More Misadventures in Finding Real Employment

What did I apply for? Helpdesk. That usually involves repairing PC hardware or troubleshooting software, which I actually have experience AND education in, you know, in addition to database and web programming.

Hell, even today I had an in-law call me because she waited six hours and Windows 10 still wouldn't allow her to log in. Somehow I suspect the hard drive is the culprit given she's stuck on the login screen for that long (wouldn't be the first time, as I've had to replace a laptop hard drive for said in-law before).

Yet, I still got this message in my email:

Thank you for your interested in Blue Origin.

Unfortunately, I do not currently have a position open that matches your skill set but I would love to keep your resume on file and active for our future openings. We are steadily growing and will open more opportunities soon.

Again, I really appreciate your interest in Blue Origin and thank you for allowing me to review your resume.

Bullshit. If that's the case, then why post the position in the first place? This is supposed to be a booming start-up company? Bullshit, extraction racket is more like it.

Here's another laugh: My latest in a long line of employment specialists actually tried to get me a job as a cleaning assistant for 10 dollars an hour. No offense to people who clean for a living, but that's work I can't physically handle. You'd think my E.S. would know that given that I talked about that at length.

I seriously wish I had a real way out of this damned rut.

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Pricknick's picture

Before you talked about an opportunity to work on photo backup and restoration.
You seemed to be in an locality of our elders who absolutely love that shit.
Not trying to tell you what but I'm interested in what happened.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

The Aspie Corner's picture

@Pricknick Even with business cards and a web page I haven't gotten a single hit.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

WTF is that supposed to be? Please tell me that is your typo, and not the actual response from a Human Resource department? Is it called HR, or simply OD now, Outsourcing Department. Or AID. Automated Intelligence Department, the greatest oxymoron of all.

Blue Origin, LLC is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company headquartered in Kent, Washington. Founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, the company is developing technologies to enable private human access to space with the goal to dramatically lower costs and increase reliability

Omfg never mind, that explains everything. Scraping the bottom of the humanity barrel for survival. Do you ever read HN? Bezos is the worst robber baron in modern history some days, according to his own employees! LOL what an asshole. Anyone who gets a paycheck from Bezos loses part of their soul, or they didn't have it to begin with.

Edit: deleted some projection. Sorry, I'm pissed.

good luck

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The Aspie Corner's picture

@eyo Crazy, isn't it? They want people who might as well have doctoral degrees and 30 years experience to do what's basically an entry level job and yet they can't even send out a properly spell-checked email.

Here's what they want for the position.


Heavily contribute to helpdesk duties, supporting users in multiple locations via an online ticketing system
Identify common concerns in helpdesk and develop self-help documentation
Troubleshoot computers, printers, phones, and other devices telephonically, in person, and via phone and email
Apply computing diagnostic techniques to identify problems, investigate and determine root causes, and recommend appropriate solutions
Install, configure, deploy, and remove computer hardware, software, and peripherals
Image new computers and re-image existing computers
Maintain an inventory of all computer hardware
Perform general server room duties such as installing/removing/moving servers and storage arrays from server racks, wiring, and clean up
Provide support outside of the regular business hours (weekends, holidays, etc.) as required
Serve a 1-month ON CALL rotation, being available after hours via phone, 2-3 times a year
Travel to our West Texas or Florida Launch Sites on an as-needed basis (2-3 times a year, 3-5 days a trip)


Minimum of an A.S. degree in information technology or equivalent (certifications)
2+ years of experience working in information technology helpdesk
Experience with Microsoft Office: Outlook, Project, and Visio; Adobe products; Antivirus and VPN applications
Customer service oriented attitude to support and instruct computer users, most of whom have extensive science and engineering backgrounds, and require efficient resolution of complex problems
Knowledge of system imaging technologies, such as Windows Deployment Services and Microsoft SCCM
Able to quickly adapt to fast changing priorities and deadlines
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder)

It's funny. Most positions seem to ask for 2+ years experience. Why is that, other than the fact that they don't actually want to hire anyone?

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.