Originally Posted by jobaba
Employer: "So. You've got quite a gap there. What have you been doing since your last job?"
Me: "Practicing musical instruments so there's the slim chance that I can pursue doing something that I love later in life. I only work in this career because it pays for my corn flakes, beer, and a roof over my head. And so do most of the people that work for you, and probably the next guy who comes through the door. He'll only pretend to have a life passion for ______. But I am a hard worker, and will work my a@@ off when needed."
Always been meaning to try this. Haven't had the balls to do it yet...
Originally Posted by Broncos Quarterback
You should. Then they'll think "He's just a straight shooter with upper management written all over him".
Hah hah! Great movie that was! As mentioned in other posts, it's an employers market. If you are even lucky enough to obtain an interview, does it really matter how you filled your time? These days, I don't think HR managers even bother differentiating between the person that was unemployed for a couple years and filled his time drinking beer, jerking off, and playing X-Box all day versus the graduate student who feverishly knocked out a degree while volunteering with multiple community agencies, or the stay at home parent who toiled with homeschooling their two children while maintaining a healthy non-latchkey environment for them.
Sad to say, but I'm beginning to believe that (and least in the near future) people have better odds trying to win the lottery these days than they do of landing the great job they have always dreamed of getting to pay off the exhorbant student loans they accumulated during their "pursuit of happiness".
I'm a graduate student in a full time program, and I volunteer for several community organizations while maintaining the homestead while my wife works two jobs. I apologize upfront for not delegating life's duties to the nanny state. The truth of the matter is that I have been unemployed for several years after working 17 years in the real world (and those were not 9-5 jobs either). If my employment gap is the reason I am not being invited to an interview, I guess I am guilty as charged!
People can start fighting back against companies that refuse to hire the unemployed. Here's a link to just some of those businesses that choose to engage in this discriminatory practice. Do your part. Don't help them profit. One that is not on the list (unless I missed it) is Sony. There are MANY more not listed.
72 Companies That Might Not Hire You Unless You Already Have A Job