A wave of nervousness hit as I opened up my email to read whether or not I got the Executive Assistant position I interviewed for yesterday. Then, depression hit as I read it. Here’s what kind of hit me the hardest reading it:
“While I was impressed with your background and experience, I have concluded that another candidate’s qualifications more closely match the requirements for this position. I sincerely regret that I cannot offer you employment with this organization at this time.”
Okay, I get it. Maybe you needed someone else who had less experience than I had. I was only an office assistant for 3 years at a job where I did the same exact stuff that was in this job description. But I guess with my Bachelor’s degree, maybe I have too much experience. Or maybe it’s because I have kids. I know that legally they aren’t allowed to ask whether you are married or have kids or not, right?
Seems every time I go in for an interview I get asked those questions. Not much on my background, but mostly on my personal life. This, to me, seems wrong.
I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am today and all I have to show for it is doing a seasonal job. This is the only place that will hire me (other than fast food, and I do not want to go back there). I pushed my way through college with pregnancy and an infant with a full time job. I’ve done everything in my power to get where I am today, and I can’t get a job doing what I went to school for: To be an accountant.
Is it so hard to want something better for myself and my family? In this small town, I guess it is.
So, that was my last job search. The last time I hand out my resume for something that seems promising for me. The last time I go to an interview feeling like I got the job only to be told I don’t have the experience they need, or they found someone better, or whatever else excuse they come up with. Their loss, not mine. I will just stay at home with my kids from now on until they get into school and maybe, just maybe, I’ll look into getting a job then.
Goodbye for now.