Thursday, January 26, 2012

Common courtesy and the job market......

Amazing how you can come up with so many witty comebacks after the fact, isn't it? I just went through an unfortunate incident with a new "job", only to have the outcome blow me away and keep me up for most of the night. As I get older, my bullshit tolerance keeps getting smaller, especially when it comes to people that present themselves one way, but are clearly nowhere near that in real life. Sometimes it is beyond me how I can hold my tongue around certain types of people, but I do, at least to a certain extent...Hey, we all have our limits on dealing with stupid people, don't we? As the past year or so has shown us, the job market is a tough one, hundreds, if not thousands of people vying for the same position. What this has created is a cesspool of employers that take advantage of the situation to the fullest. If you don't have a position at this time, why are you advertising and interviewing for it? If someone takes the time to interview with you and sends a follow up note, do the right thing and reply. If it is a "working interview" that is supposed to last for a month, be honest and say that, don't give the impression that they already have the job, then dismiss them for no reason, literally, no reason, or at least have the balls to tell them why they are being let go. Common courtesy is a thing of the past it seems when dealing with the job market these days, and yet then employers wonder why there is no loyalty anymore. Can you blame people for wanting to protect themselves? What this last fiasco has taught me is to really not trust people to say what they say, or mean what they mean, and sadly because of this, so many employers are missing out on a great employee.......

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Placards in the car window.....

As I was driving home from the gym today, I found I was being tailgated by some dude in a Lexus. Not all that surprising, seeing as it was morning, so I can only assume he was running late for something. Anyway, I tend to stay in the right lane, setting my cruise control to about 2 mph above the speed limit. Yes, I am aware that this annoys people, but honestly, you aren't paying for the gas in my car, nor would you be paying for my speeding ticket or higher insurance premiums, so, essentially you can back the fuck up...anyway, he was annoyed with me, so he veered to the other lane, and starts tailgating the next person. This didn't annoy me, what annoyed me was the "baby on board" placard in the side window. Really dude? You expect me to drive all cautious around your car because you have a baby, but yet, you can drive like a douche bag? Pretty hypocritical if you ask me. It got me thinking though, about how people say or act one way then do the complete opposite. Kind of like Yoga people, at least many of the ones I've come into contact with. Driving fast in the parking lot, running into the gym, throwing their card at the front desk, pushing people aside to get to a locker, running up to get their mat down, then leaving the same exact way. Isn't the point of yoga to help chill you out? I've seen more calm powerlifters than yoga students, it's funny. I guess my point is, don't drive like an asshole when you expect others to respect your placard in the window, because honestly, all it really makes me want to do is flip you AND your baby the middle finger.....