Posts Tagged 'nightowlstaffing'

Don’t Take It Personally

You left the job interview certain that you had landed the position.  They like you, you liked them, there was an agreement on pay range, and you are totally qualified for the position.   So why haven’t they called?  Let’s assume for this article that you did everything right – including a thank you note (at least by email) and a follow up call several days later stating your continued interest in the job.  You did do those – right?  Right.  So what’s the problem?

One of the biggest hurdles we deal with in the job market is the Human Factor.  That’s right folks, we are humans dealing with other humans and as such there is a myriad of factors that can contribute to the decision made by the employer.  Maybe there was someone equally qualified and thorough in their interview and the employer had a tough decision to make.  Many times there are more than one perfect candidate for the job.  One will get the job – and unfortunately the rest won’t.  It’s not that you did anything wrong – you just didn’t get picked – this time.   Maybe the employer just didn’t get a good vibe from you even though everything went well.  Human interactions are complicated and based on much more than just what you wore, how you presented yourself or even if you had a common interest.  Just like personal relationships, professional relationships are somewhat chemical in nature and even though you did everything right – you just were not what they were looking for.  The point is – its not personal – it’s just business.

On the other hand if you have had several great interviews – especially a great 2nd or 3rd interview and you haven’t been offered any jobs, you might want to take a closer look at your approach.  It might help to talk to a friend in detail about what happens in your interviews and what topics you discussed and how you answered those questions.  A good friend will need to be necessarily judgmental in order to be effective so again, don’t take it personally but learn from their comments.  Talk to more than one friend if you can and see if you notice a common response.

There is one thing you definitely should take personally.  If you have sent out many resumes but haven’t received even one call – there may be a problem with how you present your information.  We live in an electronic society and most resumes don’t reach a human eye until they first get singled out by a computer.  Your resume should be targeted specifically for the job you are applying for and be formatted in such a way that it will get singled out in an electronic scan against hundreds of other resumes.  It might be time for you to get some professional advice on your resume.  There are many resources available to help you – from personal consultants to electronic programs to help you build your resume.  I’m including a link to such a program in this post but there are many to choose from varying in price range and features.  Do a careful search and get the help you need to have your resume get noticed.

Resume Companion

The Graveyard

Yes, Halloween is in the air – but we are here to talk about jobs!  I found out recently that working the graveyard shift isn’t as spooky as it sounds.  In fact – it wasn’t terrible at all and lots of folks actually enjoy working during 3rd shift.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I voluntarily quit my 2nd shift job of 13 years to pursue my dream of a cross country bicycle ride.  It was awesome and I’m glad I did it.  But when I returned from my trip the company I worked for – who fully supported my adventure – no longer had a job available for me.  The economy was the worst it has been in my lifetime and I was doing all sorts of odd jobs until I was finally offered a 3rd shift position at my old job.  The horror!  But I had little choice at the time so I decided to do it.  I worked the shift for three months and even though it was a challenge, it wasn’t really that bad.

I’m a “solar powered” person so I decided I had to sleep in two parts so that I could enjoy some sunshine during the middle part of the day.  I don’t recommend that approach for other third shift workers though because you never really get a good full day’s sleep and I was tired all the time.  If you find yourself working the graveyard shift, you will need to decide if you want to sleep before work or after work.  If you are going to work this schedule permanently, I would recommend you train yourself to set a bedtime in the afternoon so you can enjoy some sunshine in the morning.  Just leave enough time for a solid 7 – 8 hours of sleep before your shift starts.    It will take a while for your body to adjust but you will get used to it. If that schedule doesn’t work for you, then you might want to sleep directly after your shift and get up sometime in the afternoon staying awake until you go to work again.  Also, I’m a firm believer in naps so you can fit one of those in with any sleep schedule.

Just keep in mind that you need to be alert and awake for your entire shift.  Sleeping on the job is a good way to get fired and with today’s video monitoring you won’t likely get away with a nap at work.  Listen to your body and decide what sleep schedule works best for you keeping in mind that we all need a solid, uninterrupted 7 to 8 hour sleep cycle.

Do you have a suggestion for third shift schedule?  Have you encountered any unusual situations working the graveyard shift?  Please share your comments below.