funny stuff

Nov. 2nd, 2007 08:08 pm
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So we posted an ad for a Database Administrator

Required skills - 3+ years with Oracle or MS SQL, knowledge of Oracle backups, RMAN, DataGuard etc. Other skills - Java, Tomcat, Apache, Network administration etc.

I get a response from one person who states in his cover letter that I would be "hard pressed to find someone who is a better match for this Database Administrator." He states that he has a great deal of experience in all of the skills listed in the job description.

Now - I'm Canadian, so I'm put off by grandiose claims of perfection - I'm already halfway ready to toss this resume away, but we haven't gotten too many, so I figure I should look at it anyway.

The document is .docx format - you need Word 2007 to open it. grr. So now I have to download a plugin to be able to open the file. Fine.

Open the file.

Scan the document.

Start laughing.

Nothing in this resume matches any of the required skills for the advertised position. I look again. I use the "find" option to search for some of the keywords in my job description. None.

The closest I can come to "Database Administrator" is that he worked for a few months using Access.

My *mother* uses Access.

At this point, I'm tired, it's late, and I'm annoyed by people who apparently cannot read a job description and determine whether they match. It's bad enough when it's just a random resume, but when someone takes the time to write a cover email claiming they are the *best* match for the job on *many* levels - it's especially wasteful of my time.

So I replied back.

My email was direct and to the point - I stated that I was perplexed because he claimed to have a great deal of experience as a DBA but his resume did not have anything on it pertaining to this. I also pointed out that not everyone can open Office 2007 files yet.

Tonight I get a reply back - telling me in no uncertain terms that *nobody* else has complained about the .docx file, and that he made a mistake and sent the wrong resume - but that instead of assuming there might have been a mistake, I *lashed* out at him.

And apparently, based on my hateful email, he now concludes that our company is obviously a negative and hostile place to work, and he would *never* accept a position with us, even were it to be offered.

I probably should have left it at that, but it's been a long week and I couldn't resist responding - "glad to hear it, best of luck to you in your job search. Hopefully you'll find something that matches your exacting standards and your high opinion of yourself".

I expect some pithy reply yet tonight - but I shall resist replying again.

On to the next candidate!

work whinge

Nov. 16th, 2005 09:54 pm
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So, I'm feeling frustrated, annoyed and unsure. I don't like the combination.

I didn't like the new guy when I interviewed him. I found him to be arrogant and condescending. His questions to me in the interview were along the lines of "so if I were to look at the source code for your product, would I be impressed with its' quality or would I want to puke?"

Yeah, like in an interview with a stranger, I'm going to say "yeah, our code looks like it was written by monkeys on typewriters, but hey, come work for us anyway?". Obviously there are good things and bad things - it's code. It was written over time by many different people with different styles and different levels of experience.

So, even though I told my boss that he was arrogant and would be hard to work with, he was the best of the bunch who applied, and he impressed my other boss, who honestly, sucks at interviewing. He thinks everyone is great.

Before he even starts work, he's bugging me - wants to know about this, wants to know about whether someone can "carpool" with him to the office during the two weeks of training - um, guess what, carpooling involves you both *providing* and receiving rides - what he really expected was for someone to drive him around for 2 weeks.

Personally, if I were to apply for a position in a town 2 hours away, and if that position was offered to me, I would probably expect that if I was allowed to work remotely from home, that on days when I needed to be in the office, that it would be up to me to get there. But no, we paid for him to stay in a hotel for 2 weeks, rent a car (see above: nobody offered to drive him around) and paid for all his meals for two weeks. Whatever.

While on the surface, he's very polite and enthusiastic, somehow I'm getting a really negative vibe from him. When he says "Thanks so much for staying late on Friday night to build my laptop for me " - somehow I *hear* "...because this is your job and I'm important and so you are expected to give up your personal time to do this for me on my schedule". In training, when they were all told "Don't do this, because it will mean that in the future (me) will have to spend half a day cleaning up the mess", his response was "so, it's only half a day of her time". I'm definitely getting the idea that he sees me as the "IT support staff" - someone whose only job is to make his life easier. Unfortunately, I am IT support staff - but only about 10% of my time. The rest of the time, I'm doing the same job he does, PLUS 10 other jobs.

This week he's at a client site. We haven't worked out the kinks on him working remotely - from his house 2 hours away, rather than at a client site. We have a VPN between our *office* and the client site. Since he doesn't want to be in the office, and he doesn't want to be onsite at the client the email from him tonight was "please build me a box so that I can connect from my home, because I've been away for 3 weeks and I don't want to be in the office or the client site for the duration of the project. I won't need it till Monday so you have a handful of days to get it done".

Fuck. Off.

I'm already figuring I'll have to work Saturday and Sunday to get the new servers ready for our migration to our new colocation facility. I'm so *not* dropping that and building Mr. Whinypants a machine so that *he* doesn't have to work in the office.

I told my boss that I hope new boy will be working remotely a lot, because I can't work with him. And I mean it. I told my friend tonight (who also works for us) that if I'm going to feel like I feel every time I talk to this guy, then I'm quitting. I'll work elsewhere - I don't work with people who make me feel like crap.
Awrighty then - first off, I'm alive. I haven't fallen off the face of the planet.

Things at work have been crazy busy )

My boss called me on Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago. )

My coworker who's been on maternity leave came back, part time as well, in this last month or so. Our Japanese partner hammered us with bug reports and requests for fixes for 2 months, and finally have shipped product. Standards are a *lot* higher for software in Japan - if we can figure out how to get our quality up to their standards, this will be a *good* thing for us overall. It may kill us first though.

We hired 2 more Prof Services people, who will probably spend a great deal of time in Japan this next year, once they get a bit of training. Due to my coworker's leaving, we also need to hire a customer support manager.

Our colocation facility sucks, we want to move. )
My H1-B visa expires end of October 2006. )
In other news, my *bed* came! I ordered it online from a guy in Florida who hand makes them. It's a custom job, a mission-style headboard in pine, with a platform bed frame. It took 6 months for them to build it, but it's gorgeous. And I put it together, by myself, in under an hour.


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