A great article, and I sympathize. In general these days, hiring managers aren’t even in the hiring loop until (perhaps) the very end of an entirely dysfunctional process. A long time ago, someone thought it would be a smart and stable genius idea to create a non-function called Human Resources. These folk would shoulder the burden of placing job ads and conducting initial screening. The fact that HR people knew nothing whatsoever about the positions they were “helping” to fill was irrelevant! And so HR people were able to screen out unsuitable candidates (e.g. anyone with an IQ over 75, and anyone whose CV/Resume didn’t have precisely the same words in the same order as the brief scrawl the actual hiring manager jotted down in response to the question “what sort of person are you looking for?”). Later still companies began to use computers to parse Resumes/CVs to make sure that only those scoring above a certain threshold of “key words/acronyms” could make it through to the next stage.

And so we have a very simple world in which corporations look for cookie-cutter employees who must be excited to be customer interaction specialists (call center drones) or sanitation engineers (janitors) and come to work at 5am and leave at 9pm, always bubbling with enthusiasm and ready to chant the company slogan at the drop of a metaphorical hat. Who are then fired at the first hint of a downturn so the executive team can keep paying themselves huge bonuses. Because when you hire cookie-cutter folk you can always rehire their clones later.

Hence the abysmal modern working environment. If only we didn’t need to earn a living, it would be a cause for gratitude not to be hired by your standard generic brain-dead corporation.

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