I had a bad experience that I want to talk about. It’s no secret to readers here that I have been out of work for a long time. Or that by no means am I the only one. I’m typically skeptical of government supported programs. A friend though, suggested that I apply to a program that he said was a good of fit, this one.
When I looked at the webpage there was very little to explain what the program did and just the video above and some others. There was a big apply button and any port in a storm, I thought. Any way I got an email from a L.A. at platform to employment. I called and to say the call was lacking in empathy, professionalism or understanding is putting it mildly. Look this program is for people like me who may need help looking for work. If we want harsh questions, like “you applied at 40 places and don’t have a job” or “what have you been doing while you were out of work,” I can just talk to HR people or recruiters. I’m looking for help in the best way to answer myself and sell myself better, not aggressive hostility right out the bat. On the one hand you get sympathy and empathy on the TV and people getting hired and on the other hand you meet the same old reality of prejudice, discrimination, rejection and purple squirrel chasing that most of us long term job searchers have become all too familiar with.
Now after that very hostile and unprofessional phone call I called the office and talked ot a manager, which ended with my resume being reviewed and me possibly entering the program, though, at this point I’m not sure that I want anything to do with. After all if what I’m going to get is more of the same that I have been getting, what’s the point. If it takes complaining about the hostile employee to get a fair hearing I wonder about all the other people who got rejected by that woman. This program is paid for with CT tax dollars and if they advertise that they will help people, then they cannot go around and treat people like garbage. And then hang up on them. Making that second call should have been unnecessary. If this program wants to continue with the ever shrinking available tax dollars it needs to demonstrate that everybody who applies get’s a fair shot and at least a little help, even if they are not accepted for the long five week class. The state of CT doesn’t need another feel good program that creates makework. The jobs and the work need to be real or the whole thing is a waste of time. Beating people up who are looking for help comes under the term, “not helping.” CT can’t afford programs that don’t help.
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