Okay, so I once again applied for a job at Target which means I had to put up with their dehumanizing little survey that they require you to take before you are even applicable for consideration and I managed to get called in for an interview. I have to say it was a big mistake on my part for even signing that application as I could tell they really don’t care about their applicants at all. I must have waited two hours for an interview even though there were only two people ahead of me. Keep in mind, these weren’t long interviews by any standards and there were plenty of other managers around. Why it took two hours to get around to me, I have no idea.
Now, when I finally got into the office I was greeted and the essentially asked a bunch of vague questions regarding work ethic, teamwork, and asked what I would do during various hypothetical scenarios in addition to the nature of the previous jobs and work history. This was fair and acceptable. I’ll give them that, this is what I expect from and interview. However, when the tables were turned and it was my turn to ask the questions they pretty much refused me even the most simple, but most important of answers:
- They would not let me know what position they were considering me for hire
- They would not tell me how me how much I would wage I would be earning
- They would not tell me how many hours on average I most likely would work — only that I was part time
The manager got extremely rude with me after I asked these questions and told me that is was against company policy for him to release any information about the nature of my work until after I was hired. This is beyond absurd, especially since this is crucial information that potential employees need to know so they can make the decision the job is worth accepting. For me, this is especially true since Target is across town and I don’t want to waste my money on gas and vehicle maintenance on a job that is actually going to put me in the red. It is no use to accept a job that is going to pay out minimum wage, work me less than 20 hours a week, and have it be some crap job that just anybody can do at that. That would simply be a waste of my time and money, and a waste of there’s as well.
Unfortunately, they did not see it that was and I left them with a few words: "I’m never going to shop at another Target again." That’s right. I don’t need their cheap, "made in China" junk anyways. Target and Walmart are the entire reason I almost exclusively get everything I want off of Amazon or through a local dealer. I almost never shop at big box stores. The culture is pompous, arrogant, and genuinely disgusting. And as I have shown, they don’t mind being rude from the start.
I’m sorry, but I’m a bit old fashioned and I refuse to go to work for someone who can’t (or just plain refuses to) give me the simple details on the nature of the job I am applying. In fact, I absolutely refuse to deal tender with business that treats their customers, prospects, and employees like dirt. The way big-box retail stores conduct their business is sickening and I will no longer stand for it and neither should you.
This recent happening has taught me one thing in addition to the fact that applying at Target is a waste of time: Target is no better than Walmart, Best Buy, or any of the other major retail outlets. The only difference between them is the brand.
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Well, It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted this blog. Funny, I started it then almost forgot about it and when I did think about it, I didn’t have the time to post anything. Well, I did manage to find a job in April, but unfortunately I was laid off due to a shortage of hours. It sucks that things work out like that, I basically got a call from my boss saying: “I’m sorry, but I have to let you go. We can’t afford the hours to keep you on board.” That and a whole bunch of other bull-crap. I’ll post more on this later because really, it’s a whole ‘nother topic I want to get into later about modern business practices. So I’m sparing the lecture until I can get all my thoughts together on it.
Now, to my main discovery today: a program for Linux called Drivel. For those not in the know, it a nice little editor that allows you to make blog posts from your desktop. It’s written in GTK+, which means it will integrate nicely with the Gnome desktop and respect it’s theme settings. Moreover, it allow you not only to make posts from your desktop; it allows for saving drafts, editing previous entries, categorizing, and even deleting entries. It basically covers most of the features for basic blog management; however it’s not a full replacement for the web based control panel, unfortunately.
It also have more advanced options like the ability to highlight HTML code while you are posting, thus making it easier to read. It comes with spell check and supports multiple dictionaries so you can switch between languages if you need to — along with the fact that it uses Gnome’ built-in spell check method so you don’t have to search for dictionaries if you just want your default language.
Posting is fairly strait forward: just start typing in the text entry box and when you are done hit “Post”. Formatting is simple and down with HTML tags which if you don’t know off hand you can have them automatically inserted from a format menu which provides the basic options for things like bold, italic, etc as well as lists and inserting links, images, and even polls. Really, it is — to use the cliché — so easy even a cave man can do it.
There is also support for managing multiple blogs so you can use the program to post to all your journals, option to be notified if your friends are logged in on updates, and even the ability to notify Technorati when you update your blogs.
So the good news, thanks to Drivel I don’t have to waste time logging onto the WordPress site in order to post my thoughts and I can save my thoughts for later as opposed to writing everything in a text-editor and doing a copy-and-paste job when I’m finished. One tool to do the whole job and to boot it’s all fairly simple.
Also, I want to thank everyone who supported my inquiries and endeavors compiling all the data to create the Unicru answer key. There are a few more things I’m going to be looking into concerning it, including listing any trackers I find on Unicru sites designed to catalog web browsing data of users and I’m going to see if I can find out if companies can cross-reference applications and tests and hence “track” discrepancies between test results.
If you haven’t seen my post on this subject, do check it out.
Well I’m off to print out copies of my Curriculum Vitæ and business cards for my (sort of) new computer repair business.
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