Today I spoke to a man from an agency about some work related stuff, particularly to do with the musical side of my talents and experience. I should make it clear, I love my job and my employers are great people to work for.
Thanks for your time today, but I shall be unable to attend at the agreed time for a number of reasons.1. You wish me to pay up front for a CRB check while being unable to offer me the guarantee of employment. While this would make sound financial snese if I were currently out of work, and it may be standard business practise for your industry, it’s money I simply don’t have right now. I need all the money I currently earn to keep my family afloat.2. You are suggesting I pursue temporary work at a lower wage than I can comfortably deal with even in the medium term. Since our telephone conversation I sat down and did the sums. Around the middle of August we’d run out of food. Again, I accept this is the failure of my circumstances to match your expectations, so I won’t hold you accountable for this.3. The website application you have asked me to go to will take considerably more than 10 minutes to complete due to the design of the forms and the amount of information requested. Worse, it includes duplicating the information I have already provided to you by means of my CV. This should have been made clear at the start of the process. I am not your administrator, and while I have no problem completing online forms in general you have been given a copy of my CV as requested by your website. To all intents, that’s my part of the job done. I should not have to reproduce this in your preferred format simply to qualify for an interview.4. Finally, and with much regret, I can’t find my passport anywhere, so the ID side of things is going to be tricky at best.On the positive side, you no longer have to squeeze me into your schedule, and I’m saved the parking fee to visit. I apologise for the inconvenience.Regards,Andrew