Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tales from the Job Search

Way back at the beginning of March, I applied for a policy analyst job at the Chicago office of a Federal government agency (we'll call it the Government Ridiculosity Office, or "GRO"). I knew that such openings in field offices are rare and in high demand, so I wasn't counting on it working out. But the GRO is supposed to be a great place to work, and the job sounded interesting, so I figured it was worth a try.

I didn't hear anything until the end of April, when I received an email informing me that I had "been deemed minimally qualified" and that my application was "currently in the second face of the screening process." My jubilation at my minimally qualified status was tempered somewhat by the information that this second "face" would not be completed until the end of May. When I hadn't heard anything by the beginning of June, I emailed to check on the status and was told that "applications are under review until Mid June". When I hadn't heard anything by June 23rd, I emailed again and was told they would have an update for me later in the week.

Later in the week, the update came:
The number of applications exceeded 1000 and the quality of the applications was exceptional. Your application has been carefully reviewed and considered. While you were deemed qualified for the position, your application was not among those rated as best-qualified. Therefore, your application was not forwarded to the selecting official(s).
So this was seemingly the end of the story. In the end, I was still only minimally qualified - or, at best, just plain qualfied.

But wait!

The next day I received another email:
Please disregard the email that was sent to you yesterday regarding the analyst position at the GRO. That email was sent to you in error. This email is to inform you that GRO will not be hiring in the Chicago Field office at this time. Depending on the projected budget you may be contacted for an interview at a later date. We appreciate the time you have taken to submit your application and your interest in the U.S. GRO.
So there you have it! Three months later they are now ready to tell me that they are not hiring.

Sadly, this is not the most pathetic story of my job search so far. Look for additional tales of woe in the days (or, knowing me, weeks) to come.


Arthur said...

As luck would have it Roadrunner IS hiring.

And being qualified has no bearing. It might work against you.

Fear not; the Bolt will strike.

(or is that a lot like it'll be OK, you'll see)

Jeremy said...

After over a year and a half working for "Grinny," I can assure you this is standard practice, and that pure discombobulation is the sole intent of us Government types. I have yet to rationalize it in any other way.