Dear Experts, I was at an interview last week with a company for a sales job, I was doing great in the interview and then they mentioned the occasional need to travel on the weekends. This wasn't in the job description online when I applied. I said I have a weekend job and it would be tough but I would need advance notice. The interviewer looked at my resume and noticed a current part-time job wasn't listed, so she asked me what I did. I stammered and said I wasn't at liberty to say. The truth is, I'm a male stripper. I started in college part-time and make great money. So, I don't want to give it up. What should I do? The company hasn't called since and I'm sure it's because she thinks I'm lying to her, but if I call and say what I do I'm guessing I won't get the job either. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#288 Depending on position, PT job may block emp. Think: Sat nite strip-Mon a.m. biz mtg w/ someone recognz U. Difficult spot. (@dawnbugni) Q#288 If travel involved u will need 2 make arrangements as part of full-time role. No need to mention. [1/2] (@DebraWheatman) Q#288 Learn frm. the experience from this interview. For ur career, do not mention other role. Not a business conflict. [2/2] (@DebraWheatman) Q#288 Answer to question: Don't explain. Next time: "I'm not availalbe during weekends." When pressed: family obligations. (@CareerBranches) Q#288 Cloaking ur response not good. Agree w/@AskAManager: frame it as work at club. Chalk it up as interview practice. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#288 Saying you weren't willing to say sounds sketchy. Should have said you worked at a club. Probably too late to fix now. (@AskAManager) Q#288 Do u want ST $ or LT gain? Ur choice. & is sales 4 u now? Sales often requires travel, wknd, nite wk. (@juliaerickson) Q#288 You may be out of luck, so just move on. If you appear to be hiding something, it can be a big turn-off for employers. (@gradversity) Q#288 Too late to fix interview. PLUS PT stripper job will lead to more professional roadblocks. Make a change.(@jtodonnell) Q#288 I'd stop stripping if I could get a sales gig I enjoyed. Income potential=much higher. (@beneubanks) Q#288 No legal obligtn 2 tell abt pt job, but I would be honest. If you're not hired b/c of it, u know fit is wrong. (@sweetcareers) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
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This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
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