What is with all these crappy days?

I just found out I didn’t even make it to the interview stage for my dream job.  It’s really tough to keep going, to keep looking sometimes.  I feel stuck.

I know there are thousands of people out there who are in the same boat as I am when it comes to finding a job.  And I know I’m fortunate enough to have any job.  But, I feel like I’m stuck in one place in my life.  I’m ready to move on.  To find something that fulfills and challenges me.

I’m smart, I’m a dedicated and hard worker, and I always approach every task with the goal of raising the bar on the company’s expectations.  I mean, I’m really good at what I do.  And if I’m not good at it, I do everything I can, work extra hours, get any training I can until I am good at it.

This is how I was raised.  It’s who I am.  I’ve tried to express this in my resume.  I do my research about any company and position I apply for, but I feel like I keep getting shot down.  I even apply for internal positions that I am more than qualified for just to end up feeling pushed aside.  It’s disheartening.

No matter how many times I remind myself that I am a name on a piece of paper in a stack of hundreds, it doesn’t make it any easier every time I get that horrible “we’re not interested email” or look to see the position I applied for was removed from the site.  It’s a punch in the gut every time.  Because, no matter the situation, I will always go into it hopeful and with confidence that I am going to be successful.  It’s a gift and a curse.

Typically, if I can talk to someone, I am usually able to impress them.  I’m good with people and I am intelligent, so I tend to have more positive reception from meeting someone face to face.  But, it seems in this digital era that is almost impossible.  You can’t walk into a company and hand them a resume, it has to be emailed so they can scan it for keywords.  You can’t shake someone’s hand because all applications are online.  It’s frustrating.  I have done a lot of work on my resumes and cover letters, they’re almost always customized to the job I am applying for, but it gets me know where.  I wish someone could tell me what I’m doing wrong.

Oh well, it’s time to revamp and present my best face to the next job I find that fits my goals and skills.  And let me tell you, it’s going to be one lucky company that hires me.

To lighten the mood with all these sad posts, I am including this funny picture of Jean Luc from TNG.

Image courtesy of http://www.startrek.com/article/check-out-tng-season-two-bloopers-from-blu-ray

Image courtesy of http://www.startrek.com

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