Today has not been a very good day for my job hunt. I woke up to a report on NPR that talked about how a college degree doesn’t necessarily result in a higher income. Awesome!
Then I scheduled an appointment to take a test that you had to have before being able to apply for a job with Kent County. I helped my sister with some college stuff and then rode down to the county building. I’ll talk about the lack of bike racks some other time.
To make a long story short, I had to take a test on Typing, MSWord and Excel. Oh, and filing, too. No, not any particular type of filing, just alphanumeric sorting. At the end you can see if you missed any questions and go back to fix them, I am sure my screen said that I had all the filing questions right but the lady told me I missed three! She was nice despite the ridiculousness of the test. I passed everything but the typing test. I couldn’t even apply for this job because I couldn’t retype their memo any faster than 45 words per minute. The job apparently requires 50 wpm, even though the job description does not list typing of any sort.
This next section is straight-up whining, so feel free to skip it.
Neither of my degrees mattered. None of my research in Brazil, England and at GVSU was mentioned. My experience working for other government offices came up, but it didn’t help. I felt utterly castrated by bureaucracy.
I am not so mad that I didn’t get the job, I didn’t type 50 wpm, I am clearly not qualified. I am just kind of pissed about how hard it is to find a decent job. Shitty jobs are all around. But good jobs are really hard to get.
Don’t get me wrong, there are great jobs out there. Jobs for clowns jobs (see craigslist), for suckers (craigslist again), and jobs for people who majored in science. Oh, and there are also jobs for that guy who knows a guy who knows a guy. The problem is that people who do the hiring seem to make extra efforts to make people hustle to get them. This is nothing new, but it still sucks to know that you are just a name on a sheet of paper to the HR department.
I have a friend that has applied for 20 jobs since graduation and heard back from one. What is the deal? There are websites, huge websites, for job postings, yet the only people I know with jobs right now, got them from knowing somebody at their current job.