Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Job Market and Self-Esteem

Hello all!

Man, it has been a while since my last post. I've been so busy and I don't even know what has made me busy. Anyway, so my blog today is about the job market and self-esteem. I've come to realize they go pretty much hand in hand. To begin, I was so lucky to be offered a job as a camp nurse. I have 10 more days left of this temporary job. It's been a blast for sure! However, I know this job is coming to an end and I will be unemployed....again.

As most of my friends and family know I have strictly been applying to VA hospital jobs. I want to work with veterans in the worst way. This issue is I am up against so many other nurses. Those nurses who have more experience, had a better GPA, went to a "better school", or whatever. The fact is I feel like I get overlooked because I am not as good on paper as I am in person. If these people could see me in the work environment I like to think they would think "Man, that is a good worker, I'm glad we gave her an opportunity." What a perfect dream that is.

The reality is they look at my resume (and probably don't read it) and maybe they look at the other documents I send in, but chances are, they don't.

I usually don't get this upset about the whole job thing but today was just the icing on the cake. I had an application sitting in a hospital for a month without any word as to what happened with it. It took me emailing the nurse recruiter for her to tell me "All the spots have been filled. Sorry."

Really? REALLY? You didn't have the decency to let me know ahead of time to say something like "We've reviewed your application and we are sorry but we have filled the positions." Like seriously, what happened to common decency? Maybe I am old-fashioned but I feel like if I was an employer I would let everyone who applied but didn't get the job know. It does not take that long to send out a mass email. It is pretty unprofessional if you ask me.

Also, don't people understand that by not getting back to someone about not getting a job is like saying "you're not even good enough for a rejection letter". BOOM Self-esteem gone. Which already gets destroyed by job posts that say 2 years experience required, 3 years experience required, NO NEW GRADS, the list goes on and on. It's getting old plain and simple.

So there you have it. A vent session about the way new graduates are treated, from one person's perspective. If anyone else has had similar experiences feel free to share! And I will try and make my next post a little more upbeat :)

***Disclaimer the image below has foul language.

I can't find a job because I have no experience.
I have no experience because
I can't find a job.

This is bullshit.

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