Friday, June 12, 2009

Do not apply if smart

I'm pissed right now.

So, previously, before today, I had "ModestJustice is going to be a working girl!" on the right hand side and it was because I had applied for this Summer Youth Work Program thingy on March.

Up until a few days ago, they had not called me back, so I felt pretty dismal and all that hopeless stuff.

Then on the way home from school wednesday (it ended yesterday with my brother graduating... woo!)they called and scheduled a job testing for this afternoon.

Sweet! Imma get the job, thought I.

I dressed up all nice and what not (dress pants anyone?)and my father drove me there.

Being the perfect job-searcher that I am, I was 15 minutes early.

When it was 12 o'clock, the other hopefuls and I shuffled into a small room and began taking a test on basic reading and math.

Jeez, one of the questions was 'This sign says Do Not Enter what does it tell you to do?'


I was sure I'd pass this test and was one of the first ones done. -cough-

So the tester guy told us to stop and after he took the tests for correction, they started calling students out one by one.

I was thinking to myself, "Crap! They called those two asian guys,(I'm not trying to be racist)they did look/are pretty smart, I hope I get the job, I hope I get the job!"

Then they called my name (!)

I jumped out of my seat and walked across the room, thinking "Hell yeah suckers! I just got the job"

My dad was out in the lobby waiting for me and I was escorted into a hallway to talk with one of the directors:

"Congratulations! You had one of the highest scores!"

"Hell yes I did, I kicked those kids' butts." (Okay I really didn't say that, but you bet I was thinking it)

"But, unfortunately, we are only accepting candidates with an average proficiency level of 7th grade or lower."


"Hey! Look at the brightside, you're very good academically but not what were searching for, thank you!"

...So basically, I scored too well?

I mean if you wanted me to flunk, you could've just asked!

The worst part was, this is a job for working in libraries, City Hall, Community Pools, e.t.c. If the kids who make this job can't even read a 'Do Not Enter' sign, I fear for the public.

My father, however, laughed at the absurdity of the time wasted when they could've just written on the application: "Do not apply if smart" And they should have, would've saved me the anger -shakes fist-

And all this time, isn't society encouraging us to get an education to get a job?

Life Sucks. FML


Stacy aka Fahiima said...

That is completely ridiculous. Did you know that there are people who graduate from high school in the US, but are functionally illiterate? That means that they can sight read a few words, but not anything beyond what they have memorized. It makes me sick.
Don't let it get you down though, I'm sure there is something else out there for you.

PerplxinTexan♥ said...

May I take this time and insert on your behalf --fmylife

P.S. I'm sure there's better out there for you! :)

Lisa said...

What is this affirmative action working too well? Maybe they can also only hire someone with disabilities. Oh I was so mad for you when I read this sweetie. You will find something better. Love you and sorry!

Muslim&Proud said...

awww... what a waste of time. it's completely stupid they want someone that low academically for any job.

good luck with your job search. i hope the next one is more your level ;)

i love the -bloger does not carry more than $10 in change- loool

Anonymous said...

salam sister

is it because of ur hijab ? did u think about this point
soory i always think that way i mean tha paranoid way
but héééééé i am french so do not blame me lol

malekat_el7oriya said...

like seriously? that's really stupid and lame of them! This post made me really mad x( i'm gonna go beat them up for

ah well, you'll do better! Who needs those losers anyways??

Ahmed Abdul Azeem(Hamid) said...


Have a positude always.

*Winning isn't everything.

But wanting to win is.

* You would achieve more,

if you don't mind who gets the credit.

* When everything else is lost,

the future still remains.

ModestJustice said...

Stacy aka Fahiima: So that explains the fast food service ... and insha'allah there's something else out there. Most stores love to hire 18 year olds.

PerplxinTexan: Yes, please do so!

Lisa: Ironically, we were all minorites taking the test. But now I'm loving the 'I don't have to go to work on monday' feel. Although I do wish I had more pocket money.

Muslim & Proud: Seriously. Thanks and yes in the event that I'd be e-robbed I carry 10 dollars in coins to whack 'em on the head.

Flifa: LOL, I hadn't thought of it like that! "You didn't hire me just cuz I'm muslim! DISCRIMINATION!"

Malekat: haha, I bet you could

Ahmed: Positude = positive attitude? Thank you, this really puts things into perspective. But I'm still pissed.

sabrina said...

That's okay. You'll find something better, inshallah! At least you got the interview experience, which will help prepare you for your next one! Good luck:) Oh, and my grandma and your great grandma should totally hang out;)

*~Ange~* said...


Candice said...

That's ridiculous!!!

ModestJustice said...

Sabrina: Thanks :) Hah, and I'm sure they'd make great friends.

Ange: What, am I a clown? Do I amuse you?! LOL my pain is apparently your gain, thank you ange

Candice: Very ridiculous, but alhamduillah I'm over it.

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