Friday WTF: Having a job can keep you from getting a new one

Welcome, everyone, to what I'd like to make a regular feature here at Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow. I'm calling it "Friday WTF."

For those who aren't familiar with the acronym "WTF," I'll explain. The "w" stands for "what," the "t" stands for "the" and the "f" stands for the most versatile of all the curse words - the one, the only f-bomb.

While not every Friday WTF will be related to my job search, the inaugural one is. Here's the story. Yesterday, I got a call from a staffing agency I use saying I didn't get a job I had applied for. Those are rare. Usually, when an employer decides not to hire me, they either just don't bother responding to my emails or they send me a quick email saying "Blah blah blah thank you for applying blah blah blah lots of qualified candidates blah blah blah decided to hire someone else blah blah blah keep your resume on file."

Calls, as I said, are rare, and this one even rarer than most. See, when the staffing agency called, it was to tell me that the employer really wanted to hire me and that I had all the qualifications they wanted and I was an ideal candidate ... except for the fact that I couldn't start immediately. So they picked someone else.

That's right. I didn't get a job because I had a job and respect my bosses enough to not quit out of the blue and leave them in the lurch. WTF?

You'd think my unwillingness to screw over my current employer makes me an even more desirable candidate. After all, if, as they said, I'm an ideal candidate with everything they're looking for, they would be pleased to know that I won't just up and leave without giving notice. You'd think it'd be a good thing that I like to tie up any loose ends I may have left to make sure whoever replaces me can jump into the role without needing to clean up my messes.

But no. Apparently, the folks that rejected me would rather have someone less qualified but who might be willing to screw over their bosses and in turn screw themselves out of ever getting a good reference from their former employer.

And that's just not me.

I guess all in all it's for the best. I probably don't want to work for that company. If they haven't even hired me and they're already trying to get me to be a shitty person, imagine what they might ask of me if I worked there.

But even with that in mind, it still baffles me that having a job (and thus being unable to immediately start a new one) can actually prevent you from getting a job. It just makes no sense.


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