Saturday, October 4, 2008

Help Wanted

Do you remember the good old days when looking for a job meant driving around town picking up applications, taking them back, following up with the manager, getting "face time", and waiting for that coveted interview? Does this process still exists? The one where you know that a phone call is good and the thin letter in the mail is bad... does anyone still do that?

It seems like everyone insists on having you apply online these days. Often times you are required to fill out a survey of some sort that has multiple choice questions like...

What is the most you have stolen from a previous employer?

or

Would you ever smoke crack before or during your shift?

or

Have you ever been in a physical altercation (fists fight or shoving match) with a customer or fellow employee?

The whole process seems surreal, a little weird, and even uncomfortable to me. Despite that, I have been persistently exploring my options for sustainability in these economically challenging times. There are some real uncertainties in the life of a bi-vocational church planter. It seems like uncertainty is where most people live right now. Maybe that's why instead of the thin letter in the mail, or maybe an interview invitation, I keep getting very nice emails like this:

Thank you for submitting your profile with us for the Part-Time Technical Support CSR position. Your background is impressive. We are fortunate to have many well-qualified candidates. At this time, we have decided to move forward in the selection process with other candidates whose experience and qualifications are a better match for this position. We appreciate your interest in joining our team. Please log on to www.*********.com to explore other career opportunities with us.
Best regards,

Evidently there are a lot of people in the job market who don't steal, don't do crack, and wait till after work to assault their co-workers. Makes finding work tough.

1 comment:

Christian said...

I have always found it extremely hard to get a job if I don't talk to the person in charge of hiring. I never do the online app. if I can avoid it. But then again I'm looking for a job right now.