It has certainly been a bizarre week. The first three days of this week I got nary a phone call or email about jobs and then **Whammo** I had an interview on Thursday and have one scheduled for Friday. It's also been the week of responding to ads that seem to want an essay rather than a normal cover letter in response. I can't help but wonder if these are legitimate jobs or if these people have nothing better to do than read these (and, presumably, make fun of the people writing them). One of the ads I responded to had posted another ad about three weeks ago, said they got 150+ responses and not one person from that batch was offered an interview. I am not expecting that they will respond to me, even though I believe that I wrote a clever (but professional) response.
I went to an agency on Thursday and they want to deduct the cost of a background investigation AND the charge for a drug screening from applicant's first paychecks. Honestly, that's ridiculous and is akin to kicking someone when they're down. Ok, let's see, let's use me as an example... I haven't worked in over 2 months, I get about 1/3 of my former salary from UI and you want to take nearly $100 from my first paycheck? Are you INSANE? This, of course, set a rather sour tone for the interview and I sincerely doubt that I shall hear from them again. Which suits me just fine because I don't think I really want to work with people who want to run a racket like this.
I know, I know... I should just suck it up and take my lumps if it gets me a job, right? It just makes me angry when people want to take advantage of people who are in situations that are not of their own creation. I didn't do anything wrong, I just happened to be working for a company that fell on hard times economically and decided that dumping me would save them some money. Honestly, though, my salary for a month was way less than what they pay for their lease. I really hate being expendable.
So, we shall see whether this interview tomorrow is fruitful. I had really hoped to hear from the job I interviewed for last Thursday...but I can't sit around waiting on wishes... gotta hustle and make things happen!