Several years ago, a woman working for the local school’s transportation system was in a traumatic car accident after working four years as a school bus driver. Due to her spine needing severe work, she was unable to return to work for several years. While she was out of work, she attended school, learned a vast variety of programs and skills, as well as working as a training officer for a cargo company.
When she felt she might be ready to return to driving, she was elated to hear of a training position opening in the transportation department. She knew how to drive, and she’d been doing it for nearly 20 years, and now she knew how to teach. What could be better?
Taking especially good care to ensure her resume was perfect, and checking out all the fine-tuned details of the position, she was confident in her ability as a trainer. A few days later, however, she received a phone call asking her if she wanted to come in for an interview. She was elated, to say the least, and was just about to speak when the voice at the other end told her that he was going to be honest with her. “Okay,” she said unsure of what there was to be honest about at this early stage of the game.
“You can come in and interview, if you want,” the man said, “Or I can spare you the time and tell you that you won’t get the job.”
“I’m sorry?” The comment just didn’t make sense to her.
“You have a lot of qualifications for the job, for sure,” he continued, “but frankly, we have someone here in the office with more tenure, working currently, and it wouldn’t be fair to just hire someone off the street. You understand.”
The applicant really didn’t, though. Why would he even call to discuss the interview if there wasn’t a job to be had?
But that wasn’t all! He continued to tell her that should she decide to work with the company as a substitute driver, she may qualify when the next supervisor retires. “How likely is it for me to have his position in a few years?” she inquired.
“Frankly, not likely, because there are still other people who will have had more seniority than you.”
Unless this woman is really slow, it should be obvious that any time she dedicates to this company is not at all for her benefit, but their own; there is no reciprocation here. She will never have a position other than a bus driver, regardless of her education or skills. What are your thoughts?