Well, that was fun. Today ended up being a day that’s for sure.
If you ever find yourself sitting at the Dept. of Labor at 8:30 in the morning for “orientation” so you can continue to receive your unemployment benefits remember a few things.
(1) Don’t leave anything open to interpretation. If it doesn’t make sense, ask them to rephrase the answer or at the very least repeat it. The person conducting our “class” was left out of the loop on several items that were common knowledge to everyone else in the room and it took quite a while to bring her up to speed on how things work at the DOL.
(2) Don’t forget your green sheet of paper that has your “proof” that you have been job hunting. A couple people forgot their copies and I thought the woman conducting the class was going to come unglued. I don’t want to see a DOL employee come unglued, I hear it’s similar to USPS employees going postal.
(3) Don’t believe everything you hear. We were told today that our country is in a depression, not a recession. All we had to do was look at gas and grocery prices and the sheer number of people out of work to realize she was speaking the truth. Well, that’s what she wanted us to think anyway. Some of us quickly informed her that we are not in a depression, in fact our current recession isn’t any worse than the one back during the late 1970’s. Of course those of us who pointed out that fact were the only ones in the room old enough to remember the late 1970’s.
Once “orientation” ended, I hurried home to finish my exercises.
After the phone interview yesterday I received two exercises to complete by noon today. I finished the first one before midnight and sent it off to the Technology Director before heading to bed. I sat down at 10:30 today and began working on the second exercise.
I wasn’t the only one angered by this turn of events. The recruiter who sent me the job and arranged the phone interview was told the same thing. I am angry because I wasted my time, granted only a few hours, but my time nonetheless, on a position I was never going to get anyway. I hate it when people waste my time, and when they lie. Apparently I got a double dose of that with this one.
I’ll keep my head up high and will continue my search for the perfect job. I was upfront and honest with them the entire time, so I have no reason to be upset about this one “getting away” and they could probably care less that they misled me, so why should I let it eat me up? I will sleep good tonight.
I had a couple other things I wanted to write about tonight but it turns out that getting up by 7 this morning, being subjected to an “orientation workshop”, and dealing with misleading people, has taken its toll on my active brain cells this evening. Maybe I will shock everyone by posting again tomorrow to make it three days in a row. That’ll teach you for listening to the ramblings of a soon to be re-employed tech geek.