It’s an exercise in futility.
So I’ve been cruising the job sites online, filling in aps, sending in resumes. And the only responses I’ve gotten are from telemarketing recruiters and temp job agencies. I’ve signed up with four temp agencies, and haven’t had any job interviews or assignments yet.
At all of my temp agency interviews, they have wonderful resume tweaking ideas. So I duly tweak the resumes, and send the updated copies back. I take the skills tests. I smile and nod where necessary.
At one of these temp interviews, my recruiter cheerfully informed me that most of the jobs you see online have already been filled by the time me, the average online schlub sees them. There’s a nice thought to have in the back of your mind as you fill in aps and send in duly tweaked resumes that probably no one will see because you need carefully tailored keywords on every page to even get to pass before human eyes.
And just to make things perfect, I’ve just found out that two of my references refuse to give referrals over the phone. They won’t even answer the goddamn phone. I finally got through to one of the secretaries, and she told me that they’re afraid of legal difficulties if they actually dared to…you know…talk about what kind of job I did for them for thirteen years. Whether I was reliable and all that. Very hush, hush, they are.
But if I would draft a letter of reference and e-mail that to them, they would be happy to sign it. If they approve of what I write, that is. That is, if the lawyers approve, I guess. I dunno.
So what it comes down to is two of the three references I was giving out all this time are absolutely useless.
For the love of Christ, it was just a fucking lousy data entry job! And I’m just trying to get another fucking lousy data entry job! A fucking lousy data entry job that I don’t really want, that I will grow to hate in a few years like all the other fucking lousy jobs I’ve had. I know this. And yet I struggle to find another job despite my knowing this.
It used to be you looked in the paper, faxed your form letter style resume in, and a real human being would call you up for an interview. Now, it’s all machines talking to each other and legal problems and goddamn custom tailoring of resumes and letters of reference that no one will read, and no one will tell you what the standards are for tailoring them. Because there are no standards. None. All this tweaking and tailoring is just bullshit busy work so you can feel like you’re actually getting somewhere in your job search.