Who isn’t tired of hearing about my job search? Anyone? I’m sick to death of it but it occupies my time and energy which means you’re going to have to ride this out with me.
Looking for a job in 2014 is done exclusively online. I appreciate the convenience and ease of that process, except when it is neither convenient nor easy. For example, when an advertised job directs me to the company’s website to apply, but the job isn’t listed on the company website, and I get caught in an endless and infuriating catch-22 process.
I have to create a user ID and password for dozens and dozens (and dozens) of company career websites. How am I supposed to keep all that straight? Another pet peeve is online applications that allow me to upload my resume, but not a cover letter. Not for nothing, but my cover letter is critically important to explaining my situation. Not that I have a situation per se, but I kind of have a situation in that I am trying to shift industries and careers. See what I mean? Explanation required. I have taken to putting my cover letter and resume all on one document in cases where I can only attach a single document. There is no doubt that somewhere my inability to follow directions has been logged in my permanent record.
So I’ve resigned myself to all this, but today…today I came across an application that requires me to attach my college and grad school transcripts. Really? I graduated from business school in 1990. For those of you without an advanced degree who can’t do the complicated math…that is 24 years ago. 24 years. College was a distant 28 years ago. WTF could possibly be on my transcripts that is reflective of my current skills and abilities? It’s bad enough when applications ask for my GPA. Do you think for one minute I remember my GPA? Who remembers stuff like that? Smarty pants people who get jobs, that’s who. Not senile old ladies like myself who didn’t care about my GPA 20 years ago let alone now.
So OK, I figure I must be able to quickly order the blasted transcripts online. But nooooooo. That would be too easy. My grad school requires me to fax a form along with a copy of my photo ID. Yes, fax. Remember that ancient technology? Then I have to sit around and wait for “processing.” Why oh why would something like, say, my SSN not be good enough to identify myself electronically?
Arrgh. When I rule the world, things will be a lot different. I promise you that.