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I got the job & shame on Amazon.com

Yesterday I sent out email to several people who've known me for many years asking if they'd be willing to say nice things about me to a prospective employer. Three people wrote back to say they'd be happy to do so. I thank you all, and if you started thinking about what you would say to paint a glowing portrait of me I hope those thoughts resonate their way to some favorable manifestation. Just the same, you won't be called upon to verbalize them on the phone because I got the job. I start Monday.

Amazon.com, my most recent employer, gets low marks on this occassion. When my new employer called them to confirm my claims of previous employment, he could not get an actual human resources human on the phone. He left his name and number on their voicemail and received a call back in which he was informed that he would have to fork over some cash in exchange for the information he was seeking. (He declined to do so and just took me at my word.) That's outrageous, particularly in light of the fact that Amazon moved the bulk of their customer service jobs to India and laid off hundreds of people working for them in Seattle. All those people still have to pay the bills, and Amazon won't even confirm their previous employment without some payola, thus placing a big fat obstacle in the path of their former employees in their search for new employment. Disgusting!


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Jun. 18th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Erg. I may write Amazon a letter (without making references to you). That just erks me. I use Amazon a lot and it sucks to know they're shafting lots of people that have done so much for them.

You live in the town where my father grew up and where my grandparents are buried. Perhaps we can have coffee if I am ever out there. My dad makes trips to see old friends and to visit the cemetary.
Jun. 18th, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we can have coffee if I am ever out there.
Definitely give me a heads up if you're headed this way.
Jun. 18th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
That's not only disgusting, it sounds illegal. I should think that an employer would be obligated to at the very least provide confirmation of employment dates; what do they do for FBI or credit checks?

I'm glad you have gotten your job, though.
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
so where are you working now? And what were you doing for amazon?
Jun. 19th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
then and now
I'll be selling cell phone and dish network service. I worked for Amazon.com's customer service department from November of '96 to November of '98. I spent the next six years burning thru my Amazon.com stock option windfall in pursuit of a vainglorious ambition. That ambition didn't pan out, but I did learn a lot of things I never set out to learn, and now I have the opportunity to build another fortune... one composed of many kinds of riches and not just money.
Jun. 19th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: then and now
that's terrific :) good luck, eh?

have you posted about waht that vainglorious ambition was?
Jun. 19th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
vainglorious ambition
If you read my comic strip from the beginning you'll get some idea of what I was shooting for.

Jun. 20th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: vainglorious ambition
I perused the first few strips. I've read them for the past year or two, but I'd never read the beginning stuff.

from what I can see, the ambitions are not vainglorious. Vain, perhaps.
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