I decided that after I retired, that I could still do some things that I enjoyed and had some training for in my past jobs. (police training, Mess Kit Repair for the Army and anything to do with guns.) I was totally shocked at a few things in regards to finding a job these days. The last time I had to apply for a job, it was paper forms, now everybody wants stuff done on line. I’m good with that, but I don’t think it should be an excuse for poor manners. Recruiters working for some employers will totally bullshit you and then lie about it. (you can’t lie and bullshit a person who’s been a cop for 32 years and did “mess kit repair” on 2 deployments.)
The first thing I discovered is most civilian employers don’t even tell you how much they are going to pay for the job…and some don’t tell you up front whether or not it’s full time or part time. In many cases, I’d spend hours filling out a form online and answering questions designed for an 18 year old….like: “did you get along with your teachers in high school?’
What kind of retarded shit is that for an adult?
In several cases, I’d get called up and asked: “You sound perfect, can you come in tomorrow for an interview?” Well, sure, I guess so, but that’s kind of short notice. But I’d go….to be interviewed usually by somebody younger that my sons. Most of the time they had no idea what or how to ask questions….in a few cases I had to explain that a question they asked was illegal….like what church I went to. Then, after they said: “well, I have to have my boss interview you…” I’d asked: “by the way, how many hours a week and how much does this job pay?”
When they told me, I told them: “It’s not even worth me starting my truck to come here for 5 hours a day at that kind of pay…..I’ll just sit home and watch TV.”
One job I applied for working as a contractor for a military branch---this was with a nationally known big company that makes all kinds of cool shit and stuff. I went in for an interview one day on very short notice. As I walked in, they said: “Oh, we made a mistake, the job we want to interview you for is not that…( a job I was totally qualified for) but for this other job…(that when they explained it to me, I had no idea what they were talking about.)
The guys who were going to interview me, were not prepared but said it would only take about 30 minutes. It took over 2 hours…because neither one of them knew what they were asking…they were not prepared. We wasted their time and mine….and the assholes were not even polite enough to get back and tell me I didn’t get the job. If they had offered me the job, I would have turned it down because I couldn’t work with people that dis-organized.
Another thing is since I am a “triple Vet” I am supposed to get job preference in any government job I apply for. Now, I won’t take a job from a young vet who really needs the job, but when they totally ignore that rule and hire some person who’s never served, then what good is that rule?
The most dysfunctional place to find a job is with the US Federal Government. They have tried to combine all federal jobs at www.usajobs.com but this has so many problems, I’d need another post just to describe them.
I know jobs are hard to come by these days, but that doesn’t make it right for Human Resources and employers to be rude, lie, not post the pay and hours and in general just be assholes.
Anyway, I’m happy now working part time and 2 jobs I really enjoy. You see, it’s not so much the money as I wanted to do something I enjoy doing and work with good people….who know what the hell they are doing.