Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rants & Some Redemption

Earlier this week, I saw the following Craig's List job ad:

This is not a job post. But it could be. (SoHo)
Date: 2011-01-03, 1:09PM EST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

After I graduated NYU, I lived abroad for a number of years. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I was 23, and I figured it made sense to have an adventure. By the time I turned 26, I knew it was time to come home to the States.

But I had no idea what I wanted to do.

I knew I was smart, but I also lacked any experience at anything. (Teaching English to Asian kindergartners doesn’t count for much, I learned.) I was competing with people younger than me and with people more qualified than me. Eventually I bit the bullet and went to a temp agency. They asked me what I wanted to do – I said I wanted to use my brain, and do a job where I felt like I was helping people.

I ended up at ZocDoc, a company I’d never heard of. They needed an office manager. Two weeks later, I was hired full time. It’s been 2 and a half years, and after having worked in office management, client services, operations, marketing, and public relations, I now run the recruiting team. We are aggressively hiring, and I’m looking for great people.

Specifically, I’m looking for bright people who might not know exactly what it is they want to do, but are confident that they are capable of much. I want people who have good grades, interesting experience, and a desire to be a part of something amazing. ZocDoc was just named the #1 Best Place to Work in NYC (that was a project I was working on), and if you’re interested in being a part of the team, email me. Tell me why you’re looking for a job, and what you want to do.

I know there are quality people out there who just don’t know where to start. I can teach you plenty (we have a lot of job openings in many different departments), but I can’t teach you personality or drive. Please have those, and I look forward to hearing from you!

* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 2141458675

I smelled a challenge since there's no way to transition a librarian's job into a non-library/librarian setting. Do you know how much competition there is for library work? Want to talk about a racket, this one's almost as big as law school except you'll find employers offering entry-level jobs at 30 hours a week where you have to do the same things as a typical full-time person but get undercut so they don't have to offer health benefits. In Canada, entry-level librarian jobs require about 5 years experience. I know this since my husband's Canadian co-worker told him that he had to immigrate to America to get this experience, though he wanted to work in his own country.

Man, I wish that weren't true or my husband & I would probably move there sooner or later. Might have to in order to save ourselves from the BS like editing classic literature & idiots opposing this recent law change.

For my part, I'm all for not sending people to jail for using curse words. I know that in the Northeast, you can say the f-word all you like. In the South, it's on a par with killing someone. Let's not push Southern mores on the whole country, all right? Better yet, let's not push the mores of the biggest wackjobs you can find on the entire country.

Furthermore, I didn't choose to birth children so I don't have to watch my language around a total stranger's child. Don't like it, leave. Lay a hand on me & you'll go to jail or get sued by someone. Better yet, I dare you to take on a group of big burly guys & tell them they're responsible for your child's foul language.

So I submitted that challenge to this ad poster & have yet to hear a word. I think I'll have to call BS on that tale soon since anyone who actually lived that stuff would empathize w/the situation & understand that professionals don't have time to answer lots of ads or deal with idiots who think someone who needs their current income to survive is going to take a pitiful wage to change jobs.

Are you surprised by this one? I'm not.

Finally, this makes me feel a lot better. I know people who automatically got rejected for jobs due to credit checks when they weren't applying to be bankers, handling cash or even managing a store til. Maybe if you got the explanation, it would answer concerns over someone planning to embezzle. Remember, plenty of embezzlers had spotless credit & criminal background checks before stealing from companies.

Now if they'd only attack attorney licensing committees for using credit checks as the sole basis to deny admission to the bar. If you think it doesn't happen, I can prove you dead wrong.

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