More time, testing, money and effort. Hope it is worth it.
I have to vent about something. I really don't like the job market right now, and how things have become for job searchers.
I have been running in to this situation where national recruiters contact me about a position in my town, then we do and on line face to face interview, then I have to do pages and pages of paper work, testing and then pay out of my pocket to get the needed documentation on time, like yesterday, I had an interview at 2:30 pm and then they wanted all the hand signed necessary notarized documentation sent over by 5:00 pm, that ended up costing me $18.00 because I was forced to use a office supply store, then I was sent testing that hadto be done by this morning, then they asked if I have child care lined up for Monday even though I have not been formally offered the position yet, and the request for time and resources just keeps on coming with out a clearly stated solid offer and start date. Ughhhh! I need to know what's going on before I dish out money we don't have for child care and additionally needed professional wardrobe items, I used to wear scrubs to my last job and I have about three very professional outfits and will need to buy enough for 6 days a week.
This is the third time I have been put in this situation by possible employers. The first time the whole ordeal went on for almost a month, with hours of effort and time and investment put in to the job that seemed to be mine, then they had me go in and sit in the office with the staff for two hours and said we plan on starting you next week, then nothing and all professional follow up on my end completely ignored. That fell through and it happens, I don't take those things personally, and I did maintained my other job search activities the whole time, butI still put massive effort and time in to that very demanding interview process for no pay off at all, not even a thans but no thanks status update. I don't give the employer any more time that they tell me it will take for them to make a decisicion any way, but how frustrating. The second time was with a temp service and that was a total nightmare that was also a waste of my time, because they used my strong skills and lied to me about pay the last time I did an assignment so they could make their money off of me anyway, so that ended, and now this.
IDK, am doing what I need to do to flow through on this opportunity which may or may not be beginning Monday, but I just don't trust any of these placement or recruitment agencies any more and I told my husband I am not spending one more dime until I am officially offered this position and give a date and time to report for paid work. That included child care, since with the temp service I had to pay FT child care cost for lower than expected PT pay. It actually cost me money to work for them on the last assignment, but I did not want to ditch the assignment because it would reflect poorly on my job performance and it was in a doctor's office and the everyone in the medical community here talks to everyone else and I felt it was not the doctor's fault, because the told them what he needed and they lied to me to get me there to do the job. It was awful.
My husband has off Monday because I have a doctor's appt. scheduled and he will need to be home to get the kids from school, but I am not even cancelling that appt until I get a solid offer because they are scheduling two months out and I would have to wait another two months at least to get in there. I told the agency I have an appt set up for Monday that I scheduled three months ago, and they asked me to cancel it, I said sure, but I'm waiting until I get the official offer first.
Things are so different on the job search front now, and when did companies start using these national agencies to hire all their people for them. I miss hearing directly from the company that will be hiring me and meeting with them in a real live, in person, face to face interview vs a Face time or Skype interview with someone I won't even see on site at my new job, and then having good follow up with a offer and reasonable notice, with no cost to me just for the chance to be considered after hours and hours of effort put in for the company before I even get hired?!!
I have to vent here, because naturally I am not stupid enough to let even a smidgen of this irritation or frustration come across while I'm jumping through all the hoops to hopefully get a job.