The job search takes a turn for the worse


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Recently I blogged about being in the job market [mbv], and about how I know so many people who have great jobs in Vancouver but that I myself have yet to find one. I finally found one, working for a company whose products I’ve used since I was six and continue to use regularly. It also seemed custom tailored to me, using all of my skills from my experience with their products producing a newspaper for several years, using their products for other things like writing this blog post and it also worked in my eight years of sales experience.

So I applied, but did not get a call. Which is fair, I understand that it was a pretty good job for a pretty high profile company and they were probably flooded with applications. There are so many people on the job hunt in this city that obviously someone better applied. Or so I thought until I found out that the company had telephoned two of my references that I had included on my resume, not to ask about me but to offer them the exact job that I was applying for, a job they did not apply for.

Which makes me mad, not only because that seems to me to be kind of a douche bag thing to do, not just because I really wanted the job and felt I was qualified for it but because it now colours my interaction with this company’s products which I use daily for hours of the day (I’m using one right now to blog this and another to look to music on my stereo).

So I continue on the job search. As I said before I know there are cool jobs in this city, I just have to find one that actually wants me and not my references.

10 Comments so far

  1. ianmack (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    ha, wow, that’s a serious burn. i’ve never even heard of that before- a company offering a job to an applicants references. best of luck though!


  2. Carol Browne (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    Whoa, I’ve never heard of that happening before and I work in the recruiting field. That’s just so lame. But employers will do just about anything to get “solid” employees. Yuck.


  3. giselle (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    that’s outrageous – probably best to update your resume with ‘references on request’ when applying for future jobs or … apply to companies with some ethics


  4. yong_Sa (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    I’m also conducting a job search and I scour roughly 20 company job boards daily.

    What kind of job are you looking for? If I run into one that you may be interested in, I’ll let you know.

    yong_sa


  5. David D. (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    They offered the job to your references?! I’ve never heard of anyone ever doing that before. At the risk of burning any bridges, that’s nearly cause for publicizing the company by name and contacting the news media. Of course, they went behind your back and didn’t let you know, so you may consider the bridge burnt, at least with their HR department (Which makes me wonder if it was an outside search firm that performed this bit of bone-headed nastiness.)

    BTW, I’ve found contract work for the next 6 months, but am keeping my eyes open, of course, so let me know what you are looking for as well.

    PS: Could you update the link to my blog in the blogroll? Thanks.


  6. Rebecca (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    Wow that’s nuts! I went through the job hunt earlier this year and I found that a lot of companies out there are a) tactless b) just plain mean. Kudos to those that actually treat their employees (and especially potential employees) with respect.


  7. ron (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    If the company had headhunters looking for candidates, and your references are well known for their work in the field (i.e. others could have referred the company to solicit them), their offers could be unrelated to your resume. So good not to disclose the name in case that’s the case.


  8. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    – No they weren’t headhunted and the timing seems really, really, coincidental. (The job was posted in May and they both were called last week two days after I applied).

    – I don’t think it’s worth making a fuss out of it with the media because it’s just one of those things that’s sort of bad but not against the law or anything. It would be like going to the press if someone cut me off in traffic. Plus I really like this company, and would love to work for them some day, so burning bridges isn’t exactly what I’d like to do. (Though you might be able to figure out who they are from my post, it would never really show up in a Google search).

    – What kind of job? I can do sales, and I’ve applied at a few, but mainly right now I’m focusing on media/PR/marketing type jobs. I have a feeling though that Vancovuer has a lot of J-School/CUP types floating around fighting for the same jobs as I am after. There was a swell job at the Canucks that I applied for, but I’m pretty sure about half the population of Vancouver applied.


  9. Geoff (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    I applied for that Canucks job as well. I assume it was the Image Coordinator one? It would be perfect for me, I have a library background, digital image-type experience, huge Canucks fan. It’s been over a week, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.
    Oh well…

    There’s just so much competition for those type of jobs in this town. I was one of 10 chosen for an interview for similar type of position a couple months back…out of over 100 applicants! People come here to go to school, fall in love with the place, and don’t want to leave.


  10. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Yeah, that was the Canucks job. I figured that I have a media background it might work. So far my best job lead is in Edmonton, which is good (because it’s a good job) but ridiculous because I can’t find work in Vancouver.



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