Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 8:12pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 18/03/2018 - 8:12pm in

Jack did it again. He was desperate to go out into the street this morning, where he's not generally allowed because of the neighbours' dogs - and, frankly, some of the neighbours. Stupidly I thought: old, arthritic, several vital organs clapped out (him, not me; well, actually probably both of us) - how far can he go?

Ten minutes later: no sign of him. I fall for it every couple of months. Calling for him every fifteen minutes, crawling around looking under cars, asking neighbours ("Yes, he's just out there… Oh, he's gone").

He swans into the back yard mid-afternoon. I shut the gate behind him and he immediately demands to go back out. No way, my son. Oh, my nerves!

Well, not until the next time. Sigh…

Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 6:15pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 11/03/2018 - 6:15pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 6:44pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 25/02/2018 - 6:44pm in

These past few weeks, I have been mostly drinking and working, in that order. Here's some stuff:

Sunday, 4 February 2018 - 5:19pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 04/02/2018 - 5:19pm in

This week… Oy! Reading schmeading:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 9:22pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Tue, 30/01/2018 - 9:22pm in

Well, I feel better now.

On 30/01/18 13:15, Talent Acquisition Team [company name witheld] wrote:
> Hello Matthew,
> We're writing to you regarding your application for the above position of
> [interchangeable anonymous cubicle drone] at [company name witheld].
> Unfortunately, we have not received your completed Talent Assessment so are
> unable to progress your application at this time. If you’re still interested in
> working with us, please refer to the [company name witheld] Careers
> <>
> or LinkedIn page <> for opportunities.
> We wish you all the very best for your future career choices and hope to hear
> from you again soon.
> Warm regards,
> Talent Acquisition Team - [company name witheld]

Hi Warmly Regarding TAT,

That would be because your online application process set a cookie with a very limited expiry time given the amount of information I was expected to assemble, and deliberately cut me off (my working hypothesis at the time), or else just crashed or futzed up in some unidentifiable way.

I was a software developer in a past life, but - even so - was not inclined to report a bug, even if there were some self-evident way to do so. You see, the larger issue, to the determined jobseeker, arises from losing whole days to combing through job search websites which all screen-scrape each other, and consequently all index the same jobs, albeit with differently-dreadful database query interfaces. Once you have painstakingly whittled down a shortlist your patience and optimism levels are at a low ebb, while your bleak hopelessness and can't-give-a-fuckedness is soaring.

To my mind, ignorant as I am about the transition from HR to TATs (which appears to have happened about the time The Rock became Dwayne Johnson; coincidence?), the personal qualities required to submit, submit, and submit again in a lengthy and repeatedly failing multi-stage job application process (never mind what is required to get far enough to begin that process) are not necessarily consonant with what is desirable across all the roles in a large organisation. In the jargon of a hypothetical recruiter, I expect this to yield applicants who are less "warm and customer-focused" than they are "detail-oriented", as in "Dustin Hoffman turned in bravura performance as the detail-oriented Rain Man".

However, I am pleased to report that for you, the fine people of the Talent Acquisition Team, the news is all good. Given that the cascade of flaws, all the way up the recruitment chain from to your good selves, introduces so much baked-in randomness to the process, anything that you could personally add is negligible.

You are off the hook! After showing up for a morning coffee and apricot danish, you might as well spend the rest of the day in the pub! I only wish that I could join you there on the coalface of the optimally efficient job market. If you find your roster of talent too loaded with twenty-something boys who can't tear their gaze away from their shoes, just drag in a homeless person from the street. They're quirky! They're the new office character! They think outside the box, then go home to it!

Hope this has helped, and warm regards,


Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 8:05pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 21/01/2018 - 8:05pm in

This fortnight, I have been mostly working for money rather than knowledge:

Sunday, 7 January 2018 - 11:03pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 11:03pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 31 December 2017 - 6:29pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 31/12/2017 - 6:29pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 24 December 2017 - 5:52pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 24/12/2017 - 5:52pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 4:00pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm in

This week, I have been mostly setting up a super-secret project, rather than reading: