On Sunday I found this great ad in the want ad section of my local paper. It was a scientific company looking for a secretary. I retooled my resume — I have a scientific background and I made not of that fact, in an addendum about a fifth of the way down on the first page of my resume — and sent it over, along with a cover letter. I figured my degree and major would be a plus for the job.
At 2:30 yesterday, the company pres called me with a message to phone him at home.
The ad asked for Word, Excell and good English and steno skills.
The guy called me at 7ish yesterday evening. After some small talk — he gives me a little back ground about the company, directions to it, etc — he wants to know Do you do steno.
I told him speedwriting (and a comany owner, and one other manager, had no problem with speedwriting; another company owner let me take down his letters using longhand).Long pause. “I rejected somebody because of that..” He pauses again then adds, “This is why I am going to terminate my secretary here now. I am constantly editing her English in documents because her English is not good.”Wow…you just noticed this??? Uh, I see you didn’t even screen the person before you hired her; very doubtful her command of the written English word went south right after she joined the team at your company. Great that you didn’t even seem to notice this when you were interviewing her. “She has asked me for a second chance and I gave it to her…I will be replacing her…”Then he asks me, “how is your English?” I tell him. He didn’t seem to say much about it.
He concluded the conversation with “I will call you if I do not get somebody who knows steno; that will be either tonight or before tomorrow is over.” he said goodbye and hung up.
I did not hear from him.
You’ll call me if you can’t get somebody with steno? Kind of insulting and what a crappy thing to say to somebody. it is also more or less telling the person Yo Mama and Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You. Both messages suck.
Why didn’t he just say “I am sorry but i really need steno. Thanks for your interest” and hang up??? you have to come out with a bullshit line like this? Man up and be an adult and say it.
This was no kid — this was a much older guy; I am guessing he is well into his very late 70s if not his 80s and that alone is going to be a pain in the ass. I worked for 2 company owners in that age category and interviewed with one near NINETY years of age! You can bet both the older guys were a pain in the ass to cope with on a day to day basis: too old school and too set in their ways. (And all 3 of them needed to retire at least 20 years ago. Give it up and let somebody younger and with it run the company)
And if he wants steno, it makes me wonder how advanced technically his office even is.
He’s going to have to drop the steno requirement; what does it matter whether you use a dictaphone, steno, Algerian hieroglyphics, sempahore flags or smoke freaking signals??? So long as the document is readable and is on par with what good English is. (“Most of them have English but not steno and somebody else had steno but no English….) Why has he got such a hard on for “it must be steno and nothing else”???? I dunno — maybe that was just his way of getting off the hook because he didn’t want to pursue hiring me? I can only guess at this point.
Just an FYI, guy:
High schools stopped teaching steno about 35 years ago: everybody was college bound by then. So that was the end of steno, and maybe typing, and the rest of the “business courses” that you took if you were not college prep in those days.
There are also no more secretarial schools. The ones that were left went to a 4 year college format; the rest closed up shop. No attendance: everybody was college bound.
I am pretty pissed inasmuch as this job paid about 60K a year and had full benefits. What the eff do I do to get out of this prison???? This was a waste of my time and I do not like these little bullshitty games because the person can’t be straightforward and say thanks but no!
Didn’t he read my cover letter? (and he also didn’t read my resume becuase at no time did he even mention my med tech background/bio degree) Apparently not. As I said, if you did, you’d have seen what my command of the English language was.
Let this guy own a company? I wouldn’t let him own a pet rock.
Maddening….and yes, how do I get out of this prison????