Here's the story. My beloved Ali Rapp is graduating in the spring. Besides being a friend of mine, she is also the person who (wo)mans the front desk of the comm studies department and she is also the tutor for the Speaker's Lab. The fact that she is graduating means that we need to hire new people (or a new person) for these positions. In order to make this happen, I have been filling out forms and have been communicating with our human resources department so that we can get the jobs posted and then filled. First of all, let me just say that working with bureaucracy is not my favorite thing on the best of days, but this whole HR fiasco has just been ridiculous.
Anyway, back to the job postings... I have a student, Susie, who I think should apply for the positions. The only problem is that she is studying abroad in Africa next semester when the jobs are supposed to be officially posted. SO, I tell her to go to HR and ask about applying early. She comes back and tells me that I have to tell HR that it is ok for her to apply early. Ok, says I, I will send them an email.
So, I send them an email.
I get CCed on a message sent to someone else in HR asking this other someone to help me out.
I hear nothing more for two weeks.
Susie says to me, "The job posting still isn't up."
I say "I'll email again."
So I do. I'm paraphrasing, but here what happens in the ensuing email exchange.
Me: Please send applications to my student Susie for the two positions.
HR: What positions? You need to fill out forms.
Me: I did fill out forms. I sent them to you in October.
HR: Really? Weird. No forms. Can you send them again?
Me: Here are the forms. Again.
HR: Hey, thanks for the forms. We'll get these positions posted after Christmas.
Me (in my office, to myself): W. T. F.??!!!!!???? Is there a real person on the other end of this email or is this just some kind of a joke? Am I being punked right now?
Me (email to HR): Can you PLEASE send the application forms early to my student, Susie, who is studying abroad next semester and wants to apply. (Does this sound familiar? Like, oh, the first THREE emails I send to HR about this problem? It probably does, because it is EXACTLY like those first three emails.)