Got turned down by one of my three top choices today. This is not the same outfit I interviewed with yesterday. My phone interview with this outfit went very well, but it was a couple of weeks ago. I pinged them back Tuesday and they replied back with your standard template of liking my qualifications, but not really having a position that’s an exact fit right now.Â Number two I had a third round phone interview with yesterday, and number three, the in-person interview went well with them, but it’s been two weeks and I haven’t heard a peep. That’s never a good sign, but I’m reluctant to bug people if the issue is just something is taking a long time with HR, or they just have more candidates to interview before making a decision.Â I have a fourth possibility, but it’s a decade step back in my career, and even that’s not certain. I am facing the prospect of failing at all the top companies, and having to take a huge step back. But hey, you gotta pay the bills somehow.
I had started posting here about the job hunt situation mostly as an outlet, and to give people an idea of how things are out there, if you might be worried about your job. There are still a lot of jobs out there, but I’m finding the going much much harder than it was a decade ago, when I was last looking. I’m going to need to step it up a notch very soon.
If any of the rest of you find yourselves hitting the unemployment line, my advice is to use a breadth search, not a depth search. I started off with a depth search; identifying top employers, and spending the time and effort to try to get in to those, but which had a high probability of not panning out. That may turn out to be a strategic mistake on my part. We shall see.