Whilst it appears to be a slow week for new opportunities to show themselves on the various jobs pages I follow, there was one positive result.
It came from a not so positive experience where I had been asked to send my resume as a Word document; I usually send it as a pdf file and pretty much every employer, or third part program, has accepted it that way.
Not a problem, thought I, as, despite using a Mac and the PC being old and disconnected, I use pages which allows me to save and send documents as Word friendly files.
Or so you would think.
Anyway, the resume kept being bounced back by the firewall and in the end I had to send the resume as a pdf, though sadly it arrived at the hiring manager too late for consideration.
Experience told me that it is pretty pointless trying to get any sort of response or explanation for the hold up; surely I am not the only person to use ‘pages’.
I appreciate the jobless are not worthy enough to use Apple products, but hey, some of us have Apple products.
Get used to it.
But I digress… I sent an email to the career center and got a response almost straight away, asking for a few more details, so that the IT department would have the information they needed.
No, “please contact our IT department for further assistance”.
No “whilst we understand your concerns we are unable, blah blah blah”.
And then I got another response, explaining that whilst ‘pages’ can open .docs, Word doesn’t recognize the .pages files, so the best way forward is to send it as a pdf file, and explain why and worry about the rest if needs be.
So, rather than wishing for a plague of angry fire ants to infest everyone concerned’s undergarments, I wrote back and said ‘thanks’.
I know, there probably is a way for ‘Word’ to read the file or for the firewall to allow it though, but I’ll just insist on sending a pdf to get my foot in the door and take it from there.
It was just a joy and a pleasure to have someone on the other end of an electronic communication give a shit.