unemployment diary, day 16
Bupkus on the job search so far. I don't really count Monster.com, as it's just about entirely worthless (I say "just about" because I did get the consulting position I just left when one of their recriuters found my résumé), but I have not received a single call-back for any of the jobs I've applied for in the past two weeks. (The disappointing news I got the other day resulted from phone calls I placed.) In several cases, in speaking to various HR departments to confirm they'd received my résumé, I was told not to call, but that they'd let me know if they wanted to bring me in for an interview. That's fairly SOP, I know, but it's far from satisfying. There are several jobs I'm positive I qualify for, and while I can understand them not wanting to have to explain to 100 or so candidates why they don't match, it's hard to accept applying for a job I feel is a good match and not knowing why they don't seem to agree.
Of course, while the lack of response isn't surprising given the lousy state of the economy, it's definitely discouraging. From my conversations, I expect some openings to occur by the middle of June, but if I'm not gainfully employed by the end of next month, I'm going to be very, very worried.
Could it be my résumé? It's done in the style taught by an outplacement agency in a class I attended the first time I was downsized (way back in '97...). Any comments or suggestions for improvement would be appreciated.
We're hanging in there; I'm far from licked yet. I've found Flipdog.com a better resource, largely because it tends to link directly to companies' own Web sites. As a result, it's much more labor-intensive, but that's probably pretty good; I think perhaps the fact that one can "apply" for a job on Monster with a single click results in far too many applicants to be useful.
I've been looking for freelance writing and copy editing gigs. I'm also scouring the local paper's classifieds, of course. Unemployment checks will allow us to make our mortgage payment and pay our bills for the time being. But as I said yesterday, contrary to the meme the conservatives have fed to the nation, I don't want to get money without working; I want to work. And I'm certainly not alone in that regard.