Thanks for everything, we're laying you off. Merry Christmas! (Days 3 & 4)

See the previous blog entry here.

So on to the weekend!

So by this time I have have already received 3 job offers. Of course, they are for 100% commission roles, so those are extremely easy to offer since there is no risk on the part of the employer in many ways. The strange part is 2 of them were offers and I hadn't even spoken to anyone yet! How strange is that?

First rounds of interviews have occurred, and I am very happy so far, but since I don't feel rushed, I am looking forward to furthering my career, and so I can be selective this time around.

So maybe I should ask some of you out there. It seems that when people are looking for jobs, online schools become velociraptors trying to find a way out of the cage they are in (do you remember Jurassic Park?). I mean seriously. Have you guys ever received the calls from the online Universities promoting education since they insist it is in your best interest? (now I know some of you are education recruiters, so no hard feelings, but I know the calls I have received are not recruiters). I have received 10 calls already from online schools. The pitch is always the same from each of them and cover the following points:

- "You know, since you are out of work, pursuing your education is the best way to go to find better work"
- "You should get your bachelor's degree in Business Management since your field is in that area." (they didn't even stop to ask because I have my bachelor's already and if I am in HR, wouldn't it be wiser to actually pursue that field as opposed to just an MBA?) What do you guys think on this one?
- "You can get grants and such and get schooling for free, so would that interest you in learning more?" Okay, so if it is free, why would that not interest me more? What a silly question! This makes me laugh because when you get to the 5th person they have transferred you to, you finally realize that they just want to make sure you can get money to pay for it...they do not care where you get it from as long as they get paid! They can point you in general directions though to see if you do qualify for anything. How nice of them!

Now, there are some that have called that have been much better than what I said above, so I don't want to point out any in particular, but if I am out of work and have no incoming income, why would I just automatically start going to school in 3 weeks pursuing an education full-time when I have a mortgage and other things to worry about? I think it would be much wiser if they really got to the core of my schooling to see if there is a good fit. By the time I was transferred to the 5th person, I was so tired of explaining my story again, that I lost interest. Too bad...I really do want to get my Master's, but I want to do it in HR, and I want to do it at a more appropriate time, you know? Does that seem logical to you?

I doubt any of my old coworkers will read this, but I have to give a big thank you to all of them. I have received more phone calls and emails about how much they miss me than I ever could have imagined. I am grateful for people who truly care for my welfare, and I just want to say thank you. Since many of you I hired, you need to know that YOU are the reason I have a passion about my career. You are the reason for my season being a little more jolly than it probably would have been otherwise.

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Comment by Brian Dussault on December 12, 2008 at 1:46pm
Great blog Steve. Best of luck!
Comment by Steve on December 12, 2008 at 4:17pm
Comment by Becky Metcalf on December 12, 2008 at 4:37pm
Your experience with the schools remind me that as recruiters, salespeople or humans in general, it's important to ask questions and listen actively to determine the true needs of the people you deal with. Seems like there were a lot of "assumptions" being made in these pitches, did you catch yesterdays Talent Talk Cafe chat? Glad you were able to find a little humor in it!
Comment by Maureen Sharib on December 13, 2008 at 6:09am
This is a great series-I look forward to more. This is what we need more of - first-hand, honest experiences.
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"

~ Dr. Seuss
Comment by Steve on December 15, 2008 at 8:31pm
Thanks Maureen...I am posting days 5 and 6 tonight!


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