Wednesday, October 12, 2005

With Friends Like These ...

I am more than just a bit pissed off today. I interviewed for a job last week with a huge non-profit in Chicago. I had to go through a placement agency to get it, naturally, but this job was perfect for me – so much so that in the subject line of my emailed resume to the agency, I wrote “Look No Further”. A bold thing to do, but the job was just tailor-made for me.

I went to the agency and even they were excited about me; agreeing that I was a perfect fit. They set up the interview and called me with details the night before.

Staci (my rep at the agency) told me all the normal things about how to dress, what to say, be on time, etc. And then she said that the company wanted some writing samples as well. I have never submitted writing samples before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to take with me. I asked for guidance and Staci told me to take any press releases I may have done for my previous company (no problem) and some samples from my blog.

My blog????

I thought that was a little odd. But she knew the customer better than I, so I figured she knew what she was talking about. So I printed off some news releases and a few submissions from my blog that I hoped would be suitable.

The next day, I had my interview with the company. After 2.5 hours, I left basically knowing that I nailed the job. The interview went very well and I was polished, professional, and my usual charming self.

I got a call on Monday from Carolyn, Staci’s supervisor at the agency. She delivered the news that the company absolutely loved me and that the interview was phenomenal. However, the company had some problems with the fact that I submitted entries from my blog as writing samples. Carolyn admitted that after reading what the company had faxed her, she agreed that the submissions were unprofessional. After I told her that it was Staci who advised me to take them, she apologized and said she would accept the blame and contact the company to discuss what happened.

This morning, Carolyn calls me again and tells me that although the company really liked me, they cannot get past the blog submissions, fearing that I might actually send something unprofessional out in correspondence on behalf of the company. The decided against hiring me because of that.

If I had a picture of my head exploding, it would be pasted in this space.

At first I was stunned. I did what I was told and lost the chance at a job that I was perfect for. And truthfully, I don’t really know if Carolyn even accepted the blame or not, because I am sure she does not want to look bad in front of her client. So now I probably look totally unprofessional and ignorant. And I can’t even complain to Carolyn the way I want because I still need that agency to help me find a job. This was my one, good solid lead and now it’s down the drain. So I start all over again.

If I had hair, I would be pulling it out!