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CableCrest Fri 19-Apr-13 18:25:22

Last interview I got it went well and they seemed interested and said they wanted a second interview and would contact me in the next few days.

2 weeks goes. I call them and they give me some bullshit about the job being on hold but to wait for their email - that never came either.

Finally heard back from another job, when I rang back they apologised and said that the position was now filled.

One job they said they never looked at my cv because there were too many applicants.

sad

I'm sat here crying. I just want a job, I feel so worthless.

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 18:28:31

It's the economy. Don't take it personally.

Moominsarehippos Fri 19-Apr-13 18:31:39

No you will! The market is just shitty now because there are so many people chasing jobs and because everything is done on line these days, it's. to like the good old days when a job agency would actually call you with some potential jobs.

It took me ages to find my last job, then the fekkers made me redundant! I did get another one after a few months, so it will happen.

It was probably a crap job anyway! It certainly sounds like a crap way to run a business.

CableCrest Fri 19-Apr-13 18:32:39

I know ... it's just the run of bad luck that's getting me down.

I don't expect to hear back from all the jobs. I was just devastated when the recruitment agency said that the job had already gone - on the same day.

imour Fri 19-Apr-13 18:34:05

you can hold your head up high ,at least you are trying , its not your fault some companies cant be arsed to get back to you , unfortunately there are so many people after one job they can afford to be rude and ignore people , keep going though a better one might come along instead then you will be glad you never got those jobs.

Moominsarehippos Fri 19-Apr-13 18:36:04

I don't believe that all jobs posted actually exist. Sometimes they are just fishing for CVs. It's when they don't even bother to respond when your cv is a really good fit, or don't get back to you after an interview to say that you haven't got the job.

Bastards! Good luck with your search, something will turn up!

HollyBerryBush Fri 19-Apr-13 18:36:29

It's a funny old world out there. Even when I went back to work 7 years ago after 5 year break (and I only wanted a fairly brain dead job with a bit of paper shuffling rather than use my qualifications) it took 6 months, then I had a whole run of interviews and got offered a job I didn't really want or was qualified for - and I love it!

I think you just have to keep on plugging away, check over and amend your CV for each application so that you are actually apply to the job spec, rather than sending a generic CV.

CableCrest Fri 19-Apr-13 18:37:06

Thank you smile

Sorry I just really needed to have a good moan. Feel so close to tears - which is silly I know.

But your words are making me feel so much better already.

HollyBerryBush Fri 19-Apr-13 18:37:07

Failing that, are you in a position to go temping through an agency? That usually leads on to something more permenant

Heinz55 Fri 19-Apr-13 18:43:25

FWIW my friend is the European head of HR for a huge company and thinks it is despicable that companies don't have the decency to respond one way or another to those who apply. I am in the same boat Cable and am about to head into WEEK 3 of a wait to hear whether I will even get an interview (I rang three days ago and they said they were about to get to shortlist stage - haven't heard so not sure if this means I am unsuccessful or they just still haven't decided yet) It's awful and demoralising.

Moominsarehippos Fri 19-Apr-13 19:00:36

The last one I went to and didn't get (I assume) was about a year ago. I had to go and do a 'test' (ffs, I have 15 years experience, have run teams and have qualifications falling out of my ears and this was a junior position) and was interviewed by The Board. I thought I was never getting out of that place.

Nope, I never heard back ad whenever I see the place mentioned in an ad or newspaper/magazine I still wonder if there's an empty desk with my name on it (not).

NiceTabard Fri 19-Apr-13 19:15:31

It is really really hard out there at the moment. I was looking to get back to full time work after going part time for a couple of years and it took a year - and this was last year when I think things were a bit better.

All you can do is keep at it and don't take it personally. I know it is hard and frustrating and sometimes upsetting and soul destroying but you need to keep at it.

Advice from me:

Generic / large agencies (for me) were shit. Monster, reed, all of those sorts of things, never even got an acknowledgement let alone an interview or anything. Many of the positions I called up first if i could work out who the company was only to be told the position had been filled and yet was still be advertised as active on websites.
If you have a certain type of experience / specialism / exams for a certain industry etc look for specialist agencies for that industry / role they seem to be better.
Look at large local employers - both public and private sector if you have any around.
Don't be shy - when writing a covering letter or tailoring your CV try and channel amercian-style self-confidence and really sell yourself and your skills. Don't come over all British about it and hide your light under a bushel grin
Maybe get your CV looked at by someone - there are loads of organisations that will help with this
etc I could go on all day!!!

Keep at it, you will get there in the end smile

thermalsinapril Fri 19-Apr-13 20:06:04

Agree with not taking it personally, it's just the way things are at the moment. Can you make some speculative applications as well as going through the agency?

maxpower Fri 19-Apr-13 20:18:40

It's tough out there at the moment so if you're getting to interview you must be a strong candidate which means it's only a matter of time. A friend went for a job had an interview but they started saying they'd had to suspend the appointment they'll get back to her blah blah blah. So that was that as far as she was concerned. 6 months later they called her to say they were ready for her to start if she was still available. So you never know. Good luck.

noisytoys Sat 20-Apr-13 12:58:40

It is really really hard getting a job. It's not unusual to have hundreds of applicants for every vacancy. Something will come along its just a long wait sad

KB02 Sat 20-Apr-13 13:09:03

Yanbu to feel like this from time to time, I think applying for jobs is one of the most stressful and soul destroying processes we go through . But make a new start tomorrow /Monday with positive thoughts and you will get there in the end. Previous posters have given great advice , good luck flowers

makemineamalibuandpineapple Sat 20-Apr-13 13:10:23

It is hard out there, I really feel for you. I left the civil service after 6 years to go to uni. After graduating, I was unemployed for 8 months. I must have sent out at least 60 applications and only got about 6 interviews. I know how soul destroying it is. I have been in my current job for 9 months now. You will get there. Good luck grin

kim147 Sat 20-Apr-13 13:14:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tiggytape Sat 20-Apr-13 13:58:35

The other thing that can happen (and is very unfair but might explan the 'jon on hold excuses) is that a company advertises and interviews for a position but then someone decides that actually the existing employees can pick up the slack and won't sign off on recruiting the new person.

You'd think that spending time and money interviewing people (not to mention their time and money too) would mean companies give careful consideration to embarking on the recruitment process but unfortunately not all of them do. They get as far as finding someone they like and then decide they can't afford to recruit them afterall and will make do with exsiting staff. It happens more in times like this when companies panic that they want to keeo outgoings to the absolute minimum.

tiggytape Sat 20-Apr-13 13:58:46

*job on hold

OhLori Sat 20-Apr-13 15:02:10

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

quesadilla Sat 20-Apr-13 15:10:41

I totally feel for you. I have 16 years experience in my field and have been looking for a job for a year - I am lucky enough to have a job now but I fear redundancy - have applied for over 30 jobs and had 3 interviews. I am trying to console myself with the fact the economy is bad but it doesn't really work. If you want it enough though, something will come up.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 20-Apr-13 15:43:28

what area are you looking for work in? Some areas are notoriously difficult to find work in at the moment

Loulybelle Sat 20-Apr-13 15:46:13

Been on JSA for 7 months, after 5 years as a SAHM, not even had a job interview yet, sucks truly.

Wannabestepfordwife Sat 20-Apr-13 15:53:31

Don't let it get you down you will find something. What sort of jobs are you applying for?

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