I didn’t get a job that I interviewed (twice) for last week. I’m really disappointed. I really wanted that job and I was really optimistic about it after my interviews. I texted my mother to tell her I didn’t get it, because I knew she was wondering. She called me back to tell me, “don’t despair over it, honey. God has a job for you.” She proceeded to tell me how I just have to be faithful and trust that God has the job for me. Oh and that I should be going to church (like there’s a comfortable church that would have me) and that I should be giving 10% of the money I can’t afford to spare to that church, because apparently, even though I was taught growing up, that God wants to bless me financially and that He can do anything, the only limit to that awesome, unlimited power is His ability to bless me financially without provocation. Apparently, that’s just not possible.
For the record, I do not believe that. I believe wholeheartedly that God can and will bless me. I believe wholeheartedly that God does have a job for me. And I believe He will provide for me. I’m just not 100% convinced He will provide for me in a way that I feel good about. I don’t believe for a minute that I will be homeless. I know that I have friends and family who will take me in if push comes to shove. I know that I will not have to be the troll under the bridge (and by the way, BayAarea? Count them… The bridges, not the trolls.) I’m even relatively confident that I will find a job that will prevent my utter financial collapse, before I have to move out of my apartment.
It’s just that, well, I’ve been through a lot. I’ve made considerable efforts toward that job. I’ve applied for things that I didn’t want to do, knowing that I was surely qualified. I’ve applied for jobs as file clerks. I’ve applied for jobs as grocery store Cashiers. I’ve applied to staffing agencies which, in the past, were completely reliable to get me working, even if it wasn’t for enough money. I’ve applied to COUNTLESS jobs that are exactly in my wheel house, right up my alley, catered to my unique set of qualifications. I’ve been ignored and turned down at nearly every turn. I’ve had a handful of telephone interviews, each of which went wonderfully and ended with assurances that I would be called in for face to face interviews, only to have the person never contact me again. I’ve had an even smaller handful of face to face interviews, each of which ended with me feeling utterly confident about my chances, even if I wasn’t 100% sure it was the best fit for me.
And then last week happened. I had two interviews, first with the hiring manager, then with his manager, for a job that was perfect for me. Possibly a little beneath my abilities, but something I could build on, with a company at which I could confidently build a reliable career, lots of opportunities for advancement. I was told repeatedly that there was no doubt I was qualified for the job. No question that I would be able to fulfill the responsibilities of the role with ease. I was told that I was excellently qualified… and that, in truth, that was the only thing that might work against me. I’m “overqualified”. I’ve heard it more times than I can count. I’m too qualified for a Facilities Coordinator position. And you know what? That’s true. I am. The problem is, I’m not quite qualified for the next step up. I’m ready to take that next step, but nobody wants to hire me for that step, because I’m missing a few key components that I ought to have. I get that. I understand it, and that’s why I’m willing to start in a Coordinator position, so I can get my foot in a door, and work my way up to what I’m really ready for. But if everybody thinks I’m “overqualified” and doesn’t want to hire me for that reason, what the hell am I supposed to do?
My mother went on and on about how God has a plan and there’s a job out there just for me, and I shouldn’t worry because it’ll happen. The fact is, I’ve been hearing those messages my whole life. I’ve been taught not to speak negatively because “words have power”. So I don’t. I don’t tell my friends how I’m running out of money, and I’m scared that I can’t afford to continue to live in my apartment and how if I don’t find a job soon, I might have to move out of state and live with one family member or another, who doesn’t accept my sexual orientation and who doesn’t want to (or can’t afford to) support me, not that they should have to, and that I can’t even make any assurances to anyone that I will work and pay my own expenses while living with them, because if I can’t even get a fucking grocery store cashier job, what can I possibly hope to expect?
I get it. You don’t walk around moping and spilling your guts to anyone and everyone who will listen about how horrible your situation is and how dire things are and how scared you are because there is NO livable solution that involves moving away, because you don’t want to be spewing all that negativity into the ether, or the universe, or whatever you believe in, because again, apparently, God can only bless you and provide for your needs, if you’re speaking positively about it, because God’s will and power is inhibited by negativity… apparently. (Except it’s not.) The problem is, if you never tell anyone the truth of your situation, then no one knows you need help. No one, who might be inclined to offer assistance if they know you need it, can do so, because they don’t know you need it.
Thinking strictly about my current financial obligations I have about a month and a half to two months worth of money left, assuming I’m very careful and don’t spend any more than I must. That does not account for giving my fabulous landlady 30 days notice if I have to move out, and it does not account for moving expenses if I have to move away and it does not account for having money in the bank when I get wherever I’m going, because I can’t face the idea of moving and I’m holding out hope for something to come together at the last minute and save me from that devastation of having to move. (Honestly, I’d rather die.)
But at some point, you have to speak the truth. You have to tell someone what your circumstances are so that people understand what you’re dealing with. Is it really necessary to give the person a sermon about faith and positivity in that moment? Can’t we just let the person vent their frustrations and understand, sympathize, without making them feel guilty for “not being faithful”?