2019 Bumps In The Road

Journey of 20 Job Applications: Jul 26 Update, Losing My Mind

I’m taking a mental break from this jobbing process. This might be my penultimate update. No new companies have contacted me, as predicted. I think the rush of responses has finally died down, again in predictable fashion.

I actually got a rejection email TODAY from a job I don’t even remember applying for that does not appear on the chart. So there’s that.

At this point, all the status updates that have not changed since initial submission, I figured, have either moved on to other candidates or are taking their sweet time.

Here’s where we stand…

No. Date Applied Company Position Current Status When I Last Checked
1 6/23/19 DSI Manager, Widgets No applicant portal 6/29/19
2 6/24/19 REG Sr. Manager, Widgets Applied -24Jun2019 7/19/19
3 6/24/19 TAK Manager, Widgets No longer under consideration 7/13/19
4 6/24/19 NOV Sr. Manager, Widgets Screening Phase -28Jun2019 7/19/19
5 6/24/19 AZA Sr. Manager, Widgets E/m for phone screen on Jul 10; e/m back avail times Jul 10; f/u Jul 25; radio silence since; 7/19/19
6 6/24/19 RAK Sr. Manager, Widgets E/m for video screen 7/16; repl’d 7/16; video screen scheduled 7/18 6/29/19
7 6/29/19 UCB Lead, Widgets E/m on 7/17 with four screening questions; replied 7/17; e/m 7/22 to schedule phone screen; phone screen 7/24 7/19/19
8 6/29/19 COV Project Manager, Widget Safety NOT SELECTED 7/13/19
9 6/29/19 CON Specialist, Widget Safety Completed-Updated: Jun 29, 2019 7/13/19
10 6/29/19 IQV Associate Manager, Widget Safety Active 7/19/19
11 6/29/19 IQV Sr. Specialist, Widget Safety Active 7/19/19
12 6/29/19 TRI Manager, Widgets No applicant portal 6/29/19
13 7/3/19 NOV Manager, Widgets Screening Phase -03Jul2019 7/19/19
14 7/4/19 AVE Sr. Manager, Widgets E/m for onsite on Jul 10; On 7/11 onsite scheduled for 7/22 7/10/19
15 7/4/19 AZA Scientist, Widget Compliance In Progress 7/19/19
16 7/4/19 FDC Analyst, Widgets Completed-Updated: Jul 4, 2019 7/19/19
17 7/3/19 SYN Specialist, Widget Safety Completed-UpdatedJul5,2019 7/19/19
18 7/3/19 VTX Sr. Manager, Widgets Application Received-03Jul2019 7/19/19
19 7/3/19 PAC Sr. Manager, Widgets E/m for phone screen 7/8; Phone screen 7/11; radio silence since 7/19/19
20 7/5/19 JZZ Specialist, Widget Safety NOT SELECTED 7/8/19

I killed my interview at No. 14 (AVE) on Monday. They asked standard HR behavioral type questions. I still don’t know what that has to do with the job. My presentation went really well. I even think some of their questions were a little dumb. Three of the (nine) interviewers I think I would have gotten along with well as colleagues and one as a friend.

My concerns are:

  • The weather. It’s frosty Chicago, IL.
  • The staff is altogether pretty inexperienced with Widgets. As much as I appreciated being able to see that hey, I actually do have some desirable skills, I don’t want to be the most experienced person on a team. How does that help me grow? I feel as though I would be pushed into a leadership position that I’m not necessarily ready to assume bringing me to the realization that I have tended to prefer established roles and companies. I like order, so this would be quite a few degrees outside my comfort zone.

Am I ready for that?

But then again, this is the journey I chose to pursue. So while it’s not the best fit for those reasons, I think I have a pretty good shot. And if offered, I told myself I’d take it. I should hear something by end of next week.

Next was No. 7 (UCB). They emailed Mon, 7/22, for an HR phone screen that was scheduled Wed, 7/24. That went really well. According to the HR person, I should hear from the hiring manager on Friday to schedule a phone screen with him. I believe her.

In old news, for no reason at all, I followed up with No. 5 (AZA) to say..hello? anyone home? Still crickets. No surprises there. They have officially ghosted me.

There is so much to say in my personal life, I don’t even know where to begin. Stay tuned.

Question for readers, who have you used for references after you received a job offer?

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