Thursday, July 28, 2005

One year of Firebear!

After several months of interviews, resumes, and bitching, I am glad to say I have found a new place to work. I hate looking for a job. It is like dating, which I also hate. I won’t go into specifics concerning the position, because of rumors that a couple people at my old office have tried to cause me problems.

(Interviewer: Larry, I should let you know that someone is talking really bad about you at your old office. I won’t go into specifics, though, it does raise some questions…)

It has been an interesting couple of months. I have been accused of having a big head; a couple of things that happen may prove this.

1) At a first interview, I was told that if they wanted a second interview they would call me back within 3 days. This doesn’t impress me. If I have taken the time to spend with you, you should have the guts to call me back and say no thank you. This company did not call me back within 3 days. So be it, I moved on. They did call me 3 weeks later and asked me to come in for a second interview. I turned them down. Not because I had another job but because they did not do what they said they would, and if they are this disrespectful before I work for them how will they be if I am an employee?
2) I had an interview set for 4:30 PM. I got there at 4:15 PM. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. I had already decided I would not take the job when the clock ticked past 5:00 and I had not see or talked to anyone about the delay. I did wait it out. Finally the guy came out all smiles with his hand extended in greeting at 5:45 PM. I shook his hand and said no, I’m not interested in working for a company that would make me wait like that. It goes back to the respect issue.
3) When I was waiting for an interview at a retail location, the phone rang. By the conversation I could tell it was some type of sales call. The interviewer was beyond rude to this person. At a business location, every time the phone rings, it should be considered a customer. You are not rude to the person. Just because their day job is working an outgoing call center, does not mean they never shop at your place. And when you are rude to the person, they will never shop with you, and will tell their friends not to shop there. I turned down this job also.
4) Several times I turned down interviews. I would get the call, asking to come into a place and I would not agree until I had some of my questions asked. What is the job? Why did you pick my resume? Just a couple questions so that I am not wasting my time or theirs.

So take it however you want. I just refuse to work in a bad situation anymore. My last job showed me how easy it is to get stuck in a bad place. I have paid the price for being picky. Money is tight, and I am bored to death. I did take a couple side jobs on the way, but mostly they didn’t work out.

Instructor: Ok, Bear. Shanna has volunteered to be your first customer. Now just follow the instructions.
(I grab her hair, dividing the tangle-free hair into three even sections.)
Instructor: Good, now Place the left section between your left index finger and thumb, let the middle section hang free and place the right section between your right index finger and thumb. Grab the middle section with your right middle finger and pull it so it passes behind the right section. Extend your right thumb and index finger so the portion of hair therein becomes the middle section. Use the left middle finger to pull the middle section behind the left section. Extend or straighten the left index finger and thumb to make the left section become the middle section. Shift the portion of hair hooked in the right middle finger so it sits between the right index finger and thumb. Repeat the process, then shift the portion of the hair hooked in the left middle finger so it sits between the left index finger and thumb. Continue until you achieve the desired length of the braid. Make a tighter, more compact braid by pulling the middle section into a horizontal line as you pull it to the right or left. For a loose, elongated braid, simply shift the middle section to the right or left, letting it remain in a vertical line. Tie off the ends with a covered rubber band. Add a bow or barrette when appropriate.
Holy crap what the hell did you do!?

Manager: Bear! Why did you put Tabasco sauce on Mrs. Simpson’s eggs? She’s 98 years old she about had a heart attack?
Me: Everything tastes better with Tabasco!
Manager: And why did you make all the pizzas into casseroles?

Life goes on hope everyone is having a great summer! One year of Firebear’s World has been completed! It could not have gone better!


Blogger brooksba said...


I'm happy to hear that you've found a new place to work and I'm also happy to hear that you didn't settle into jobs where it wouldn't be the right fit. You do deserve respect from your employer and not only does an interview give the employer a first impression of you, but you do get a first impression of them. Good for you in waiting for something better.

The braiding experience - I never thought it out like that, oh my!

12:12 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Why would anyone think that you should take a job at any of those places? You should never take a job just because you need the money. You could get a McJob if that was the case, much easier to walk away from.

I'm so glad you got a good job and screw the people who are trying to make trouble for you. The rat bastards.

4:51 AM  
Blogger TLG said...

Congrats on the new job, and I admire your courage to be picky! I wish I had the same fortitude. Mostly I lack self esteem. I figure... this is as good as it'll get.

12:34 PM  

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