Friday, October 19, 2007

Turned Back At The Gates

Yeah, yeah. Ghosts of Job Searches Past. Gotta blog about it. Yadda yadda yadda...

One time there was an ad for some sort of a position that sounded like a half-step above vacuuming the farts out of the cushions at the local Greyhound Station. Let's call the company in question SwillTekInc.

It was 35 miles away, in Lillington, NC, but I had applied (twice, unsuccessfully) to a business out there so I knew where it was.

I put on my suit and tie and went down to the staffing agency to apply.

I walked in the front door to find a reception area with one of those "office windows" in the wall.

I walked up to me window, and ventured a meek, "Hello?"

A young woman, who was standing near a desk in the rear of the area behind the window replied with a frosty, "Can I help you?"

Me: Yes, I'd to apply for that SwillTekInc position.

Her (not bothering to come to the window): Huh. That's in Lillington, you know.

Me: Oh, yes, I know. It said so in the newspaper ad.

Her: That's kinda far away. Do you have a car?

Me: Oh, yes I do. In fact I drove it here!

Her: Because it's kind of far.

Me: I've been out to Lillington before. Believe me, I've had longer commutes.

Her: Well, you'd have to fill out an application and watch a video. It's usually a three hour process.

Me: That's fine. I'm unemployed and I was expecting to have to fill out some sort of paperwork.

Her (still not coming to the window): Well, that job's been filled.

Me: Oh. Well, my unemployment benefits are contingent on applying to at least two employers a week. Could I maybe fill out one of your applications for you to keep on file. That would really help me out.

Her: Yeah, that would help you, but not us. Sorry.

Me: Oh. Well, thanks any way.


Could she have been any more dismissive?

If the job had truly been filled, then what was all that BS about needing a car and spending 3-1/2 hours filling out an application?

What is it about me that inspires such hatred amongst the nation's employment gate-keepers?

I can only hope Ms. MegaFarce ended up with that gig down at the bus station.

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18 Comments:

Blogger RED MOJO said...

Hi there, I came to you through Another Tangential Thinker, I enjoy your comments, so I thought I'd stop in here. You have a very humorous slant on things and I enjoy your wit very much! I also stopped in a while back and saw some cartoon characters you were working on. I love animation too, and took some classes in LA.
I don't know how long you've been unemployed, but hang in there. I know how hard it can be, but you'll land on your feet. If you have the time, while you're job hunting, I would like to invite you to mutate with a few of us who are playing a blogger game. The link will take you to my blog, and explain the details.
Good luck to you, I hope you come visit me.

October 19, 2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Hi, redmojo! Thanks for dropping by. Actually, I am currently employed at a job that pays less than a pizza delivery driver would make (but actually "looks good on my resume!") These latest posts are kind of PTSD-inspired flashbacks.

Once I get some quality internet time, I'll stop by your blog and see what's cookin' there.

October 20, 2007 8:50 AM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Gee, such a nice and helpul lady.

Unbelievable!

October 20, 2007 1:04 PM  
Anonymous SCOTT said...

LOOKING FOR WORK IS WAY HARDER THAN THE WORK ITSELF. THATS WHY SO MANY OF US STAY IN HUMILIATING AND DEMEANING JOBS. THE JOB SEARCH IS MORE DEMEANING THAN THE JOB YOU ARE TRYING TO REPLACE. OH WELL, WE'LL ALL BE DEAD SOON; THEN WE CAN ASK GOD "WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?" TO QUOTE DEPECHE MODE "I DONT WANT TO START ANY BLASPHEMOUS RUMORS, BUT I THINK THAT GOD'S GOT A SICK SENSE OF HUMOR AND WHEN I DIE I EXPECT TO FIND HIM LAUGHING"

October 20, 2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Oh dear, Scott needs a tummy rub
:(
I've arrived here from Red Mojo's and this post reminds me of many fruitless excursions for no reason other than proof of TRYING to find a job - which you didn't get in this case! It's good to read you are currently employed (even just for something that looks snazzy on resume). Good luck with finding work as an artist that pays what you really deserve!

October 20, 2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger Gale said...

prescription from dr. gale; drink an energy drink and walk with confidince....blah blah blah. Aw Craig you just crack me up. Best of luck doggone it!!!

October 21, 2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous SCOTT said...

EGGO- YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OU8T WWW,PRATTCAREERS.COM; I KNOW THE ONE IN COLUMBUS IS LOOKING FOR A QC MGR AND THEY PAY BUX DELUXE. ALSO, THEY ARE ISO CRAZY, I HEARD. THEY HAVE FACILITIES ALL OVER THE PLACE, MAYBE ONE NEAR WHERE YOU MAY ACTUALLY WANT TO LIVE.

October 21, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

OK, how did she get HER job? Hey wench, ever hear of a little thing called service with a smile? Sheesh.

October 21, 2007 6:02 PM  
Blogger Merelyme said...

wow...what stick was up her butt? i am sorry you had to endure this.

October 21, 2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Hello, Craig.

I'm sorry for confusing you about the whereabouts of the Terrytoons post. Part one is now uploaded on my blog.

See you later!

From an inspiring cartoonist/ artist

Bruce

October 21, 2007 11:23 PM  
Blogger Dorky Dad said...

Ew. Are you kidding? She didn't want to take your APPLICATION?

Well, obviously that company doesn't know squat if it hired her.

October 22, 2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger CS said...

Wow, I can't believe she wouldn't even let you fill out an application! As if unemployment weren't bad enough all on it's own.

October 22, 2007 2:07 AM  
Blogger Xbox4NappyRash said...

at risk of offending en-mass and having my head verbally kicked in, I just want to say that all HR related people are the spawn of satan and paris hilton.

October 22, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

I hope she got the gig too.

October 22, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Take my application?

I couldn't get her to walk up the counter!

Ah, well... obviously I was not meant to have that gig.

October 22, 2007 3:36 PM  
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