>The new topic of frustration is looking for a job. I’ve been looking for a new job for the past month and I haven’t even gotten one interview. Five years ago, when I was looking for a job, I went on at least one interview every other day. I had people calling me constantly who saw my resume on Monster and Hotjobs.
Yesterday, I went to personnel agency. I filled out the forms and waited for a machine to free up so the agency could see that I wasn’t lying about my proficiency in MS Word. I waited a good 20 minutes and no one was finishing up, so they decided to have me “interview” with one of the staffing agents.
We go into a conference room and make some fake small talk. She takes a quick glance at my resume and says that the first thing she says is that most people are going to be put off by my changing jobs a lot.
Apparently, she can’t do basic math because I’ve been at my current job for 5 years. I’ve only been in the “white collar” job force for 8 years. 3 years listed on my resume occurred while I was in college doing part time jobs.
I explain all of this to her as politely as possible. Then she asks me when I will be available to start work. I force a smile. “Well, I have to give my boss two weeks notice.”
The lady’s fake smile faded.
“Well, all of the positions I have need someone to start immediately. We’ll keep your resume and test scores on file. Let us know when you are free.”
What the hell?
Last time I checked, if you don’t want to burn bridges with your former employers, you give them two weeks notice as a courtesy. I thought it was a common practice of the gainfully employed.
Obviously, this chick has some client breathing down her neck and wants to place someone before the client uses another agency. She acts like an idiot all in the name of getting the commission.