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What am I doing wrong? - April 21st 2015, 05:35 PM

It's playing horrible games with my mental health. I have been in the same part time job position for near 6 years now. My current boss HATES me and refusses to pay me what others in my same rank get paid and there is nothing I can do about it. I did comfront her about and got no results just yelled at over every horrible thing that had ever happen.

That being said, the point of this thread was to ask what am I doing wrong in obtaing a new job? I have had interviews and failed every single one of them. Where I am now, I have watched people leave to better places. 2 of the hundreds had admitted that they got the job because they now or are related to someone at their new job. Again, where does that leave me? If that is true then I'm screwed I don't know anybody besides those that are in a worse boat than I am.

What Am I doing wrong with the interviews? I tried sounding confident even if I'm not. It might be far fetched but, do they judge you on your looks? I mean I do dress nice and everything but it only goes so far when you look like me. I am not a blonde hair size 0 model.

My brother just got a full time position w/ benifits after never having a job his whole life thanks to his(and I guess mine too) father. I had to go out on my 16th b-day (while others get to celebrate theirs) to gather job applications.

I have went through collge and got a associates degree(my brother made it through high school by the skin of his teeth and stopped) What am I doing wrong? What can I do better? I've been hearing things will look up for 4 years and its just getting darker and darker.

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Re: What am I doing wrong? - April 22nd 2015, 01:32 AM

You're not bringing your horseshoe with you.

Seriously, it is luck. You can be an awesome candidate but, look, we can't guarantee the mindset of the potential employer. You could do really well and still fall short at the final hurdle. Trying to ask "why" will just send you mad, because most of the time we don't know why. You can try contacting the Human Resources department of the company involved and ask what happened and sometimes they can give you tips. The only thing you can really do is press on and follow all the habits of good interviewees, carry yourself well, arrive punctually et cetera.

I remember I asked the same question as you and someone, to prove that luck plays such a large part, told me his story. He was scheduled for an interview and got off at the wrong floor, on the elevator. They let him in, he did an "interview" and got the wrong job.

It might sound depressing but what it means is that the next application could be "the one" .

Sure, there are big things which affect the result, I mean your resume could be badly written, you could be applying for jobs that you are underqualified for et cetera, and I encourage you to avoid those habits, but most of the time there is no real reason why. The next person is more qualified than you perhaps, but is that something you can control? Other than volunteering, to gain experience, not really.

You're not doing anything wrong, is basically the answer to your question .

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Re: What am I doing wrong? - May 3rd 2015, 04:33 PM

Appearances only matter dependent on the position/job you are applying for, otherwise it could be consider discrimination. Beyond that, the only thing that matters with appearances is looking professional -- but don't overdress.

Here's my advice on interviewing, and I've done hiring before, so this is what I suggest doing. Whatever job you are going after, RESEARCH it. Learn something about it. Set yourself out above the other candidates because most people just show up and lie their way through the interview.

When you research the job, look up qualifications, or skill sets that they want. Now, when you get your interview, HIT upon these skill sets, that is, suggest that you have them BEFORE they even ask you about it. In other words, if they are looking for customer service experience, give an example of customer service before they even ask you about it. If they want you to enjoy being the center of attention, mention it before they ask you about it.

Your goal in an interview is to get them to think, "Yes, we want you," before they even ask the questions. Learn about the company you are applying to, and mention something that you learned about them in the interview. Before you leave the interview, asks some questions about the person interviewing you. Ask them if they enjoy their job, what a routine day is for them etc. and tell them you think you'd enjoy doing that. Then, before you leave, hit upon the points that you researched again and tell them that you believe you'd be a great asset to their company.

Once you are done interviewing, even if it's just at a fast food joint, go back the next day and give them a thank you card. They spent 15-45 minutes of their day interviewing you, and other candidates, so you should at least thank them for considering you. Once you do this, you have already set yourself apart from everyone else.

Next thing, if they say they will contact you within a few days, don't contact them until AFTER a few days. Call and ask for a follow up with the hiring manager.

You really need to sell yourself. Confidence and just showing up isn't enough anymore. And as far as landing dream jobs, a lot of times it is about networking and who you know. But if you can sell the hell out of yourself, you can land the same gig.
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Re: What am I doing wrong? - May 3rd 2015, 10:26 PM

Hey job interviews depend on what the job is for and how the person who is being interviewed is for the job. How it works is complicated and it really depends on the type of the job.

Your appearance can be a factor but cannot lead you to not get the job unless you were dressing in slacks to get a job I think your appearance is probably fine.

The most important thing to a job interview would be how well you answer the questions. you should try to answer them as throughly as you possible can.

It can be hard to know during a interview how it's going but if you answer the questions completely , make eye contact, and dress better then you would if you were just going out with friends then you may find a better result of the outcome of your interviews.

Don't worry the interviewer has been there too so they can understand how the interview could make you nervous. Hope this helped.

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