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some of you may have read my plight about a job-I need some immediate thoughts:

I’ve been interviewing non-stop for an exciting job, which honestly-both interests me and scares me. I’ve had 5 interviews and a 4 hour killer writing test. 2 of the interviews went REALLY FANTASTIC. One was someone who holds the position in another state, one was HR and the other w/ a woman, who from the start-didn’t seem to like me one bit-of course, she was the LAST one.

I applied to be a staff freelance columnist and writer. They’ve been sort of courting me to run a division. After yesterday I told my dh that I wanted to send something off like this:

“This is either the smartest move I can make or the best demonstration of how to shoot yourself in the foot-But people, I am a feature writer. I can do hard news. Am I technologically savvy-no, but that can be learned.  

I can write, I will be hard working and do my best for you as I believe in your site.  

However, I will also tell you up front-I have a life. I’m a family person first and while I will work my fingers to the bone for you-I will not put you above those who have meant the most to me.

What I propose is that you use my strengths-let me write the columns that you want the site to have, let me do the freelance writing for various events and activities. This way we‘re both in a win-win situation. You can hire someone who won’t mind working 24/7 and you will also have a darn fine writer on your staff. I can provide you with solid writing and still maintain my persona.

I really am thinking of sending this off! What are your opinions?

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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 4, 2010
    • Carine,

      While many will appreciate your honesty, most will not give you the job when you tell them upfront that you have a life besides their job offer.

      The market is saturated with every possible profession out there, employers want to get the most for their buck, and if that means squeezing the last breath out of you they will....

      That’s just my two cents...

      p.s.
      I don’t believe that anyone should work more than an 8 hour day because no one can be productive working long hours day after day, however, I know that not many will agree with me.



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 4, 2010
    • In today’s job market, I feel the part about you having a life will be a huge turn-off. I’m sure there are many who may be single, etc who would jump on this job.  

      IMO



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 4, 2010
    • I hear you-I agree w/ Yana about after 8 hours, your brain is mush.  And yes, the ones who are working at the jobs are 1/2 my age (per the research I did and this person yesterday alluded to my age, even though she was my age)and probably single.

      it’s a great opportunity-but they were already telling me I’d better cancel any previous plans.  That was after I told them that some were already not in a place that I could do so.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 4, 2010
    • I say, no. There’s a negative tone in the first sentence which may cause them to discount you altogether.

      Carine, you‘re a very honest and upfront person. With friends this is great. But when looking to be hired in such a competetive market, I don’t think this is a good idea.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 5, 2010
    • thank you notes were on their way immediately after everyone of the interviews.  the last woman-she is the “power“, she is the one who makes the decisions.  and after researching her-she is definitely into her job of being the one who holds everyone to the standards she wants.  which is fine, but I think what bothered me the most was her “how will you keep up w/ others?  You‘re twice their age”
      I answered her w/ what I thought was a great answer: I’m not looking to keep up with those in other counties or cities, I’m looking to do the best for my niche. I shouldn’t have to keep up with someone doing the same position in a larger area or even someone who’s city is a small bedroom community like mine. I should be concerned with doing the job that best suits my neighbors and businesses.”
      what was wrong with that?  She made a noise.



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      Anne E wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • Carine,

      You are a FANTASTIC writer!  I would think that your portfolio of work would impress anybody.  What that woman said smacks of age discrimination although there isn’t much you can do about it.

      I’m glad you didn’t send the memo you showed us initially.  They would just laugh and discount you from any consideration.  Just keep on trying and, eventually, something good will turn up!

      I am wondering if you’ve ever given thought to trying to have work published in a major magazine-Ladies Home Journal, O, etc. I do think that you write well enough! Someone once told me that it looks good to have your letters to the editor published.  

      Good luck and hang in there! heart



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      Sandra G wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • Wow- she threw out the age ball..and how old was she?..is this really a company that is a fit for you and what you want in your life? or is it about "the job"..

      Very possibly, she wanted to see how you would react to the innuendo?

      Right now the market is so tough for any job, I heard my old vp say she could get anything she wanted right now..so why hire someone without a degreee..(this was not a degree needed kind of job-mail sorter)...

      If this does not pan out, it may be a blessing in disguise~if it does work out for you..I wish you all of the best!estatic

      Let us know if you hear back from them!



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