I've been looking for a new job since I lost my job nearly four months ago. I've looked high and low, near and far, and in every category I could think of.
This week, I was rejected by a major retailer. You know, the one with the bullseye logo.
I'm not taking it personally, of course. They probably had hundreds of applicants for every job available. But I had 7 years of retail experience, and they wouldn't even bring me in for an interview. Their curt, short note simply said, "We are unable to offer you a job."
It's a shame, too. I'm focused, I'm organized and I was willing to work for a lot less than my last job paid me. The employees that the store has now often seem unfocused, and their work is done without any sense of urgency or care. Perhaps having a work ethic is a liability in certain sectors.
After applying to over 300 jobs, I fear I'm caught in a no-mans land that seems virtually impossible to break out of. I'm way too experienced and overqualified for anyone to hire me for a retail job. But few mid-level jobs are open right now, and most of the positions available on job boards are all high-level, senior career, six-figure jobs for which I am clearly not qualified.
One option that I thought was impossible to imagine before - simply giving up my search completely - is now a scary possibility.