Back in the 2000’s, I briefly worked at a appointment setting travel office that was on East Bay Drive and Keene Road in Largo, Florida. It wasn’t too far from where I lived at the time, so I figured why not give it a try? Didn’t say there long, the supervisor was a bit of a dick, but I digress.
They had a computerized system to handle the calls. So I’m working through them on a Wednesday night, and I’m hearing this woman with an Asian accent going “Hello” at me. I was speechless.
I looked at the computerized screen and couldn’t stop laughing. If the information on the screen was correct, her first name was Blow and her last name was Me. Now, there’s no way in hell I could address this woman as Miss or Mrs. Blow Me. So I just bust out laughing. But by the time I recompose myself, she was long gone, whoever she was.
So if it was a joke, and even if it wasn’t, well played. The first and only time to date I have cracked up on the phones.
As I mentioned back on November 10th, a lot of the telemarketing job openings in central Pinellas have simply gone away, and are not advertising job openings nor have they since the Presidential elections. My guess is a lot of these companies now see a second term for a President Obama as confirmation that his health care system will take effect, and have decided not to hire any more help.
I continue to see a lot of companies that still do hire in Pinellas County put up what I call “weasel ads” on Craigslist. They will put up an ad, and not put up a phone number as to who to call and where to go, just the “reply to this ad” button in the upper left of the job page. Some company who hides behind an E-mail won’t talk to you if they don’t want to, which defeats the whole purpose of hiring to begin with, doesn’t it? A company with an address or a phone number would be a lot less likely to play a shell game on somebody looking for a job.
And would not a perspective hire think twice about replying to such an ad? If they (the advertiser of a job) have something to hide now, it’s probably for a reason that will be discovered later. Maybe it’s not a licensed place. Maybe it’s a place where you are a “1099” independent contractor employee, where the company you do business with does not take out taxes.
So if you see one of those “weasel ads” on Craigslist, avoid it like the plague. It’s usually not worth the headaches it will cost you later.