I’m sitting here rationalizing it away. How many jobs have I applied for and then, been turned down? In the past year, maybe six or seven.
I was so hopeful when the company hired me back in November 2015 and then, I never heard back! Nor did they pay me for the work I did, though my friend is making good money from the job and it’s legit.
Then there was Textbroker…If you seriously want to be insulted, go work for them, but the pay is so low you’ll be spending more in bandwidth than you ever get paid. It’s not a scam, they are honest about the low pay, but once you start working for them you realize it’s very much below minimum wage. You’ll make much more money washing dishes.
So then I applied for a four-to-six hour a week, high-paying job for which I was overqualified, about a year ago. I received an email back from them that ended up in Spam. Google Voice also flagged the personal call from them as Spam. You really wonder about a company that ends up in the Super Spam pile like that. So I called them as soon as I retrieved the message. Sadly, they had already filled the position but said they were interested and I should apply as soon as they advertise an opening. (Looks like turnaround is very high and they can’t keep their workers, since the job has been posted countless times since.) The next time I applied I didn’t even get my foot into the door. I suspect I wasn’t careful and perhaps failed to hide social media during the application time.
Then, I guess there was a series of jobs I applied for and was turned down for all of them. Some I was overqualified for. One didn’t hire, I suspect, because they don’t want an older person (age discrimination). I noticed that they never even responded. I believe this was so that I couldn’t claim an unfair hiring case, since I had no refusal letter as “evidence.” Their intention was to discriminate, and they did this by the “keeping you hanging ” method. I suspect the company that really did hire me back in November 2015 did the exact same thing. They hired, then simply never contacted me again. So they made it look legit, but it wasn’t. I cannot claim discrimination since I have no refusal letter as “evidence.”
Another job I applied for I spent a lengthy time on the phone with their hiring person and he told me they’d filled all the positions but they would have me in their “pool” in case anyone didn’t work out. He said I was a perfect match for them, and also stated that I was the kind of person they were looking for. So at that point, I was on pins and needles, completely deceived into thinking “any day now they’ll call.” This meant two months of not even knowing. Then finally, hearing nothing, I contacted them telling them I was still interested. No response. I waited another month. No response to my inquiry. Then I received a mailing saying they were hiring. Again, I emailed to “remind” them that I was in their “pool.” No response. Non-response is the best way to get around any accusation of discrimination. That kept me hanging for months.
I’m considering selling stuff. I’m also considering buying old laptops, fixing them up, and reselling. This would include replacing parts, ensuring the machine boots up okay, and installing cool software that is free (so the buyer isn’t stuck with Norton et al).
What if I made “writer’s laptops” that had pre-installed cool programs for writers? This would include journaling software, “noveling” software, Open Office or Libre Office, character-builders, plot building software, etc? Then I could sell for much more than I paid for the unit. “Built by a writer.” Does that sound like a good idea?