I’m still over 50 and unemployed. It’s been just over three months now. I’ve completed my outplacement services, and have now completed a second training course, a six week course on Search Engine Optimization. I’ve just started a course on Search Engine Marketing, which will run for a few months.
After three months without an interview, other than with staffing agency people, I worked a short contract (a week and a couple of days) and during that week three companies wanted to interview me, for one permanent and two contract positions. I had to do some fancy scheduling. None of the three interviews happened that week. The interview for the permanent position moved out to this week, and I actually had it today. I think it went well, but I’m competing against an internal candidate who probably has quite an edge.
The two contract positions were both phone interviews, and neither interviewer showed up. One didn’t even bother to tell the recruiter, just said “I got busy…” For that reason and because of location, I took myself out of the running for that position. The second interview where I got blown off, the interviewer did let the recruiter know that they had the position temporarily on hold and may need to cover the need in another way. However, this was about 10 minutes before the interview, and I didn’t hear about it until I called the recruiter to tell her that they didn’t show up.
I do have an interview tomorrow for a part time contract position, and another company had me fill out an interview checklist, sort of a written interview (that was a first for me, but since I’m a writer it may have been an advantage).
I also established a freelance profile on Solvate.com. If I take the part time contract I’d like to try filling the income gap by freelance work (writing, Web design, maybe some SEO consulting). So far nothing has materialized from Solvate.com, but I’m hopeful.
It’s been very encouraging to have more solid job prospects and to start getting interviews, although the ones that fell through were disappointing. I’m continuing to go after new opportunities until I have an offer in hand and accepted.