I’m back on the path; searching for fulfilling work and I’m noticing more and more that companies don’t know how to adequately post vacancies in their organizations to attract the right candidates.
I’ve been applying to a number of Public Relations/Marketing/Writing/Media/Social Media jobs and I’ve been hearing back from a number of them. Which would be great if they weren’t all a sham.
There are a number of so-called “PR Firms” or “Marketing Agencies” who are posting to attract PR professionals. The reality is that these companies are merely minimum wage or commission sales/door-to-door/telemarketing companies. They aren’t PR firms nor do they do any legitimate marketing.
I have more than 10 years in PR, have worked in war zones and all over the world. When my resume is received by the HR/hiring manager I’m not sure what goes through their minds when they read what I’ve done and where I’ve come from.
I’m not in the witness protection program, I didn’t stop my schooling at 8th grade and I’m not a felon. Why on earth would I want to work as a door-to-door cable services salesman? When I show up to your shabby, store-front office in a suit, do I instantly appear to be someone who is out of his mind happy with his hi-speed internet? (SIDETONE: I am a FIOS and Verizon customer and could not be happier with my service.)
The interview was in a bombed-out, upstairs office in Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD. The guy, who turned out to also be a former Marine, was a good dude – all told. He had car trouble that morning so ended up being about 20min late. It was about 20 degrees outside and the office was locked. No one was there…ghost town. So, I’m standing there trying to call the lady who set this up for me.
Ring, ring, ring – voicemail: “Hi, XXXXX, this is Warren. I’m outside the office and it’s locked. Is anyone here?”
I get a call back about 7min later: “Hey Warren, this is XXXXX, the office manager is running late, he had some car trouble.”
Me: “Okay. I’m here whenever he gets here.”
XXXXX: “Thanks. He should be there soon.”
To add to the drama it starts raining, that icy, whipping, Baltimore, winter rain. I doesn’t so much just bounce off your coat…it rockets into your bones and makes you want to kick a puppy.
He get’s there and apologizes profusely. He was in an accident apparently and the tow truck took about a year and a half to get there. I tell him no sweat, it happens and I was glad he walked away without injury.
After taking a printed from the internet IQ test, filling out an application for a job I didn’t know the particulars of, I was ushered into an office. There was a desk and the gentleman I had previously met. For context: he was the only guy in the office. He sat at a desk where a receptionist would’ve sat to give me the paperwork, waited there for me to fill it out. Took it from me and went into the ‘big guy’ office and called for me to come in from the rag-tag waiting area I was sitting in.
He immediately jumped into the ‘sell’. I sat there and listened…turns out it was no-kidding a door-to-door sales job, commission only, no benefits and a probationary period of 6 months. After which, they will assess your potential for a management position.
I was so confused.
After reading my resume and not asking if I was a felon, how would he think the next logical step in my professional progression would be trying to gimp up a ladder from door-to-door salesman to ramshackle office trying to hoodwink people into doing that job?
Before I get lambasted, I liked the guy. He’s a former-Marine and because of that, he’s my brother and I truly wish him the very best. I’m coming at this from a corporate position – how can you not put that it’s a door-to-door sales position in your job listing?
Thanks for reading my odd little adventure.