Recently Returned To Work #01: Post-Vaccine Mandate
Observations and thoughts from a pen flowing at it's vespertine hour's best
I've recently returned to the workforce, back into the same industry that had unethically and unceremoniously kerb stomped me and my nearly 20 year career at the end of 2021. My Christmas present for 2021's close was the existential annihilation of my identity as an insurance professional.
So it's a marvel to me: a feat of audacious tenacity I'm yet to come to terms with. How was I able to finesse recently returning to work? It's a question keeping me up at night, one that I'm driven to explore at a time when I should be sleeping and somewhat rested for tomorrow.
Yes, there's lots for me to explore within the last few days and I'm driven to do it now. Because if I don't, this familiar lingering burden is highly like to burden me further.
What's keeping me awake are my subconsciously accumulated observations and their unresolved pairing onto unexpressed thoughts. Thoughts that originated from many of my intuitive reactions to this new workplace and its preceding job hunt / recruitment process.
I know that tonight I must write some of it out at least . Because tomorrow's day indeed awaits its traverse, Regardless of my restfulness. So perhaps it can be met with sharper clarity, gained through my Vespertinal Hour verse.
I Got The Job
There was over a two week's gap prior to the news that my application and it's subsequent interviewing process was successful. During this gap I prepared very little nor accomplished much of my long list of overdue life-stuff tasks. Mainly because practically all my sources of finance were exhausted to their limit.
I needed new business attire, I wanted to investigate hardware and peripherals for a home office setup, I should have liquidated much more of my trading card collectibles & vinyl record collection. Instead I hunkered down; consuming memes from imageboards, kept abreast of regular livestreams and podcasts on topics ranging from #COVID-19 / mRNA biotech research, Cybernetics / Scientific Management and online grassroots spirituality communities. All this ensured that I'd find myself ironing my old and tatty business office attire early in the morning before my first day of new work.
My family and a few friends were overjoyed when I told them "I got the job." This exuberance only afforded my sardonic reply of "You sound happier than I actually am to have gotten a job."
I now realize that their joy at the news might have relied upon deeply repressed concerns for my wellbeing during the prior 1 and a half years spent as one of Mark McGowan's economically wasted Mandated Martyrs.
Truth be told - A harrowing period consisting of my adversarial and asinine attitude meeting their world's attitude, alienation, anguish, apathy, addiction and anger. A lingering and increasing burdensome anger..
Conversely, I now can realize that my sardonic reply was based in an intuitive nature held in disdain. Disdain for all I and a mere handful of very special, exemplary others in my life endured. For this handful of others and for my own self I proclaim "that this is not over. Not for you, not for my handful and not for I."
Not by a looooooonnnng (mRNA gene-transfecting biowarfare countermeasure) shot....
The process of applying for the job and proceeding through all its stages of interviews, personality & behavioral checks was arduous to say the least. Despite this, I wasn't stressed to begin with at all. Because my recent areas of study centered around scientific management, behavioral psychology and social sciences, I found myself reacting and responding intuitively to an excessively grueling recruitment process but I had no idea that I'd be coming face-to-face with it for this job.
It galled me to identify the NLP and behavioral psychology methods being applied throughout the process yet I managed to finesse and ingratiate myself through their process. I do so love a challenge and these challenges were something I hadn't faced before in practice, not this level at least. It made me very curious as to why such an intense level was being utilized and through my on-the-spot intuitive finessing, I managed to ingratiate the Business Consultant & Recruitment Specialist into sharing any details of the methodologies he used on me.
After a gruelling 2+ hour initial face-to-face interview (inconspicuously titled: Career History Interview), in which I had to vocalize my career history going back almost 20 years and across 3 states of Australia, I was left feeling manipulated and finessed myself! The recruiter later shared our the next face-to-face Focus Interview that he utilizes a personnel / talent management methodology made famous by the CEO of General Electric. I commented how it felt similar to a story shared from my friend who was successful in becoming as a Google Engineer. Turns out that this methodology was infact the same as the hideously gruelling Google personnel / talent management methodology, only scaled down for SME (Small to Medium Enterprises, as opposed to Corporations).
I'm still not sure why or how he shared this information with me so casually. Maybe he liked a challenge as well? Maybe he wanted to show off to my employer who was sitting in on the entire process with minimal engagement?
To provide some perspective: my new role is not a CEO or Executive or even Corporate style of role. Nor is the company I'm working for in that echelon. It's a new company with a self-starter whom I like very much so far, mainly because I spoke frankly about the horrendous discrimination I endured from the Mcgowan workplace vaccination Mandate. Both my employer and the recruiter were appalled to hear that even in December 2022, there are some employers advertising roles with vaccination mandates stipulated or wore yet, some who try to sneak a workplace vaccination section or clause inside your contracts of employment!
I finessed their shock to broaden my impact as a human being survivor and appealed to emotion. They responded in kind and it made me buoyant to hear other professionals speak ill of McGowan's Mandates face-to-face. The recruiter even went so far as to admit that "I got vaccinated because I was selfish and wanted to drink coffee inside cafes."
I thought to myself optimistically: "Maybe there's such a thing as an unvaccinated workplace, or anti-mRNA gene transfection technology employers!" Maybe there's a gap in common knowledge here which I can be part of and assist educating others in. Best of all, maybe this education can actually occur in real life, as opposed to strictly online and strictly on particular platforms!
To Be Continued
I'll leave it there for now. As you can see, I've written quite a chunk without barely explaining more than an outline of their recruitment process. The real chunks are forthcoming - it's quite the experience working amongst ashen pale faced vaccinated colleagues who shuffle painfully and unhappily through their day. One lady was freshly vaxxed and had severe reactions all over her legs causing sores that were so severe they looked like open wounds!
Thank you for reading.
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The thing about being abused is that you can never hurt the abusers in the same way that they hurt you. With what we went through, there is a divide and there will always be a divide. I do not think that we will get justice. All we can do is endure. But I know that all the people who laid down their fluoro on the steps of Parliament with me Dec 1, 2021 are still out there. I am still out here.
Recently I told someone that early in 2020 I was the only person protesting in front of Parliament with a sign. When they locked down I said 'fuck this' and just showed up on my own with the covid CFRs. Two years later there were 80,000 of us in the Perth cbd.
They know we are still out here and it is going to be much harder to pull this on us again. We are mean as hell after what we went through. I'm on a hair trigger and will not tolerate any bullshit.
I didn't lose my job but I'm experiencing heightened response to threat and an underlying sense of unease about living in a city and being reliant on a majority of inherently untrustworthy (easily duped) people