More Job Hunting Weirdness

I am looking for work. There is not much locally in my field (IT) so I have applied for jobs outside of IT.

Last week, I was speaking with the CEO of a local personnel agency. She stated that they had not forwarded my resume on any of the office jobs that I had applied for. They go strictly by what the client asks for. In this case, it was a particular accounting package that I have not worked with. While I can understand that in general, for someone like me who has used many software packages over the years and learns them quickly, it was frustrating to learn this.

That, however, was not the worst.

I also have applied to a recurring IT position which is one of the few that I have seen. The employer wants people with two to three years experience. Note the lack of an “at least” in front of that. Yes, the personnel agency has not forwarded my resume, because their client wants people they can mold, and I have too much experience.

IT and office work make up most of my experience and are not doing me any good.

Rock and hard place, anyone?

Odd Language #270: Better How?

A recent article on The Register had this paragraph: ‘El Reg contacted Jaguar Land Rover’s press office about the issue. “Matt’s situation could have been handled a lot better, with him receiving incorrect information throughout the process,” it said.’

The issue: Matt’s situation could have been handled a lot better, but would that be done by him receiving incorrect information? Wouldn’t it have been better for him to receive correct information?

Puzzle #273: Addition Problem

If AB + C = DEF, where each letter is a different digit from 0 to 9, how many possible solutions are there? (Note: Leading digits can not be 0.)

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Hire Education?

I am looking for work again. That last job did not work out.

I decided to check out 7-11; they were looking for assistant managers. The manager whom I spoke with noted that he had graduated from the same computing diploma program I had! He is not working in his field. I have only ten hours per week of work in my field.

I spoke with him again today. He said that he continued with his bachelor’s degree but then quit. I completed mine.

Which of us made the better choice? Personally, I think we both missed out.

I applied to a job today with an optometrist for a Receptionist/Medical Office Assistant position. They would like the specialised training for the position, but having any post-secondary education is acceptable.

The job market is weird.

Puzzle #272: The Race

Ann, Ben, Cyn, Dan, Eve, and Fifi had a race.

Fifi placed two places ahead of Dan.
Ben placed in either third or fifth place.
Cyn placed ahead of at least two others and behind at least two others.
Eve placed first.
There were no ties.
Ann placed ahead of at least one other and behind at least one other.

What order did they place?

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Another Good Read

I am now reading another book by Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. It is also a great book.

The comments I made about Guns, Germs, and Steel also apply to this book.

This book is somewhat scary, because Diamond lets us know how we could be in for trouble. He is not a doomsayer though. I am nearing the end, and there is some hope. I do hope that people do not deceive themselves into thinking that things are fine though.

Read it, and decide for yourself.

Odd Language #268: West and East

I am reading another book by Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. One society that he discusses is the Norse settlements in Greenland of the last millennium. There were two settlements: West Settlement and East Settlement.

The issue: Were you thinking that West Settlement was in the west and East Settlement was in the east? Nope. West Settlement was on the west coast of Greenland. East Settlement was also on the west coast and was about 300 miles north of West Settlement. As Diamond wrote, ‘Those names had unfortunate consequences centuries later, when the name “Eastern Settlement” misled Europeans looking for the long-lost Greenland Norse to hunt for them in the wrong place, on Greenland’s east coast, instead of on the west coast where the Norse had actually lived.’