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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    This thread is for everyone who is searching for a job to post about their failures and successes (but probably more about failures).
    Resume: Master's degree in electrical engineering, 7+ years of Integrated Circuit experience, last 1.5 years working on custom instead of synthesized circuits. In addition, 1+ years as a software engineer, with a fair amount of software written while officially being an IC developer also.

    Successes: Many business ideas partially conceived. One interview. Felt really overqualified after I heard what the job actually was, let lack of enthusiasm show.

    Failures: Too comfortable in current situation to take any real risk. Slowly dying inside. Really, a lot of somatization going on. Turns out my vertigo the last few days was because of a spike in blood-pressure.

    Current Status: Out-dated resume in company database. More out-dated ones online at job-search sites.

    Strategy: Get over my fear of change by writing up various business plans, grant proposals, till one really inspires me to pursue as an opportunity.

    Next steps: Write up plan for my next idea to see if it gets me motivated.

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    Have you tried LinkedIn?
    Yup I've been on there for a few years now.

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    ygolo, your resume sounds impressive when you're just discussing it casually in this thread. I understand the lack of motivation though when you're already doing alright in the job you have now (besides its supposed soul-sucking nature).
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    Well. . . I have a job interview on Monday for a social science research position at a market research firm. The downside is that I'm having trouble staying motivated in sending out resumes to other organizations because I am convinced that this is the one.

    So the goal today is to send out 5 resumes. It's actually the cover letter that takes me forever to complete.

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    Hopefully, the interview went well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Hopefully, the interview went well.
    Oh. Thanks for asking. I just got home.

    Three possible good signs:
    1) It lasted an hour and 15 minutes, which seems sort of long
    2) I was the first person interviewed for the job. This could mean nothing, however.
    3) The group manager who I interviewed with personally invited me back for a second group interview. When I told the HR lady afterwards about the invitation, she seemed surprised that I was already invited back at this point.

    I hate this second interview stuff though . . . and with my competition? Maybe I'll just beat them up in the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    Oh. Thanks for asking. I just got home.

    Three possible good signs:
    1) It lasted an hour and 15 minutes, which seems sort of long
    2) I was the first person interviewed for the job. This could mean nothing, however.
    3) The group manager who I interviewed with personally invited me back for a second group interview. When I told the HR lady afterwards about the invitation, she seemed surprised that I was already invited back at this point.

    I hate this second interview stuff though . . . and with my competition? Maybe I'll just beat them up in the parking lot.
    Congrats on the interview.

    I'm sure you'll do well on the group interview--I'd show up early, be all friendly to get a read on the other applicants, letting them talk all they want, and try to read their weaknesses. Then I'd politely and assertively rebut their discussion points I'd have hopefully figured out, keeping my mouth shut for any unforeseen topic (likely there'd be very few) unless I had to speak because I'm personally not very good with improv.

    Do you know who's interviewing you? Will it be the same person as today's interview? Would they rather have a "yes-man" employee who doesn't ruffle feathers, or a spunky Gen-Y Millennial that speaks her mind?

    The other thing I've done in the past is project a ditzy dumb female image in the small talk before something important, and then Te-execute everyone who had let their guard down at crunch time.
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    Well, being asked to come back for a second interview is always a good sign.

    When is the next one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    Congrats on the interview.

    I'm sure you'll do well on the group interview--I'd show up early, be all friendly to get a read on the other applicants, letting them talk all they want, and try to read their weaknesses. Then I'd politely and assertively rebut their discussion points I'd have hopefully figured out, keeping my mouth shut for any unforeseen topic (likely there'd be very few) unless I had to speak because I'm personally not very good with improv.

    Do you know who's interviewing you? Will it be the same person as today's interview? Would they rather have a "yes-man" employee who doesn't ruffle feathers, or a spunky Gen-Y Millennial that speaks her mind?

    The other thing I've done in the past is project a ditzy dumb female image in the small talk before something important, and then Te-execute everyone who had let their guard down at crunch time.
    The next interview is with the research group that I would be working as a part of. The idea of all interviewing together seems like a nightmare, though. I don't like having to fight for attention. I would take the strategy of trying to figure out beforehand what strengths I have that others don't and then emphasizing that within the group. I would probably want to stray away from talking about everyone's weaknesses though, in order to appear more favorable in the eyes of the interviewers.

    Hopefully, all of the candidates will meet separately with them though. And hopefully, everyone who interviews this week won't get asked back. :steam:

    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    When is the next one?
    It's sometime early to mid next week. She didn't seem really firm on the date, unfortunately.

    I'm going to keep sending out the resumes, but I'll be pretty devestated if I don't get this position. It is absolutely perfect for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    The next interview is with the research group that I would be working as a part of. The idea of all interviewing together seems like a nightmare, though. I don't like having to fight for attention. I would take the strategy of trying to figure out beforehand what strengths I have that others don't and then emphasizing that within the group. I would probably want to stray away from talking about everyone's weaknesses though, in order to appear more favorable in the eyes of the interviewers.

    Hopefully, all of the candidates will meet separately with them though. And hopefully, everyone who interviews this week won't get asked back. :steam:
    I definitely didn't read properly. It does seem way less cutthroat an environment to interview with the employed group than the want-to-be-employed group. Nvmd then, your analysis is way better if you're not trying to edge out the competition during the interview--far different situation!

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    I definitely didn't read properly.
    Actually, it's not just you. I'm not even firm on the details either. It may be meeting all together, like you said. I guess I was too busy dancing around in my head to actually listen to what she was saying to me. Guess I'll find out soon enough.

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    Resume: highly certified, no degree, architectural experience in large enterprise networks. be careful about who you give this to, recruiters will nag you for years even if you already have a job

    Successes: from what i remember, ive gotten an offer from most jobs ive interview for. for my current job, i aced a 2 hour technical interview over the phone and they called me a few hours later with an offer. im sure i would fail horribly for anything requiring good social skills, but past that my technical prowess has sold pretty well.

    Failures: being good at something doesnt mean youll enjoy it

    Current Status: applied for commensurate top-tier troubleshooting position with another team

    Strategy: find something i dont find boring for the time being

    Next steps: going to college to study mechanical engineering in 1-2 yrs

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