When This Jobsworth Isn’t Doing His

, , , , , | Working | February 13, 2019

(I’ve been in my field for over ten years, so I have a wide skill set and knowledge base. Every few months, a staffing/contract agency tries to recruit me. Usually, a polite “no, thanks” turns them away, but once a while, I get this guy:)

Agent: “Hello! I have this great opportunity that you’d be perfect for. When would you like to schedule an interview?”

(I read the job description. It’s pretty obvious he just did a keyword search and didn’t read my actual resume.)

Me: “Um, this job is located in Ohio.”

Agent: “Will that be a problem?”

Me: “I live in North Carolina.”

Agent: “Oh, the company does require you to be on-site, so you’ll have to relocate.”

Me: “No, thanks. I have a permanent position I’m happy with.”

Agent: “But this is a fantastic opportunity! Will relocating really be that difficult?”

Me: “Only if I’m seven months pregnant.”

Agent: “Have a nice day.”

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When Job Hunting, Don’t Answer Every Calling

, , , , , , | Working | February 6, 2019

(I am currently between jobs and searching for a new one. I’ve posted my resume up on several job sites, so I’ve been getting the occasional call by recruiters looking to match me with positions. Today, I leave my phone on the charger while going to the bathroom, and when I get back, I find that I’ve gotten four missed calls in the five minutes I’ve been gone. As I am checking the number, another call pops up, and I answer.)

Me: “Hello, this is [My Name].”

(There is a loud huff before the lady on the other end of the line answers.)

Recruiter: “Well, I’m glad that I fiiiinally got through to you. I’ve been trying to call alllll day, but you haven’t been answering.”

Me: *wanting to call her out on that lie, but refraining* “I’m sorry. Who is this?”

Recruiter: “I’m [Recruiter] with [Company], and I was toooold that you were looking for work, but I’m not sure anymore.”

Me: *gritting my teeth a little at her condescending, sing-song tone* “I am still looking for work, yes.”

(There is another loud huff.)

Recruiter: “Well, then you should probably answer the phone when we call, shouldn’t you? We can’t help you if you ignore our calls.”

Me: *silent*

Recruiter: *after a few moments* “Are you still there?”

Me: “Yes, I’m just waiting for you to give me the details of whatever job you’d like me for.”

Recruiter: *now sounding offended* “Well, no need to be snippy at me. I’m not the one who doesn’t answer phone calls.”

(I still don’t say anything, though I do pull my phone away from my ear for a moment to consider the End Call button. After a moment, she does continue and describe the job, which I recognize as one I’ve already been contacted about the day before.)

Me: “Thank you for your consideration, but I’ve already been submitted to that job by a different company.”

Recruiter: *huffily*Well, I hope you’re happy at wasting my time trying to contact you.”

Me: “Yes, very happy.”

(I then hung up before she could say anything else. Probably won’t be hearing back from that company, but frankly, I don’t think it will be much of a loss.)

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Recruited Refuted

, , , , | Working | July 24, 2018

(I just got out of the military, and as I have a college degree, the VA is not much help; their mission is to send soldiers to school or place them in an apprenticeship program. I get head-hunted by several recruiting firms, but they all turn out to be very shady, some outright scams. My church holds a job fair where I meet a woman at a recruiting firm that is legit, and I go to speak with her. After a week, I start getting interviews and I go to one for a warehouse manager position.)

Interviewer: “Okay, well, it looks like you did very well in the military, and I can see you have organizational experience. But even though it’s a manager position, you’ll be lifting and doing heavy work, and we may ask you to help out on some supply deliveries when they come in. We’re a small company, so we work together.”

Me: “I understand, and I am flexible in my duties. Also, heavy lifting is not a problem for me.”

Interviewer: “Well, I must admit, you’re the best candidate so far. We do have others to interview, but we’ll make our decision by Friday. As you came in through a recruiter, we cannot directly call you. We’ll contact the recruiter and she’ll tell you by Friday afternoon.”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, thank you.”

(I call the recruiter and tell her the good news. She is happy for me and says she will call me with their decision, yes or no, on Friday. The day comes, and I am waiting by the phone. She is supposed to reach me by two pm. The hour comes and goes, and I’m getting worried.)

Me: *on phone* “Hi. I don’t mean to bother you, but you said you’d call with an answer by two, and it’s now three-thirty. Did they make their decision yet? Please let me know.”

(I hear nothing. I call and leave messages, and send emails and texts, but still no answer. By the following Tuesday, I’m so stressed, I call the company.)

Me: “Hi. I know you wanted to contact me through the recruiter, but she isn’t returning my calls or emails, and I never heard a yes or no from her on the subject.”

Interviewer: “Yes, we called and left a message, saying we wanted you, but she never called back. And I’m afraid that since we had no reply and we had to fill the position ASAP, we went ahead and hired the next in line. I’m so sorry.”

Me: “I understand; this is not your fault. Thank you for your time.”

(I never hear back from the recruiter, and she never contacts me about other interviews or jobs. Fast-forward two years. I have a job where I am making good money, love my work and my coworkers, and am doing pretty well. One day, I get an email, and I recognize the name as the recruiter who ghosted me. Said email reads:)

Recruiter: “Hi, my name is [Recruiter] with [Firm]. After review of your resume, I would like to invite you in for an interview regarding [job] available in your area. I do have availability to schedule an interview for you on [date and time]. Please confirm if this day/time will allow you to meet with me by responding to this email to receive a confirmation email with full details.”

(Keep in mind, it had been TWO YEARS since I’d heard from this woman, who lost me a job opportunity and cut me off when I needed help. The email was also full of misspellings. I managed to keep my rage in and did not respond to the email, but if she tries this a second time, you can bet I will send her a very wrathful response.)

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Does Not Wish To Resumé The Website Services

, , , | Working | June 6, 2018

(I am not really desperately looking for a job, but I am putting my CV on several recruiting websites, just to see if a good opportunity will turn up. I have just submitted my CV on one website in the morning and get a call in the afternoon.)

Caller: “Hey, [My Name]!”

Me: “Yes.” *thinking it was a long lost friend or so*

Caller: “Have a job yet?”

Me: “Uh… No.” *trying to guess who “the friend” might be*

Caller: “In that case, come in for an interview tomorrow morning at [Location].”

(Another call few days later:)

Caller: “Hi, I’m a HR Representative at [Company that is in the next town, about four hours away]. Can you come in for an interview tomorrow?”

(I quickly took my CV off of that website after that.)

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Your Job And This Interview Have Reached Their Natural End Point

, , , , , | Working | April 17, 2018

(I’ve just finished a contract analyst position for a major phone provider and am now looking for my next job. A recruiter calls me after seeing my CV online.)

Recruiter: “What are you looking for in your next position? We’ve got many opportunities open in your field!”

Me: “Ideally, I’d like something that builds upon my current skill set and what I was doing before.”

(I describe my role in the contract position, mentioning my technical expertise and familiarity with multiple types of software.)

Recruiter: “I see. Sounds like you’d be better off just staying where you are, then.”

Me: “Excuse me?”

Recruiter: “Well, from what you said, it sounds like you already have your dream job. I’m not really sure why you’re looking for another position, actually.”

Me: “Uh, because that was a contract position?”

Recruiter: “I don’t understand. What difference does that make?”

Me: “That means it was only for a limited period of time. I’m no longer working that job.”

Recruiter: “Huh?”

Me: “It says right on my CV, and in my cover letter, that my contract is finished and I’m no longer employed at [Major Phone Company].”

(There is a pause.)

Recruiter: “Oh… Is that why you put an end date on your last position?”

Me: “Yes. I am no longer employed and am looking for a new job.”

Recruiter: “Yeah, sorry. I can’t help you, then.” *hangs up*

Me: *confused*

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