair, shave, makeup, put on professional clothes, set up the lighting, print out my resume, research the company, write down good questions (not generic), make sure there are no distractions, make sure the internet bill was paid and isn't going to cut out, mic and camera check. What they judge as enthusiasm is fake smiles, laughs, over the top reactions and overselling of credentials. Because that's what passes through the camera in virtual interviews. I'm honestly exhausted before the interviews even start now.

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$13/hr to $150k in under 4 years - My story

2017 - Retail Sales - $13/hr --> Fired (Best thing that ever happened) 2017 - Call Center Dispatch - $15/hr -> New Company 2018 - Helpdesk Support Level 1 - $18.50/hr -> Promotion 2019 - Helpdesk Support Level 2 Lead - $22.50/hr -> Promotion 2019 - IT Support Specialist II - $28/hr -> New Company 2020 - Software Support Engineer - $85,000/year -> New Company 2021 - Site Reliability Engineer - $150,000/year -> New Company I got fired for the first time in my life in 2017, it was from a job I'd been doing on and off for the last 7 or so years, retail cell phone sales. In 2010, I officially failed out of college. It was probably the longest and most expensive possible path to failure I could take, attending 4 years, including 3 summer semesters, at a total cost of $140,000. I had 80% of an Aerospace Engineering degree, but that didn't mean much of anything to anyone. My complete and utter lack of responsibility, time management and general ability to get anything done was the primary culprit, and the sad part is I was well aware of this and blamed nobody but myself. Cue 7 years of self loathing. So, retail. I liked technology, I was good helping people learn it, fixing it, figuring it out. I hate sales. Sales, at least at that level, is almost entirely about misleading people into spending as much money on shit they don't need as humanly possible. The company and management won't ever outright admit this, but it's true. The incentives and metrics are impossible to attain if you're not a scumbag. So when I was fired for refusing to accept that "liquid screen protectors are the same as physical ones and are a steal at $40 for a wet wipe" I decided it was time for a change. I had spent a long time applying to dream jobs I wanted, but I hadn't spent any time doing anything to prove I deserved those jobs. So I started seriously studying software development, which had always been a natural interest of mine. I had done a few tutorials and started half-assed projects a handful of times, but always got stuck and gave up before finishing anything of value. This time it was different. I committed to studying 5 hours a day, every day I was unemployed. I would wake up at the same time, study for 5 hours, and then work on projects for another 3-4 hours. I treated it like my full time job. (The particular course I choose was Intro to CS in Python through Udacity, great course) It was only 4 months when I landed the job! Well, not THE job, it was a call center job, basically tech dispatch, the lowest of the low. $15/hr for glorified data entry. I hated it, it was way below my station. But fuck it, I decided to give it everything I had anyway, as an experiment. In my first month, I answered a total of 1,475 calls. The team average was under 450. Every day I watched my coworkers screw around and avoid work, and it pissed me off constantly. What was the point of working so hard when nobody else did? Less than 3 months in, the company spun up a new department, an actual remote helpdesk call center, and I got picked to be on that team based on the stellar call numbers. This was the start of a string of promotions and job switches that lead me where I am today. The key transition point for me, was to stop feeling like I was owed an amazing job, that someone would stumble upon me and marvel at my latent genius and ability, and started trying to earn it. Maybe that's obvious but I feel like a lot of people are stuck in a similar mindset, where they know they could dominate a job if only they were given the chance. The problem is, even if that is true, EVERYBODY says/thinks that. You have to actually prove it. That means going above and beyond and adding value in a way that's clear to your company, or to another company. You have to bust your friggen ass and be underpaid for a long time to get what you want. A key example, when I was working helpdesk that job had some insane downtime, just the nature of the job, sometimes nothing is breaking and there's no work to do. All of my coworkers used this time to play video games, watch Netflix, screw around. I was constantly programming, building scripts and modules to generate automated email reports to replace the ones my manager was spending 4 hours a week copying and pasting by hand. Building a dashboard to show ticketing accuracy performance. Setting up my own AWS account and configuring linux servers just so I could say I did it. This habbit has stuck with me through all of my jobs, I'm looking for ways to add value with my skillset that nobody else thinks of doing, or is capable of doing. The sad part of this is most of the time, once you're hired, you're not going to get a mega promotion/raise out of the company. I've switched companies for a 40-60% raise every year for the last 3 years and without fail every time I give my notice, they make a matching or exceeding counter-offer. So even though they KNOW I'm worth it, they won't give me the money without me actually leaving. Shit sucks, I really want to just stay somewhere and build stuff for a long time but, that's the market. Anyway this ended up way longer than I thought, feel free to AMA or DM me if you're interested in specifics. Cheers

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So I've been unemployed for seven months and now have four final round interviews in the space of four days.

I'm nervous as hell to the point of wanting to vomit. Any tips on how to counter this anxiety I'm feeling?

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Cover letters are stupid. I only do them when explicitly requested to do so. Employers that wax poetic about them in their unsolicited online job advice should have to write them to candidates too. The application process is a two way street.

Just something i was thinking about while waking up. I’m applying to a step up opportunity and so I’ve been seeing all of the terrible job advice out there again, one of which is employers saying candidates should submit cover letters because it helps the employer see how you write and how interesting you are. No, fuck that. It’s a two way street and that’s something they don’t tell you. An interview is the candidate interviewing the employer just as as much as the employer interviewing the candidate. Unfortunately things have become unbalanced and the employer has the upper hand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat it like you can take it or leave it. My favorite part of an interview is when they ask if I have any questions and oh boy do I. I absolutely HATE behavioral based “Tell me about a time when...” questions and I punish the system by giving them right back. “Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult employee. Explain the situation and how you resolved it.” Turns out that funnily enough I started getting more call backs when I started doing this before my most recent job. I ask them what their management style is. I ask what a bad day and a good day looks like at the company and describe it. I ask them, paycheck off the table, what keeps them coming back to work each day. And that’s how you get a lot of insight into the company and determine whether you could tolerate the job. They could be calm and jovial or they could start shifting uncomfortably in their seats. Pay attention to the body language. Last interview I did had so many red flags and halfway through I had already decided I didn’t want anything to do with these people. I wanted to just cut the interview short and leave but I decided not to be rude. However, in the future I most certainly will politely interject, thank them for their time, and excuse myself. I asked them why the position was open. The manager laughed really arrogantly and said “There was a recent departure...” that, compared with everyone else looking like they didn’t want to be there or even interview me, told me everything I needed to know. But to get back to my point, fuck cover letters. Managers should have to write them too if they think they’re so important and wax poetic about them online. Pander and grovel to the candidates about how great it is to work on your team and why you can offer them professional growth and fulfillment. I think the turns will table here soon. Maybe a few years. Before this year it was an employees market. Things were good on average since the financial crash. Then covid hit. But honestly a lot of people are putting their foot down about Remote work and life quality over the last year. They’re quitting or turning down jobs that they find to be unreasonable for the mental health and work life balance. I think there will be a shift to employees having the upper hand. That’s my hope at least, but I’m confident we will see it some day. In conclusion, don’t submit a cover letter unless they explicitly ask, it’s a job that benefits from a writing sample like publishing, or you really like the company and actually have something you want to say to them beyond a repetition of your resume. Otherwise it’s a waste of your time. You could improve your resume or move on to the next job posting in the time you would spend on a cover letter.

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My former boss texted me asking where I was today after my last day being Friday

I put my 2 weeks notice in at my company on March 8th. I then called my boss to resign and then emailed him my resignation letter and then emailed it to HR with him on the thread. I then had a conversation with him last Monday where he berated me asking why I’m quitting etc. I get a text today while on the first day of my new job from my ex boss asking me if I’m coming in today or if Friday was my last day. I didn’t even respond. How can people be so stupid sometimes? I’m thankful I no longer have to deal with this ridiculous boss anymore. I would also like to say that this is a job in the technology and communication field. This isn’t like some hourly food service job. Oh and I was there for 2 years.

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I hate my job but i make too much money to leave.

I (25f) have worked at a fast food restaurant for about 5 years now. I moved up to management fairly quickly and a little over a year ago I became the restaurant general manager. I hate it so much. I do a great job, i have a great store. I’ve broken sales records, get good grades on the inspections, and basically max out my bonus each month. The pay is great especially being young and single. But the stress is terrible. I do absolutely everything myself and i never have a day off to myself. I’ve developed an stomach ulcers from stress. I know health should be my top priority but i have no degrees or skills and so im worried this could be as good as it’s gonna get for me. I have a lot of bills and i basically take care of my parents and sister. Im so lost. I don’t want to trade one stressful place for another, especially if i already know everything about this job. Just any advice would be so competently appreciated.

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How do you keep up motivation to job hunt after losing your job, career, with countless rejections and no ambition anymore?

As title.

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My maternity leave replacement thinks I'm great

Over the past 2 years, management has treated me like garbage. Being the only young woman in my department, I've faced being treated like an assistant, not being taken seriously, having my suggestions but from a man repeating it taken into consideration, and being told to use my "feminine charm" to get what I want from other men in the corporation. My mental health had been really declining. I started standing up for myself which went fine with my boss, but not for his boss. I started getting treated poorly by him and literally everything I did there was a complaint for. All my suggestions were shot down and I started getting in trouble for things that were beyond my control. I got left out of important meetings, despite everyone else in the department getting the invitation. All the training courses I asked for had been denied. Becaise of COVID and our living situation, it wasnt an option for my to find a new job and leave. My husband and i decided because of that it was a good opportunity to start our family. You can imagine the tremendous support I received from management but I figured I would be out of there soon and would just keep my head down. My temporary replacement is a man in his 50s who recently retired from a District Manager position in the public sector. He was making over $100k for over 10 years. The past week while I was training him, he observed, asked lots of questions and was taking if all in. On Friday he asked me how I was feeling, I said fine and he said great because he was going to need me to help him for as long as possible. Later that day I was showing him some more tasks, specifically my spreadsheet. He cut me off and said that this place was extremely lucky to have me work for them. He complimented my technical skills and soft skills and said I was the full package for basically any job I ever wanted due to my knowledge, interpersonal skills, etc. Hearing all this from someone at his level had me over the moon. He said I should ask for a raise when I get back from my mat leave and that if I ever wanted to use him as a reference, he would be more than willing to give me one. If only he knew what has been going on... Friday was the best day I've had in this job in a very long time. It's nice to win one sometimes and it really made me feel like my bosses are wrong about me.

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3 minutes into the interview the interviewer goes on a tangent about how I'm not a fit for the role.

So I just got off out from an interview (I hung up) for this junior content writing role that I had at 2 pm today and am so disappointed. Not even three minutes into the conversation and the interviewer guy says I'm looking at your resume and don't think that you have the experience then goes on to list all the things missing from my resume that they need. Like wtf, was that really necessary? Did you not read my resume before you asked me to interview? It honestly felt like he wanted to interview me just to tear me down. Sorry for graduating in the middle of a pandemic, my apologies for not having a tonne of experience for what YOU listed as a junior role and asked for 0-2 years experience. Honestly, what's the point of this? I just needed to get this off my chest.

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People don't leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.

Okay so my job sucks too, but of the two my manager is probably 3x worse than the job itself. I'm not sure what to do, as I don't get any support whatsoever. I try and resolve issues myself, but sometimes I felt the need to get my manager involved. However, each time these issues get shrugged off. The thing that annoys me the most is during group meetings my manager will say something like "if you have an issue, please reach out to me so I can help". Then proceeds to do nothing about it when brought up. I'm under the impression he says this in front of the group, just for the sake of it. I don't know what to do, as any issue I have that I can't handle on my own, I know I can't rely on my boss to provide any sort of shpport. The obvious answer is find another job, but that's easier said than done. I am losing motivation fast and have wanted to quit every day for the past 2 months (I literally have my resignation letter ready and an email drafted, I only need to sign and date my resignation letter).

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My dad, with 35 years experience as an engineer, just discovered the bullshit that is today's application process.

Let me preface that my dad is technically a boomer, but does not have the mentality of one. He's very liberal, caucused for Bernie twice, and is one of the smartest people I know. He was let go last May when his project ran out of funding to continue, so he's enjoying his early retirement, but he's bored. Salary doesn't matter. He's in the position where he wants to make a difference and follow his passion. His passion for the last 10 years has been climate change. He built a house with my mom that's as eco friendly as possible: solar panels, geothermal, rain barrels, etc. And he loves to teach others about it. You know when someone starts talking about their passion and they light up and get excited about it? That's my dad when I ask him about his solar panels and the data surrounding it. "Charlesdickens2007, check out how much power we got- and look- that's where you can see when the sun came out!" Recently he's been emailing me applications with a "wtf" in the subject line. They want superman. A person that can get on a roof, train the workers, be a salesman, a CDL driver, and program. Starting salary? 40k plus commission. He just wants to talk to people about solar, but he's a programmer, not someone to get on a roof or drive a rig. He then told me his history with job hunting, went like this: His internship in college finished and was transitioned into a full-time job with benefits with an aerotech company. He was asked "what division do you want to work in? Here are your 5 options" he said, "Flight simulation looks cool, I'll do that" and that's how he got his first job in engineering. When my maternal grandpa died (1992), he sent his resume to a headhunter a few states over and told them, "hey, find me a job that pays x that's in this state", he turned down a couple offers and got his second job. 5 years later he was laid off, but interviewed for a new position in a different state and moved the family with very little transition time and a large salary increase. Our next house was massive, brand new, and he saved enough to put me and my brother through college. He worked at that company for 15 years and they put him through school again. Twice. He left that position due to new management, with two additional masters degrees that were paid for by the company. Now, he's asking me tips on how to build a linked-in account. He's sending me applications asking me if it sounds like a good company. I told him my experience and we both teared up. We haven't been that close, but this had brought us together. He didn't realize how hard it was on me to go through the job hunting process, and he gets it now. When I graduated from college with my teaching degree, 5 years of coaching experience, and glowing letters of recommendation, there were 5 teaching positions open in my field. I applied and didn't hear from any of them. I left the teaching world and got into non-profit work. And I am damn good at it. But with my field, I constantly hear about people getting hired because they know someone. I have 10+ years of data driven success and someone got a position instead of me and spent Covid funds on office furniture?? All too true these days. So far, I have applied for 40+ positions since last January. I have been ghosted after 4 interviews for positions paying 70k to 100k. Including one where I did a presentation for the board of directors... 4 months later and they never returned my phone calls. Appling for a position on indeed to be asked to apply on their website is common and takes 2(ish) hours to never hear back from them. So yeah. I got to cry with my dad for a bit last week. Silver lining is that we've never been closer. But this is absolute insanity. My current boss, who was reminded to apply for his position the day it closed, who has no supervison experience, sent me an email yesterday asking, "can you even read?" After I asked a question. I'm tired. I'm worn out. And my dad, is now going through the same thing and it's making me lose hope.

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Putting in notice at job after 16 years today for a mix of reasons

I started at a small law firm as a paralegal out of undergrad. I didnt expect to stay long but I ended up liking it and going to law school at night. I didnt expect to stay after law school but I did. The job has been great to me in many ways and offered me lots of good opportunities. Ive been wanting to be at a firm with a little broader work opportunity. I also saw the salary list for our firm (accidentally) a few months ago and realized how unfairly they were paying everyone versus their revenue! One lady they are paying six figures to work part time and her revenue just covers her salary, but probably not her costs. Another guy they are paying about the same for full time work but he doesnt bring in any more either - theyre losing money on those two. They were paying me less and i brought in three times my revenue. They are paying ancouple younger associates that bill a ton of hours, practicaly nothing. Then they made someone who brings in same $$ and work as me partner in summer. Then they brought in another guy from elsewhere with less experience and said that theyll make him partner soon too. It’s time to go. So i went to one of the three firms that had been asking about me in the past year. I gave them all my numbers for three years - money i bring in, clients i get myself...they gave me a 20% base raise and made me a partner. I am telling them today that I am leaving. I feel sick to my stomach! O have no doubts and no guilt but it’s still a big change. Wish me luck! UPDATE: i got to work and the boss ive worked w all these years was working from home. ive always felt like he was on my side and the other partners who have been here much less time than i have and practice a diff type of law, have always been the ones to screw me and i can tell have been at odds w my boss over it. so i told my boss and he was sad but asked where. i told him and he said it is a really good firm. then he asked associate or partner and i said partner and he said good for u, u deserve it. i thanked him for all hes done for me and he said he will tell the other partners. he asked when i was thinking of leaving and i said end of march and he said thats a good timeline. he again told me hed hate to lose me but is happy for my success. im glad to get that over. thank you everyone for sending me messages. its crazy sometimes how a bunch of internet strangers can help with hard things in life

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no offers for 8+months for me and my wife, and within one day, we received 3 offers

2 for me, one for my wife and both of us got offers from the ones we absolutely wanted. It is the highest paying roles we have ever had i cant believe it. we spent all day saying is this a dream i dont want to wake up ​ my wife recently moved here from HK too so she was really worried that they wouldnt hire her having no local experience and then she lands the most perfect job ​ dont give up guys i had lost all hope but my outlook and mindset changed before this i learned to accept that this is a test and we will get through it i hope that everything goes well at work on monday we have both signed our contracts and are super excited. its just insane how it happened all in the same day. im not a person of faith but ill admit i prayed that things would get better im so glad they did

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I got the job!!

Just wanted to share the good news to at least one person. I’m so excited and grateful for the opportunity. I’m miserable at my current job and only make $35,000. New job starts at $50,000 and have lots of opportunity for growth! I start on 3/1 but I already put in my resignation and this Friday is my last day. Can’t wait to get out of this hellhole and have a new start!!

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After 322 days of being unemployed, I have signed an offer letter.

Like many have echoed when sharing this celebration- I never thought this day would come. To give back to this community, I thought I’d share some of my experiences: 1. Timing- you can’t control this. I wish I believed it more but it’s definitely much easier to say now being on the other side of things. But if I can remind you anything through all of this, it’s that some things are out of your control. Just do what you can now, apply for jobs, tweak up the resume from time to time, take that online course you’ve been eyeing, and relax. The time will come. I wish I had this mindset more. I was anxious, sleepless, angry, and just overall a mess for almost a year. Now I wish I enjoyed that time more for self reflection. Wake up and say a little gratitude and a positive affirmation to yourself- it will make such a difference. 2. Social media- I definitely had to take a break from this. The smallest things would trigger me. Instead of celebrating other people’s success, I became bitter. That was when I realized something had to change. I stopped looking at feeds on LinkedIn, and just focused on using it as a resource to find a job. Oh and the whole preach on networking if you ever want to find a job- maybe this was just for my case, but 100% of my interviews resulted from just the classic applying online. So please, let this be a testament to argue that case. 3. Getting interviews- I’m not gonna note how much applications I sent (a lot) as it will just provide some benchmark for people to compare themselves to and that’s not the purpose for this. Instead, I will talk about my journey to getting a significant increase in opportunities. When I realized I was automatically receiving rejection emails left and right to everything I believed was a perfect job for me, I knew that something was clearly wrong with my resume. Google ATS, quantify!!!!(probably the biggest game changer when I finally put in numbers), listen to free webinars regarding job hunting (some are really helpful), and take a few days to fix up your LinkedIn profile. I can clearly see those who were searching me and it almost always correlated to my interviews or when a recruiter would reach out to me. They would definitely check it out. When I realized I was now getting an influx of interviews- I knew what was working so I decided to give back and help others. I’d suggest this as it not only improves your own resume to find improvements on others and find your own mistakes but also it’s just naturally healthy for your own mindset to be able to help during these struggling times. 4. Getting the offer- probably the worst part for me mentally. I was getting interviews.. awesome! Not quite. It was the worst when I’d clear the screening, get all the way to the final round, start imagining myself in the role and the company, only to get the same rejection email. I’d get angry that I put all that effort and started taking the outcome personally. This is when I tell you to stop yourself from doing the same mistake as I did if you find yourself on the same spot. At this stage, there’s a few things I can now reflect on. Sometimes, it may have been you/ your performance compared to others. And that’s okay! If you know you did something wrong or something that could’ve been better, or a question caught you off guard, write it down! Take a moment to accept it, affirm yourself, and learn from it. I have started to write down every question an interviewer asks me, not only does it provide a good reflection post interview, but it forced me to take a moment and think before I blurt out an answer. Next reason- sometimes it really just comes down to a more comfortable candidate for the company- experience, skills, whatever. It’s not you. There’s just now a whole group of people seeking jobs as well so the competition is inevitable. This is out of your control and you’ve done your part. Your efforts were not wasted, it’ll just provide you a one-up for the next. Often times, they may have just gone with an internal candidate- I hate this one, but it happens. This is why I emphasize that timing is out of our hands. Just keep going. The day will come and we’ll all be here to celebrate you next! Feel free to PM me or ask anything. I apologize for the long post and possible errors. All the best.

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Pinch me, I just got a job offer😭😭

I was just offered my dream job at my dream company a day before my birthday (yeah I can hardly believe it either). After seeing several people post about their job offers, I thought I would never get one. I was so worried about the interview I had with this company after stumbling over a certain question. I'm so happy that they were really impressed with the interview, but I'm a little torn now. I recently went through a three round interview with a company. Their HR contacted me last week to tell me I received a lot of positive feedback and they would let me know their decision by next week. She asked me to keep her in the loop about any interviews or job offers that I may receive. I didn't even think twice about the second company when I was offered this position. Now I'm wondering how to approach this without burning any bridges. Also, I would like to say this subreddit has been very helpful throughout my job hunt, and more so than any social media job guru. I've really enjoyed watching the supportive community in this subreddit especially as so many people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. I know the job hunt is stressful and it seems like you'll never get that one offer, but you will don't give up. Stay strong and know that you're not alone.

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Scrolling through LinkedIn is Fucking depressing

People posting about the new companies they founded, people connecting with each other from Haaaarvard and MIT and ohh I'm doing this with my career and I'm so excited to be starting a new role here and this is an exciting opportunity.....when did work become this like life affirming thing. We do realize we're still making money for a boss and your still replaceable. So much fake enthusiasm out there....

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I gave up in the middle of the online group interview.

I guess I'm really bad at interviews.... There was 3 other people with me in the video call. The recruiter told us to introduce ourselves and he seemed very interested in the previous roles of the other candidates (they were offering a sales position). He asked them about their roles, what were their tasks in their previous jobs, and questions that matter. He seemed already very interested in a specific candidate with a long time of experience, and when it was my turn, he just made some basic questions about who am I and what I like doing in my free time. He didn't even ask me about what I did in my previous job, or something related to jobs at all. I felt like I was losing my time and negative thoughts came in to my mind, so I convinced myself I was already being rejected. So, I was feeling like sh*t and I gave up in the middle of the interview and I hung up the video call. I don't know, maybe my self esteem is so low that I can't even complete a whole interview or I'm just really tired of all this hiring process... I know that wasn't the right thing to do, but I was assuming I was already rejected, so no point to still participate in the interview. Anyways, just wanted to vent this episode, I think I should prepare myself better for online interviews... Edit: Guys, thank you sooo much for all these comments <3 I've read all of them and there's so many supportive people here. Seriously, thank you, you guys made a huge help. I will make sure to learn with my mistakes and take these valuable advices.

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unemployed for almost a year now. I don't know how to keep remaining positive.

I'm usually a software engineer but I've been out of work for almost a year now. Every now and then I used to get interviews but it seems the longer I'm unemployed the less interest people have in me. It's only natural for someone to think "If he were any good, someone would have snatched him up by now". I've been using this time to grind out some leetcode stuff, but even if I can solve the problems it's still not good enough. I'm beginning to think it's in the way I present myself or speak. I think I may be telegraphing lack of confidence, desperation, or a depressed emotional state. It's hard for me to be aware of that because I'm just trying my best to climb out of this hole but I'm sure it's glaringly obvious when someone who has interviewed many, many other candidates listens to me. My coping mechanism up until now has been "You're just looking at this the wrong way" and "You just need to keep trying" or "You're just feeling sorry for yourself". All of it could be true but I also realize I'm simply avoiding my emotions or denying myself any acknowledgement of my issues. I would like to actually improve my emotional state. To make an analogy, it feels like I let all the air out of my tires. And all of the advice I hear or encouragements I give myself tell me I need to upgrade my engine (practice more) or just wipe my windshield or turn on my defogger (look at things differently). And like a car whose tires are growing more deflated by the day, I feel it harder to keep marching on. The very air I breathe feels stale and stagnant. At times it feels suffocating. I can tune up the engine; I can wipe my windshields; but I can't just create more air by myself. I've never felt like this before, because I've never had to deal with being so isolated for so long. Even before I was unemployed, and even before covid-19, it felt like I always held positions where I was isolated from peers. Sometimes I'd go months at a time without having a real conversation with anyone. I live alone and I've also moved around a lot so I don't get to keep friends for too long. The first couple of months to a year of this was okay... but I believe I've developed genuine mental health issues from living like this for several years. Even now I feel a massive amount of anxiety just typing this out because I am making myself vulnerable by reaching out. I feel like something really bad is about to happen... even though I know nothing will. I'm not as sharp as I used to be; I'm not as smart as I used to be; I can't concentrate like I used to; I can't focus on anything. It's like my brain wants me to fix the more fundamental issues on Maslow's hierarchy of needs... and a sense of belonging and social needs takes precedent over self-actualization.

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I got a JOB!!!

I just got a job in soft engineering this Friday which pays quite well. I finished uni in 2019 and was interning last year and since June, I have been basically searching for positions. After applying for 500++ positions I got my first offer which I am very grateful for. I was mainly looking for something much more commercial in general, as coming from an engineering background I don't want to be in engineering forever. So I am thinking of taking this offer as it pays well, while continuing the search for jobs better suited to me. Thus, if I find something that suits me better, I could easily leave and join another company as I am quite young. What do you guys think?

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Indeed is horrible

Either indeed is horrible or there are no jobs. Haven’t job searched in a few months and see the same exact jobs I saw a few months ago on there. Are there really no jobs? All I see are sale rep sales rep sales rep or and front desk associate

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Why are companies ridiculous?!

I’ve been working at my job for 5 months and I began to like it around 3 months and I also started to see red flags afterward. I’m really sad and disappointed because how of overworked everyone is. Overworked and underpaid essentially. I am miserable. I have to get out of here as soon as possible. I took 3 days off and I am buried in work now. 200+ unread emails. Makes no sense to allow days off if you have to do overtime just to catch up. God please help me.

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I quit my job today without another job lined up

I was pacing around my house the whole day. One click of a finger to call my boss. Should i do it? What do I say? The amount of projects deliverables were causing me physical pain. I felt trapped. I was losing sleep. The company was refusing to replace key staff who’s outstanding projects were just falling onto me and a few others. Unrealistic timelines and the curse of a growing company taking on way too many projects than they have resources. Bending over to any and all client requests. I finally called at 4:55. I was expecting the worst, but my boss, who is the CEO of the company, was very nice about it. He said he could hear it in my voice during the beginning of the week and had a feeling. He told me I was one of the best people he had worked with and was proud of the tenacity I showed as I joined the company and moved up the ranks in just 2 years. I told him I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me. I told him I’ll follow up with a resignation letter to which he replied there is no need as him and I dont need to have that formality and he will always be there to elevate and encourage me in the future. I feel a lot lighter. They say people dont leave their job they leave their boss, I’m not so sure now if that’s what happened to me today. Now I have to focus on finding another job with a clear mind and the confidence that I can. I already have two interviews lined up for friday afternoon.

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Just got fired a few hours ago via phone call

Supervisor called me an hour before work and told me not to come because I was terminated due to a lack of performance at Department M. I have been bounced around doing other jobs that I was not originally hired to do and the expectations were unrealistic at best. I was hired september of this year until today and was close to finishing my probation period. The supervisor did not bother tell me about my performance a lot sooner and brings it up today. Need less to say I'm pretty displeased for getting screwed and not informing me about this earlier. Now I'm just gonna focus on myself, get a new job later, and move on from the dysfunctional mess I came from. Good riddance and Happy Holidays!

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Just got my dream job!!

I was desperate enough to get out of my previous job with a poor work environment (small town pizza joint) that I applied to as many places as I could, and the job that I was most interested in got back to me (escape room)!!! I don’t have many people in my personal life to share this news with so I thought maybe some strangers on the internet would be proud

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I have an interview tomorrow morning and I really need this job and an income. Please wish me luck

Also, any additional advice is welcomed!!! Outside the obvious — do research on the company, brush up on your resume and your last duties and how it would apply to current role. Sell myself. How to REALLY stand out? Edit: WOW, did not expect this post to blow up! Thank you all for your overwhelming support and I appreciate all of you and your tips and advice.

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One of the worst things about COVID-19 for those who have been lucky enough to secure work is that it is perhaps harder than ever in recent history to leave bad jobs and abusive work environments.

I've been in a job I don't enjoy, don't feel motivated by, and with a culture and management staff which is a total mismatch since January of 2020. I was placed there by an agency, and they were willing to place me elsewhere after seeing my written reports about the managerial abuse going on there. Then COVID happened. Then nothing. It has been an emotionally devastating grind, and given the fact that there are now little to no special benefits to be collected due to hardship from COVID, many people are now facing joblessness and homelessness if they don't stick to whatever gig they can get, no matter how bad it is. This is not a working system.

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After 132 applications, I accepted a full-time job with benefits!

Hi r/Jobs! I wanted to share my timeline and interview stats. I found these kinds of posts to be interesting during my search, so I hope this helps someone! **Total job applications**: 132 **Total responses**: 40 **Never heard back**: 92 **Told me no right away**: 13 **Turned out to be a scam**: 6 **First interviews**: 11 **2+ interviews**: 5 **They offered me the job, but I declined**: 5 **They said no at end of interview process**: 4 **Left me hanging after two rounds**: 1 **Accepted**: 1 My background is in administration, teaching, and management, primarily in arts and entertainment. I applied heavily from late July 2020 to September 2020. At that point, I stopped actively applying because my old job called me back. Two jobs reached out to me in October, and I ended up taking one of them. --- **Resume** - I basically used [this template](https://old.reddit.com/r/jobs/comments/7y8k6p/im_an_exrecruiter_for_some_of_the_top_companies/), except I put education at the top. I had 8 slightly differing versions of my resume for the different kinds of jobs I was applying for. **Cover Letter** - I wish I could find the original author of the template I started with, but this ended up being my basic cover letter: *Dear Hiring Manager,* *I'm enthusiastically writing regarding the [POSITION] at [PLACE], which I discovered on [WEBSITE]. I have over [NUMBER] years of related experience and am excited to bring my creativity and energy to [PLACE].* *The job description mentioned that you were looking for [QUALITY, QUALITY, and QUALITY].* *As you can see from my resume, I’ve [DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES THAT SHOWS I CAN DO QUALITY, QUALITY, and QUALITY]. I [DUTY, DUTY, ACCOMPLISHMENT].* *This multifaceted role has made me a [QUALITY, QUALITY], capable of [TASK].* *I’m confident that I have the skills and ability to be an asset to [PLACE]. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.* *Sincerely,* *[YOUR NAME]* **Interview** - I obsessively honed my pitch and practiced with [this video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNSMPrvEWxo). **Websites** - I was looking primarily on Indeed and [NYFA](https://www.nyfa.org/jobs/), but sometimes Craigslist and LinkedIn, too. --- **Closing Thoughts** * *Personalize, personalize, personalize* - I really started getting somewhere when I started personalizing my resume for each job. Eventually, I had 8 slightly different versions of my resume ready to go, which I would personalize even more for each job. * *Including interests on your resume* - Yes, I started including interests on most of my resumes, and I started getting more interest. I kept it very brief and specific. My resume for the job I ultimately accepted, however, did not have any interests on it. As we all know, this is an incredibly tedious process. I certainly felt depressed and worthless at times. I just kept telling myself: this is a numbers game, and I just have to stay in the game to win. I saw every application as increasing my chances of winning the numbers game, even if only slightly. Additionally, I was very inspired by the folks on here who racked up 300 applications in the same time I had done 130. To everyone still applying: you got this! --- **EDIT 11/18/2020 11:00 AM EST - Thank you all for your kind well-wishes! I thought I'd compile my answers to the most frequently asked questions here:** **Are you entry level? How many jobs did you apply to per day and per week, on average?** - *tltr4560 (Thank you!)* Not entry level. I’m 28 with 4 years of experience in management. I applied to 5-7 jobs a day max, but sometimes I only managed to do 1 job a day. I was very slow because I was researching the companies, personalizing my resume and cover letter a lot, etc. **What kind of position did you end up in?** *- RogueMimzy (Thank you!)* I took an administrative position at a well-known organization, but not directly in my field. **What did you do to improve your interview skills?** *- kbflower (Thank you!)* The best interview advice I got was: peg your answers to your accomplishments, i.e., figure out what the most impressive things are about you and connect every interview answer to one or more of those. I really worked on this because I'm naturally not someone who brags about themselves. So, for example, if someone says, "Tell me about yourself," old me would have said, "I'm [NAME], I'm from Colorado and I teach painting." New me had a spiel: "I'm an artist, teacher, and manager. I started my interest in [FIELD] at [SCHOOL]. In my current position, I'm the manager at [PLACE], where I directly supervise 10 people. The studio makes an average revenue of $800,000 a year, and I've brought that up from $500,000 in 2017. I oversee all hiring, onboarding, and operational initiatives, while also teaching painting at [PLACE] to groups of up to 50 adults at a time." etc. Obviously those details are a little fudged but you get the idea. I practiced with my friends and with [the video I linked](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNSMPrvEWxo) until it was second nature. You don't want to memorize word for word, of course, but you want to know what points you're going to bring up every time. **Do you have any suggestions for the final rounds of interviews?** - *sassylilmidge (Thank you!)* I really can't call myself an expert on final rounds since I've only done it 5 times. These are my general thoughts, though: * **Anticipating common interview questions** - At the lower levels (where I am), there are only so many interview questions that get asked (even in the second and third rounds). I found [this free Balance Careers website](https://www.thebalancecareers.com/job-interview-questions-and-answers-2061204) very helpful for all of that. They have lists of common interview questions and suggestions for how to answer. I came up with my answers for pretty much all common interview questions and practiced them obsessively. * **Peg your answers to your accomplishments** - I wrote a little about that above. Basically, figure out what the most impressive things are about you and connect every interview answer to one or more of those. So if someone asked the classic, "How do you handle stress and pressure?" I had a semi-memorized answer ready to go that connected back to a striking, memorable accomplishment. E.g.: "In my current position, I run a lot of high-pressure, high-stress events. I remember one time, I was overseeing an event for the entire cast of the Lion King on Broadway and everything needed to be perfect. It turns out they needed a red carpet and a photo backdrop, but it seems like there was a miscommunication and the information didn't make it to us. So, my coworker and I sprang into action... [DETAILS] and, in the end, the night went off perfectly. No one even noticed a thing. I deal with challenging situations by leaping into action and doing everything I can in the here and now." I would be brief, but make the example as funny and vivid as possible. * **Get your most successful friend to critique your interviewing skills** (multiple times if possible) - This was painful, but helpful. I picked the most successful person I know and asked them to do several mock interviews with me. Most people will be flattered to be asked. **1) You want to practice until it's automatic.** In the first practice round, I would fall apart during basic questions out of nervousness (and because the situation was so weird). By the later rounds, I had a smooth, but natural (I hope) patter down. **2) Their feedback will be really important.** They might tell you you need to brag more, or say that one of your anecdotes is particularly interesting and you need to find a way to work it in earlier. **3) If possible, get them to practice with you the night/morning before interviews so you're not walking in completely cold.** Eventually I stopped relying on this, but I found it helpful for my first few 2+ round interviews. **Did you include personal hobby type interests or professional goals/interests?** - *Packynin (Thank you!)* Personal interests only. My exact line (when I included it) was: "**Interests** – Camping, hiking, bicycling, drawing, mycology." As a side note - I'm Asian, and we are sometimes stereotyped as being all the same, boring robot drones, etc. I felt like adding the interests might have humanized me to hiring managers. I didn't put any professional goals. I used to do some hiring and never found those sections that interesting. But it's probably different for other industries. **Would the template apply to a college student with no work or internship experience? All feedback I've gotten so far is that my experience is not relevant. Do my extracurriculars and projects hold any merit for anyone...?** *- beetles_juiced (Thank you!)* I'd need more details to give you good advice, but there's usually a way to spin your accomplishments in the best possible light. I interviewed for a lot of positions where I had no direct experience in that specific field. I usually read the job description, isolated the tasks that were most similar to things I had done, and then rewrote a few bullet points in my resume to directly address those tasks. So for example, if I saw a job description like this: *REQUIREMENTS: • Experience with social media, notably Instagram (all aspects: writing posts, promotion, documenting engagement with followers) • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web research; and with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. • Strong organizational, verbal, writing and problem-solving skills. • BA degree in Fine Art, Art History, or experience in a related field.* I would think to myself, okay: I don't have experience with Instagram, and web research isn't a huge part of my job. But I could spin my resume in the best possible light with something truthful and relevant, like this: * *Created original content for company social media accounts.* * *Researched market trends to support and develop new operational initiatives. Assisted senior management with status follow-ups and progress reports.* Maybe not the best example, but you get the idea. **Are you the white lady with curly hair in the image header?** No, that is a still from [the video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNSMPrvEWxo) I linked! I used that video to practice interviewing.

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Why in God's Name Do I Need to Fill Out Past Employment, When my Resume is Attached?

Not sure if this is the right place for this, but: already employed, just thought I'd post this for some discussion. Because this is legitimately stupid. ​ Genuinely, what the hell and why? You have my resume, which details, in-depth, my past work experience, alongside achievements, certifications, etc. Why the hell are you making me fill out that information AGAIN?! Sometimes it's not just one time, there have been certain employers who made me do it THREE TIMES! And let's not forget that some of them also make you fill out references, even though you already have your references assigned in another document that you attached with your resume. Seriously, are job applications doing this to be as inconvenient as possible to the end user or are most of these websites just shoddily designed? What is the actual reasoning for wasting my damn time?

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Had an uncomfortable interview this week with a rude interviewer. Feel free to share your frustrations here too

It was a final-stage interview. Dude was late, which I was totally fine with given that he had a tight schedule. The interview started off very weirdly. I could tell that he seemed irritated and uninterested. I got flashbacks from the interview with my ex-company, which I had left due to the insane hours and mismanagement. I had a similar interviewer with a nasty attitude, tells you a lot about the culture. Anyway, back to this guy. He needed to know all my schooling history, from elementary up to university. I even had to explain why my grades had fallen. (I admit, I should have considered withdrawing from the interview at this point) But I foolishly continued entertaining the dude. He even got as far as to push me to explain specifically what "health issue" I had encountered. The interviewers I came across usually tip-toe around this question as they understood that medical history is one's privacy. Yeah, I suffered from depression. I understand if he thinks that my personality would not fit the team and the "fast-paced work environment", but at least send the message across with some manners. Idk. At one point I started to understand that this interviewer in front of me hated his life. He complained about the work-life but always wrapped up his mini vent sessions with an optimistic note. People with a horrible work life usually try to justify those hours by thinking they are doing it for growth and a greater good. Everyone has their own beliefs, and I admire the resilience of those who can survive overtime. But I also know that it is not for me. Well, looks like I have to go back to the job search. Tbh I am burning out a little from months of applications, assessments, interviews and rejections. I went through one screening and another 1-hour case study to reach this final stage and I got treated like crap. In the end, the interviewer apologized for being late. Totally missed the point. I don't care that you were running late or something. Please, treat other human beings decently. It will affect your company's image. Sorry, just needed to vent. Edit: I did not expect the number of responses... and thanks for the awards T\^T I can't reply to every comment but I read them all. For the jobseekers, let's hang in there, a better opportunity will come by. (Sometimes I think I still have to improve my mental resilience. I usually try to understand that maybe the interviewer just had a bad day (like my ex-boss), but interrogating about health and irrelevant grades were simply a no-no.) Thanks again for those who left informative and reassuring comments or are kind enough to share their stories, it really made my day. I didn't sleep much last night as I was crying lmao. Much love <3

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Don't be afraid to fight for yourself, and know your worth

Backstory: A couple of months ago I was offered a job (just as everything was closed down due to covid) after mulling it over and talking to some friends/colleagues it became clear they were gouging my starting wage. I asked if they would be open to negotiate and they said that the starting wage was standard for their new hires (colleagues who worked for the company indicated otherwise). At this point I was a bit miffed and sent them a professional yet piquant email informing them I didn't think we were a fit at the time and that I wished them luck in find someone appropriate for the wages offered; additionally I attached my resume that I used to apply to their job. Today I got offered a fair wage for my experience. Don't be afraid to walk away from a job offer if you know they're taking advantage of you, chances are they're going to keep taking advantage of you as an employee.

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