It’s no secret around these parts that I’m looking for a real-life job with better pay and more advancement opportunity. I just saw exactly such a job with a great company, the physical site is very close by — I could almost walk to it. The qualifications include familiarity with online commerce, strong customer service experience, ability to navigate the Internet, clear and concise verbal and written skills, and the ability to keep cool under pressure. A background in online community management, sales and analytics was listed as a plus.
I’m a former investment analyst and portfolio manager, currently work for an Internet company in customer service & tech support, where I am the number one performer out of hundreds for the entire year of 2012, a published author and active free lance writer. On the plus side my edu is in math and physics and I’m a highly accomplished skydiver, rock climber and climbing instructor — so, definitely analytical and cool under pressure. And as far as online management, well, buahahaha! I mean come on, right? There’s no one in Austin who has more experience in large, contentious online communities than me, at least as far as I know.
IOW, I fit all these requirements like a custom-made glove.
Furthermore the job just popped up! I got it on a refresh while I was actually on the site looking, so I saw it, quick, and already had a resume and CV already stored with that company, only had to tailor it for a minute or two and click the mouse, viola it’s now one of the first apps they’ll have sitting in their inbox on a Monday morning seconds after it was posted. Best of all, they’re hiring dozens of people, not just one. I have no misdemeanor or felony warrants or convictions, I’ll sail through a background check.
I feel pretty good about it, but even with all that going for me, what do you suppose the odds are I’ll ever hear from this company again? Sadly, based on past experience, I’ll be lucky to get a form letter two weeks from now telling they’ve gone with candidates who better fit the job criteria, less than a one in 10 chance of even getting an interview. But if I could find and apply to a dozen or so jobs like this every month the odds would probably pay off eventually. But maybe the economy’s gotten better afterall … I’ll keep you posted.