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  • PeteBroccolo
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    Originally posted by PeteBroccolo View Post
    2 of the owners of the store I work at (#1 - Apr 2012 to Sep 2014 & #3 - Mar 2018 to date) were / are VFF with the FD here. #3 had been a Constable with a Municipal PS in Ontario for 11+ years before joining this company, and he is currently a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves (13+ years) as a Captain. I enjoyed, and enjoy, working for these 2 turkeys, even despite #3 having 3 black marks on his soul!
    I should have posted this awhile ago, but will now. I quit that job July 9 this year. They would ask me to do several different jobs each day, which I was happy to do (main: "pick" stock from the warehouse per hand-held computer "list" to fill carts to send out to the floor, and accept back carts of overstock to return to the warehouse locations because the on-hand inventory numbers, retail-floor-location capacities, and new-stock deliver systems are ROYALLY screwed-up. Others: help customers to carry-out purchases, and carry-in returns; haul the 12' a-frame ladder out to hand-change the main advertising sign (2-sided); help unload deliveries of new stock; help the mechanics to wriggle front wheels while they work on tie rods etc; put up mesh shading over top of the outdoor plant / flower compound area; haul around pallet-loads of whatever stock using hand-power pallet jacks; clean up the recyclable cardboard compactor when idiot staffers fail to run it and let it get choked-up; call the recycle company to empty said compactor every 4 to 5 weeks because no one else knows how to use a phone apparently; try to find non-existent stock that managers pulled from off-season warehouse areas because they failed to properly deal with it; do whatever heavy lifting and hauling is needed because the kids and small adults can not lift and carry as much as an early-60s retiree can), yet they give you grief for not getting it done, all the while you try to walk around piles from too-large-orders and messes left by idiot staff. The GM got on my case, after neither she nor other managers NOT cracking the whip at others, so I left.

    Anyways, since then, I have:
    - returned to casual driving to deliver Meals-On-Wheels to shut-in elderly / physically-challenged clients for the hospital Home Care (gratis, with my vehicle and gas, but I get invited once a year to a volunteer appreciation lunch);
    - returned to contract driving for clients needing rides out of town for medical appointments for the hospital Home Care (clients pay a set stipend based on return distance and what they could claim on their tax returns);
    - continued to contract bar tend at my Church hall (if the event has a liquor licence, then renters pay the Church office for hall, catering, and bar tending, then the office pays us at the end of the month);
    - worked casually for our recent Federal election (weak mind with strong back to move cases of blank forms; use my vehicle to go out of town to either pick up blank materials, or work at an out-of-town polling station on election day (16 hour day), or to pick up sealed ballots, written documentation, and left over materials from out of town. $15 / hr, $0.51 / km, and reimbursement of actual cost of 2 meals plus cost of extra supplies);
    - continued with my financial position with Knights of Columbus (hassle guys for dues, chair our local campaign for a Province-wide lottery ticket sales, prepare reports on-line, for roughly $1.41 / day);
    - returned to my local amateur theatre group to prepare for a 3-performance / 2-act / 9-person comedy for Christmas dinner shows;
    - returned to singing in funeral choirs at my Church.

    I will be grand-parentlng out-of-town for about 3 weeks while 2 of my children and their spouses will be away.

    Given the bills still from our renos from last year, the bar we sponsored for our youngest son's wedding in August, and plans by my wife and 2 of her sisters for the 3 of us couples to go to Europe for 3 weeks next September, I will probably look for a job after New Years. Given my record, I may not be working for long; since I am the only constant in the jobs I have left, I am an *******.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Asking for a different time for the interview is not unsual. You told the you needed to check when they called you, then you told them that time was not good and suggested alternates.

    That conversation happens many times daily among adults in the workforce

  • Iowa #1603
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    Yep, I don't think they wanted yo to begin with.

    5 yrs before I retired I was having a problem at work and I was contemplating vesting my pension and moving on for other work........As I was a manager/supervisor for a state agency , I was making good coin for my area of the country. Many places I was looking at were paying a lot less and when they saw my salary history just didn't want to talk to me

    I finally got ahold of one manager at one of the places I was looking at (a casino) and explained why I was willing to "downgrade" my salary.

    She still refused to interview me

    I ended up staying with my agency and retiring at a much higher percentage.

  • Ratatatat
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    Possibly, but I don't think that was the case in this situation (last boss, who I was on fine terms with, likely would have told me had he been contacted.)

    I HIGHLY DOUBT my random opinions, criticisms valid and perceived, unsolicited advice, and three beer tirades on O.com had any part in it.

    Even if they did contact former bosses since 1991... I bet 9 out of 10 would give me 'thumbs up'. The one who wouldn't was from a long time ago, and last I heard has been canned for gross unfitness.

    I simply suspect they had the person in mind when I was called, and I was not that person.

    Life goes on!

  • tanksoldier
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post


    I only gleefully tear apart the bad ones....
    You may be getting a reputation. Employers do talk to each other, even about things they aren't "supposed to" mention.

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  • Ratatatat
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    Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
    You gleefully tear apart every agency you’ve worked for. Then, when seeking a job, you screw up and blame them.
    Karma.

    I only gleefully tear apart the bad ones....

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  • CCCSD
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
    What part of this are you not grasping? After looking at my schedule, I asked if I could interview a couple hours later than the time he offered because of a previous commitment. Then crickets. Then I was removed from the candidate pool a couple days later.

    This was for a part time job, less than $20 an hour, no benefits, no nothing. Not that I need the income... just looking to keep from getting bored between duck hunting and trout fishing seasons. In the grand scheme of things, not getting hired for this job ranks 5 on a scale of 10,000.



    You gleefully tear apart every agency you’ve worked for. Then, when seeking a job, you screw up and blame them.
    Karma.

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  • tanksoldier
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    Not even close to any of my previous epic fails in life...
    I can certainly believe that...

    In seriousness, I ran into this problem after I retired from the Amy. Once an employer knows you're "retired" many don't think you're serious or willing to put in the time.

    Rescheduling their time you suit your schedule may have raised red flags with them, even though it's a normal thing to do otherwise.

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  • Ratatatat
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    What part of this are you not grasping? After looking at my schedule, I asked if I could interview a couple hours later than the time he offered because of a previous commitment. Then crickets. Then I was removed from the candidate pool a couple days later.

    This was for a part time job, less than $20 an hour, no benefits, no nothing. Not that I need the income... just looking to keep from getting bored between duck hunting and trout fishing seasons. In the grand scheme of things, not getting hired for this job ranks 5 on a scale of 10,000.

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  • CCCSD
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    You told them a date and time. That’s on you.

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  • Ratatatat
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    I didn’t pick a date. I couldn’t make the day and time they wanted due to previous commitment. Then got a Bye Felicia.

    Epic fail? Lol. Not even close to any of my previous epic fails in life....
    Last edited by Ratatatat; 10-28-2019, 10:39 PM.

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  • CCCSD
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
    So a few weeks ago, I applied to a job announcement for part-time work with a local agency (not that I need a job; more an excuse to get out a couple days a week and stay in the mix).

    Resume listed all my education, training, work experience, etc. I make no claim of greatness, but do have a long record of solid work history without gaps requiring any "aw shucks" explanations like some applicants (i.e.- DUI, sexual harassment, or any of the bonehead reasons why people get fired or abruptly resign).

    I get a call a few days ago for an interview while I was driving. The tone, right of the bat, was "You're not who I plan on hiring, but I have to interview several candidates."

    "Would next Wednesday at 1pm work?", I was asked.

    I asked for an email with the date and time as I didn't have my calendar in front of me. A few hours later, when I get home, I see I have a schedule conflict at 1pm, and respond back that I can come at 3pm, or the day prior.

    Two days later I get a response back: Thank you for applying but we are done scheduling interviews, your application will be kept on file, blah blah.

    At first I was tempted to write a nasty note back, as in "WTF? Is your department so rigid you can not make the smallest of accommodation? Is this part time job so important that candidates have to cancel other obligations just to interview for it?

    Instead, my better nature emerged and I wrote 'Thank You for the notification.'

    For a couple of hours, I kind of stewed about it. What nerve. What disrespect. How ridiculous.

    But now I'm glad. The job would've interfered with deer hunting season and my new exercise regimen. Plus, with a boss like that, I would've quit in a week....
    So you are ticked off because YOU picked a date and time and locked it in, when you weren’t available and are mad that they wouldn’t reschedule...yeah...and THEY are the *******s? You screwed that up, not them.

    Epic Fail.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
    So a few weeks ago, I applied to a job announcement for part-time work with a local agency (not that I need a job; more an excuse to get out a couple days a week and stay in the mix).

    Resume listed all my education, training, work experience, etc. I make no claim of greatness, but do have a long record of solid work history without gaps requiring any "aw shucks" explanations like some applicants (i.e.- DUI, sexual harassment, or any of the bonehead reasons why people get fired or abruptly resign).

    I get a call a few days ago for an interview while I was driving. The tone, right of the bat, was "You're not who I plan on hiring, but I have to interview several candidates."

    "Would next Wednesday at 1pm work?", I was asked.

    I asked for an email with the date and time as I didn't have my calendar in front of me. A few hours later, when I get home, I see I have a schedule conflict at 1pm, and respond back that I can come at 3pm, or the day prior.

    Two days later I get a response back: Thank you for applying but we are done scheduling interviews, your application will be kept on file, blah blah.

    At first I was tempted to write a nasty note back, as in "WTF? Is your department so rigid you can not make the smallest of accommodation? Is this part time job so important that candidates have to cancel other obligations just to interview for it?

    Instead, my better nature emerged and I wrote 'Thank You for the notification.'

    For a couple of hours, I kind of stewed about it. What nerve. What disrespect. How ridiculous.

    But now I'm glad. The job would've interfered with deer hunting season and my new exercise regimen. Plus, with a boss like that, I would've quit in a week....
    I briefly mentioned in post #6 that I worked 10 days for an armored car company after I retired.

    SECOND biggest mistake in my working career

    My parting shot as I was walking out the door that day was " You can't pay me enough to work here. '

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  • Ratatatat
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    Originally posted by just joe View Post
    He probably already has someone picked out. And you're right; you don't want to work for him anyway. A better opportunity will come along.
    Looking back, it was 100%: "I already know who has the job...this is just going through the motions." And when I asked for a different interview time, it was an easy excuse for him to X off one of the candidates.



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  • just joe
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    He probably already has someone picked out. And you're right; you don't want to work for him anyway. A better opportunity will come along.

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