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17 December 2009 @ 07:56 pm
Argh. That's all. Just.... argh.  
In what I am sure will be a surprise to no one, I am trying to find a new job. I've been applying at several non-profits, thinking that I can at least feed my soul a little bit while I figure out what the hell I'm doing with my life.

Last Friday, I received a call from a woman, Megan, who is from an outsource HR company, regarding a resume I had submitted to one of the non-profits. She called my cell phone and since I didn't recognize the number, I didn't answer it, but she left a message saying she would e-mail me with her information and we could schedule an interview. Over e-mail, we arranged to speak at 4:15 on Monday. I asked if it was okay if I called her, since I have no privacy at my desk and I would have to find an empty office. She said that was fine and if I got her voicemail to dial 0 and have her paged.

I called at 4:15 and got her voicemail. When I reached the receptionist, she said Megan was in a company meeting, which didn't sound like something you can be paged out of. I was transferred back to her voicemail and said that maybe we hadn't thought about a time zone difference and I would call back in an hour, which I did, and still got her voicemail. I left another message and then sent an e-mail on Tuesday morning, saying I'm sorry we hadn't connected and to please let me know when we could try again.

I didn't hear anything back, not Tuesday, not Wednesday morning. So now I'm thinking, I don't want to lose out on my chance at this job because this agency is screwing up, but I have also left two voicemails and one e-mail that haven't been returned, so I sort of felt like I had done my fair share. At 3:00 I e-mailed the person at the non-profit where I had originally submitted my resume, and told her what had happened with the calls I had tried to make, and said something like I hope it wasn't inappropriate to contact her directly but I wanted to make sure there was no issue with this agency. She wrote back right away, said she had "lit a fire" (her words) and to let her know if I didn't hear anything by the end of the day tomorrow (which is today, Thursday).

As an aside, I very rarely get any calls on my home phone any more. I usually check it when I get home at night, but a lot of times I forget. I didn't look at it last night, but I did tonight, and it turns out Megan had called my HOME PHONE on Wednesday, about a half an hour after I had e-mailed the non-profit. She said in her message that she didn't get my voicemails, and that she did try to call me back but I must not have gotten the message.

Both of these things are clearly bullshit, which is obvious by the fact that she called my home phone, after (presumably) getting chewed out by either the person at the non-profit or by a supervisor at her agency. She had my work phone, my cell phone (which is how she initially contacted me), and my e-mail address (which is how we set up the initial interview time), but instead she chose to call me at HOME to try to set up another time? She also said that she really preferred to call the candidate rather than have the candidate call in, for reasons which make no sense to me, as if she's sitting there ready to pick up a phone to call someone, then why can't she sit there and wait for the phone to ring? I also can't be the first person she's dealt with who (1) works in a cube or other space with no privacy and (2) doesn't want everyone to know they're interviewing.

So it's all very annoying, because while she is the one who has fucked up here, she is still standing between me and this job, which means I have to be nice. I e-mailed her from home as soon as I heard her voicemail, apologizing (whatever) for our "miscommunications" and letting her know that once we set up a time, I will go ahead and forward my phone to an empty office so she can call me.

At the end of the day, though, I really think this is moot. I'd love to work for this organization, as they do many good things, but I'd be completely surprised if this position paid as much as I'm making now, and I can't afford to make any less than I make now. I wish we lived in a world where it was okay for me to get on the phone with this woman and just say, "Look, just tell me how much this pays, because I think we can wrap this up right now."

(Sorry to come back after all this time with nothing but venting! I'll do some New Year's Resoluting about writing here more often.)
eelizaloula on December 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Venting is healthy. Vent away! I hope this becomes less frustrating very soon.
jenzieg on December 18th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I think my head would've exploded. Good luck in your job search!