I’m about a month and a half in to the job search and the results of my nearly every day search for a new job is about the same as going around a racetrack in a car that blows out a tire every few laps. Not good and rather annoying.
But it’s really not that bad. I told myself in the beginning that I would give myself till the end of January before I really start getting upset about the job search not going too well. One thing that does stink about this time of the year is that no one is hiring. No job will hire a new person right before the holidays – it doesn’t make sense. I get that. So, even though I’m applying to all of these places, I know that I am most likely not going to get a job offer until after the New Year. I planned for this but it still a crappy feeling to get “we’re moving on with other candidates” or “thank you for applying but…”.
But do you know what the worst part of the application process is? (I have multiple answers to this haha)
1) Job applications require you to upload your resume – and then proceed to have you fill in EVERY detail of your resume in separate boxes following the upload. What’s the point?! Literally what is the point? Aren’t we past this glitch of technology? I’m assuming it’s for companies that want to weed out applicants that are not qualified. They ingest all of your answers into some system that filters your answers and weens you out of the process. I get where that benefits the company but damn if that’s not annoying as hell.
2) NO ONE ANSWERS THEIR DAMN EMAILS. Here I stand as a hopeful, prospective and very qualified candidate using my best grammar, being professional, being courteous and nice, and asking general questions hoping for at least some kind of reply. NOTHING. The amount of times that an employer has simply not responded to me is dumbfounding. Honestly, if I were in a place of management I would answer ALL truly honest and hopeful candidates. Sure, companies get a lot of bs applications but there are some that are not bs. It’s a constant feeling of being ghosted. That’s not a fun feeling.
I am very happy to have the holidays off. So happy. That has never happened in my adult life so you better believe I’m soaking it up but that constant feeling of not having a job and not getting any kind of leads or replies is always in the back of my head.
I’m happy with my choice to leave tv. With that said, there have been several stations that have reached out to me and asked if I was interested. I’ve humored them and said “sure, let’s hear’s what you have to say”. Which brings me to another topic of concern for me. I’ve thought about going back into TV but that has me feeling semi hypocritical. I left TV for a reason and I would rather not get back into it so soon but I’ve had moments of weakness and have applied to a few stations just to see what happens.
I LOVE being in front of the camera and communicating and talking with people. I just think it’s so fun and that’s what I miss about TV. I like explaining things and laughing and having a personality that people sometimes relate to. So, we’ll see.
I write this in a moment of some sadness. I’ve received a lot of NO’s and a lot of companies have straight up ignored me. Insert profanity here.
What I want to remind everyone (and this is mainly directed to myself) is that you can’t give up when you feel down or defeated. I’ve gotten in a few ruts thus far and each time I have to remind myself that this is temporary and to enjoy the time off while you can. I know myself – I’ll get a job. I just want it to happen right now! haha
To everyone reading, thank you for taking the time to do so. Just needed a place to vent.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday break with family and loved ones if you have the chance.
When it rains, it pours but
~Rain or Shine
I’m Andy Stein