Dear Silver Unpolished:
“I am so disgusted with what goes on in this town to get a job. I was working with a recruiter who told me that she couldn’t even get my resumé in front of a Fortune 500 company in Boca Raton because I hadn’t worked for a year. Are you kidding me? My entire professional experience and skill set is dismissed because I wanted ONE year off from the rat race? Even though I am completely qualified for this position with basically the exact skills and experience they are looking for, I’m considering a No-Go. I can’t get past the guard gate to even get myself in front of the decision maker. Let the company make the call; not the recruiter that can’t even speak properly to decide my future. She actually said, ‘alls you need to do is….’ SHE controls my career? There’s so much to be angry about starting with the damn politics and the so-called discrimination against someone who wanted to try to be a full-time Mom. How do we get back in? One year or ten years off; are we all doomed because we changed our minds about climbing the corporate ladder? Are we all just supposed to keep climbing and never come down for air?
I’m Mad As Hell And Can’t Take It Anymore
Dear Mad As Hell And Can’t Take It Anymore:
I feel you sistah. Your letter surely resonates with me. It’s discouraging to hear you’re having such a tough time. As I too attempt to get back in the game, I’ve found myself positioned behind the eight ball. I wish I had the unpolished answers; but sadly I do not. In a perfect world, un-pausing the pause button we agreed to press be it one year or a decade ago shouldn’t be this difficult.
While I spend the majority of the day attempting to navigate through the minutia of online job applications without having my frustration levels skyrocket, it was probably a smart choice of yours to go the route of finding a dedicated recruiter. However, based on your description of this ever-so-eloquently-speaking professional you’ve had the pleasure of dealing with, it would appear she is the real No-Go; not you! And let me guess, she’s probably fresh out of college too, right?
Why does it seem like finding a job is a full time job in itself? I’m fairly convinced keeping a job once you get it can’t be nearly as hard as landing one in the first place!
Are you familiar with Indeed, Outsource, Hired Board, Monster and Contena to name a few? Just creating an account on some of these websites can be enough of a royal pain in the ass. It’s not uncommon to get hooked in for free, that is of course if you can handle inputting the same personal details into their system sixteen different times. Then, as soon as you think you’ve come across a hot opportunity, you’re prompted to upgrade your profile in order to see the full job posting.
Upgrade = Pay Money
Even LinkedIn requires a membership fee to access premium information when trying to narrow the search.
So basically, the unemployed must pay to
play work? This concept really bothers me.
Call me stuck in 1994 but isn’t the whole idea of looking for a job to make money not spend money trying to find one?
And…..Don’t even get me started on the merits or lack of a resumé. As if anything typed on a single sheet of paper is indicative of what a person is truly capable of. Come on.
As our unpolished quest continues to find the right job which allows us an opportunity to flex our brain muscle while also giving us the latitude to do the heavy lifting with the kids, I wish a few of the working Moms out there would chime in and give us both some well needed advice!
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW…. If any corporate or not so corporate soldiers out there are willing to share their thoughts on how Moms like us can ease back into an old career or even successfully find a new career without losing our minds, we’d LOVE to hear from you. We NEED to hear from you!
We’re ready to un-pause the pause button!
What tips do you have for us? What online job sites work best? Which ones should we steer away from? When looking for a job, is it more about who you know rather than what you know? How long did it take to dive back in? What can we expect of the job search? What additional advice can you share?