Rejected:( is it because I'm already ft?


Hello all..

I'm feeling very down after I got rejected from a casual position. I have all the qualifications and experience but I didn't get the job and it's a job I really wanted. During the interview I had to disclose I was already full time but wanted a casual job on the side. I don't know if they just didn't like me or the fact that I'm full time was a deal breaker...

Specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation. Has 17 years experience.

There are so many ways to look at it. You can choose to look at it as their loss. You can simply say "ok, maybe it wasn't a great fit." You can look inside and maybe you didn't interview well. There are so many possibilities that spending time thinking about it is like using a rocking chair, it will give you something to do, but it will never get you anywhere.

Has 10 years experience.

Did you not get hired because you're full time? Short answer = yes, most likely. They probably didn't want to schedule shifts around your stable, full time schedule. Employers hiring for casual positions want someone with a wide open, flexible schedule to accommodate ongoing institutional staffing requirements and needs... not your needs.

Whether they liked you or not is something you'll never know, if you believe you gave a good impression then it's likely that they were concerened that your full time position would interfere with your availability for the casual position. Nowadays most Casual positions are treated like on-call positions (except you don't get the oncall pay). You are expected to be available whenever they snap their fingers. IMO, keep in mind I held a casual position for years, it's not as desirable or valuable as a full time position. For one, you have no reliable income (you never know when you will be offered shifts and scheduled shifts can be canceled at a moments notice), you get no benefits and no job security. Ive had past experiences of being called literally within 1 hour or less before shift start and asked to come in.:mad:

Sorry you feel disappointed, but I don't see this as a huge loss. If you need or want extra income on top of your full time salary then just keep applying to casual positions... eventually an employer will make you an offer.


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Has 18 years experience.

My employer will rarely hire a casual who has more than a .5fte, due to limited availability.

I worked casual for the first few years, and everything Caffiene said is correct