Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Job Hunting I Shall Go!

I've still been looking for a job. I thought that my many years of working would be an asset to me in the job hunt, but apparently it is just a way to get interviews and not jobs.

I interviewed at a dental office two weeks ago and it went really well. They asked me to come in for a working interview, which I have never heard of before. It apparently consists of me coming in and working for free for a few hours so they can see how I do. I went and did that for the dental office yesterday. It was weird.

First the office manager lady said that she wanted someone who knew what they were doing and didn't have to ask questions. Which started me off with the idea that I shouldn't ask questions. Then, she just threw me into the job, answering phones, greeting patients, and checking out patients. I've never worked in a dental office before, but I have been to the dentist, so I just pretended like I knew what I was doing. But, I made some mistakes and I did get yelled at a couple of time by patients. I blame the office manager lady for her unwillingness to give me even a little training. Whatever. After three hours I asked if they needed me anymore because I had already worked for free for three hours. I was excused. I don't know if they will offer me the job, but I left my number. It wouldn't be a bad place to work, but I bet it would be difficult until I figured out the job.

I have another interview tomorrow for a receptionist position with a construction company. We shall see how that goes. I'm starting to think that I don't make a good first impression. Perhaps I need to practice my interviewing with Marie like I used to do when I was a kid.

What I really want is a writing job, but I can't seem to get the companies with writing jobs open to call me back. I must not be as stellar as I think that I am. Alas.

And the search continues...


Marie said...

Job hunting is the worst. And I would recommend not doing one of the "working interviews" anymore because it seems like it was just a way for them to get some free labor.

Krista said...

I would agree with Marie. I have never heard about doing something like that before. It sounds weird. Especially that she would not give you an info on how they would like to see you run the desk.

claudia said...

We all feel vulnerable while job hunting. It is hard. The office experience was just a little wierd. Asking you to work for free and expect you to simply know the routine there without asking a quesion is dumb. you probably don't want to work there anyway. The best job for you will happen soon. You are the best to hang in there and keep trying. xo