But first...I meant to mention this yesterday while talking about what's been on tv, but does anyone watch Miami Ink on TLC? Its about a new tattoo parlor in Miami (duh) and the guys that work there. As a tattooed freak myself, I like the show. But in any case, there was a guy on there who came in for a tattoo, and the tattooing guy notices a weird tattoo on the guy's lower back...turns out the guy got a THONG tattooed on him while in Mexico. And oh yeah, it was pink. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
So now I am going to go on a little rant that may ramble on and on, and if you don't want to read it I don't blame you. But I am going to do it anyway. I won't be hurt if you just skip it.
I have been home with Princess for 19 months now, and happy to be here. But let's be honest. Money is tight. T.I.G.H.T. So I started looking to see what kinds of jobs are out there for me. Nope, no BLOGGERS NEEDED, $1,000,000 TO START ads out there. But my background is in Human Resources, specifically in recruitment. So I see one ad that looks promising, send in my resume, get a call, and they are paying $40k. Nope, don't think so. My property taxes alone are $10k a year, childcare will be $200/week - $40k ain't gonna cut it. So I keep looking. Then I see this: a big company was looking for a part time contract recruiter, $25/hour. Hm, that might work. With a part time position, I could balance the whole work/life thing like they talk about on tv. So I send in my resume. They call me immediately and schedule an interview for the next day. I go.
I meet with two people. The first is the recruiter trying to fill this job. She asks me NO QUESTIONS. NONE. She tells me all about the company and the job and her life and all that...and then asks me if I have any questions. So I said, "Well, my only question is if there is anything else I can tell you about my background." Meaning, hey idiot, ask me something so I can tell you I would be good for this job. So she says, "Oh! Sure! So what did you do at XYZ Company?" I tell her a little bit, she kinda interrupts and tells me "yep, that's what we need here!" So I stop telling her stuff. She tells me to wait, because she wants me to meet with her boss. Okay. So then he comes in, very serious and whatnot, and asks me these questions: Did you like working at XYZ? Why? What are you proudest of that you did there? What are you least proud of?
That was it. Now first of all, how they can determine whether someone is qualified for a job based on these interviews is beyond me. "Did I like working at XYZ? Why, of course! It was wonderful! I loved it and they loved me!" Whew, thank God they got that vital information out of me! Now they can make an informed decision!
And, being that what I do is interview people, I could not get over the idiocy of the "least proud of" question. That is the worst I have ever heard. I told him that in all seriousness, there was nothing I was not proud of that I did. I worked hard and I was ethical and moral and I did right by the employees and the company. There was nothing in my career to be "least proud" of.
So bottom line is this. They said they interviewed three people and would be making a decision by Thursday. So now, as I am typing this, it is 9 am on Friday and I haven't received a call. So I assume I did not get it. But, based on their questions, its not even like I could pick something out and say, I can do this better in my next interview. I can only assume that they got some bubbly person in there who sold themselves better than I did. That's not me. I do what I do, and I do it well. I am professional and work hard and do the job right. But I am not bubbly and perky, that's for sure, and I am not going to "oversell" myself. I hate when candidates do that - they want the job so bad that they are drooling and begging. I am not that desperate. Yet.
So, being that I have only applied for 2 jobs thus far and was called on both of them, I am still optimistic. I am the kind of person who believes that everything happens for a reason, so I think that this was just not the job for me. I liked the idea of part-time, but I also did a little more research. I saw several other contract recruiter positions that were making $40-45/hour. So, maybe I am meant to have one of those positions, even if they are full time. I just hope the Life part of the Work/Life balance doesn't have to suffer too much.