I finished my contract the end of February. On March 1st I filled out my online declaration to the unemployment people. They sent me a convocation for a RDV today. FYI the people that work there have reputation of being incompetent and most importantly - unable to find you a job.
The first lady was the one who was in charge of me getting paid (woot!) my unemployment benefits each month. Very professional, friendly and quite on top of things. I thought to myself well maybe with the new merger a few years ago things have changed around here...
Ohhhhh did I think too soon. Too soon my friends.
The next lady (in charge of helping me find a job) takes the cake, fulfilling each and every stereotype. She was nice enough but instead of getting me motivated about finding a job she had the opposite effect.
"So you were an English teacher before."
"Ok, let's put that down." - pecking at the keyboard like a chicken... Do they not pay for their workers to get typing lessons??? "So, let's see... You were an English teacher, and well, American teacher, is that right?"
No, I am an English teacher. "American" doesn't exist. (Sore spot with me but trying not to jump out and grab her throat)
"But it's not the same language."
Yes it is.
"No, there are differences in vocabulary"
"Well there are differences in vocab in Belgium but you wouldn't say they speak Belge...?"
No, it's more like Quebecois.
Thoughts going through my head: Look lady are you really going to lecture me on how I do MY job??? Seriously??? Let me tell you I could do yours ten times over. Nevermind, if you're going to be that pedantic about it whatever put it down if you want.
Smiled sweetly, comme vous voulez.
"Oh no, it's not what I want..."
Sigh... moving on...
Have you applied here? Yes. And here? Yes. And here? Yes. Look lady I know how to get a job but there is no job market here and you won't let me apply for jobs that do not fit into my "box."
Good thing I know how to get a job, but now we know why there is high unemployment in France - not because of socialism, job security or whatever but because when they need someone to help - someone whose job it is to help - utter incompetance.
Rant over. Keith do I win rant of the week?