A listing for a technical writer position came up in Rockville. SIX different “recruiters” called me for it.
All offering different lengths of contract.
Some showed a salary range and some didn’t.
Some of them called BEFORE sending a job description i.e., “cold called.”
3 left a message.
This was the one that I could understand the most. This is an example of one of the “great” recruiters in “America” that are the “Warriors of My Future” who will save me from homelessness in this “great” nation. These are the people who control my future and destiny and stand between me and that all so important encompassing enthralling career move that will change my life and make things better for me.
Let’s just listen to the magic and hope for my future.
Think I have any hope? At all?
Do you have a clearer understanding of my “attitude”?
I get this at a rate between 6-12 interactions a day. I’ve had these and answered them and tried to work with them now for 7 months. Do you think these are actual jobs? Any thoughts at all about this would be interesting from anyone. I’ve already emailed 2 congressman about this with no responses.
All I can say is WHAT THE HELL?!?!
UPDATE: I just had a job description that asked if “Any time planned off next few months (Dr appointments, Vacations, etc.)? ”
I replied with “I may get sick. I am human. I do not “need” a vacation ever, but it may be difficult to come to work constantly with no time away. Once again, I am human.”
An “ambient” thing I did with Volca Keys, Volca Bass, and Microkorg. The Microkorg is running through the Korg MiniKP (red box). I know it’s glitchy and out of tune in places, but I’m not a musician and I thought it sounded cool either way. It’s at a 40.8 bmp in the key of “whatever”. It’s 7 minutes and 37 seconds of a 2 chord breathing type of thing. Actually this is probably the fastest I’ve ever made anything on an electronic device. All recorded in one take. No editing other than fading the open and close.
I wanted to post it right away but my internet went down AGAIN. Just like the intermittent electricity here, it’s a problem with the ghetto ass’d infrastructure down here in the shittiest place on earth, the DC metro area. I don’t even want to begin explaining how much this area sucks. You pay and pay and get SHIT. That summarizes it. Worst place I’ve ever lived EVER.
Got a new desk today. Bought it at Target. It was called a “writing desk”. The guy at the check out counter said, “New writing desk eh? Doing some writing?”
I said, “Nope! Proppin’ up some synthesizers.”
He said, “Oh! Musician?”
I said, “Where?!”
Got it all set up, wired everything into the little black 4 channel rolls powered mixer (in the upper right) and marveled at how much living room space I have reclaimed because of the new desk.
I connected the sync cables for the 3 volca’s. I have not synced them to the electribe YET. Just for giggles to test them out, I hit play on the pattern on the Beats, then play on the pattern on the Bass and was amazed at how the 2, completely independently created Beats and Bass sequences, magically worked together, now that they were sync’d for the first time. I did a corny key’s diddle on top just for fun’zys. Check it out! It’s called Ode To A New Desk.
Like they used to say on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, More to Come!!!!
Well, here we go folks. The ignorant powers that be, think the Landover Maryland Redskins need yet ANOTHER FOOTBALL STADIUM. That’s right. Now MD, VA, and DC are all fighting to get this stadium put in their region….
This whole idea is so stupid it makes my head explode. Is this the freakin twilight zone?
I could not take it. I left a comment:
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?! REALLY?! This area and the NFL (the rape artistes of ignorant fans) need another stadium?? OF ALL THE THINGS THIS AREA NEEDS… we’re going to have ANOTHER STADIUM? This just reinforces the fact that this is the STUPIDEST area in which I have ever lived.
The traffic is so bad here, the taxes are too high, the team sucks (and yes, poorly named, just admit it already), the metro is crumbling and poorly managed, AND WE NEED ANOTHER FOOTBALL STADIUM? Are you people high or is there some secret Kool-Aid you are all drinking that makes this seem charming or even acceptable? (Head in hands). This is truly the absolute STUPIDEST thing I’ve ever heard of for the DC metro region.
Watch. Knowing how ignorant the priorities and planning seem to be here in the DMV, they will put this atrocity (whatever it looks like, another football stadium is an ugly idea) in an area that cant support the traffic and there will be no reasonable public transit near it. And what do we do with fedex field and RFK? How many more useless stadiums need to dot the already messed up landscape of nightmarish sprawl around here?
Folks, this whole idea of ANOTHER football stadium in this area PROVES that this is the dumbest place in the freaking developed world. What next? A public shooting range on the national mall?!? Ahh the DMV… land of entitled and rewarded INCOMPETENCE AND IGNORANCE!!!!
Just look how stupid this thing is. It looks like a stupid noodle bowl. And yes folks, that IS A MOAT around the thing. Can you imagine how that stagnant water would look and smell?
And even worse, look how delusional this architect views the weather in DC for football. Imagine laying on a fake “moat beach” while a tsunami comes in. Imagine all the drunk football fans rappelling down the side of the stadium during football games, while drunk fans in roller blades wearing booty shorts and tank tops skate around the stadium in December! All they need now are aqua-unicorns dancing in the moat. Was this done by a 5 year old with photo shop? Clearly SOMEBODY is high on SOMETHING!!!
They should show the above ground metro rail behind it (like down at RFK stadium) whizzing by in flames with people screaming out the windows in agony! That would be more appropriate! Too late, I did it myself! HA!
My GOD this town is a freaking joke! I can’t believe these images were seriously posted to the Washington Post and CBS. It’s like an alternate reality of stupidity!
Ah… Washington DC Metro area (you too, Maryland and Virginia)… This is such a land of victims. Apparently, if you run a red light, it’s the light’s fault. If you open doors (by pressing the wrong button) on the wrong side of the metro train, it’s the button’s fault. This is so disgusting, it makes my head explode.
I was so disgusted when I read this article I almost punched my computer monitor!! I, of course, left a comment!
This is the biggest bunch of bull I have ever heard in my entire freakin life!
“big rush-rush culture” of metro? ARE YOU SERIOUS? I NEVER SEE ANY METRO OPERATOR OR EMPLOYEE RUSH FOR A N Y T H I N G! Where is this coming from? Is this some alternate reality? This is completely insane!!!!!
Why they run red lights? Cause they can! Why do they open doors on wrong side of the train? Because they can!
TURN THEM OVER! They run a red light! FIRE THEM! They open doors on the wrong side? FIRE THEM! The culture of laziness, and constantly crying victim IS THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE PART OF WMATA. There are thousands of people who want those jobs and can do them better. Ya run a red light? You press the wrong button and open doors on wrong side. YOU ARE FIRED! PERIOD! It’s not the button’s fault, it’s not the red light’s fault, it’s not this mysterious “rush rush culture”… its NEGLIGENCE, LAZINESS, UNACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLETE LACK OF CONCERN AND WORK ETHIC. FIRED! FIRED! FIRED! (idiots)
Fuck you Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. Fuck you DC! Fuck you Maryland! Fuck you Virginia! Fuck every single ounce of you!
Man up, admit you suck and it’s your own fault, then start the building process and quit blaming everything but yourself. You gutless pussies!
This is what I have learned about Maryland as a state. It isn’t about race folks. The media constantly raises the race issue to hide the real issue. Maryland is extremely talented at propping up their rich constituents. They tax the crap out of the poor and middle class and pump up the rich in this state so much, it is visibly disgusting. Look at the heliports behind the mansions in Howard county.
Maryland is a state that relies on people driving cars EVERYWHERE. If you ever wondered why, just re-license your car in another state, then come back to license your car in Maryland and notice how much it costs. This is probably the most expensive state to transfer a drivers license. The govt makes too much money on this. They WANT us to sit in our cars. It’s too much of a cash cow for the state. It’s all about roads and parking and driving and people complaining about their commutes. You see the license plate honoring our farm land, but really it’s just a ruse for another Maryland “fake city”/”town centre” and sprawl with no reasonable means of accessibility. Look at Montgomery County with its little pockets of fake plastic urban existence (fake cities), with NOTHING in between. Maryland is a model of poor planning, excess, and waste. Nothing here is done efficiently with growth in mind. Its a mess. And anytime you hear a Maryland politician talking about “quality of life”, its just the rich pandering to the ignorant media absorbed middle/low class so they can rape us for another dime and another heliport behind a mansion. (Note: I’m a democrat, and Maryland makes me ashamed of my party).
Below is an exchange between one of the 6-10 job recruitment emails I receive DAILY. (Don’t be fooled folks, the job market out there is really good).
However, this demonstrates what is inherently wrong with labor and the “job creators”* in our country.
(*Remember, the term “job creator” is total bullshit because the people who have the ability to create jobs really dont give a damn if they are creating jobs or not. They just want to see if they can get their overhead and hire people for as little wage as humanly possible. Essentially, these companies would hire neuro physicists for $5 an hour if they could get away with it). Below is the exchange.)
From: Jolly 8:12 AM (1 hour ago) Hi: Hope you are doing good today! This is in reference to your profile I got from our database. I wanted to check your availability for an URGENT position we have. Please review the details below and let me know your interest. Position: Technical Documentation Specialist Location: Martinsburg, WV 25405 Duration: 5 years+ Client: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Purpose: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intends to do an 8(a) Competitive procurement for Data Entry, Imaging, Indexing, IT Support Services and Related Support Services for the ATF National Tracing Center located at the Martinsburg, WV facility under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 518210. General Qualifications: · Proficient Technical Skills · Demonstrated Writing Skills at the 12 grade (High School) and higher · Demonstrated ability to accurately type at least 40 wpm · Interpersonal Skills · Active Listening Skills Required Skills: · Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.) · General knowledge of IT concepts and terminology relative to Web Development · Experience drafting technical documentation and training materials Jolly
——– my first response ——- Chad Graybill 9:10 AM (19 minutes ago)
Everything listed is well within the scope of my experience. Currently, I am working on a contract that seems to have no end for HRSA.
I am making $xx/hour on a 1099 with absolutely no benefits including no sick leave.
If you can do better than this, I will consider.
Thanks, Chad Graybill
——– Jolly’s response ———- From: Jolly to me
I can do $xx + $5/hr on 1099.
Please send me your updated resume.
Jolly ——– My second response ———– To: Jolly (attached resume)
Considering I just re-signed a year lease living in North Bethesda, MD…. I don’t think this rate is reasonable enough for me to break my lease and move my life to Martinsburg, WV. The commute from my current residence is 50+ miles one way through some of the worst traffic the east coast has to offer.
Can we reconsider with this in mind?
A friend of mine said, “There are many job opportunities out there right now. The problem is that everyone wants help, but nobody wants to pay for it.” Can you show ME that you really want my help and make it worth my while to uproot my life for this? The way I see this, we are all responsible for our own health care at this point. I dont understand why companies have very little to pay for labor these days. It’s bad enough that we now cover our own health care, then companies don’t want to pay for any sick or vacation leave. How much more cheaper can we make labor for the “job creators”? I don’t understand why BEFORE the ACA(“obamacare”), companies covered health care AND leave. Now they want to cover NOTHING? I dont see how this is reasonable or even fair.
Merely $5 extra dollars an hours doesn’t seem really reasonable enough for this.
Apparently, when we want something we pay for it. When the “job creators” or the people who HAVE MONEY want something, we are supposed to give it to them for free.
This is why I do not rise for the national anthem.
UPDATE: this person didn’t even read the response and just sent me a form to sign for “exclusivity” so nobody else can PIMP me for this contract. Essentially, they just made the assumption that I accepted their offer. Once again, proof that nobody in America reads ANYTHING. I responded saying:
We are still negotiating! If you actually read my last post you will know that I did not accept your offer and was questioning the reasons why the consideration is so low. I will not sign any agreement until the terms are reasonable. Your suggested terms are not reasonable as mentioned in my last post.