Originally Posted by lisac77
In 24x7 environments, it would be very rare for an entry level position to come open M-F during regular business hours. Weekends off are earned through seniority.
Can he look for something besides tech support work?
He can (and has been), and a lot of what he's looking for isn't a 24/7 environment in the first place. (Think in-house IT support rather than a call center.)
He's not entry level (he had experience prior to and during school), but yeah, he'd be coming in with no seniority in a specific workplace, so if he did apply in a 24/7 environment it would be expected that he'd get a crappy schedule. He did have a job in a 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 7-days-a-week atmosphere, where everyone--no getting out of it for seniority, either-- was required to work at least 4 hours on weekends) and he worked 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays to minimize the disruption to his daughter. That place is out of business, though.
Again, it's not the frustration of not being able to find a job that works with his hours (as he's not been looking long and we've been living on my income for a long time), and he is looking at a variety of types of positions.
...it's that he puts right on the application his hours of availability, the recruiter (and here may be the problem--it's headhunters, rather than in-house HR) calls him and says he seems like a good fit--and, in this last case, he reiterated to the recruiter his availability, and she said "that's fine, we have openings that match your availability--does 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. M-F work for you?" and he says, "perfect!" then he gets there, takes the stupid tests, talks to two different people over 45 minutes, and then the second person (who is not the same recruiter--again, that may be the problem) says, "great! Now, we need to get your schedule written--we need you to work one weekend day and two weeknights, and the rest can be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays like you wanted."
This whole rigamarole could be avoided if, when the recruiter called and he said, "I'm not available weekends," the recruiter had said, "this position requires weekends" and that had been that. Instead of two or three hours of interviewing and testing, it would be a four-minute phone call. (Or, at the very least, the recruiter could have said, "this position is unlikely to work with your schedule but why don't you come in, take the tests, get in our system and if something comes up that fits, I'll contact you?" I have to wonder if this was the recruiter's goal all along--she probably gets paid commission based on placements, and it's faster to place someone already in your system than not.)
Sigh. This *would* be a bit easier in a non-blended situation...again, I don't mind taking care of my stepdaughter, but he's not willing to miss what would end up as almost 50% of his waking time with her (nor would I ask him to unless we were in dire financial straights). If she was with us all the time, he'd have weekday after school/evenings and all that and wouldn't feel as bad about leaving her with me or, if I was working, with a sitter on occasion.