Sunday, 13 February 2011

Give me a chance?

Giving people a chance seems to be a quality lacking in today's job market. Before the credit crunch, the huge redundancies, the vast amount of new graduates flooding the market, things were a little simpler. I don't think I'm looking at the situation through rose tinted lenses, I think it's fair to say that people (particularly in the field I am interested in, the third sector (aka working for a charity)) used to be taken on and then trained on the job. I have friends from my time at Amnesty International who got lucky- from volunteering somewhere else they were given a chance to prove themselves. Not so anymore. I have had a couple of interviews for various "fundraising assistant" type positions. Now, my CV and application form state the experience and skills I have. Sure, some elements may be embellished, but nothing invented. Yet in interview, I'm asked what I'd do in a hypothetical situation, which if were to arise, I'd have been trained and have experience to respond accordingly anyway. So why ask me? I can think on my feet, but I can't imagine quite how to do such and such thing which should be taught on the job. It seems these days employers want you to have done the exact same job somewhere else before they're willing to employ you. But that's the point- I'm trying to work my way up! There's no point going for a job you're already doing, somewhere else, unless the pay is vastly better.

I'm sure this situation is affecting lots of people. I know the whole vicious circle of not getting a job for lack of experience, yet no one giving you a job to acquire that experience! But one step further is- why interview me if you see from my application form and CV that I don't have the exact experience you're looking for?

(It didn't help matters that one of the interviewers was slightly condescending in that way people have of smiling at you as if you're totally stupid). Suffice to say, it really wasn't worth my taking half a day's holiday from work to end up stressed out and nearly in tears from it all!

Luckily, pancakes with nutella and cherries helped a bit..
And a little walk around Brick Lane. These trousers are from New Look, I've wanted a printed pair for a while, and thought these weren't too loud or crazy. Blazer from Topshop.


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26 comments:

  1. I so remember this situation, and it's totally getting worse. SO unfair x

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  2. You took the words out of my mouth! I have been battling this job situation for quite some time. I'm trying to get a part-time job whilst going to university, but it seems that no one is willing to give anyone a chance unless they have extensive knowledge and experience. I hope you find something soon, dear! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :) Also, that outfit is lovely! These photographs are great! xxxxx

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  3. I just love your trousers, thank-you for the comment to my lovely,
    hehe same i definitely agree with you <3

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  4. You poor dear, looking for work is so horrible x

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  5. Ugh, I know what you mean. Its the worst! I wish you the best of luck in trying to find a job in the future. Its so silly...some employers are crazy! On the upside, you look darling and your trousers are amazing. And nutella is my favorite. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. Have a great day love bug! xoxo

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  6. i love your pants and shoes!!! and the job situation sounds terrible and quite unfair, i haven't figured out what i would like to do but i am a bit of a worry wart and am already getting concerned about finding the job i want once i know what it is!! I really hope they go better next time :)

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  7. Oh it's so difficult isn't it? I'm in the third sector too and it seems increasingly difficult to get jobs without having interned or full time volunteered in the exact job (but unpaid, obv) you want. I count myself lucky that I got my job at the time I did - it was a lot easier back then!

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  8. It must be so frustrating for you. You just feel like screaming 'I could do this so well for you!!!'. Fingers crossed something will come up soon. On the plus side, you look gorgeous:) xx

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  9. I know how you feel with the job thing, I have no real experience so I cant get hired anywhere. Sigh. I hope things turn around for you! So wish I could pull off those pants too!

    Shy

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  10. I'm sorry for your troubles dearest. Keep your chin and your hopes up, things will get better <3

    xx and hugs

    Jhordyn

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  11. I'm so sorry you had such a shit time of it!
    If they were that fussy, they shouldn't have called you in like you said because it's just upsetting.
    Pancakes is a great way to cheer yourself up though, and I love those trousers!

    Rosie x

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  12. Awww sweetie I'm sorry that the interview didn't go well and that the person doing it was a bitch... The best thing to do now is just forget about it and keep doing what you're doing for now, things will fall into place eventually so it's best not to stress yourself too much :)

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  13. Its sad to hear your interview didnt go well. I have been trying for ages to get a part time job, just so I can have a little money and become more independent, but I have no prior experience and I'm certain this is why I'm not getting hired.

    I wish you luck with whatever you plan to do and hope it goes your way.

    xx Carina

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  14. Oh that sounds so frustrating on the job front - such a vicious circle with experience. Pancakes and Brick Lane sound like fun though - and I love your printed trousers! Sally x

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  15. Argh I know exactly how you feel - condescending interviewers and all. Even WITH the experience, in the third sector, there are so so many people competing for each job that it's impossible for young people to even have a chance! It's so frustrating :( good luck with the searching - it only takes one job :) x

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  16. I agree about the whole "vicious circle". I have no idea how people gain experience when most employers will only give chances to those who are probably too "high up" in the field to even do it. It leaves people like me with no chance at all :(. On the plus side, the pancakes and your trousrs both look gorgeous :) x

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  17. everyone's so worried about resumes even in high school. Mine's barely impressive; I applied for an internship @ a solar observatory this summer, and they were so worried that I had't done anything like this before. There is no second without a first. People need to be given a chance; I agree with you wholeheartedly. xx

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  18. I'm sorry the interview didn't go to plan, but keep your hopes up, do you want to work for somewhere where you are looked down on? you just keep applying and try your best when it comes to interviews and put your personality across :)
    maybe try to do some volunteering in the field you want to go into to put that on your cv? :s its so hard at the moment, with there being so many people all going for the same jobs, but i wish you good luck for anymore job interviews you have in the future xxx

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  19. Don't lose heart! They say work experience is truly what employers want these days, but you're right it's a vicious circle - how can you accumulate work experience without people giving you a chance?! Keep trying, and if nothing else interviews are good experience in their own right to build your confidence and practise your technique. Lovely trousers too, and pancakes always feel me feel better (and fuller hehe) Claire @ Jazzpad

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  20. aw hun keep ur chin up :) love the outfit shot! xo

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  21. Pancakes with nutella and cherries makes everything better :) And hey we've all been there, HANG IN. It'll happen.

    PS: THOSE PANTS ARE FABNESS.

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  22. I know exactly what you mean. I studied journalism and then the economy tanked just as I was coming out of college and the most frustrating thing I was feeling (as many of my classmates are still going through) how can you GET experience unless someone gives you a chance!? UGHHH. Annoying.

    Anyway, on another note I wanted to thank you for your comment and support on my post about racism. It was really difficult to write about without swearing and screaming, and I appreciated you sharing your story too. Its so unfair, especially when you believe in equality. Thank you again.

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  23. I'm having the worstttt time finding a job! isn't that funny how it happens to everyone at once? your outfit is so great though, I LOVE the pants. super trendy!

    xoxo

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  24. Yep, I'd say everyone is pretty much all in the same boat. It's seriously all about luck and being in the right place at the right time....which is pretty hard to finagle. Good luck to you, though, i'm sure it won't be too long until you find something great :)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  25. Absolutely love those pants! Great photos. I am a new follower!

    http://isabellasfashion.blogspot.com

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  26. (your trousers are AMAZING)
    my boyfriend just graduated from uni here in the states (i'm a british girl studying abroad), and he's just managed to find a job bag packing in a supermarket, which is so depressing when he has a degree and is a really smart guy. I graduate next summer and I'm so worried about finding a job ://
    Thank you for commenting on your blog so I could find yours!! I hope you pop back soon :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

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thank you, I love reading your pretty words <3