Finding a job, part 2: That time I applied to H&M and was groupinterviewed with ten 20 year olds!

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This is post #2, of a series of posts covering past and current job applications and the resulting anonymous emails telling me I suck. Er, yeah, that’s basically the gist of it. I dont not suck enough to get the job so therefore I suck. Here we go!

Nothing against 20 year olds or anything but I’m no longer in high school or university and every single one of them had the name Kayla. I think, thats how I remember it anyway. It was 2,5 months ago so there might have also been two Baileys which is hilarious because that’s the name of me and my ex’s cat and every time one of them would be called by name I’d think of this big fat orange tomcat… anyway, off on a tangent here.

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H&M opened a new location on Prince Edward Island this summer, our first one! I love this store and thought I would apply since they were hiring part-time sales advisors. I threw my resume in the ring on August 2 and had a phone interview that week. There were the generic questions;

“How would you deal with an unhappy customer?” (tell them to go away)*

“What is your availability?” (Tuesdays from 23:15 until 23:16!)*

“What do you know about h&m?” and;

“What do you think the responsibilities of a sales advisor are?” (this is where you read off their ad, but in your own words and hope you’ve selected the right answer)*

Surprisingly, the phone interview went well enough, I felt really good about it and I was invited to a “Meet & Greet” by robo-email, so refreshing, and rsvp’d, of course.

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As I usually do, I did some research on the company. I read the wiki. I scoured the website and it really did seem like a cool place to work. Young and fresh and with opportunity for growth. This is something I really like in a company as in the past I’ve caught on quite quickly at entry level jobs in retail and have been promoted. I like a change, and I like moving up!

The meet and greet went errr, well it went alright. We all showed up to a closed retail location and were made to stand and wait for what seemed like an hour but was really only about 10 minutes. Surprisingly of the 30 young people they had invited a few didn’t actually show up. How does that even happen? Not showing up for a job interview? We were all given those nice rectangular stick-on name tags and invited in for a 15 minute orso peptalk by three H&M employees glorifying their diety, I mean talking about their employer. and the benefits of the working there. We heard from one HR person, another stores lacky and a store manager.**

We were then split up into three  (it may have been four) groups and had awkward group conversations with the other interviewees and the one awkward H&M person in front of us guiding the conversation. After ten minutes of struggle. (Keep your posture good! Smile! Be friendly! Prove you are awesome for the job!) we were hussled back into circles on folding chairs for a half hour long group interview session which followed the general format of:

Introduce yourself and answer generic questions about what the job is and how you would handle certain situations. Yay!

It is at this point that I realised this was just NOT going to happen. As much as I think I would have been quite good at the job, I was sitting in a room with people ten years younger; one girl who showed up late and several of whom just repeated the same type of answers over and over again… of which two were still in actual high school.

I lingered a minute after the interview but the H&M folks all said bye, opened the door and then congregated in their own huddle ignoring everyone going out the door.

Overall experience: mwah, 5/10. From what I had read on their website and hoped for the experience was really mediocre. I was full of hope but unsurprisingly, a full two weeks later the following robo-email landed in my inbox;

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The frustrating thing with these companies is that they all seem to use do-not-reply emails and give 0 feedback after. I have no idea what I should have done differently.

And on we go, let’s see what this week brings!~ ^-^

*Obviously this is all sarcasm. I sat down, spent a few hours preparing, got in the right mindset, dressed up, put on a good face and gave it a serious go. **When I say “lacky” I mean part-time highschool student sales advisor from another store.

Link-Love #25

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The last link-love post I posted was back in March, 2014. Woah! I hadn’t realised I’d been absent so long, of course along the way I’ve read plenty of interesting things, start with;

This Battered Suitcase, Brenna Holeman, one of my favourite I-wish-I-was-this-chick-bloggers wrote a piece on being busy. You can find it here. 

To touch on being busy and feeling guilty for not being busy… Today I spent the entire day doing gloriously nothing. Work and travel has kept me busy enough and today I slept until 13:30… 1:30PM! And then did nothing. I have accomplished almost nothing today besides writing. I feel incredibly guilty and pushed to do things all the time but I need times of nothing. That shows that some nothing in my life is required to give me time to rest my brain, feel a little less overwhelmed and write. Anyway, go read the article, that’s just my personal touch on that today!

I also liked this post on a blog I just found today: Our Next LifeResist the pull of the echo chamber in retirement. Surrounding yourself with only like-minded people doesn’t allow for personal growth, in short. My recent experience with this is that recently a girl I know through internet forums abruptly deleted me from Facebook because she was so personally insulted by the article I shared (which I didn’t even write!) It reminds me to be more open, to continue to learn from opposing views and actions and to not burry myself in my own little cave with only things i agree with and like.

On to… election-y stuff. I’ll admit that on Tuesday night I stayed up, despite being absolutely exhausted. I kept refreshing twitter and the NYT elections page to see what was happening. I was on edge. I am not a Canadian Citizen (I may be in the future) but Canada is my home and what happens in the USA affects us over here + I like to travel to the US. I didn’t root for either candidate, they both badmouthed eachother so I was more watching to see what would happen. Trump or HIllary? My cousin posted this article the next day: It’s going to be okay. From Wait but Why, by Tim Urban.

And also, Finding Contentment in Well Enough by She Picks up Pennies. I have little to add. The PF atmosphere can be daunting and is glaringly different than any broke people in my immediate surroundings. I feel at times just fine and well enough, and other times absolutely falling short and failing at personal finance in general.

And that’s it, that’s a wrap. See you all next week with my next post on job hunting… HAAA 😀

 

Finding a job, part 1!: Customer service role at a bank that starts with S and ends in “bank”

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This will be post #1, of a series of posts covering past and current job applications and the resulting anonymous emails telling me I suck. Er, yeah, that’s basically the gist of it. I dont not suck enough to get the job so therefore I suck.

I cant figure out why… so… I have this blog, lets combine the two and maybe together we can figure it out, hmm?

I have been semi-seriously seeking full-time or part-time, really, anything-you’ll give me-employment since graduating with a business degree in 2013. I have edited and reedited and started from scratch on my resume since then. I make resumes for specific jobs, for specific hours, generic resumes, special resumes, with and without references, with and without certain jobs etc. I’ve had probably about ten interviews, no maybe 15 and in some instances have moved on to round #2 but have yet to succeed finding some kind of job to supplement my income.

In all fairness, I’m not hurting. I am self-employed and have been now for about ten years. I make my own hours, work when I want mostly, take time when I want – mostly and I am able to live comfortably on about half my income and save the rest, while still traveling more than anyone I know because I live like an ‘ole scrooge and scrimp and save where I can. Buuuuuut, I am only able to do these things BECAUSE I scrimp and save and scrooge and it’s tiring.

I have no cable, no internet (i’m using my neighbours for a small fee, with their agreement) drive a 12-year old car and credit-card hack to be able to afford the traveling life that I want. I rarely eat out. I have a $10k emergency fund, some small savings accounts for various purposes (car, travel) $35k set aside for a house downpayment and am working on increasing my retirement savings. I’m not doing that bad!

But… Its hard as hell making any headway with my retirement savings on an income of 30k. I see no way of actually being able to retire even when I’m 90 with enough income to live off. I need a new car next year so I wont be able to add much to my retirement this year, as I will be siphoning all my extra cash towards purchasing a new car with cash. If I buy another house i’ll need to continuously make enough to maintain it which proved to be exceedingly difficult on my current wages. So, I’ve been looking for more work! I can easily take on part-time employment while maintaining my current job(s).

I apply for jobs sporadically, half consistently, and have been doing so for the past three years. I receive daily emails with current postings and always apply when jobs suited to my qualifications come up. This is the case every few weeks orso. I live in a small province and jobs that aren’t the fastfood entry level type dont come up every day.

Im a 31year old single, capable, woman. I have a good resume with 10+ years of customer service experience. I have two excellent reference letters, I’ve had my resume looked at by others who say its great. I’ve redone it. I’ve had it marked in university. I’ve had it marked and edited by a friend. I have a business degree and a two year college diploma in tourism management. And I cant even find a parttime front desk job to supplement my income and boost my savings or investments so I wont have to live with my nonexistent children when im 80.

So, what gives?

This morning I applied for a customer service job at a bank. You can gueeesss which one. I am quite qualified, sufficiently accredited but within 3 hours I received this:

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Am I cursed?

**Apologies for sloppy highlighting there, I’ll get better, promise!