End of the Unemployment Line

Joan. Got. A. Job.  I start a new full-time HR position in less than a week.  The U.S. unemployment stats for June 2017 just decreased.  Here are a few stats of my own as I searched for a new employer:

I was jobless for 141 business days.

I applied for 26 positions, both full-time and part-time.

I worked with two local staffing agencies.  I signed up with one in February and found them to be a bit unorganized and scattered with poor follow through.  The second one appeared to be more organized and thorough, but I never had a chance to really utilize them.

I completed four phone interviews and five in-person interviews.

I was fortunate that I could be picky in my search for what I hope is my last long-term employment home.  I interviewed prospective employers just as they interviewed me.  I did find some of the process to be a little disconcerting.  I passed on a position where the Director of HR (one of three people interviewing me) made what I believed to be an inappropriate comment.  Also, there appeared to be a lack of follow through after the selection process was complete.  I still have yet to hear back about at least two positions that I interviewed for.  I find that to be rude and inconsiderate.  I was told by a recruiter that she hears about unprofessionalism quite often from their recruits.  WOW!  REALLY?

I do feel that I made good use of my “down” time.  I was able to chauffeur a friend to appointments as she was unable to drive for a bit due to a foot injury.  (I call her Miss Daisy, but she goes by J.B.)  I had a few marathon luncheons with some great ladies, and spent many hours volunteering.  I watched a little morning TV as I performed chores, as well as lots of HGTV, mostly during the winter.  I took a Tuesday morning spinning class where I met a few nice, mostly retired women and worked up a sweat thanks to Chris the Brit.  I wrote, though not as much as I had intended.  I did complete my motivational speaking piece and my son helped me convert it to Power Point.  Now, I just need to find some folks to motivate!!!

In the end, the job that just felt right was one of my easiest interviews.  My new boss was friendly, laid back and did not grill me with a list of obscure and unimportant questions.  I am hopeful that I can call this place home for the next five to ten years.  By then, the kiddos will be out of college and we will be of a “certain” age.  I can already see the light in my retirement tunnel!

2 thoughts on “End of the Unemployment Line

  1. Ok, so what will you be doing and who are you doing it for? (sorry about the preposition ending the sentence). Congratulations! 🙂 What was the inappropriate comment? I’m currently in my own job search. Applied for about 10 jobs within my own large company. Mostly I didn’t get feedback when the position was filled. I’ve had 2 interviews for 1 job. Our company has a new policy where managers have to choose based on the candidate’s commitment to service, diversity, and teamwork. There were probably 50 questions about that. No questions about the resume or what I’m doing now. i wonder if that’s a trend in other companies. Of course, I pass being nice with flying colors. 🙂 Not sure I have the right experience.
    My message to other readers is NEVER STAY STILL. I have focused on things other than my career for the last few years. Recently realized it’s been years since I learned anything new. I have a valuable data-base in my brain, but my work is as routine as if I were making widgets. Anything that isn’t growing is dying. One particular TV ad got me moving. It says “When was the last time you did something for the first time.?”
    Wishing you joy as you leap into a new pool of “firsts”

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