A week ago I was a really popular guy in the labor market. I had three different recruiters pursuing me! And now we're pretty much back to square one. That's how it goes.
Last Monday afternoon I was writing at Arby's when I got a phone call from this accounting temp agency. The annoying thing was then I had to go to FedEx Office and print a bunch of stuff out, which cost like $7.
The next morning I got an email from JC Penney saying my suit was at the mall in Tempe, so the good thing was interview at the temp place was at 3:30. I had time then to pick up the suit, though the pants were too long, so I just wore the jacket with my blue Dockers-type pants.
I went in there and this time wasn't really nervous because I've done these stupid temp agency things before. The lady already gave herself a good excuse not to find me any jobs: I'm not being specific enough! Um, yeah, maybe because I have no money and beggars can't be choosy. But how am I going to find you a job if you aren't super picky about which job you want? Of course if I was being super picky then she'd say there's no jobs for that criteria. I had to fill out a shitload of paperwork, which I'm sure was all a big waste of time.
The next day I'd been playing phone tag with this lady from some college. She finally got through when I was at Starbucks writing. She got really skittish by I guess my talking louder. I mean she just asked me two questions and then was like, "Well, um, that's all the questions I had." Really? You wanted to call me to ask two piddly questions? Then the next day I got a form email saying I wasn't being considered anymore. If someone talking on a cell phone at Starbucks rattles you that much, maybe you're in the wrong profession.
There was some guy from another accounting temp firm who sent me an email that started off, "Hi Amanda." And I'm like, "Amanda?" His excuse: My Indeed profile must be doing something. Uh-huh. That's pretty fucking lame. More likely your mail-merge fucked up.
I saw the Staples across from my motel was hiring so I sent them an application too. I haven't heard anything back.
Anyway, hunting for a job sucks, but does it suck as much as trying to get your book published? That's my topic today on Indie Writers Monthly!