“Now Joblessness Isn’t Just For Philosophy Majors” – Kent Brockman

by frou22

On the New York employment scene, I have one pet peeve – the recruitment company. When one makes numerous online applications (I have made approx. 600 since the middle of last year) one’s resume is of course, likely to be picked up by recruitment coordinators surfing the internet for fresh meat…

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I have been picked up by 2 of these companies, the first a few months ago held high hopes. I was called in by the fashion department and I went in feeling positive about the outcome; I had hoped that they would assist me in getting my dream job, but that isn’t quite how it all went down…

My arrival 15 minutes prior to my appointment time certainly wasn’t long enough to fill out the 5 pages of paperwork which required 3 forms of ID and knowledge of my blood type. I was kept waiting for about 45 minutes only to be seen by a slew of people all not quite knowing what to do with me. Business cards were thrown at me like I was collecting a deck but no one could quite give me anything concrete to go on. I was complimented on my resume, reprimanded for only have 2 forms of ID and then sent on my merry way…

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Today, I can’t say my second experience was much more impressive. I went to one of the major recruitment companies located by Grand Central station. Only 1 page of paperwork requiring a simple name, address and a copy of my resume was fine by me; the wait time was similar, a good 15-20 minutes late, but then the woman that called me in really did not seem to know why on earth I was there.

As I sat down she immediately started to IM and email her co-workers whilst asking me questions which she didn’t seem to care about the answer to. Next she looked at my resume, pulled out that dreaded red pen only teachers have, and went on to completely obliterate it. After I stated I am looking for a career in PR, she went on to tell me ‘PR is too challenging for us to get you into’ – okay, great, so what am I doing here? She then ordered me to immediately return home, fix my resume to make it ‘more vanilla – you know, so you can be in the administrative field’, email her a copy when I was done and she’d see me early next week to get me temping somewhere. Erm – okay then!

I think for the time being, I’ll stick to PR and just keep plugging away on my own accord; that ‘vanilla administrative’ world can be my plan B if I don’t quite get where I’m trying to go…

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