My Rectilinear Life


Dalian, China
December 11
US expat living in China. Another 40-something woman experiencing mid-life crisis, only this time in China, with dumplings.


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SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 4:46PM

Job Hunting

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Dear Recruiter for Temp Staffing Firm,

As we discussed this morning, I did not notice before you pointed it out to me that you had changed dates on my resume.  The resume you sent to the hiring manager said I had worked until 2010, but in fact I last worked in 2009.  I chose not work (and am fortunate enough compared to others that I could make that choice) and I choose now to deal the consequences of that decision now that I search for work again.

When you called me this morning, I was driving my children to school, so I answered on my bluetooth car phone, meaning that both sides of the conversation were audible to my 5-year-old and my 8-year-old.  And during that conversation you asked me to lie.  My children didn’t completely understand this, but I explained it to them, and then dropped them at school.  Afterward, I called you back and made it clear that I would not support the date changes on my resume when speaking to the hiring company.

The whole lie was so pointless.  Either I was qualified for the job, or I was not.  As it turns out, I was not.  The depth of my experience in testing routing protocols was never great anyway, as I pointed out to the hiring manager.  Two years out of the workforce certainly hasn’t helped me learn more about routing protocols, but neither did it take away my basic intelligence and, thankfully, my integrity.  Acting without integrity and honesty makes me miserable, more miserable than going jobless ever could.

I spoke with three engineers this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Yes, I’m a bit rusty from not working. I’d love to get back into it somehow. Unfortunately, the job you sent me to interview for needs someone with specific experience and with the ability to get up and running quickly.

You do no service to your clients by altering resumes.  When I spoke to the hiring manager, it became immediately obvious that I was not qualified for this position.  That gave me the opening to mention that my resume had been altered and that I was a bit upset about it. I was not sure whether or not this was common practice.  The hiring manager assured me that it was common practice.  Your clients seem to understand that you do them a disservice, but they accept it, pay for it, and move on.  I guess the costs (like spending 2 hours on the phone with me today) are factored into their business plan somehow.

So, at the end of the day, no one except me is in any way upset that you altered my resume.  But I am upset.  Still.  You drew me into a sleazy endeavor with very little warning or guidance.  Please remove my resume from your files and go piss up a rope.

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Welcome home and to the wonderful world of job seeking. I take it your husband's stint in China is over and that you and your family are back in the US.

I hope your period of adjustment goes well. My wife, a native Australian, returned to Adelaide when her daughter had twins. She had been in the US for seven years and was shocked by how much she had adapted to American culture and consequently how alien her home country felt. Then 21 months later she returned to the US and had to go through the process all over again.

I lived all over as a child since my father was in the military. I can tell you from experience, you'll adapt, we all do.