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May 28th, 2003


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05:48 pm - I just got 100% blown off for a job because I'm deaf.


I have gotten like 3 calls in the past 24 hours about a job that would be perfect for me. I mean, I fill every one of the credentials they want to a T. I have great experience in all their areas, including the very industry, PLUS all of the optional 'it would be good if you had this too.' crap. They don't even require a degree.

So, I got 3 enthusiastic messages from the recruiter people.

I go to call them back, and the other shoe drops. See, I have to call them back using a TTY relay service, and some of these people Just Can't Handle It. The first call, their receptionist didn't understand the whole tty relay intro thing, and just hung the fuck up! So, I call back, and they re-explain, and she transfers me to the lady who called first. She kinda fumbles through and doesn't understand a thing, and punts me to a 3rd guy.

This guy listens to the intro (the first lady called me twice, the guy the 3rd time) and then goes 'send us a current resume and we'll get back to you if there is any interest'. Now, they called ME because they had the resume in the first place... So I say I will be glad to, and ask the guy for his name, and I get this "yeah... we'll let you know." *hangs up*.

So my blood is boiling a bit, but I decide to suck it down. I could just be misinterpreting.

Then about 10 minutes later in email, the guy I talked to sends me BY MISTAKE email due for somebody else. He's asking this OTHER guy, named Derek XXXXXXX since he just got (a certification far lesser than what I hold) if he just got his cert, and if he has a number yet, what was he making at his last job, why is he leaving, when could he interview, etc. Just based on the questions, its 100% clear this guy has tons less to offer than I do, but they're gonna schedule him for an interview.

BECAUSE HE'S NOT FUCKING DEAF.

I have never wanted to grieviously harm a complete stranger more than I have at this moment.

OK, vent over, return to your regularly scheduled happiness.

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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:May 28th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
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What bullshit. I'm sorry. Grrr! People suck.
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From:jon3
Date:May 28th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't mind the sucky people so much if they didn't hold all the goddamn keys to me getting back to a normal life.
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From:jon3
Date:May 28th, 2003 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Well, I decided to give them a giant benefit of the doubt on that. I replied to the email as if they were talking to me, and "corrected" his mistakes. (politely but clearly pointing out how much more qualified I was along the way)

I decided to give them a week or two to see if they call me back, then I'm gonna get the guy back on the phone and get him to admit whether or not he forwarded by resume, why or why not, and what the response was.

I'll proceed from there. =)

From:thinkpalmtrees
Date:May 28th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry. People are so ignorant at times and I feel sorry for their inability to think outside the box and make the effort.
You know how qualified you are and you will find an employer who sees that as well.
Keep you head up, kick some butt, and definitely file complaints if you have to. You don't have to deal with this bullshit.
And you have my total support. So vent away!
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From:wickedwahine
Date:May 29th, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry to hear that...I can't believe how ignorant some people can be!

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