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Well, Jess interviewed with them at the same time. They got her a bunch of temp jobs as a receptionist, data entry, and AP clerk. They said the acquaintance had told them that both of us were interested in that kind of work. Jess loves it. I think it's horrifically boring
@Zem, good luck with your tests! Hope you have fun with your friends seeing Deadpool@, I've heard its an absolute riot! and of course... Happy Birthday! Hope its a great one for you!
So tomorrow should be interesting. No better way to start your morning than with a battery of tests. But they're over by lunch, and then I'm finally going out in the evening with friends to see Deadpool 2!
So it'll definitely end as a full birthday celebration.
@LZ: It could have been the temp agency that was the dishonest one. I've had such bad experiences with agencies saying they have permanent work only to have them try to push short term temp assignments on me. The only silver lining on this cloud is that I can put the experience on my resume so that it doesn't look like a huge employment gap.
I worked for a temp agency once...actually in their office doing the timesheets. Then for a few weeks after that just helping out in the office/going out to two job sites(one wanted me back for more work...but I had my current job at that point).
I only tried a temp agency once. They called me because an acquaintance referred them to me. I went in for the initial interview and found out that the acquaintance had been less than honest. They knew I was looking for a job and thought this temp agency would help. It turns out that the temp agency specialized in filling business/administrative/receptionist type jobs, i.e. nothing that I would even remotely be interested in.
@BaKhan: You are such a likable person. I don't see how anyone could not get along with you. As far as the vacation days, I'll make time no matter if I have a permanent job or not. I deserve to relax once in a blue moon.
@Geist, well shoot. Congrats on the better pt job, sorry about the full time one though. Temp agencies have their place, but if you're not just entering/re-entering the work force, they don't really help all that much. They are just looking to fill positions, and will tell you pretty much anything to get you to go. I worked for a temp agency when I was just out of high school and before I went back to post secondary for accounting. I didn't mind it too much, paid better than most jobs I could have gotten at the time, got a cheque every week, and often knew where I was going to next before the current contract was even up. I ended up extending a couple of the contracts, because they actually liked having me around! Go figure... ;)
Welp. Just got word. I got the other part time position. I made a huge blunder by saying that I'm available this weekend, when really, I'm not. I'm still tied to the other part time gig. Good thing it's at a later time period and this is a 3 day weekend so that I can catch up on sleep. Found out that it's located near a place that I can easily get to as well. There are plenty of food establishments nearby so that if I forget my lunch, there are tons of places to eat. The pay is the same, which sucks but I won't have to beg for time off if I want to attend a festival or something.
This is good news since I just found out that the temp job that was suppose to be permanent? It's not. Once again a temp agency has lied to me. Ah well. This just means I've got to go look for a perm position on my own. Like I've always done. The lesson being: no more temp agencies for me going forward.
@GM: unless it was a small business, couldn't this company call the corporate office and verify your employment? Half the time, they can also give a reference as well.
@BaKhan: Unfortunately, Phil is already a reference that was called because we did work together back at Boston Pizza(10-ish years ago), even though we have known each other for 24-26 years(neither of us knows the exact number of years...just it's been a long time).
@Geist: That's basically what I said to her, since the steakhouse I worked at actually did close it's doors just recently, and all the managers I used work with have either moved on to other companies...or dropped off the face of the earth(as in I had no reason to keep in contact with them outside of work).
@Geist, well I don't want to chew up all your vacation time, but yeah, the 25th would probably be better. You know what I'm like the day before the party! ;) Panic, panic, panic, scramble, damn it, omg! ;) I'm going to try and prepare a bunch of baking early this year and freeze it, so all we'll have to do is decorate, hopefully. I do say that every year... ;) I think I'm doing cream filled chocolates this year too, well I want to anyways... again time... ;)
@GM, could a friend of yours have possibly been a Manager, ie: Phil? ;) If not, what Geist said. Best of luck, don't let these littel bumps slow you down, or change your mind! You deserve better! Now go and get it!
@BaKhan: Would me arriving on the 25th be better? That would give me more time to help with the cooking and stuffing goodie bags. (I LOVE filling those things)
@GM: After being laid off multiple times within the last 5 years, you can tell them what I tell them.
"Due to the nature of the work I use to be in, the establishment has closed/the manager has moved on."
I don't think there is anything they can do to make you search for a person no longer at the company you use to be with.
...Now the question(she spoke to the two references I gave, but wants a managerial one)...what to do about the third reference she wants when I don't have contact information/any way of getting in touch with previous managers? All the restaurants I've previously worked with have either closed, or the entire staff has changed.
@GM, good work, and good luck!
@Geist, of course! We would both love that! The 26th will be crunch time as the party is on the 27th so of course any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Maybe on the Monday we could plan to go tour around a little bit, give you a better idea of the lay of the land, etc. I'll make sure I get the time off too!
Well kittens...it went not too bad(and it was the Vice President who interviewed me!). All I needed to do was get her a couple of references, and then when I get home tonight flesh out my resume a bit with more details regarding my current job and what all I do.
@BaKhan: I hope it comes through. There are lots of festivals in September that I volunteer for and I know I wouldn't be able to go to hardly any of them if I asked my current part time employer for the whole month of Saturdays off.
Speaking of which, I was thinking of coming for Halloween on the 26th so that I could help with the Halloween party set up and then leaving November 1st. Would this be OK?
Good luck GM! I know you are going to ace that interview!
@Geist, hope it works out for you too! All work and no play makes even ghosts dull... ;) or something like that... ;)
@LZ, sounds like a real nightmare! Sometimes the smartest, best way of doing things, still gets you in "trouble". Glad you found a good solution to it.
Best of luck GM! I hope this is what you've been looking for!
Well kittens...wish me luck(interview had to be moved by 30min due to current job -.-)
That all sounds great today!
(just to save me what little time I have individually replying, since everything today seemed pretty great for everyone!)
Man, Geist, ironically, yet again, I wish for the opposite. We've been getting steadily more and more sun, and now it's pretty warm! Which, again, wouldn't be terrible if they had FREAKING AC in this building! Or even just nice fans! Or more wind.
Morning, all! I finally finished cleaning up the mess I made at work.
The story is that I was notified on Monday afternoon that one of our doctors hadn't received a single lab report from 4/23-4/26. Obviously, if he didn't, then someone else didn't either. Instead of looking at each individual lab report (about 2600 reports) to see what crossed from the lab system to the electronic medical record, I simply pushed everything for those four days across. Doing this un-reviews everything that had previously been reviewed. Yesterday afternoon, my boss told me to help re-review the reports from that week. Most of the providers had already done it without complaint. It took me between four and five hours to finish helping to clean things up. Yet, I'd still be comparing reports at this point if I had done it the other way.
Personality test are silly. I never understood how that is suppose to help screen a potential employee. Pity it can't weed out a$$hole bosses.
@BaKhan: Unfortunately, the max that the recruiter can offer(from the phone call yesterday) is 47, but I definitely will be trying for higher. But this is also dependant on the personality evaluation they make ALL potential candidates take before even going for an interview. I might not even get an interview with their client, just with the recruiter today.
@BaKhan: Doing pretty good. Hoping my replacement part time gig goes through. The pay should be more and it would give me more time to have something of a social life.
@Geist, it was a little less than two weeks' vacation, which was nearly equivalent to an entire paycheck since I was paid every two weeks. Mire than enough to carry me through until I receive my first paycheck from my current employer.
@GM, that sounds pretty good. I'd try and negotiate the starting wage though, even though it sounds good with those benefits, time off etc., even the volunteer days off (pretty awesome idea really), you'd still be behind about $2000 after bonuses (850x4 = 3400). If they could raise the offer by 2000+, I'd be all over it. The one thing that time has reinforced in me is the grass always looks greener. No matter how appealing something may look at in the moment, make sure that they are looking after you in the long run. Best of luck man!
@Geist, good morning m'lady. Things are going ok. I'm just keeping my head down and working working working. Been pretty busy over the last several weekends with Misty's family, so I'm looking forward to just spending some time chilling at home this weekend. I'm almost done my latest painting commission, only one mini left to go on that one, and that'll be $100, so thats not too shabby. I'm also going through some of my stuff, looking to see what I can sell off, no point in having excess dust collectors if I could have money to put towards my debt right? I just saw that an extra box of minis I accidentally bought, is now worth a premium due to scarcity so I'll likely be putting that on eBay soon as well. All in all, things are good, the sun is shining, and I'm just plugging away. Hope things are good with you!
@GM: What?! You start out with 3 weeks vacay? Damn, that is good. I never land jobs that give that much vacation time.
@BaKhan: Thanks. I actually talked more to the recruiter last night(at almost 8pm). The position is to go work at another staffing agency that specializes in IT staffing, and do the payroll for the people they have out on different assignments(which I've done that type of work before for a month while someone was away on vacation). They give profit sharing each quarter(she said that it has been between $700-$850/quarter the last few), and that at start it's 3-weeks vacation, 5 flex days, and 6 "volunteer" days(I can use them to go volunteer somewhere instead of working) a year.
Howdy BaKhan! How are things going with you?
@GM, congrats to you sir! I'm hoping that should you choose to accept this position, that you actually find what you're looking for after all this time! Fingers crossed for you!
Wow CB. How much vacation time were you able to not use? Most companies I've worked for only let you carry 1 week from the last fiscal year and you have to use it before a certain amount of time or you lose it.
(I think that should be illegal. It's your time. You should be able to stock pile how much you want as long as you continue to work)
Morning kittens. My former employer deposited my final paycheck yesterday and I had to sit down after I saw it. I had forgotten about my unused vacation balance. Now I have to remember to keep it in my bank account for paying bills and fight the urge to spend it all right now!
After a solid week of rain, we are finally getting some sun.
@GM: Then it more or less balance out. Hopefully they will treat you better than the people in your current position.
@Geist: The starting base pay for this one(just talked to the recruiter) is about 5400 less than what I currently get, but with bonus pay(I get no bonus pay here, and barely any perks aside from come in early to leave early, take a day off in lieu of working a holiday, that type of stuff).
Congrats to you CB. Glad you were able to get another gig. I'm hoping my luck changes also and soon.
@GM: Sometimes the company will tell a staffing agency how much they are willing to pay someone for the position. I'm trying for a position through a staffing agency now and they were up front about how much they are willing to pay me. Sometimes you can negotiate for a higher salary if you have the experience.
@Geist: Not sure, it's through a staffing agency, so I won't know until I actually go in for an interview.
@GM: That is wonderful! That is usually a good sign. Will the pay be better or around the same?
@Geist: Well, with what she said in the emails we've exchanged so far, the company that the position is for is wanting to move forward with interviews really quickly...so might be gone from here sooner that I thought(and they are downtown too...so almost no change in my getting to work).