Finding a job, part 1!: Customer service role at a bank that starts with S and ends in “bank”

This will be post #1, of a series of posts covering past and current job applications and the resulting anonymous emails telling me I suck. Er, yeah, that’s basically the gist of it. I dont not suck enough to get the job so therefore I suck.

I cant figure out why… so… I have this blog, lets combine the two and maybe together we can figure it out, hmm?

I have been semi-seriously seeking full-time or part-time, really, anything-you’ll give me-employment since graduating with a business degree in 2013. I have edited and reedited and started from scratch on my resume since then. I make resumes for specific jobs, for specific hours, generic resumes, special resumes, with and without references, with and without certain jobs etc. I’ve had probably about ten interviews, no maybe 15 and in some instances have moved on to round #2 but have yet to succeed finding some kind of job to supplement my income.

In all fairness, I’m not hurting. I am self-employed and have been now for about ten years. I make my own hours, work when I want mostly, take time when I want – mostly and I am able to live comfortably on about half my income and save the rest, while still traveling more than anyone I know because I live like an ‘ole scrooge and scrimp and save where I can. Buuuuuut, I am only able to do these things BECAUSE I scrimp and save and scrooge and it’s tiring.

I have no cable, no internet (i’m using my neighbours for a small fee, with their agreement) drive a 12-year old car and credit-card hack to be able to afford the traveling life that I want. I rarely eat out. I have a $10k emergency fund, some small savings accounts for various purposes (car, travel) $35k set aside for a house downpayment and am working on increasing my retirement savings. I’m not doing that bad!

But… Its hard as hell making any headway with my retirement savings on an income of 30k. I see no way of actually being able to retire even when I’m 90 with enough income to live off. I need a new car next year so I wont be able to add much to my retirement this year, as I will be siphoning all my extra cash towards purchasing a new car with cash. If I buy another house i’ll need to continuously make enough to maintain it which proved to be exceedingly difficult on my current wages. So, I’ve been looking for more work! I can easily take on part-time employment while maintaining my current job(s).

I apply for jobs sporadically, half consistently, and have been doing so for the past three years. I receive daily emails with current postings and always apply when jobs suited to my qualifications come up. This is the case every few weeks orso. I live in a small province and jobs that aren’t the fastfood entry level type dont come up every day.

Im a 31year old single, capable, woman. I have a good resume with 10+ years of customer service experience. I have two excellent reference letters, I’ve had my resume looked at by others who say its great. I’ve redone it. I’ve had it marked in university. I’ve had it marked and edited by a friend. I have a business degree and a two year college diploma in tourism management. And I cant even find a parttime front desk job to supplement my income and boost my savings or investments so I wont have to live with my nonexistent children when im 80.

So, what gives?

This morning I applied for a customer service job at a bank. You can gueeesss which one. I am quite qualified, sufficiently accredited but within 3 hours I received this:


Am I cursed?

**Apologies for sloppy highlighting there, I’ll get better, promise!

Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

2 thoughts on “Finding a job, part 1!: Customer service role at a bank that starts with S and ends in “bank”

  1. That’s tough, especially if you’re trying to save up for a car and for retirement at the same time. I’m not sure how the recent political shift in the USA will affect Canada but I’m pretty optimistic about the financial industry. Keep trying, Renée. You’ll get a break eventually with your qualifications. 🙂


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