Working all week, you look forward to Friday, and two blissful days out of the office. You also realise how much work is outstanding and pile a load in your briefcase to take home, which may or may not get looked at.
Not working all week, when it gets to Friday, you realise how little you have achieved from Mon-Thurs and promptly try and fit it all in before noon as government offices close then and people leave early on POETS day for the weekend. (story about that on Clouds if you don’t understand the reference).
So, having finally found a reasonably interesting job on the internet a couple of days ago, I printed out the forms, and drafted the CV and covering letter yesterday, leaving the boring old form for today.
Now get this. We are talking about a senior job here, and they include an application form that wants to know my O level results. Dearie me. Who cares about my O levels? Huh? There comes a point in jobs when you want to look at experience, not what someone passed at age 15.
Let’s fly in the face of discrimination too. Date of birth. Hello! That one is not necessary. Nor is date of schooling, exams, university etc as anyone with a maths O level can then work out how old you are.
Surprisingly it didn’t ask if I was married, what gender/sex I was, or whether or not I was pregnant, had a dependent dog etc etc.
References have always been a pet gripe of mine, and an issue that I have always kicked up a fuss about.
The ethical and thinking reason is that, references are not provided to either select a candidate for interview, or to pre-judge them before interview. They are there to support the candidate following a job offer.
The rather more practical one, is that if you are fed up with your job and you are looking for another one, you don’t want your present employers to know that. So therefore, you always tick ‘referees not to be contacted prior to job offer’ box. Or you write something on those lines on a CV.
I did spend some time studying personnel as part of my MBA, and as a hirer and firer, it was also part of my responsibilities to keep up with current ‘good practice’ (I write that in quotes because there is very little good practice in personnel/HR). I would painstakingly point out to people that the Institute of Personnel Management considered it bad practice to require references before a job offer for all the reasons I have stated.
And the other one of course, is that if you are applying for a lot of jobs, you are seriously likely to piss off your referees.
Well, lo and behold, not only do I have to produce all my worthy certificates with my job app (for photocopying), they also want my references up front!!!!!
We have by now of course, destroyed half the trees on Gibraltar, with a ten page app form that will be photocopied countless times, my certs, my CV, my covering letter, and at some point if I can find anyone to vouch for me, a couple more pages for referees. What the hell is the point of all this excessive and unnecessary paperwork? Oh, forgot the two page vetting form for the Royal Gibraltar Police to check me out half way around the world in all the houses I have lived in since the year of my birth. No doubt they will want to check out the Indian bungalow I stayed at in Jaipur, or the cheap room in Pattaya?
And, to top it all. A passport photo. No doubt there are countless roughseas personae masquerading as roughseas. I think they would be found out rather quickly.
Now, here is the interesting thing. When I asked about the submission of all these documents with the application form, I was told everyone would get an interview!! Uh?? I checked again today when I submitted my forms. Yes, same line (at least they are consistent).
Some years ago I advertised for public relations managers, specifying experience in PR or journalism or both. Preferably hoping someone would apply who could write clearly and simply. I got nearly 200 replies and this was only advertised locally.
Admittedly journalism and PR has a rather glossy – and totally unmerited – image. A vast amount of applicants thought they would be good at it because they were friendly and chatty on the ‘phone (more or less). I would get, for example, an application from a fire officer, who for three months or so had done in his stint as the PR officer, whereby he reads out from a script about the incendiary [sic] that happened last night, no fatalities, fire extinguished at zero two hundred hours, or however they speak in uniformed English.
That was not what I wanted at all. I wanted people who could spot good PR opportunities, write about them, interview people, and who would call ‘incendiaries’ fires, and ‘fatalities’ deaths. And I sure as hell would not have liked to interview nearly 200 people when I knew I was wasting my time and theirs.
So why are they interviewing all applicants? Never heard of sifting? Talk about keeping people in a job.
I tired my weary self out doing all that though, so I’ll leave you all with a few pix from my exciting trudge to deliver my job app. I now need to
steal the dog’s sofa reclaim my sofa and have a napita.
To those of you who work, enjoy POETS day (unless you are doing overtime of course). To those of you who don’t, I don’t need to tell you to enjoy your day. To those of you job-hunting, I hope you don’t have to fill in a ten-page application form, a two-page vetting form, and supply all certificates obtained since kindergarten, plus your references, natch, all before you even have an interview date.
Pix show a platform in the dockyard in Gib (looks rather Greek templish I think) – there is always something interesting to see in the dockyard – plus the Dolphin Launch undergoing a refurb.
The others are spring flowers, that even on a cloudy day added so much colour to the walk back.
Platform. (another pic on slide show of temple on its own)
Flower – note construction worker waving at me on the other side of the road!! Don’t you love it when people react so spontaneously? Hello person, I was trying to do clever flower shots. I would have cropped you out had you not been so friendly :D (pic on slideshow of flower without friendly person)
I found this tree fascinating. It looks like it is hung with lots of little paper charms.
No idea where the bizarre light came from on this one. (Flash?)
And @ V, here is some blossom that I thought looked similar to yours. What do you reckon?