I have just received a newsletter from another organization that comes out of my “failed to hire” pile. I have a huge pile of these lovely organizations. I am never honest about my past psych history with these companies UNLESS psych history is desired. With this company, they wanted psych history, so I revealed.
They discriminated based on age and because I am vision-impaired. Well, I usually reveal that because if I don’t, they often default to “So you don’t drive due to a DUI, eh?” That happens well before the required “background check” and I don’t even get my foot into the door. This is especially problematic since I am thin and have a couple of chipped front teeth. The raggedy, thin older, car-free female apparently, more often than not doubles as “alcoholic.” I’ve learned to push the “healthy” bit. If I do that, people are impressed. Then I just say, “slight vision problems.”
Recently I had an interview for something else, not a job. I interviewed first, then, filled out the application. Thankfully, I interview well. The “background check” was all formality after that. In person, I showed “responsible,” “enthusiastic,” and “reliable.” That, apparently, was exactly what they were looking for. I got picked.
However, with this discriminatory agency, which I’m not going to name, AGE was a factor. They announced that they were hiring. They got back to me. I sent them a resume. I got a call from the hiring people. We had a successful interview. I was told, “You’d be great for our company.”
Then I was told the position had “just been filled” but I was “in queue” and they’d be hiring again “if any present employees left or didn’t work out.”
My goodness, talk about putting a person in limbo. I figured about a month or two.
I waited. Yes, I did get a call in about six weeks.
This call was not from the hiring people, but from the agency director. This was a call to me in error. Oops. He had my name by mistake and thought I was a “client” calling for “help.”
So this is what he said, “What can I do for you?” I was baffled because I’d applied for a job. Not only that, but he seems to be soooo flaky that he was actually calling from his car phone with such poor reception that I couldn’t hear him (too crackly) but he said I was coming in fine. So he said, “It doesn’t matter if you cannot hear me. I can hear you fine. What can I do for you?” Huh?
I said, “Communication has to go two ways. I’d prefer if you called me back when we can communicate properly. Maybe call me back when you arrive at your destination. I’m not a client.”
He did. I explained who I was. He said he didn’t know how he got my name, and that he wasn’t the hiring person and didn’t know a thing about it.
I never heard another word.
Today I received a chatty newsletter from this agency. I see a photo of their “staff.” How lovely. I have been waiting for a photo! All employees look fresh out of college, possibly younger. Two or three female, the rest male. One older, who looks like he is the “maintenance man.” My guess is that he is older because he has worked in the HVAC or plumbing field. He is the only one with some weight on him God bless him. Well gee, they needed someone with experience, right? I say that with due sarcasm. Hiring discrimination at its pinnacle. Please tell me those kids right out of college had decades of experience in the System. Do the math. While one can argue that one was medicated in vitro…..
The worst discrimination comes from the System institutions themselves. Go to hell…Your newsletters are nothing but propaganda.