Bait and Switch, Done Sears Style

So I applied online a few days ago for a seasonal restocker position at Sears Roebuck & Co.  Before applying, I am forced to watch a video online about the EXACT job that I wish to apply for (again restocker), and once I agree that this job is the one I want, I am finally allowed to apply.

Restockers are NOT required to have cashier experience or sales experience, although retail experience is helpful.  Cashiers are required to have prior cashier or cash handling experience, and must ‘sell credit applications’ even during their temporary, seasonal employment to be considered for future, continued employment with Sears.

There is a BIG difference between the two positions, and there was a REASON that I hadn’t applied for the cashier positions.

An interview is set up for 3:00 pm Monday October 26th at my local Sears store (3188 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701).

When I get to the interview am I interviewed for a restocker position?  Of course not, even though that is the position I applied for.

I am interviewed for a cashier position, even though that is NOT the position I applied for, even though that is NOT the position I wanted.

I don’t know where the miscommunication happened–other than it was NOT on my end. I am very clear that I applied for a restocker position NOT a cashier position, I wanted a restocker position not a cashier position.  I didn’t hallucinate watching that video online before being ‘allowed’ to apply for the restocker position.

I just know that Sears.com and my local  Sears store wasted my time over and over and over again by 1) making me watch the video for a job they later didn’t interview me for 2) having me apply for a position that either wasn’t available at my local Sears store or they weren’t interviewing for at all in the first place 3) interviewing me for a position I did not apply for and did not want.

And of course I didn’t get the job at Sears. I don’t have sales experience, I don’t have very much cash handling experience, I am not qualified for a sales or cashier position.

Well, DUH RALPHY.  If I had that kind of experience, why in the world would I apply for a restocker position?  If I had that kind of experience, why in the world would I even WANT a restocker position? If I had that kind of experience, why in the world would I watch the video for the restocker position?

Will I ever apply for any job with Sears again? I DON’T THINK SO.

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