Dress For The Lack Of Success

There’s something else I’ve noticed about Craig’s List ads as of late that has been a recurring theme on this blog, and that’s how many of the business that want employees to dress in a “business casual” manner.  Some even went you to put suits, ties, and dresses on for people you talk to that THEY (the callers) cannot see.

As previously mentioned, I find this a very anal retentive way of doing business.  Not everyone who needs a job has easy access to good clothes.  I don’t even keep more than a couple of pair of slacks in my wardrobe.  A decade ago, very few businesses cared about how employees dress, provided they weren’t wearing something crazy.  Now, it seems every business wants you in your Sunday best.

A few years ago, one company explained to me that if you look good, you will feel good and that will be evident as you speak on the phone.


It’s just one more layer of bullshit these companies wish to put you through, just because they can.  Resist it if you can, as these companies merely do this to keep the poor priced out of jobs they could acquire to better themselves.  They want warm bodies, just certain types of warm bodies.  Their ideas defeat their own purposes.


We’re Hiring…We’re Just Not Hiring You

I don’t usually go back to places where I apply and don’t get hired.  Last Monday, I put in my first telemarketing application in nearly 2 1/2 years at the place closest to my home: Jabor Integrated.  Studying their Craig’s List ads, it appeared they had a change in management, but when I got there I met the guy I met back in 2012.  The old “we want you to think we’ve changed management” ploy, I assume?

The guy who greeted me said I looked familiar, which from my experiences is usually a kiss of the death when you apply somewhere you applied before.  It is usually their way of saying: what the hell are you doing back here?

Said guy grabs some women to tell me that they are just excepting applications.  Of course this was subterfuge, as they ran ads looking for employees on Craig’s List the day I applied, the next day, the day after that, and today.

Needless to say, I won’t be trying there again, unless there is some kind of telemarketer apocalypse.  If they are willing to do this to someone who merely applied twice two and a half years apart, I wonder what they would do to people they actually KNOW.