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From my mailbox…

Part of my role involves me picking up those who are having a pretty rough time of it in the job market, and I thought I’d share with you one such email from someone who didn’t make the bookcareers.com job club meeting today.
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“I’m sorry I didn’t make it to the meeting today.
Prepare yourself for a tale of woe! Due to unforseen traffic jams my bus journey to the station took twice as long as anticipated, and then when I got there I saw that the next train wasn’t due for another twenty minutes, the journey into town itself would take a further twenty minutes and then I’d still need to take the tube and… and it suddenly seemed like the biggest drama in the world! Following a job rejection on Friday and three yesterday I’m feeling a bit down and just decided the universe obviously hated me (poor me!) and I’d be so late getting to you that there wasn’t any point so I turned around and came home again. To make sure the cosmos knew what it was putting me through I then threw myself on my bed and sobbed heartily for a good fifteen minutes, but was then forced to stop as I could no longer breathe through my nose.

It is ridiculous, there are people struggling far more than me, or battling illness (not to mention poor old Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, her debut solo album FAILED TO MAKE THE TOP 40!!! Can you imagine?) so I’m trying to be positive but, sometimes it just gets on top of me and I wallow in self-pity. But not for too long, I get bored with myself after a while.

Anyway, I apologise for allowing my inner drama-queen to take over. I hope you had a good meeting and that someone at least has had better luck on the job front.”
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I particularly wanted to share this, so you know if you are going through a traumatic job search you are not alone. I’m pleased to report we’ve since had a chat and things don’t seem so bad (!). We’ll also be reviewing the job applications that didn’t work for her to see where we can make some improvements. Fingers crossed the next job she applies for will be the one with her name on it.

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2 Responses to From my mailbox…

  1. Jaine K 17/11/2010 at 17:25 #

    That’s such a great email, showing humour even when you’re feeling down is a talent in itself! My advice is just to keep plugging away. I lost track of how many jobs I applied for and how many rejections I got before I found my current job – it’s a tough market at the moment but the right job for you IS out there, promise! Keep working with Suzanne, she’s so positive and helpful, as I’m sure you’ve already seen. Good luck, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    Jaine x

  2. Joanna 17/11/2010 at 20:28 #

    Rest assure, you are not alone. If my life had been a reality show since I started looking for full-time employment two years ago, it would have been super dull and filled with a lot of sobbing on the bed, beating myself up. As difficult as getting a job in publishing is, the fact that job market DOES suck right now makes it exponentially more difficult.
    That being said, I haven’t found full-time employment, but since I began the hunt, my priorities have changed and I have a part-time job that suits me.
    Stick with Suzanne. She’s so encouraging and teeming with knowledge!

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