Of course, finding a job would be far easier if the recruitment industry wasn't completely populated by clueless f*ckwits who don't know what they're doing.
On Friday I see this job advertised. Sounds pretty perfect for me so I call the agency and ask to speak to the agent mentioned in the ad. I'm told he's away for a long weekend. No problem, I'll just send him an email over the weekend and get back to him on Monday. On Friday evening I send him an email telling him that I'm a good match for the role, giving him my mobile phone number and pointing him at my CV on my website.
Monday morning comes round and I've had no response, so I call him again. This time he's in a meeting, but I'm asked what I want to speak to him about. When I tell them, I'm told that it's actually Anna that I need to speak to as she's dealing with that role. But she won't be in until 1pm. So I leave my name an number for Anna to call me when she gets in. I point out that I'll be training in the afternoon, but that if she leaves a message for me I'll call her back during a break.
Of course I didn't hear a thing. So it's now Tuesday and I have to chase them again. Don't these people want to recruit people?
And I mentioned above that my CV is available on the web for agents to download. This seems to confuse them completely as I have it there in a PDF file. This is for two reasons. Firstly, I don't use Word and secondly most agents don't have Acrobat, so they can't edit the details. In my experience, whenever an agent edits a CV they usually make it worse.
But, of course, most agents don't understand what a PDF file is. If a CV isn't in Word format then they can't deal with it. They are concerned that their clients won't be able to read it. I've had agents who have retyped my CV from scratch, because they were so keen to have it in Word!
On a different subject, I finally got to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone over the weekend. I thought it was pretty good. A bit to long, tho'. There was plenty there that could have been removed without affecting the plot. At least I enjoyed it more than the reviewer from Capalert who declared it "evil".
Incidently, why was the name of the book and file changed in the US? I've heard people say that Americans wouldn't go for something that mentioned philosphy in the title, but that can't be true - can it?
Of course it's not the first time that film titles have been changed. Alan Bennet's play The Madness of George III became The Madness of King George. Apparently people would be less likely to go and see a film called The Madness of George III because they would think they had missed the first two films in the series. Are people really that stupid?