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A Croissant a cup of joe and a lesson learned

Part 2 of a strange morning and a torn resume

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After the debacle of an interview, I decided to get a croissant and a cup of coffee. I wanted to calm down from the shock and really think about why the recruiter tore my resume before I left. As I watched people go back and forth, I have come to realize a few things. One, she was probably new to the agency. Two, she was having a bad morning. Or, three she was just unprofessional all around. My final assessment is that she was new to the agency. Even though she was probably right to destroy the resume, she needed to wait until I left the office in order to do so.

As I look back on her overall behavior I noticed just how nervous she was. She stuttered a couple of times and said some of the wrong things. However, she was friendly enough to break the ice. As I sip my coffee I realize that taking things like this personal gets me nowhere. As a new person that has to deal with people on a daily basis is nerve racking. You don’t know who is coming into your domain. In the case of the recruiter, she didn’t know whether I was an ideal candidate or not. There is also a question as to whether my resume is accurate as well. She didn’t know what type of attitude I would have as an experienced candidate.

Another thing I had to consider is that whatever issues these agencies have is none of my business and it’s out of her hands. She is just following the rules as far as not working with me. There is nothing personal here. Just business and I should take this as a lesson of experience. How? By realizing that there are other opportunities and I can gain experience and discipline elsewhere. Candidates usually strike out because they don’t realize that one, the recruiter or potential employer is under pressure to find the right person. Two, they probably don’t want to interview anyone. And, three, they are human beings just like us and landed their job through a job interview as well.

We all have someone to answer to. Whether we are an attorney or child with adults in their lives, we have to submit to rules. What does that mean? Well the recruiter was given a form of orientation when she initially started working at this agency. We all have an orientation of some kind. And I’m sure  There Are some guidelines she had to follow. Who knows whether she had to hear about the issues agencies have. She was briefed on any issues recruiters will have when dealing with new candidates.  So I finished eating my crossiant and drinking  my coffee and decided to let it go.

A strange morning and a torn resume

Art by Steven Fulcher

Art by Steven Fulcher

It was time to look for work again. I was happy to get the opportunity to get interviewed by a number of agencies. It was a while before I was called. Sometimes being out of work too long can take a toll on you and your finances. Anyway, I’m all ready to go crisp suit and slick hair with all smiles. However, I am always having problems before I even leave the door. I can’t find my keys. My glasses are nowhere to be found. What is that on my skirt!? In my shoes is that a hole?!


I’m sure you can relate. So, I finally get out the door early. How I managed it no one knows. My father is still confused at that one. Anyway, I get to the train station. In hot summer heat mind you. There is this individual to my right on the platform yelling at the top of his lungs. We are on a platform that’s outside. It is hazy out at eight in the morning. This guy has headphones on and thinks he’s singing along. Oh and I’m pretty sure the train tracks are not a urinal.


A lady to my left is on her cellphone arguing or talking I couldn’t tell. But I was wondering if she realized she was wearing pajamas. She had rollers in her hair. That’s not the strangest thing I’ve seen. She could be going to an event. But there was no dry cleaning in her hands. Minding my own business I get on the train when it comes. I finally get to my destination. When I get there I’m already uneasy. You know sometimes you have a sinking feeling in your gut. I’m there I fill out the paperwork for them. Then it’s my turn to be interviewed and the women that gave the interview made me uneasy.


She asked all of the typical questions potential employers can ask. Tell me about yourself. Etc. Here is where it gets a little weird, on my resume, there are a few agencies I have already worked at for quite some time. As we are talking I start to fidget. My alarm bells go off in my head. She’s too quiet at a point in our discussion. She’s reading over my resume and then she says “I see that you worked for a certain agency”. I nod my head and say yes. She says I’m sorry but we can’t take people who have worked for certain agencies. Instead of walking me to the door and saying thank you for your time, she tears up my resume and application in front of me and tells me to find my way out.


So, I am stuttering  because I have never experienced such a thing. I ask her why we are unable to work together. She gives me a nasty look and says that she already told me. Then she ushered me out like I was a pest. Now, this happened a long time ago. I asked a few people in that had a lot more experience than me why this happened and if it happened to them. To my surprise, it did happen to them. The reason this particular agency did not want to work with me was that they had a conflict with one listed on my resume. They cannot work with temps that are still actively communicating and potentially working those agencies. It would be a conflict of interest.


Why couldn’t she verbally say look you work for an agency my agency is in conflict with and we cannot work with you. I’m sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for coming in. Wait until I leave then shred my documents. What a strange and unprofessional day indeed. If you have a strange interview either as an employer or a candidate please send them to me here.