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Dec 5, 2017 07:50AM
Dec 5, 2017 07:50AM
Bent- I have applied for some contract work on line and the whole process is ridiculous. The few FT jobs I have explored have been worse. I will say they ask a lot of information these days about things I have no ability to provide like former managers wear abouts and how to reach them. That comes with a long work history. I have a couple key people for references for more recent work and usually that will suffice, but sometimes it does not.
I also have found those assessment things are very common these days. Many orgs are doing those now in advance to try to get a sense if a person is a good fit. it also saves them time with the interview questions. Questions about mental health issues and how you would respond must be related to the type of org you are applying too. I usually am asked how I deal with "difficult people" and well, it depends on the flavor of difficult.
One of my friends here who works for one of the national labs tried here to hire me for something in her area this summer, and I was very interested and I had to spend all day building a 5 page resume of everything I had ever done, plus various scientific publications and more recent technology presentations I have done. She came back and then told me she could not hire me for her area, because I did not have a security clearance (always been a problem in the past but willing to get one and no reason why I would not?) My resume floated around there for months and several other areas are really interested in me, but apparently there are funding issues right now with releasing money for new programs due to all the things going on in DC. I told my friend should anyone want to talk to me in the future, happy to come in but back burner-ed it for the time being. It would be a nice way to finish out my career professionally, but not hopeful at this time.....
Then there is this healthcare consulting group that keeps coming after me and all their recruiters are very green and end up lecturing me about not having good enough experience for things or that my resume is not long enough. Eye roll! I usually ask them how they would like me to taylor the resume? I like being lectured by the young ones. Anyways, the bottom line is this woman cannot get me any interviews anyways. They have wasted my time twice now. My new partnering firm whom I have a contract in place with and whom I spoke to today is close on some awards and await with baited breath. Moving towards that as they get me and they will be a great partnering firm to work with.
Perhaps this is a good time to get your resume updated and to try to fill those gaps as best you can. Do you have an old hard copy resume anywhere with the dates of your work? In most cases, people only want 10 years back. I am seeing more jobs around so keep looking and know the process is not an easy one. You are not alone friend.
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