Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Air Out Move On

Now I'm going to give a slight more blogvent to the annoying bits around *my* job, the one I didn't get - and after that I'm moving on into a brand new month of joyful summer. Print out the handful of interesting job opportunities I've found, examine the requirements and then go for it, introduce myself, write a swinging application and then hope the company knows what's good for them. There. That's a neatly wrapped intention if I ever saw one.

Here goes. The job I didn't get, which they cowardly decided to tell me via a default e-mail just before the long weekend instead of calling. Well, after having spent the weekend partly brooding over the whys, I did call came Monday morning. And after getting a distinct uptight impression of what was before a very pleasant HR woman at the interview, I got this laconic explanation nervously repeated to me a few times (mind you, was this the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...?) -

we went with a man that had a bit more experience of legal texts.

Weird detail number 1 - She really kept repeating the word "man", instead of just saying "person" or "applicant", as if I would be less offended if it was a man who got the job instead of another woman...?

Weird detail number 2 - Immediately after the interview I thought to myself I should have mentioned something about specimen of writing. So that they could really see the spread of my writing skills, and not just take my application, CV and word for it. But then again, if it was that important for them that they got just the *write* person they would of course ask for that themselves, perhaps at the same time they asked for referends.

To then being so easily superseded without having had the chance to prove myself, well, that bugs me. A lot. A whole lot of lot. Actually.

And besides, anyone with the tiniest bit of common sense realize that "more experience" or for that matter "a bit" of it, doesn't mean that a person is more accomplished or skilled than someone who has "less" or "a bit" less experience of it. Whatever "it" might be. If someone claims they're experienced and skilled in a certain field, I for one would definitely like to see some proof, specimen, portfolio.

And if someone writes a good enough application, with a good enough CV, outperforming a bunch of other applicants, giving a more than good enough performance at an interview, then can be so easily brushed aside, dismissed like silly that without having had that very last - and very easily obtained - chance to proove oneself...

Well, what can I say. I find it baffling as well as laughable really, that this is a company that's flaunting itself as being the number one choice for professionals.

Now. Where did I put those printouts...

PS On another writing topic, I find it completely annoying that the Blogger spellchecker hasn't worked for ages, and when it now and then seems to work again it's strangely enough set in Swedish... And honestly the report-fault-system leaves a whole lot to be wished for... But since it is a free service... Babble, babble...

4 comments:

John said...

Hello Luv,

Job hunting can be a very frustrating and demoralizing process, and I know you've been dealing with it for a while now. I do hope it is resolved to your satisfaction soon. : ) I'm so glad I don't have to deal with it. Dealing with dating is all I can handle. ; )

Pia K said...

Thanks for that sweet comment, John! Well then, I can at least take a bit of comfort that I'm not out on the dating scene for the new twenties then;)

Most of the things we struggle with, more or less fiercly, through life always look and feel better when we take a step back and look at it from a humouristic view. Althogh that can of course take a bit of time and pondering. Not to mention writing!

John said...

Very true. But it's hard for us to remove ourselves from the process enough to gain clarity or find humor. Good luck Luv.

Pia K said...

Perspective is the key-word, but yes, clarity and humour most often comes with hindsight. At least when we ourselves are involved...

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