I went on a marathon streak of applying for jobs today. Ideally, I want a job in film/theatre/television, but those are not always available, so I apply for other creative industries, such as design firms and music companies. One such creative company that I applied for was a clothing distributor in the Garment District. Later in the day, I got a call from a New York City phone number, so I knew it had to be about a job.
“Hello, this is Jaymie,” I answered cheerfully.
A man with a high pitched, foreign accent responded, “Yes, you responded to my job posting on Craigslist.” I always hate when they start with that.
“Ah, yes, could you please remind me which one?” I asked.
He hesitates, “What?”
I spoke slower and enunciated, “Could you please remind me which company it is.”
“Yes, I’m hiring for an office assistant,” he responded. Definitely not the specificity I was looking for. He continued, “It looks like you are working in theatre.”
“I work mostly in theatre, film, and television, yes,” I replied.
“Oh, you see, this is a different industry,” he stated. Here we go…
“What kind of industry is it?”
“I run an embroidery company, but you probably wouldn’t be interested.”
And here is the problem I have–if I applied to work for your company, why wouldn’t I be interested? I saw on your Craigslist ad what kind of company it is. Had it been a law office or a financial firm, I might have been less comfortable applying. I’ve never understood why employers would think that I’m not interested in a job that I applied for.
What I did say was this, “Of course I am still interested. While my experience is mostly in the arts, I am always open to broadening my horizons and trying new things.”
What I wanted to say was this, “Did you like my resume, anyway? Did you see that I have a ton of experience as an office assistant? Don’t all of those skills and experiences apply to any kind of office?”
The way he left it was that he was going to send me an e-mail with more information. I still have not received that e-mail, though. No worries, I do have a lead on a theatre-related job that I am very interested in, and I am going in for a second interview on Monday. Now I just need to find a nice tie to wear. I didn’t bring as many with me when I moved.