After leaving her job to spend time with her children, one mother said she underestimated how difficult it would be to find another job.
In a video with over 29,000 views, @love_carter1 says she attended three job interviews while looking for a new job after taking time out to “be a mom”. The first round for this particular job was conducted with a woman, she says, before moving on to the next round of interviews with a man who she felt acted disinterested during the interview.
“As I speak there is no eye contact, these people are moving around, looking around,” she says in the video. “In one of my interviews, I stopped speaking because he wasn’t giving me his undivided attention, and he went on, ‘Oh no, you can go on, I’m listening.’ But how are you? are you really listening It’s so confusing I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I don’t even really know if they’re interested or not because every interview has been like that.”
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The following interview was conducted with the woman who interviewed her first, she says, telling viewers that her next interview should be conducted with the same man who interviewed her previously, as far as she is concerned, she says.
“I’m pretty nervous,” she says. “If I don’t get this job, something is up.”
She targets all supporters online who have encouraged her to quit. “So you wouldn’t tell me how hard it was to get a job?” she asks. “You all made me quit my job, everyone at my post congratulated me, ‘You go girl, you did it. Me next, I pray for you.’ … That’s crazy.”
The Daily Dot contacted @love_carter1 via Instagram direct message.
Several viewers concurred with their experiences of quitting their jobs for personal or medical reasons and also having difficulties finding new employment.
“I quit in January to prioritize my mental health…I’m still unemployed,” one commenter wrote.
“I quit last year because I had a stroke… baby I still don’t have a job,” shared a second. “It’s not funny, but I have to laugh.”
“Did the same thing in December and don’t regret it because it was toxic but damn it’s April,” said another.
According to Marketplace, while employers are posting fewer vacancies, they are still struggling with labor shortages. Layoffs also reportedly remain low. But the main reason job seekers feel the job market isn’t going in their favor is because 2021 was an unprecedented year for wage increases and a lack of layoffs, according to a CNBC report. “Wage growth rose to its highest level in decades as jobseekers wielded great bargaining power. Layoffs fell to record lows as employers struggled to retain employees,” CNBC reports. And now things are starting to cool down. It also makes sense that job seekers would be scared because they see numerous reports on TikTok of workers being laid off and unable to find a new job, or headlines about companies taking other cost-cutting measures over concerns about the possibility of being fired Recession. So many gave the same advice: don’t quit your job until you’ve found a new opportunity.
In response to this advice, @love_carter1 shared that she has no regrets. “When I first did this lol I can’t say I regret it. I just underestimated how difficult it would be.”
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*Initial publication: April 5, 2023 at 9:16 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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