You know what really blows my mind? When someone tells you you’re not qualified FOR AN INTERNSHIP. Can we start with the definition of what being an intern is and the purpose of an internship?
According to the Department of Labor:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
I don’t know if this is because I work in HR but the shit I process all day really makes me wonder why people get away with what they do. Working in HR doesn’t mean you get to play God BUT I have a pretty good understanding of job placement. I’ve met and spoke with two people that were acting as (Yes, I say acting because in my eyes they were in no position to be doing any hiring) as hiring managers. My experience? That’s why I’m blogging about it…
I will begin by saying this first experience was completely new to me. I interviewed with someone via skype because it was an out of area position. Since it was a social media position, I expected the person to be a little bit more tech-savvy…she was. I enjoyed hearing her google chat conversations the entire time we spoke or her wandering eyes opening up new windows TRYING to secretly multi-task. Thanks for letting me know I have your undivided attention! At the end of the day, I wasn’t impressed mainly because she never got back to me after my numerous follow-ups. It’s been eight months. I think it’s safe to say I was not offered the position. Here’s the kicker: How did I find out about it? The bitch TWEETED it. This is what our communication has come to. Fucking 140 characters or less because people aren’t decent enough to send out a fucking e-mail or make a phone call? That’s one skill I was okay with not learning about…pass those bad habits to someone else! Thanks for molding our future, lady!
My most recent check-in is why I’m writing a ‘review.’ I was interested in an opportunity that the community manager actually sold me on— “I eat, drink, party.” What an awesome sales pitch for a twenty-something! We met and I felt like I was going on a date with someone that didn’t know what they were really looking for. Being that I am a very organized person, this switched the game up. First off, they didn’t even have an understanding of their job and their job description OR the position they were looking to fill or that job’s job description. But I still wanted the opportunity to work together. SHIT, I still do! All I really know is that this person told me “I was impressed with your cover letter. You can write really well” and utilized good action verbs in their e-mails (that I now see to be misleading) such as “workable” …here’s a *tip: tell me what I really did wrong. Give me tangible, constructive criticism if you really care. Maybe I’m still a little bit bitter but in the HR world, it’s so easy to see when someone makes a decision based on their feelings. If you’re going to tell me my strengths and then shoot me down at least do it sincerely and with SOME style and not with a generic rejection letter… That’s 2 stars for you, buddy.