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    Category: Job Seekers

    Won’t Resort To It Again

    | AB, Canada | Job Seekers

    (I apply for a summer job at one of my favourite tourist resorts. I don’t hear anything back, so I start moving on. Early into the summer, though, they call me.)

    Manager: “Hello, this is [Manager] with [Resort]. We’ve recently had an opening, and we like you’re application. We’re wondering if you’re still interested?”

    Me: “Yes! I am! I haven’t found a summer job yet, and I’d love to work there!”

    Manager: “Excellent! I’ll call you back later this afternoon, and we’ll do a proper interview over the phone. ”

    (He hangs up and I get very excited. A few hours go by, and the manager calls back to do the interview.)

    Manager: “Um, yeah. Hi. Well, shortly after I got off the phone with you this morning, the guy who submitted his two-weeks notice came back in, said he changed his mind, and rescinded his two-weeks notice. So we no longer have any openings. My apologies.”

    (Disappointed, I move on. A few days later…)

    Manager: “Hi! This is [Manager] with [Resort] again. We’ve suddenly had another opening come up. Are you still interested in working at [Resort]?”

    Me: “Well, yeah. But this isn’t going to be like last time, is it? Where the person who quit comes back and changes their mind?”

    Manager: “Oh, no! Trust me, this opening that just came up. There’s no way they’re getting their position back.”

    (Same as last time, we make an appointment for a few hours later to do a proper phone interview. At the appointed time…)

    Manager: “Well, I hate to do this again, [My Name], but the person who quit came back in a few hours later and rescinded their two-weeks notice. So once again, we don’t have any openings.”

    (A few days later, having found a different summer job, I come home from work and see I have a voice mail message. Guess what?)

    Manager: “Hello, [My Name]. This is [Manager] with [Resort] again. We’ve had an opening come up once again! Are you still interested in working at [Resort]? Call me back!

    (Needless to say, I didn’t call back.)

    Needs To Read More Into It

    | New Zealand | Job Seekers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’ve just been promoted to store manager as part of a company-wide restructuring that means the previous manager is moving up to regional. One of my first duties is to hire my own replacement and the new regional manager is walking me through the interviews. One particular applicant has handed in a resumè that has me ready to hire her on the spot but he convinces me to interview her anyway just in case. I’m glad he did.)

    Me: “Since we cater mainly to tourists, there are times of the year when we can be pretty quiet. What kinds of things would you do to keep busy during quiet shifts?”

    (The answer we were looking for was anything along the lines of cleaning, computer maintenance, restocking – basically, finding things that needed to be done that were hard to do when the store was busy.)

    Interviewee: “Well, I’ve recently taken up reading, so I guess I’d work on that?”

    (I wasn’t quite ready to give up on her that easily, but when I called around for her references it became very clear that reading was probably a very new hobby for her while she had a LOT of practice at slacking off. She had even included as references a couple of ex-bosses who had fired her for her laziness. I’ve never been tempted to hire someone without an interview again.)

    Putting The Fired Into Hired, Part 2

    , | Elk Grove, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (My boss is in the process of hiring a graphic designer for our store in order to grow our print business. During this process we get a call from one of the interviewees:)

    Me: “Hello, [Store]. [My Name] speaking. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Yes, I had an interview the other day with the owner and was calling to check my status.”

    Me: “All right, let me put you on hold and check with the owner.”

    (I put them on hold while I speak with my boss, but when I go to speak with the caller they have hung up. I shrug it off , and then overhear my coworker pick up another call and have the exact same conversation, only to have the caller hang up again when she is put on hold. I pick up again the third time she calls.)

    Caller: *angrily* “This is my third time calling and you guys keep hanging up on me!”

    Me: “No, ma’am, we don’t. We have been putting you on hold and you have been hanging up on us. I need to speak with my boss and you seem unwilling to wait.”

    Caller: “Let me talk to him NOW!”

    Me: “Unfortunately, he is otherwise occupied and is unable to come to the phone but I will have him call you back if he is interested in hiring you.”

    Caller: “Can I trust you to give him my information?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, I will. He should have your information anyway with your application.”

    Caller: “Ugh, fine. I’ll just wait for the call.”

    (Needless to say, I advised my boss against hiring this person. To the caller’s bad luck, I’m one of my bosses most trusted employees.)

    Putting The Fired Into Hired

    When New Hires Become New Fires, Part 2

    , | Ottawa, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (I’m a woman in my early 20s working as the manager at a fast food restaurant. Just before Christmas season starts, an older woman comes up and slaps a resume onto the counter in front of my coworker.)

    Woman: “Look, I want a job! Give this to your manager!”

    Coworker: “Actually, she…”

    Me: “Just went out. Just make sure your availability is on it, and we’ll pass it along.”

    Woman: “Fine! I’ll be manager soon enough, anyway!”

    Me: *barely even looks at it before throwing it out after she leaves* “If she’s going to be like that applying, I’m not going to hire her.”

    Coworker: “Thank you!”

    When New Hires Become New Fires

    Won’t Land Him A Job

    | TX, USA | Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive, Job Seekers

    (I answer the phones for an oilfield service company in an area that has seen a boom in a particular area. There have been many news stories about how many workers are needed, for companies, for this particularly fruitful land formation.)

    Me: “Hello, this is [Oilfield Company]. How can I help you?”

    Guy: “Are you hiring?”

    Me: “Well, this location is not hiring but other locations may be. You need to go online to [Website] and click on careers.”

    Guy: “Is this how you get a job at [land formation]?”

    Me: “Well, our company does have people at that location, but this branch does not. You really will need to go online to [Website] to see which branches are hiring.”

    Guy: “What is [land formation] hiring for?”

    Me: “[Land formation] is not a company, sir. It’s a physical location where companies put their rigs. You have reached [Oilfield Company Branch] and so I really can’t speak for the other [Oilfield Company]’s branches or the other companies doing work out there.”

    Guy: “The paper told me that [land formation] has a lot of jobs and I need to know where to apply.”

    Me: “Well, our company does have a presence at the [land formation] so you can go to our website.”

    Guy: “But you’re not [land formation], right?”

    Me: “Right. We’re an oilfield company, not a land mass.”

    Guy: “But the paper said that [land formation] was hiring. Can you tell me where to call?”

    Me: “There is no particular place to call. Many companies have wells at that location.”

    Guy: *getting frustrated* “I can’t understand why you won’t give me the number for [land formation]. I need a job. I’ve been out of work a while and I don’t understand why everyone is so unhelpful.”

    Me: “[Land formation] doesn’t have a number, sir. It’s a physical place, like a mountain or a lake, not a corporation. You cannot get a job with [land formation]. It doesn’t have management. You need to apply to companies in order to work there.”

    Guy: “Well, I’m going to get a job with [land formation]. If you’re not going to help me I will find someone who will!” *hangs up*

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