At the moment, I work one day a week. This was fine whilst I was studying, but now I have finished, it’s not exactly ideal!
I am currently on JobSeeker’s and once I finally get a job and sign off I will write an exposé of my experience. It will make for some interesting reading!
But anyway. Job hunting. I have never had a problem with finding a job before and I assumed this time it would be the same. I mean: I have a degree now! When I was at college, we were told a degree would open up doors you never knew existed! Oh how very wrong I was! The job market has changed drastically in a few years and I am now competing with graduates with firsts and a year in industry; people who have been made redundant yet have 10+ years of experience and everyone else in between. For someone without a great deal of experience but qualifications coming out of her ears, this is not ideal. I seem to either be under-experienced or over-qualified.
Right now I am looking for jobs in admin and marketing. My dream job is to do with online marketing and social media. I am a 24 year old female, social networking is what I do best. So today: I apply for a social media assistant role. It asks for people who have been using social media for 2 years (isn’t that like everyone?), computer literate, able to work independently blah blah blah. I could do this job blindfolded and with my hands tied behind my back. Yet a mere hour later I get an email telling me I haven’t been shortlisted. My application has only been sent to a recruitment consultant and not the employer. So a faceless bloke who can’t even use apostrophes correctly and probably has only the same job description to go off that I have, has rejected me, because:
We have received a significant number of applications for this position and there are other individuals who more closely match our clients very specific brief for this role.
Well, that’s obviously a load of …! I know it’s a generic rejection letter but saying I don’t “match our clients [sic] very specific brief” is a blatant lie. Unless there is more they were looking for? Then why not write that on the advertisement? Because you’ve just managed to waste both our time. (I received this same email a few days ago from someone else so I know it’s generic.) Other things that bug me: the failure to put an apostrophe after ‘clients’. And the failure to remove this at the bottom of the email:
I mean, come on. You only had to highlight it and press backspace.
But at least I DID get a reply. So many jobs don’t even bother to respond. And then there are those times where you have an interview, are told they will be in touch the following week, and they aren’t. Nor the next week. So… I’m guessing I didn’t get the job? Why, thank you for taking the time to inform me! </sarcasm> (This did actually happen. Recently.)
There are the times when you get interviewed despite stating you have no experience, and then they spend the entire interview asking you why you applied and why you aren’t taking a PGCE because well you’re still young and you have good qualifications- maybe because I don’t want to be a teacher and the thought of being in charge of a child’s education makes my blood run cold?!
There are job adverts that ask for very specific experience, as if people don’t change career paths. There are apprenticeships for entry level jobs – obviously only so they can pay some poor school leaver £3 an hour. There are apprenticeships paying £3 an hour which ask for previous experience.
On top of all this demoralisation and frustration, we have newspapers and the government acting like job seekers are scroungers. Telling us to go and work in Poundland for our JSA; which for me would be £20 as I already work. 40 hours a week for £20? 50p an hour? No self respecting human being would do that. No job is worth that – especially not Poundland. (It has a weird smell, don’t you think?)
I am lucky: I live with my parents who support me. I am an only child. I’m not under the threat of being kicked out, wondering whether to pay my electricity bill or buy food. I am not in that situation. But some people are, and fuck me, I feel for them. I really do.