Peter Tosh said it best when he sang, “you can fool some people sometime but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.” I don’t really even know if that was Peter Tosh to be honest but really I wonder if I am only fooling myself at times. I can be sailing right along in this world, making friends, selling paintings, enjoying life the way it seems like it should be enjoyed.
Maybe “bad” is the wrong way to put it. How about strange, unexpected, unexplainable shit starts happening. I don’t mean good unexpected things unfortunately. I’m talking more about things that are pretty much the polar opposite of what I was either hoping for or at least expecting. Let me give you a few examples okay.
Out of the blue two months ago I got a call from a woman who was my recruiter at Kimco Financial. Her name is Heather Pease and I consider her a friend now. We’ve hung out socially and all that shit. Anyhow, she calls me all excited and proceeds to let me know that she “found me a job”. This is completely out of the blue on a Friday afternoon while I was on my way to San Manuel Casino to play in the $200+ No Limit Hold Em they offer.
I didn’t let her know how excited I was when she told me the job was Accounting Manager for Sole Technologies (maker of ‘es, Etnies, Emerica etc.) but inside I was stoked. Long story short, after much ballyhooing (whatever that means) and pre-interview hysteria, I went to the interview, talked to the Controller and H.R. Manager for an hour or so, was informed that I would be called back the next week for Round 2 and I left. It was an okay day anyhow because I met my good friend Heather Bell for lunch right before the interview started and also the interview went well (I thought…..). I had an email about a day later from Krista who is not the H.R. Manager but is an internal recruiter for Sole Tech and the one who initially phone interviewed me, told me how great of a bubbly, optimistic, energetic soul I was etc. She asked me how it went and why I thought I was the best candidate for the job. I proceeded to write back a beautiful essay of sorts which I know was very well written and relevant because (a) I am a good writer and (b) I showed it to 5 or 6 people whose opinions I trust who told me it was very well written.
Now the fact is that I did not apply for this job, I was recommended for the position by someone (Heather Pease) who did not have any sort of vested interest in making this recommendation, not financial or otherwise. I was told by Krista during our phone interview that this carried a lot of weight. Since I did not apply and was asked to come in for the interview I was absolutely blown away by the fact that since the interview a month ago, I have not heard one thing regarding the position. I mean I realize that I did not get it. Duh. That’s obvious by now. I just can’t believe how fucking rude and disrespectful it is to not let me know that. Especially considering that I have called all three of the individuals and emailed personal thank you letters after the interview to them as well. In fact, with Krista, I have emailed her, called her and texted her. All with zero response. I find that terribly unprofessional and a bad way of doing business. That’s example one.
Wow my hands are tired already after just one example. Guess I’ll continue this later.