When I applied for a job recently I apparently clicked on something on the page, because then I was buried by calls from schools and employment services. However, no matter how desperate I may be, I will never go with a particular local employment service, West Linn Employment. Here's why:
On Friday I got a call from this woman who said she was calling from West Linn Employment Service because I had indicated that I was job searching. She gave me the spiel about the recorded line, then it started:
Me: I'm looking for a job in medical transcription. Now, that's -
Her (interrupting): Oh, don't worry about that. When did you graduate from high school?
Her: Did you go to college?"
Me: I went for two years-
Her (interrupting): What did you study?
Me: General education. I was-
Her (interrupting): Are you considering returning to school within the next six months?
Me: No. Right now-
Her (interrupting): You'll make yourself much more marketable if you get some more education. Our company is here to help with that. Now, when do you think you'll return to school?
Me: I don't want to return to school right now-
Her (interrupting): What would you want to study?
And so on. Every time I'd make a statement she'd interrupt me. Maybe I wasn't following the script, but I hadn't been given a copy. Re being interrupted when I was trying to explain what medical transcription was - that especially irritated me, as most people don't really understand what that is, and I've been referred for jobs that I am absolutely not credentialed for, like physician or registered nurse. I got the impression that the job search services got as far as "medical" and stopped. I finally interrupted her, told her I wasn't interested, wished her a nice day, and hung up in her ear. She interrupted me practically every time I tried to tell her something, so never again. I don't remember the exact name of the service, but I know they're out of West Linn, Oregon, and West Linn isn't that large.