Alright need some advice on "masking"

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    Aug 08, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    So, I've had a rough go these past few years. And I need some way to "mask" some depression and sadness, at least to get a job. I feel absolutely lost after losing my job in June, this is just one of many blows.

    It's been nice having some me time after 4 years, but... It's getting scary. I'm not sure what special zing employers are looking for right now. Interview processes seem radically different. I've tried being "perky" I've tried being "straight faced" and everything in between.

    I get lots of calls and interviews, just no offers. I have lots of positive references, and 11 years in my industry. My compensation requirements are in line with current payscales. I just don't know what people are looking for right now.
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    I guess what the issue is, is a personality "fit" most of the time. Blegh, I used to be better at reading things, and now I feel so lost.
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidSo, I've had a rough go these past few years. And I need some way to "mask" some depression and sadness, at least to get a job. I feel absolutely lost after losing my job in June, this is just one of many blows.

    It's been nice having some me time after 4 years, but... It's getting scary. I'm not sure what special zing employers are looking for right now. Interview processes seem radically different. I've tried being "perky" I've tried being "straight faced" and everything in between.

    I get lots of calls and interviews, just no offers. I have lots of positive references, and 11 years in my industry. My compensation requirements are in line with current payscales. I just don't know what people are looking for right now.


    Right now they want a combination of desperation and inexperience, once the economy picks up they know you'll leave but they also want you to be desperate enough that you do whatever extra work they unfairly demand without thinking twice.
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    just grab whatever opportunity you can grasp right now... and look for your "profession" as a side dish and when everything is stable you can go back to your long term working self...
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    aiko14 saidjust grab whatever opportunity you can grasp right now... and look for your "profession" as a side dish and when everything is stable you can go back to your long term working self...


    That might not be a good idea. I know a lot of people who look down on that, if I get really desperate it might be something I may consider. May just have to pimp my self out and do some freelance work.
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Volunteer in a leadership role with your professional association. Not only will you have an outlet for your time and energy, this can fulfill every person's need for self-esteem. You can also turn "bench time" into efforts well invested in upskilling yourself for an even better paying role in the future.

    I did this three years ago. I refused to do low value work for low pay. Instead, I chose to do high value work for free. Now, I do some of that same high value work for US$150/hour. And, I love what I do.

    Try it.
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    Aug 08, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidVolunteer in a leadership role with your professional association. Not only will you have an outlet for your time and energy, this can fulfill every person's need for self-esteem. You can also turn "bench time" into efforts well invested in upskilling yourself for an even better paying role in the future.

    I did this three years ago. I refused to do low value work for low pay. Instead, I chose to do high value work for free. Now, I do some of that same high value work for US$150/hour. And, I love what I do.

    Try it.


    This actually sounds like a plan.