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Job Search Update

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I continue to look for work. The last few months have been very frustrating. I know there is something people don’t like about my resume. I won’t receive any feedback from any of the companies that have looked at my resume. Those companies that have rejected my application would never tell my why, as they are afraid I would sue them on some spurious grounds.

The job search has gotten so bad/desperate that I’ve even begun looking at craigslist. Check out the text of one listing I just looked at:

We just opened our new office in Dallas, and striving to find the perfect manager to help our company grow. We are looking for someone hard working, talented, and self motivated. We do not want to have to micro-manage anyone to please be a self starter. No prior college education or management experience is necessary, but would be nice. We are willing to train the correct individual for this position. To work for us you will be in charge of training and motivating a team of approximately 6-8 individuals. You will be in charge of their success and keeping them on track! This is a full time position along with benefits available after 90 days of employment. Please send you resume and contact information as soon as possible. I will be contacting people with in the next couple days to set up face to face interviews. Hiring Organization: Director of Operations Hiring Organization: Director of Operations

Why would anyone with a modicum of experience and a reasonable sense of self worth apply for that job? There is no mention of the industry! Now I’m not completely naive, I know this job likely involves hiring a bunch of people to go door to door selling cable tv or some such service. There is nothing wrong with doing such work. It is an honorable way to make a living. You are offering people a service in return for a fee. But why won’t the company that is hiring tell you their name? Why won’t they tell you what the job really entails? Is it because the work environment is really crappy, and they are hoping that they’ll get lucky enough to get a few good people through the initial screening? I think that is it. They’ll get some decent people to apply that otherwise would not. They’ll also get the sharks that make those operations really run without needing to specify the industry. I think that whole ad is a dog whistle for sharks.