Will Work For Life

An unsettling thought occurred to me while I was taking a break after completing six online job applications in a row. That may not sound like many, but it is. The process for jobs I am interested in is excruciatingly tedious. I won’t bore you with the details of my search and rescue mission on dot coms dedicated to helping us find work ’til we die.

Which is closer for some than others.

There seems to be a trend for people of a certain age to humble vent on LinkedIn. Humble venting is a bit like humble bragging, you know, when someone tells how grateful they are for something in that false modesty language with the undertone of “OMG, this awesome thing makes my life so much better than yours and now everyone will want to be my friend so that they can be amazing like me, but they can’t, no one can, not even you.”

Yeah, you know exactly what I’m saying.

ANYWAY, humble venters are people who tell you that they have finally found their dream job with one of the ten best ever companies to work for. A company that values experience and rewards thought leaders and sends fairies riding unicorns to their house in the middle of the night to lay out their business casual wear and set up the coffee maker so that all they have to do is press the button and hop in the shower.

THEN, they go on to say how horribly rotten the job search experience was for them. How a thousand man hours produced hundreds of applications that yielded only a few dozen interviews and how their ego was dealt a deathblow every time an email, thanking them for there interest, but to NEVER EVER expect to get so much as spam in the future, came after hitting refresh on their phone, iPad, AND PC fifty-two times each, oh, but now after torturous months, their faith in humanity has been completely restored.

Humble venters use run-on sentences.

I’ve been cautioned, thank you Mr. Petruska, not to post anything that might be construed as negative or derogatory or damaging or even halfway accurate about organizations that seem to only hire nit wits, dim wits, and knuckleheads for HR recruiting. So, I won’t.

I will, however, say that there are some serious issues with talent acquisition in the corporate world today, my friends, and until somebody makes that great again, there’s gonna be a whole lot of valuable resources wasting away in Margaritaville.

I’m just sayin’. What? Too negative?

The thought that occurred to me is that this experience must be a lesson in humility. This is based on that annoying premise that everything happens for a reason. On the other hand, there certainly have been plenty of humiliating moments in my life for no reason I can think of. Well, I have learned my lesson. Digital rejection is as bad as human rejection. I promise to never humble brag again. I do need to get hired so that I can humble vent. It’s on my bucket list, and if I don’t do it soon, there may never be an opportunity because I intend to get a job or die trying.

Have humility, will travel.




10 thoughts on “Will Work For Life

  1. Chin up, Stephanie. Remember: Humility is when you tell the truth about yourself; Humiliation is when someone else does it for you.

    There is a place out there for you in the job market and you are taking action to find it. Good luck and be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

  2. I love your humility. It ranks close to my modesty, not too close, mind you, but in the same stratosphere.

    Dizzy Dean said, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.”

    Some of the people who work as recruiters act as if they are God by sprinkling down an occasional interview just so they can crush your hopes with the same standard rejection email they sent out to the other thirty-two rejects for the grocery bagger position.

    They way they wield power, you’d think they were editors bent on crushing the dreams of a writer.

    1. I feel that way about agents and editors at writing conferences. I’m beginning to think they have a quota for requests: ask x number of writers to submit their first few chapters, but never respond to them–– rejection or publish. Just leave them there hanging. It’s that, or I’m just not good enough, as a writer… and I’m not there yet, in acceptance.

      I’m commenting here, and not at the bottom, because I love what Russell has to say here… but Steph, know that I have mega faith in you, and really relate and empathize with this post! I’m out here rooting for you and sending my own kind of prayers out into the hiring world for you. Just know that. Rooting. Praying. Cheering! xox

  3. I would suggest volunteering to ‘get a foot in the door’ but…a volunteer valuable enough to hold down a paid job is probably too valuable as an unpaid employee to ever be offered that paid job. Just saying. I honestly don’t know what the answer is. Even with volunteering, my only successes came through ringing people and speaking to them directly. That does work in small, community based organisations, but I suspect you wouldn’t get past the front desk in a corporate office.
    Do you know anyone who could pull some personal strings for you?

    1. You are absolutely correct, Meeks. Since 2007, I have been a volunteer in my community. One reason I decided to go back to school was to prepare for a leadership role in a non-profit. Those jobs are hard to come by for many reasons. I’m working every angle I know.

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