Crap, part 2

March 25, 2004

[whack! whack!]So after I sent nagmail, Apple finally called me last night. Just when I had taken my first bite of supper. I promptly lost my appetite. It’s funny, I really wasn’t expecting the job anymore, but to be rejected — again — was harder than I thought. At least this guy did me the courtesy of calling me instead of sending me dingmail. He gave me constructive criticism and even asked if he could send my resume to a different company that is looking for Mac programmers.

But what bites is that most of the criticism is about things that are inherent. “Didn’t give enough detail about his work.” Hey guess what, the last time I did any work was 5 months ago, and I am rapidly forgetting the details. “Too mellow, didn’t seem excited.” Well gosh, I am a mellow person. So sue me. It doesn’t mean I don’t do good work. It means I’m easy to work with. The guy who called said I came across as tired by the end of the day, and perhaps a cup of coffee might help. Gee, after being interviewed by 12 people, I guess I was more than a little tired. And I did ask for a cup of coffee, but was given water instead.

So I hit an emotional hole last night. By God’s grace it happened to be Wednesday, when our home group gathers. I didn’t want to be around anyone, but they prayed for me and encouraged me, and by the end of the evening I was laughing again. Most shocking prayer: “Lord, continue to close doors on jobs that would not be good for Jon.” Most encouraging statement: “Maybe God rejected them because they weren’t good enough for you.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

10 responses to Crap, part 2

  1. I agree. If they are telling you this stuff, you don’t want to work with them anyway. Perchance it is time to start looking elsewhere than the mighty Apple (which I hear can have it’s own arrogance and mis-directed lameness)?
    Well, for what it is worth, your calmness is one of the traits I admire most about you, and if they don’t see that as a plus for their group, then they are as backwards as those infernal machines that they put out!
    (Says the athiest and PC user)

  2. P.S. Oh yeah, Sorry you didn’t get the job. Hugs! To touch upon my inner child: they are really stupid heads.

  3. Noelle the atheist: Thanks for being a friend.
    Noelle the PC user: Perhaps it’s best not to discuss religion here. 😉

  4. I’m sorry jon. So bummed when I read your entry. I know things will be fine, but I know that you were really looking forward to working for a company that puts out a sub-par operating system.
    Maybe it’s time to set our sights a bit higher, eh?
    =) NO! No EggS!! I was just kidding!!!

  5. By the way, in a shameless attempt to minimalize your pain with the trivial details of my tech savvy-LESS life, i have MT now, have been meesing with it for some time, and totally suck at it. I have no idea what im doing–so much worse than that fateful email a stranger sent you a year ago asking for tips on blogging.
    Remember that? =)

  6. Woah!! Ugh! Ummm, Lord, this guy needs a JOB!!
    Well, sorry to hear the news. I pray that the Lord will give you wisdom, as to what to do next.
    Bless you bro.!! Hug. Helen

  7. My gosh, Jared, has it been a year? Quite a time. We have to get together again sometime.
    In the meantime, I will pray for your PC soul. How do you like your eggs?

  8. Too mellow??? What are you supposed to do, dance a little jig to show them how much you want the job? Well, ppphhhhhtttt to Apple….

  9. ouch!! ha ha ha…could it be that God is, in fact, NOT a fan of Mac?
    Maybe he’s been trying to tell you something through App–oh nevermind.
    Oh, and over-“EASY”–guess that’s why I like PC. let me guess–you like yours all scrambled and jacked up, right?

  10. It’s funny that you all are talking about eggs (and I have absolutely no idea how that connects with apples so..)
    I just visited Birgit’s site, and there was an awesome painting that reminded me how God sees the entire picture. I just wish sometimes God would let us peek and not surprise us too much. Grace falls like rain, Jon. It pours. Be eager, desire the best, and wait. (This part sucks the most!) 😛