Notes from the Road, #21: The Job Hunt Continues

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The job hunt is still going nowhere at breakneck speed. I’m so over this crap, and so over life in general. I feel like I’m drowning, with no end in sight. A promising lead has turned up, but I won’t be holding my breath on it. I’m done holding my breath on any of this, and done listening to a damn word any of them have to say until I see it actually happen.

I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, it’s all lies, damn lies, and more lies as far as I’m concerned.

I haven’t told anyone, which has been my policy when it comes to a job search. I’ve decided I won’t be telling anyone about this until I actually start the job. I’m not getting anyone else’s hopes up the way these companies do to me. There’s way too many hiring managers too happy to jerk prospective applicants around and waste their time, and it’s shameful.

To the credit of one hiring manager, they actually responded to me beyond their automated emails telling me that they put the job vacancy on hold, but that they’d love to give me another chance if I make some changes to my resume, and provide a cover letter. It was honestly the nicest any hiring manager has ever been to me.

I won’t reapply, since I’ve decided to take the hiring managers’ no as an answer, respect their wishes, and move on from them. I’d definitely reapply if my values would let me, but they won’t.

To me, it feels like I’m making them my end-all, be-all, and I don’t want any company to have the satisfaction of knowing they have that kind of power over me.

I wish more hiring managers were like this one, though.

I finally heard back from the company I applied at where the manager hit on me, complete with a text telling me to check my inbox for the next steps, and big shocker: they won’t be moving forward with my application, but they thanked me for my interest.

This was six months ago.

Yeah, get fucked. Just. Get. Fucked.

I blocked and deleted them right there. I was fine with never hearing back from them after the way they chose to do me like that.

I already decided I wasn’t moving forward with them the day I left that interview, no matter what they decided on. As if their horse dick of a manager’s illegal questioning and inappropriate behavior didn’t tell me they didn’t need the help without actually telling me, this confirms it. They definitely don’t need or want the help that badly, eh?

Their “Now Hiring” sign is up, so I wonder if maybe it’s a decoration, or maybe their higher-ups are making them keep it up for the looks, and they’re just going through the motions and wasting people’s time to shut them up.

No worries. I’ll be going to another location, even if it means a three mile walk both ways at the butt-crack of dawn next time my family member wants something from there.

Before, I’d have taken this as a statement about me, but now? I consider this a bullet dodged.

I was talking with someone on the bus about that place, and they mentioned they worked there until earlier this year. This became a second job for them, and they took on their now-current role after they got hired there. They ended up needing to stay a little while after their shift ended due to an emergency with another coworker, and when they called that place to tell them what was going on, the manager fired them out of nowhere.

That tells me this place wants someone whose world revolves around them. Now I see why that manager got so angry with me when I told them I had a job already. They want people who feel like they need them in order to succeed.

This isn’t just a red flag, this is a flamethrower.

Those sorry dick nuggets. If this is how they’re gonna do their employees and their prospective employees, it’s a miracle they’re even still in business.

No matter. It’s only a matter of time before that changes, and they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

If you find this, and you’re in a similar job where they leave you feeling like they’re your only chance at ever succeeding in life, know that this isn’t true. If this is the takeaway they’re leaving you with, then I’m going out on a limb and guessing that they’re mistreating you in other ways while they’re at it? Yes? No? Maybe so?

Either way, know that this is a ‘them’ problem, not a ‘you’ problem. They’re on a power trip, and they’re not that great. They’re just trying to convince themselves they’re hot shyt, when really, they’re just shyt.

You deserve so much better than what that job has to offer. No manager or company has the right to mistreat their employees, and nothing ever justifies it. Idgaf if their employee is literally Hitler, nobody deserves to be done like that.

If you’re in this type of a job, and you want out, the contact form’s off to the side. Just hit that little button doohickey over there, and I’ll see if there’s something I can do to help. If nothing else, I’ll lend an ear to listen if you don’t wanna share it publicly in the comments.

Over to you, readers. What are your thoughts and takeaways? I’d love to hear ’em below.

Missed the previous installments? No probs. I gotcha covered, right here: 20, 19, 18, 17, 16

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