Thursday, January 20, 2011

First Ever Blog

Hello, my name is scott horn and this is my current story.

My life was fairly normal up until June 2010.  Then it all started to go south very quickly.

This is when i lost my job (that i had held for almost 8 years).  shortly after i lost my job i also lost my apartment. i spent the summer not only looking for a regular job, but also any odd job that i could find, and a pace to live.

i eventually found a place to sleep, at a friends house in his back yard.
this friend was at the time having problems of his own with the local division of code enforcement (the wonderfull group of people that can condemn your home), so he let me stay there at great personal risk to his lifestyle. i ended up helping him out to rehab his home as much as i could, given my limited skill set in this area, and his O.C.D. level of A.D.D. and perfectionism. needless to say, this was not as much as i would have liked to help him out.

ok, now on to december...
the pressure was starting to build upon my friend who had to go to a review panel, to see if he had completed his necessary repairs. he did not meet their guidelines, but was able to show that he had made great effort to comply, the board gave him an extension, but told him that he would be having random inspections. this was bad news, as i was camping in his back yard, and technically his home was not legally inhabitable.  shortly before i moved out of his place, i had acquired, from a local secondhand merchant, a small trailer to go on my bicycle, which has proven to be a bit of a saving grace of sorts.  more on this later.

i can not list every company that i have applied for employment with, for many reasons, but i can assure you reader that the list is very long indeed. here are a few notables on that long list....

in june i applied for a position at a local circle k. i was given an interview by the store manager (david). he told me that everything went well with the interview, and that i should expect a call on monday or tuesday of the next week to come in for training.  a week went by and i never received a call. i went back to circle k seven days from when i had my interview, and asked david, if he had forgotten to call.  he stated "i called and left a voice-mail, but you never returned the call", so i hired someone else.  just to let you know at this time i had a working cell-phone, that showed every call received, every voice-mail received, and every phone number that came through. i restate, i never received a call from either circle k of from his private number. nor any voice-mail message either.

i was given an interview at a small legal practice for a file clerk position.
the interview was conducted by the attorney and her daughter (paralegal). both said that they were going to conduct a second round of interviews, from the top five list of candidates, which they assured me i was on that list.  i never heard back from them again. i even emailed them thanking them for the interview, and a second one inquiring about the second interview....nothing.

i also had an interview at a local (in cincinnati) software publishing group, for an office manager. this was looking to be a truly awesome job. i was the best dressed person in the office, and during the interview, a NERF fight broke out in the corridor.  i was told that this was a fairly normal and regular occurrence.  if you know me then you know how much i love working on/with computers, this could have been my dream job. i was told that i would be having a second interview on the following week, with the design team, but first the company was going to check my references on friday. i gave them the number to the place where i was staying, as 2 of my references, are letting me stay in their home (bless them both much), and i was there all day on friday, guess call.  GRRRR

and last on the notable list is an interview i had with a local non-profit, for the position of IT assistant. the interview went well, i was told that as standard practice i would have to have a second interview with members of the board. they would call me to let me know when.  yep you guessed it, no call at all.  about a month after this, i ended up going to this agency for some assistence, and saw the person who i interviewed with. i asked him why i had never received a call, and if they had hired anyone for the position. he said that "return calls are not his department, and that, no they had not hired anyone yet." i handed him my card with URL for my online resume, and told him that i was still available and willing to work.  still no word from the agency.

ok, you have beared through my ranting, for this long - thank you.

the above is my online resume/odd jobs page. if you have any work that you need done please let me help you do it.

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