Blues Sans Clues

Master of the obvious: Being unemployed sucks.

The job market has changed an awful lot since the last time I was unemployed. Part of that, of course, is the current economic climate. But the other part is simply the way a modern day business operates. I'm willing to accept the former, as any economic downturn will eventually correct itself (or we're all doomed); the latter I have trouble with.

When I moved to Los Angeles, lo those six and a half years ago, I was able to find a job in three months...and to be perfectly honest, I really didn't look very hard for the first two. Every day, I would walk a few blocks to the local copy place/computer place. It was located just around the corner from the Church of Scientology, so the front window was filled with L. Ron Hubbard books. It was frequently deserted, which I took as an indication that Scientologists have their own, far superior, means of photocopying documents.

Every day I would head to that place and I would fax out a half dozen resumes or so. And then I would send a follow-up e-mail or make a follow-up phone call to the places I'd sent resumes to the day before. And eventually I found a job.

But these days...these days it's "don't call us, we'll call you" from the very start. Most companies use hiring agencies to fill openings and those that don't never list any kind of contact information. You're basically stuck sending an application in through a job posting and then waiting. More so than every before, it's a numbers game.

Then there are the phone interviews. Never before in my life can I recall having a phone interview, yet now I've had a few. I suppose this makes sense -- with so many people vying for a single job, it would be a logistical nightmare to bring them all in for interviews. So the phone interview is just an extra step to weed out those who wouldn't make it past that first interview, anyway.

So, you know, no pressure.

I am devilishly handsome, if you take that away from me, what do I have left!?

Okay, fine, so I'm not THAT handsome. In fact, perhaps I should embrace this trend. If I stay unemployed long enough, maybe the first step will be e-mail or IM interviews. Maybe the entire hiring process will be done online! Because that's something that might actually work out for me.

Until then, I'm stuck here sending my resume to every crappy job opening I can stomach and wondering just how much of my comfy life I'd have to part with once I start working at Starbucks.