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Diatribe: Applying For A Job At Gunpoint.

12/20/2013

JobApplicationNowWhen our youngest started his senior year of high school and was excited to have his first car it was time for him to look for his first job.  He encountered the same “Catch 22” that all teenagers experience … he needed a car to get a job and he needed a job to get a car.  Fortunately, he was able to find a part-time job where he could work hours that fit into his class schedule at a place close enough to home for him to walk there and back.

When he started applying for part-time jobs it had been years since I had looked for work.  I remembered a time when you found a Help Wanted advertisement in a newspaper and you mailed a resume to a hiring manager or a recruiter.  When I offered to help him with his resume and cover letter, I was met with a blank stare.

“Nobody does that any more,” he said.  “Everything’s done online.”

I had no idea.  My experience in seeking employment in today’s job market is, fortunately, limited but I’m quite certain there is one technique that should not be employed.  One should never request an application for employment at gunpoint like Tevin Kievelle Monroe did last week.

Apparently, Monroe really really really wanted to work at McDonald’s.  Last week, the thirty-one-year-old man visited a McDonalds restaurant and told the manager on duty that he wanted to apply for a job.  When the manager explained twice that all job applicants must fill out their application forms online, Monroe lifted his shirt and showed her the gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

The quick-thinking manager asked Monroe to have a seat while she found a paper application for him to complete and, while he was doing that, she called 911.  Monroe was still filling out the paperwork when police arrived to arrest him.  He was charged with brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

I’m beginning to understand how on-line job-search engines and employment recruiting websites work.  I’m slowly learning to participate in professional networking via social media.  But I also keep an up-to-date resume and cover letter on file … because I’m old school that way.

Do you have a paper resume?

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4 Comments
  1. Networking still plays a huge role, as many resumes submitted online don’t translate into interviews. There was a report yesterday about the high percentage of people who did not get one interview all year. So, while not to condone the gun use, some can relate to the frustration of please see me.

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  2. So the lowest paid jobs are going on-line too. How can people with no computer access get a job? Awful story on so many levels.

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    • It’s so frustrating when the people who actually show up get the least amount of service!

      … when the diners inside a fast-food restaurant have to wait for the folks in the drive-thru to get their food first.

      … when waiting at a cash register while the clerk helps a customer on the phone who hasn’t left their house.

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  3. I do have a paper resume & cover letter, but I don’t even use it anymore. Everything is done online & it’s just so easy to update your online copy & not worrying about having an up-to-date printed copy.

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