I’m a dumb ass.
At least that’s what the University of Chicago’s HR automated program says.
When I went to register for the University’s internal temporary admin program, I was told that I didn’t meet the basic qualifications.
Oh. My. God.
Per the University’s HR website, basically qualified is defined as possessing the knowledge, skills, education and experience listed at required on the job posting.
This is the job posting:
High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree preferred; advanced degree preferred; previous secretarial experience required; ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing required; meticulous attention to detail required; ability to multi-task required; ability to work with confidential information discreetly required; ability to work calmly and quickly in a fast paced environment required; ability to work under pressure with frequent interruptions required; experience with Word and Excel required; experience with Access and PowerPoint preferred.
Now I wonder what about my application said “loser.”
I graduated high school---college even.
I’m not quite sure if a blog qualifies as being to effectively communicate but people seem to be able to understand what I write. I also happen to also speak the “King’s English.”
Attention to detail? Multi-task? Discretion? The ability to work calmly and quickly in a fast paced environment? Work under pressure with frequent interruptions?
Not only does that define my entire adult working life but did I mention I’m witnessing in Hyde Park? Hell, if keeping a tables of diverse ages, races, socio-economic classes happy doesn’t provide a good example of those requirements, I don’t know what does.
Note: Waitressing is not as easy as it looks.
Experience with MS Word and Excel----check and check.
The only thing that I can think of that may have dinged me is previous secretarial experience required.
While I’ve been an admin before it isn’t on my resume as it was in the early ‘90’s.
I think I’m going to pay a personal visit to the HR next week. Perhaps if they get a look at me I’ll be deemed worthy.
Plus I gotta know what disqualified me via the automated program.
Kindly excuse me. I have to open the restaurant for the lunch rush in a few hours.
That is if I can get my limited abilities in check so I can schlep to work without getting lost.