A Manitoba man says he’s “not an idiot” for refusing to take a job interview, despite receiving advice to do so.
“I’m going to go ahead and do the interview anyway,” said Craig Kalkman, who is currently living in Winnipeg.
“It’s a matter of conscience.”
Kalkmans experience as a single parent has put him at odds with the province’s public employment agencies, which he said often recommend job interviews in the hopes of recruiting the right candidate.
Kalkmann said he had applied to work at a job centre in Fort Saskatchewan, where he was offered a position in an IT position.
However, Kalkaman said he was not interested.
“There’s a lot of people that are doing really well,” he said.
“You don’t want to be the next Steve Jobs.”
Kiskman said he also found it difficult to find work as a result of his mother’s cancer diagnosis.
“We’re very lucky,” he explained.
The Winnipeg Job Centre said it has seen an increase in job applicants since the province implemented the provincial ban on private sector employment. “
If we were going to get cancer, that’s a big deal.”
The Winnipeg Job Centre said it has seen an increase in job applicants since the province implemented the provincial ban on private sector employment.
It added that more than 1,500 people applied for the job centre’s job vacancies program in 2017.
Kiskmans lawyer, Stephen Cogan, said Kalkmen’s story is a common one for other people who are struggling to find employment.
“People are very frustrated with their options,” Cogan said.
K Malkmans lawyer is urging people who’ve been denied an interview to contact their local job centre to arrange for an appointment.
“At the end of the day, we all want to work,” he added.
“Our job is to help people find employment.”