Yeah, I know. Does a bear wear a funny hat? Does the Pope shit in the woods? Does a frog bump its ass a-hoppin’?
I applied for a federal job several weeks ago. It seemed right up my alley, and the geographic location was perfect. See, my girlfriend and I live 200 miles apart, and I’m looking for jobs closer to my area of expertise closer to where she lives.
Well, I found one.
I’m a GIS/remote sensing guy, with expertise in field biology and geographic analysis. The National Park Service advertised a GIS manager job at Russell Cave National Monument, about 40 miles from Huntsville, Alabama, where my girlfriend lives and works. I’m so qualified for this job, it’s not even funny.
I carefully filled out a federal application and sent a resume online, using the links from the job announcement on the Office of Personnel Management website. Then, because they required other materials, I mailed my references, my writing samples, my school records, and all the various other flotsam they required directly, using overnight mail, to the OPM.
I double-checked, nay, triple checked that I’d done everything precisely as described in the job announcement.
I got the response letter yesterday. I quote, "We have carefully reviewed your application and determined that you are not eligible for this position for the following reason: You failed to submit an application/resume."
I am absolutely fucking infuriated. They gave NO recourse to address a mistake. I received NO confirmation that I’d submitted the application and/or resume. There is NO telephone number or e-mail addy for complaints. I could write a letter, I suppose, but they’d take one jaundiced look at it and put it in the “permanent” file.
I’ll contact the office of the National Park Service tomorrow, but I’m certain I’ll get an earful of, “We’re sorry, but you didn’t submit a complete application,” at which point I’ll have an aneurysm and tell them that perhaps they’d better hire me to run the OPM, bcause it’s fairly plain to the casual observer that the ignorant boobs that staff the Office are incapable of using their own fucking system.
So, because of their incompetence, I’m out of the running for the perfect job.
Sorry, Katherine. Hope you can wait a little longer.