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Anyone else heard this line after an interview...

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YummyorSlummy Thu 13-Jan-11 08:28:10

There was nothing wrong with the way you interviewed, but the other candidate was an office manager/rocket scientist/could pull rabbits out of their arse??!

How do you get a half decent job when you've been a sahm for years and all your other jobs have been in retail/childcare?

I'm a bright person but I had my ds young after only having had student/part time jobs, I now live overseas where job opportunities are few and far between and it's a nightmare getting your child into a nursery.

I'm doing an ou degree and want to train as a teacher afterwards but I have this awful feeling that they are going to look at my empty cv and I'll get rejected for everything!

NorbertDentressangle Thu 13-Jan-11 08:34:06

PMSL at "pull rabbits out of their arse"

You'd certainly stand out from the crowwd if you could do that grin.

How about voluntary work?

I've been doing some for a charity for the last year and it is giving me excellent experience for a change of direction in my career (also have been a SAHM for 6 years).

I'm even doing an NVQ which seems a bit odd as I have a degree but its in an area that I have no experience in so it is helping me hopefully achieve a job in the long run

MyrrhyBS Thu 13-Jan-11 08:38:41

You got the interview, which is amazing, and it sounds like you would have got the job if this candidate hadn't had all the skills they wanted.

Believe it or not, that is quite reassuring, and it could well be the next interview where you are in such a situation, there'll be no bunny tricks, and you'll get it!

Don't be disheartened!

Menagerie Thu 13-Jan-11 16:24:13

You could try working for yourself. If you want to be a teacher and are doing a degree, could you tutor children, or childmind just to get experience? Or set up an after- school club in art or cookery - anything you feel comfortable running. It could make your CV look stronger and would show you have initiative and genuinely want to work with children.

WheresMyWaistGone Thu 13-Jan-11 23:11:05

Yummy, you say you want to train as a teacher. How about the experience of running your own business selling children's books (0-16yrs)? You don't say where overseas you are, but message me if you're interested.

Oh and did I mention there are no childcare costs?!


hairyfairylights Fri 14-Jan-11 20:08:49

I'm afraid it's often the case, even more so with so many more good candidates 'in the market'.

I have had to give honest feedback of this nature myself, when rejecting the 'losing' candidates (who could have easily done the job, but someone else impressed more).

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