Everyone’s been to Chuck E Cheese. One of my favorites was the game with heads popping up. The object was to hit as many as you could with the mallet before they ducked. Well…….. the jobs pop up all over the place but so far my score is zero.
I interviewed for a call monitoring position at Brinks Security last week. Decent pay, great benefits, top quality environment, high demands, evening hours, 40 miles away. I’ve had enough "We’re sorry"s and "regretably" letters and enough resumes in black holes to not get the hopes high.
The laws of the land demand that no one discriminates based on age, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, religion, or creed. Right. The police are where? But if there are enough qualified applicants who fit the company’s desired mold of young, healthy, and in general, not different, how do you prove discrimination? The only way to avoid it is to hire sight unseen, written communication only, not even a phone interview which would reveal gender.
I also have a letter from the state and will be driving to Nashville Wednesday for the computer test. The job is Administrative Secretary for which there are over 40 openings in Knoxville. I’ll let you know the results.
I’m wearing out. My spirits are frayed at the edges. I’m tearing up over something almost daily now. Get some pills!! On who’s health insurance? I let mine go because I couldn’t pay the $358 premium a month for a $2000 deductible policy. I need an income, not a $3 designer pill.
Did I do this to myself? Am I a victim of circumstance? If it’s the former, have I beaten myself up long enough now? Did I insult the cave men in the insurance commercial and have to apologize forever without forgiveness? If I am a victim, who do I sue? In Tennessee, as is elsewhere in most states, "at will" prevails. The boss can send you packing for no reason and no explanation.
And that’s hard to explain in an interview for a job for which there are younger applicants.
BTW, females are a negative in the workforce in terms of health insurance. If the woman is young, she may get pregnant, expensive especially if it results in surgery. If she is over 40, expenses can include but are not limited to breast cancer, gall bladder removal ($20,000 without insurance — trust me), type II diabetes onset due to overweight, hysterectomy, etc. The costs are all written down at the insurance companies. The younger the employee age average, and the more males, the better. HR people from coast to coast know this.
We knew when we moved here that we were supposed to move here, a God Thing. I guess I just have to keep on keeping on. Easier said than done. I need to keep swinging that mallet until I hit the little pop-up head at $2.69 a gallon. Is our time here finished? So many answers out of reach. So many I-don’t-knows.
I’ve had time to visit kids, no money for travel.