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The interview this morning was... interesting.

1) I doubt I'll get a job.

2) I doubt I'll get hired by anyone with the market the way it is.

3) The reason why isn't really my fault, but I'm screwed anyway.

Evidently, employers in today's economy want reliable employees. They won't even consider someone that's held more than 2 jobs in 5 years. With what I considered a fairly stable job history, I've held 6 jobs in the last 5 years. 3 times as many as recommended. No wonder no one wants to hire me.

While I understand the reasoning behind this, it still pisses me off. I have worked my ASS off in the past few years. I haven't sat around and waited for opportunities to come to me. I have gone out and worked hard for my goals. I have whittled my debts down to where they will be paid off by the end of the year (I hope). I have worked for years to get to where I'm at, and at this stage of my life, I had dreams of being more.

I'm angry because the likelihood of getting a new shift is slim to none. Because I've worked evenings for a year, and incompetents like VC are allowed to keep the coveted day shifts. I'm angry because I'm expected to do over half the work of the entire department by myself. Yet, if I quit, I put myself up against all of the other thousands of unemployed. I don't have faith in the system to throw something magically in my lap. I live in the real world, not a fairy tale.

I'm angry because I evidently don't have any privacy in this office. My boss just walked by my cube, leaned over the side, partition, and looked at what I was doing.

Okay. Enough angst. Good night folks.


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Jan. 14th, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC)
You can demonstrate your usefulness by taking a week of vacation, and noting (loudly) how little work got done while you were away. If you have any time saved up, you should use it in such a way, perhaps before or after a convention or real vacation.
Jan. 14th, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)
I actually just got back from a two week vacation to find that one of my coworkers (the only other one in the office that pulled his weight) quit.

Of the remainder, we have one that works.. but also works on other projects, so only half of his production is helpful, one that seems to live in a fantasy land where she can do whatever she pleases, one that only works when the planets are in the correct alignment and he feels like it, one that is constantly out sick (we're on day 3 of his absences for THIS bout. He's supposedly been hospitalized 4 times since he was hired back in July), and the last.. well.. I'm not sure exactly what it is the last one does. Sometimes he's a useful, productive team member, sometimes I wonder if he's over there downloading warez. :p

My boss is a snoop that won't do squat. My other boss is letting the first one sink or swim.

It's not a pretty situation.
Jan. 14th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)
That sucks that your work environment is so crappy. It's good that you have a job and income, but you shouldn't have to put up with too much crap. Unfortunately in this economy it's a buyer's market, so companies can afford to be extra choosey. Also, changing jobs more than once a year is more fluid than the norm. It doesn't make you unreliable, just not as loyal, though the notion of company loyalty (on both sides of the fence) went out the window long ago.

It's bad all-around, but it can't rain forever. Hopefully you can hang in there until something better opens up. Sorry I can't offer more.
Jan. 14th, 2003 03:56 pm (UTC)
I was more venting, than anything else. I don't usually post seeking comments. *hug* thank you though. :)

No- I know I'm in a good situation (such as it is), because I HAVE a job. I know several people who are unemployed, and I know it could be much worse for me.

I was discussing the whole situation with my mom a few weeks back, and she summed it up nicely-

I come to work expecting a certain amount of professionalism from the company and my coworkers. I don't have to like the job, I don't have to like the people I work with. I'm not there to have fun, I'm not there to make friends. I'm there to make money so I can live and spend time with my friends. The fact that I don't have that professionalism from ARC (I hardly think it's too much to expect) is what makes me hate the job. I actually would *LOVE* my job, if they had realistic expectations of how much any one human being can do.

*snuggers* Starting coloring your icons tonight or tomorrow, btw. :) Do you prefer photoshop, or pencils? Can do either. :)
Jan. 14th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
Bleah, yeah, not having professional co-workers sounds pretty sucky. You shouldn't have to deal with that. It sounds like they're protected by friends in management or something, so no chance of the bad eggs getting let go?

As for coloring, either pencils or photoshop would be good with me, as they can both look nice, so I'll let you decide on what you want to do.
Jan. 14th, 2003 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, take my job!
There are 80 of us where I work. We cannot find our leads or supervisors. I don't even know if they exist. The managers come by a few minutes once or twice a week. We have no meetings and are given no information. Most of my coworkers have no clue what they are doing.

Obviously a government job, but it would scare the shit out of you to know what.
Jan. 14th, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, take my job!
I do know - and I'm not afraid at all with folks like you standing on the wall.
Jan. 14th, 2003 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, take my job!
Try me. :p
Jan. 14th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
Catching up on your posts
I was in the middle of writing a comment to you when I got busy at work. I had to postpone that writing to give you a whole lot of support for applying to the three jobs you did on Monday.

Your journal writing has moved fast, making my incomplete comment obsolete now. I have read your thoughts about the interview and the mentality of a company's hiring department. *beaknuzzles into your fur with sympathy* My regrets, dearest Kestral. I was so hoping you would've been able to find a new place to work at.

*bows his head in regret*

Re: privacy - our 14th floor is designed with an "open concept" philosophy in mind. No privacy for phone calls, computer screens, etc. Ick! It's the pits. I sympathize with you completely, for I know what it's like to have no privacy around in the workplace environment. Yeek!

I hope you feel better later on today, or tomorrow. *gently fuzzles you*

Jan. 15th, 2003 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: Catching up on your posts
Aww. Thank you birdie. :)

*snugs and featherfloofs*

I'm in a better frame of mind today. At least so far. Let's see how long it lastes, eh? ;)
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