People who read my my blog know the cast members work in a variety of industries some of which include city planning, computer programming, public health statistical analysis and even professional moochers. Dick is none of these. The problem with me is I am a generalist and employers are not looking for generalists. I really do not have extensive experience in any one area. And although people would say I am a great problem solver who can figure things out. My resume does not scream out that I am a great problem solver. I also do not quantify (essentially bragging) about how I pointed out modeling flaws at my federal government job potentially saving them almost a billion dollars or how I was able to predict that my last company was unsustainable and would conduct massive layoffs. You would call me crazy…. but it really did happen. Here are some great recent stories in the job search.
Job Announcements Cancelled Due to Technical Errors
Recently I applied for a job as a geographer for the Bureau of the Census. The job was offered at the GS-09,11 and 12 positions and I qualified for all three, which is a plus because the job is career/career conditional (meaning after three years I am a permanent employee) and pays upwards of $77K for 40 hours a week. However the human resources professional cancelled the posting because she realized she made a mistake. The job vacancy was reposted and I reapplied. But keep in mind when candidates have the same score they are randomly shuffled except those with veteran preference will be listed first. I will qualify again but may not be not be referred to this hiring manager this time.
Hiring Manager Gives You Her Wrong Phone Number
The other day Daryl White tried to find me a job as a school bus driver. The hiring manager left a phone number that does not even work. If you try to call the number it says the extension does not exist. If you try to be transferred to the operator you get caught in the endless loop of the extension not existing. I accessed the staff directory and figured out every spelling variation of her name and spelled it out on the dial pad. The system transfers you to her mailbox. But if you leave a message no one will ever return your phone call. If you speak to her assistant (a human being) she said she takes a message but no one will return your message either. I realize I need to be proactive but there comes a point where people just find me plain annoying.
Blanket Age/Degree Requirements Which I Can Not Possibly Meet
For example at Felton’s jobs you are required to have a master’s degree in urban planning, engineering or public administration. It does not matter whether you have experience or can do the job. If you do not have a master’s you are not getting called. Then to top it all off the military accepts people. Then you hear about dumbasses who score so low that the military won’t even take them. Well I scored the highest and the military won’t take me.
And just yesterday I was rejected from a job as an entry level coordinator for a company called GreenWaste.
Let us defer to a quote written on one of my blog entries which sums it up the best. “..your still living at home, in the projects, with your mother and to top it all off, you’ve never had a girlfriend nor have you gotten laid.) You really are the epitome of loser-dom,”