You ever write something and thought you saved it just to find out you did not? I did. Now I forgot all that was on my mind at that time and must start again based on what is on my mind today. Bleh. Anyway, I GOT A JOB!
I got laid off September 12, 2012. So it has been a little over a year since I have held a job. In this time, I have been solely focusing on achieving my AA. I am approximately 50% done at this point in time. Since I have been laid off, I have been collecting unemployment. Under the laws of unemployment, applicants must apply to five jobs per week. Which I have done diligently. I did not necessarily want to work due to school, so I only applied to jobs that I was fully qualified for, and that would be worth my while. To prepare, I attended an array of resume seminars at the local Workforce Solutions Center. And to my surprise, I did not receive one call back in almost an entire year. Damn those ATS’s (Applicant Tracking System). Pardon my French but those things are a b*tch to beat! Workforce Solutions even gave tips on how to conquer the world domination of the online application, yah, did not work.
Then, out of the blue, the phrase “feast or famine” never made more sense to me. I got four interviews in a week and a half’s time. The first interview was the weirdest most awkwardest interview ever. I cannot even explain it in words, but the guy was weird! The second was an open house, it went okay but I could tell I probably did not have the job; but, I was okay with that because I did not really want it anyway. The third job was for Kohl’s, yes I applied there because I enjoy the music they play, I know, I’m a loser!
That Interview was interesting. It was a group one, as in one manager interviewed eight applicants at once round table style. She said she would ask questions, and she wanted us to just start talking in no particular order because she wanted to see our interaction. At the end, she said she was going to take us out one by one and talk to us privately. One of the girls she out took first was a girl going to LPN school, and the other girl was an 18 year old girl who had never worked and was really looking to get into the workforce (there is a reason I am saying this so keep it in mind). After she took those girls out, she came back in and said to the rest us: “You guys are being considered, I have more paperwork for you all.” Well that was awkward because it was obvious what had just happened, but we got over it! It went well and what seemed to be unorthodox to begin with became a really fun interview.
Well, did I get the job? Yep! I sure did. But I turned it down! Why? Because as much as I like Kohl’s and their music, I was just a little offended that they only wanted to pay me ten cents above minimum wage for a position that was not even guaranteed after the season. I am not saying I am amazing or anything; but, I have more knowledge and experience to honestly say I am far worth more than they wanted to pay me. And as a hiring manager, knowing how little they pay, why on earth would you go for the person with the most experience and not for the person who has never worked and would be thrilled to take the job at any pay? That girl probably would have worked her butt off and loved every minute just because someone gave her a chance to prove herself. When I had got my first job, it did not matter the pay, I just wanted to work. If I had taken that job, I would still be on the hunt and would have dropped that job like a bad habit the second something else came along. Makes no logical sense why she would have picked me. I will tell you why, because they want quality work for nothing just to save a buck. It sickens me that employers are trying to take advantage of experienced people because they feel like they can. Some may say: “Beggars can’t be choosers,” well, when a job wants to pay me less than my unemployment, then I say: “I can be a chooser!”
The last interview also was an open house for a new facility. I brought my resume and waited in line. I waited for two hours to be seen. Finally, I got called back and interviewed for ten minutes. The women asked me what department/position I had experience in and that most interested me, I told her I had a lot of distribution warehouse experience so she scheduled me a second interview for five days later with the receiving manager and told me to keep my resume and bring it back then. That interview came and I did not want him to just ask me a few questions and be on his merry way and forget my existence, so I sat there and kept him talking as long as I possibly could. I asked so many questions I cannot even remember what I was asking, he probably thought I was crazy. I was even making crap up to just stay in that room as long as I possibly could, asking him the processes of the job, the interview, what positions he had available, about other locations etc etc etc. When it ended, I really felt like it went well.
Two days later he called me back for a third interview. The third one I had to fill out a personality questionnaire, which he said I passed immensely. Those tests are so easy, they are pretty much to weed out the complete idiots anyway. Then after that, he made an offer and I accepted. The pay isn’t amazing; but, it is a lot more than minimum wage. The shocking part of this job is that 3000 people showed up to the open house, 800 got second interviews, they only hired 250 completelt, the receiving department was only hiring 15 people total, and the actual positions I wanted only had 3 available slots. Which was Inventory Control and Receiving Clerk. He hired a lady who had been a receiving clerk in a retail environment for 18 years and the other two people he hired also have experience as Inventory Control in retail environments. Although I have this experience, it was not in a “retail environment.” So he made up a position for me because he said I was well rounded and had a good resume. Most receiving managers in this facility do not focus on trucks, they focus on paperwork. My boss is a truck guy. So he is having me trained in Inventory Control and as a Receiving Clerk so I can pick up his slack…that is not how he worded it, but that is the gist I got. He said he wants me to be the “go to person,” which is fine with me! My concern is, is that I do not want to be stuck in a position that has no room for growth. I have always been the good little worker, did what I was told and went above and beyond, trained in anything and everything and all that did was land me in the unemployment line. So for now, this arrangement works, I will learn as much as I can to benefit myself wherever I end; however, once I finish my AA, if they cannot help me grow professionally, I will have to move on. But as of right now, I do actually really love my job and cannot wait to keep on learning. I also love the people. I have never worked with so many nice, respectful people before. I feel like I have known my coworkers for years and it has only been three weeks. My hire date was September 10, 2013 almost a year to date that I got laid off. I really wanted and prayed for this job and with all the competition I had, I cannot help but feel truly blessed by this opportunity.
I know, I never said where I was working. I did that on purpose! The title holds a hint though! =]