Sunday’s in Bed with… Venom

October 7, 2012 In Bed With... 10

PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Today I’m hoping to read Venom by Fiona Paul

Fiona Paul VenomI won’t be reading a lot today. I’ll be spending most of the day working (boo!) so that I don’t have to work next weekend because it’s readathon time!!! I’ll be lucky if I get any reading time at all this week, as this is a very busy week. This makes me very sad because I am already 1 book behind on my Goodreads challenge and this week is only going to make that worse. I seriously need to buckle down and read like 4 books during readathon.

I just started Venom so I really have no opinions yet, but I’m really hoping that it’s as excellent as they said it would be.





In other news…

I’m really tired of idiots.

One of the things I do in my job is go through applications, which is my least favorite part of my job. The whole process just sucks. I dislike combing through to pick out good ones and then calling references, which don’t always pan out so I have to go through the applications again. This whole process is made worse by idiots.

Over the last couple of months I’ve encountered…

Several applications with no job history. Sometimes I call these people to see what they’ve been doing and here are some responses I’ve gotten:
* I haven’t been doing anything (at least they’re honest).
* I’ve had a job, but I couldn’t figure out how to put that on the application (this is an obvious lie, you just didn’t want me to know)
* I’ve been just looking for a job (graduated in 2005)
* _______________________ (complete silence, my personal favorite, because you know, the question I asked was way too complicated).

No phone number for previous employers. The reason for this is always:
* I didn’t think you needed it. (I’m pretty sure if I didn’t need it, it wouldn’t be on the application)

Phone number doesn’t work.
* Application was put in on Wednesday, I call on Thursday, and get the “We’re sorry but this number has been disconnected” line. (This is by far the most annoying thing ever because I’ve already done the work checking your references!)
* I’ve encountered a couple of 6 digit phone numbers as well.

Lying on the application
* Saying you worked somewhere for 3 years when you actually only worked there for 2 months is a serious problem. (Did you know that an application is a legal document? Yeah, not a good idea to lie like that, especially since I all I have to do is call and find out your dates of employment. I can be reasonable (like you thought you started in April but you really started in May, no big deal) but years instead of months just cannot be ignored.


10 Responses to “Sunday’s in Bed with… Venom”

  1. Lisa

    Well, I suddenly feel better about my own resume and job applications now. XD

    The cover for Venom looks so beautiful. I haven’t heard anything about it but hopefully it is a good read!

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    I ended up liking Venom quite a bit- but so many characters! I started a cheat sheet for the series! Plus, I have to admit, I was Team Luca from the get go, even though he doesn’t make an appearance for the first 300 pages or so. I can’t explain why, I just liked him.

    Also, people are brilliant! And lying on an application only counts if you get caught!

  3. Bittner

    Kate always gave me permission to put her down as a work reference (even though I was hired to replace her leaving and therefore never worked a day with her) and she said I could add on a couple of years to how long we have known each other, because at the time I was last filling out applications we had only known each other a couple of years. So technically, I did use to lie on applications!
    And at BBW we had a person misspell Oklahoma on her application! Seriously! Just sing the song people it is not that hard!
    And don’t worry about being behind on goodreads. Last I checked I was like 10 behind!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      1. You worked out the details before hand. That is smart.
      2. I’m not talking about how long people knew someone, I’m talking actual dates of employment. When we call for that we don’t ever ask for the person whom they put on the application we ask to talk to the manager or HR and it’s VERY BAD when they tell you they only worked for like 2 months and they put down 3 years. That’s extreme lying!
      3. I’ve had worse cases of lying, but they aren’t things I wanted to put on here. Someday I will share these stories with you :)