Soooo, there was this really appealing job advertised. It was with a company that manufactures mobile command units for emergencies. They integrate GIS and GPS. Perfect match for moi. Here is when I mention my degree is in Cartography (map making) with my emphasis in GIS and plenty of GPS and remote sensing crap involved while I was in college. As Ace Venture would say this job would fit me "like a glove."
This employer required Proveit! tests from Job Service. If you are not familiar with Proveit! tests they are tests that were most likely created by the devil and are typically utilized by companies who beat their employees or expect them to perform at a high level of efficiency with little compensation (same thing in my book). Proveit! tests do not allow you to go back and change an answer. You can not review anything. If the little pop-up window comes up unexpectedly in the middle of clicking something else and you click the next question button, you are screwed. You just answered a question and got it wrong. These tests suck. Bad. You aren't allowed to repeat them. Even the No Child Left Behind Act allows schools to retest where there were obvious errors. That is a Bush-era mandate. Even that administration saw the value of retesting.... Rant Finished****
There were tests for business English (in which I did not score so well...hmmmm), grammar, etiquette, ethics, Word, Excel, Outlook and typing. They were obviously serious about who they hired as the only thing the company didn't require was a criminal background test, fingerprints, credit report, medical history, a copy of the book of poetry I wrote for the 1987 Young Authors Conference and my report on France that I wrote in the 4th grade. Assholes....
Day 1: I go in and take two hours of tests and have to leave because I have an appointment. Day 2: I go in again and take another hour of tests and then in the middle of it....the power goes out. Twenty minutes later the computers are up and running again but it messed up the test I was on. As mentioned previously, Proveit! tests don't allow you to repeat or go back to questions so basically it screwed me on that test. Oh well...Anyway, I finish the round of testing finally (another hour more) and go up to the help desk to retrieve my results and put in the formal application (as I was awaiting the required tests). I have 4 hours vested into this job and I don't even know how much it pays...Out of the blue, a woman says to the guy that is helping me, "They closed that job early. It was filled yesterday." WTF!!!!!!!!!! He was like "????" and I was like "????!!!!????!!!!!" He says "I am so sorry. That job was posted to be open until June 6th." "Yes," I reply "that is what I thought too. " *sobbing on the inside*
Side note: The man was nice. He praised my test results. He said my typing was blazing fast. I did 70 words a minute with 0 errors for 3 minutes. Woot! Woot! I guess I can type. :)
Regressing a bit, after the initial let down I retrieved the phone number of the company who hired someone even though it said the job was still open. I then went to my car and I called the company and informed them that the job was still listed as open and I had spent 4 hours taking the tests and they needed to fix it so it didn't happen to other people. Honestly, the woman I spoke with was an unsympathetic beeeaaatch. Not nice. Not caring. Probably because she has a job and doesn't know what it to be fricking desperate for a job. I hope she gets laid off someday and learns what it feels like. Maybe then she can be a bit nicer to the general public and at least pretend to care when she speaks to people via telephone. After all of this was over that is when I shed a few tears out of frustration--I suppose desperation too, as some days I feel like I shall never ever find a real job again. That is the central idea I refer to where I made an A.A. Milne-type reference in my grammatic pattern and entitled this "In Which I Cry in my Car."
After a minute or two, I wiped my eyes, smiled at myself in the rear view mirror and went to Shopko to use a gift card I had been saving for some retail therapy. It helped. I felt much better and now I have two adorable black wrought iron lamps with micro-suede shades flanking the nightstands on either side of my bed.
Follow-up: The day after the incident in which I write about, I received a call from an employee at Workforce who had heard about what had transpired. She apologized profusely for how it had occurred. She also said that she had contacted the company with the job posting and read them the riot act as well about how it had happened. She said it should not happen again. There was one other person who also completed the tests the same day and suffered through the same hell. *To whomever you are, we are united. I feel your pain. Good luck in your job search* The good news is that whenever the offending company posts job openings Workforce will be overseeing them and will track it better so this will not happen again. Hot damn! Also, this lady said I should submit my materials anyway as I had completed all the requirements and they may have openings again in the next 6 months. Blah.