Adventures in Job Hunting

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been looking for work. I haven’t had a “real” job since 2010, but lately I’ve felt antsy and wanted one, and a little extra income certainly wouldn’t be unwelcome, so I’ve been looking. I signed back up for LinkedIn and made my profile all shiny. I broke out the old résumé and cleaned it up. It looks good. You know what else looks good? My cover letters.

But job-hunting is exhausting and nerve-wracking. I spent most of yesterday feeling like I was going to puke. I’m looking for specific work, and I have the skills and the education for it, but finding job listings that feel like a good fit with companies that I can vet isn’t easy. So I also posted ads on Craigslist.

And boy has that been an adventure. It’s the smuggling scam I’m most offended by, to be honest. I got an email offering me work “receiving and shipping packages” and the scammer outright said they were buying ancient artifacts. I’m not sure if they actually are, but they had a copy of my résumé, wasn’t asking me to smuggle cultural resources a bit clueless? I just don’t understand the real estate scams. The “post this listing” job offers. Are they for finding victims? One “recruiter” was so persistent when I politely and professionally said, “I don’t think I’m the right fit for the position” that I had to tell him the whole first page of Google results for his phone number were scam complaints.

Come on, dude. Have some self-awareness.

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