Blow me down


Today, I was informed by a federal government department, one with which I interviewed for a position, that I did not obtain the pass mark for the following essential merit criterion, as assessed at the interview: Ability to communicate effectively orally [in English]. As a result, the department “cannot give further consideration” to my application.

Oh, dear.

I am successful in my field because I am able to communicate effectively in my mother tongue -- English. Everyone has their schtick and this is mine; it’s what I do. With seven years’ experience at the Master level, and a total 15 years’ professional experience in the field, I am confident that I can “communicate effectively orally” in English. Yet, according to Canadian federal merit criteria, this is not the case.

Then, a colleague had to mention that my mistake is that I am a white male Anglo. Well, yes, yes I am. At least, that’s what I see in my mirror each morning.

Well, to the feds and to my colleague, I can only say this: You’re full of bullsh☺t. I’d say it in person, but I mightn’t communicate the idea effectively.

Or does one need to get on one's knees? —Say what!?

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