So it has recently come to my attention that people still read this thing! Go figure. Honestly, this started as an outlet for my unemployment rage, but as my rage subsided into acceptance, I lost some of that “must bitch about things on the internet” fire. But hey, there are still things to talk about! One of the biggest reasons I haven’t really been around is that I got married a couple weeks ago! The plans were all made pre-lay-off, and since she still still loves me even though I’m a fat bum who sits around the house all day, we went through with it. It sure would be nice to have money to spend on a honeymoon, but hey, it is what it is.
So I acquired a brand spanking new resume, with fancy lettering and words and other super impressive qualities that are hard to really describe. Suffice it to say that it has been getting some hits. I’ve been on a couple interview recently- nothing really to talk about yet, as I’ve learned to control my post-interview excitement these days, but time will tell. But at the same time, I seem to be getting a lot of calls about really sub-par positions. Like, a lot of calls. Like, “I now screen any and every number I don’t recognize” calls because I don’t want to talk to these people. A lot of the voicemails are from companies who have 1 or 2 stars for employee satisfaction from http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm, which is pretty pathetic. And yeah, the most vocal people about a job are the ones who hate it, but still- they had a poor experience for a reason. And I know some of you are screaming “Hey, it’s a job, look into it!” But in this economy, I flat out refuse to get into any sort of commissioned sales position where I have to make cold-calls to people who have probably been ignoring calls from that phone number for years now. Hell, one of the reviews said that if you didn’t make a sale by noon, they sent you home for the day. What the heck is that?!
And seriously, recruiters- if you or your website can’t tell me what the job actually IS, then maybe you’re doing this wrong. I just got a call from a company whose office is around an hour away from me (and 2 stars on Glass Door), and they didn’t even tell me why they called me, other than that they saw me on CareerBuilder and “thought they’d give me a call”. A call to do what? Just chat about your day? What do you want from me? So I go to their website.. and I guess they’re a call-center or something, but I have no idea what the heck they actually DO. And for the love of Pete, did every insurance company on the PLANET get my phone number? I’m sure there are people who do very well in these sorts of positions, but I’m not one of them, and I really don’t know what part of my resume makes you think otherwise. Sure, I worked for an electronics store and made commission on some sales, but certainly not everything! I lived off of my normal salary. Commission was- and should be for every job that offers it- icing on the cake. I get the whole “you don’t get paid unless we do” mentality, but damn, give me something for my time and effort!
Tomorrow, I get to do one of my least favorite things- call someone I interviewed with and see if they’ve made a decision. Since, hypothetically, if they HAD made a decision in my favor, I more than likely wouldn’t have to call them in the first place.. Such is life.