Since I am graduating from a Wisconsin law school, I do not need to take the Wisconsin Bar Exam. I do, however, need to fill out a Wisconsin Bar Application. This includes an exhaustive list of every employer (with attached contact for said employer) I have had since turning 18.
You would think the hardest employer to find contact for would be, say, Media Trackers, which as far as I can find, no longer exists. Or the family-owned pizza place I worked one summer where the owner died a year later.
Hands down, Sam’s Club wins as the hardest former employer to find contact information for. They’re putting me through the ringer!
First, I scour the webs for some sort of HR e-mail. For a company that big, you would think they would need to occasionally verify employment. I eventually give in and try try SamsClub.com, go through the little auto-chat guy who is no help, and then wait 20 minutes to talk to a “real person.” He says I have to call the store where I worked.
Well, probably I should have started there but it has been so long since I worked there (7 years!) I figure any record of me will have long since gone into storage. I call the store. I learn:
They do not have an HR person.
They have one person who sort of does the job part time.
She is not available.
She does not have an e-mail.
The store does not have an e-mail.
She does not have a direct line.
I can call the store back when she is working.
She next works at 6 am on Sunday. Store opens at 8:30.
I did expect some challenge but even this supersedes my expectations.