Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I was sitting here on the SP site, thinking about how my lovely boss never called me to come in and do the payroll. Sounds like that job is now a hopeless thing in my past. So, that leaves me to kick up my job-search efforts and my Avon business just to get some money coming in. Lo and behold, I got a call from one of my employment agencies that I'm registered with. The place that I usually fill in for needs me again today. Hooray! A little bit of money I can count on this week! Now I just hope that it doesn't rain too hard as my Avon order will be sitting on my porch when I get home. Busy day again today, but I'll take it.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I had a bad day yesterday. I really fought the depression by the end of the day and couldn't wait to go to bed so I could start over today with a better attitude. Please let today be better!
My mom's neighbor told me over the weekend that the city was looking for poll workers to work today. I went down to city hall to find out that they didn't need any help. But, at least I signed up for next year and got the chance to print out a thank you letter for the interview I had last Friday.
Then, I ran back home to grab my lint brush before I went to my 1 pm interview at Toys R Us. (the bad thing about having a long-hair white cat and a pair of navy blue pants!) The job interview was a group interview consisting of 11 people, of which I was definitely the oldest one. I really gave it my best shot, stepping out of my comfort zone to volunteer answers and do the little "selling" and "teamwork" games. After two hours, the HR director called me and the next oldest person out of the room to tell us that she'd keep our resumes on file, but she couldn't use us at this time. Age discrimination is supposed to be illegal, but I really feel that it's still out there.
I played phone tag with another guy about setting up a job interview. I finally talked to him and set up a time today to talk to him. His office is across town. At the end, he finally told me the name of the company. This interview is NOT going to happen! I've interviewed with another franchise of the same company. It's basically a door-to-door commission sales job for financial products that people who are having financial difficulty can't afford to buy. A person could also make money by signing up other people to sell - a pyramid scheme in a sense. And I'd even get to pay for books and training a little over $300.00. If I had $300, I'd be putting it towards my rent payment!
Another guy called me for a job interview. When I applied for the job, it read that it was a permanent job at a company that had various locations, some of them in the suburbs. Come to find out, it's a temporary, tax season only job with all the locations in Detroit itself. A couple of the locations he mentioned I will not go to with a bunch of people, let alone by myself. The car I use is someone else's and I'd like for it to not get stolen!
All of these happenings in one day did "wonders" for my self-esteem. I ended up skyping with my daughter just to talk to someone and unload a little. Thank goodness that helped a little.
I also got a late phone call. I have an interview today at a company that's close by for an accounts receivable clerk. So, I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off, and trying my best to go in with a positive attitude. It's getting harder for me to do this, but...I have to. I haven't gotten a call in two and a half weeks to come into the job that I'm supposed to be working at. But, then again, that may not be a bad thing. That job has been a downer. I just need a little bit of luck and someone to give me a chance. I'm a good worker - really! I just happen to not be 25 years old still.
Monday, November 07, 2011
As much as I've been saying that I want to get a handle on my schedule and be able to have some time for relaxing, I have my week so filled up with stuff to do that again I don't know how I'm going to do it all.
The week actually started filling up on Saturday. A friend and I met at a local appliance store and picked out a dishwasher that I needed for the condo. That also meant getting a new garbage disposal at a different store and various other things needed to install everything. After going to church (where I had a reading to do) and stopping at the store to pick up a couple things, it was back home to take out the things from under the sink and start taking out the old dishwasher and putting in the new one. We still need to get a cord for the disposal to work. Then I can start putting things back in the cupboard under the sink or figure out where I'm going to put them.
I've got an appointment with MRS to help me look for jobs this morning. I got a lead on the city maybe needing poll workers tomorrow so I will stop there after my meeting to check on that. I've got an interview at 1 for a job with Toys R Us. Then, it's my usual apply for more jobs and pass out more Avon books.
If the city can use me tomorrow, it will mean getting up early and working all day. But I hear the pay is really good - much more that my last two-week check from my "regular" job. I haven't been called to work for two weeks now, and this week is so busy that I am really hoping I don't get a call. I don't need the aggravation.
I've got Avon meetings tomorrow night and Thursday night. I've got a huge order coming in on Wednesday and I know it will take me all day to get it organized and hopefully start to deliver it. I'm excited that I had such a great order this time: it's my biggest yet. It's got me geeked about working on my Avon business. If only I can get more organized and spend more quality time working at it.
I've also got a chance to get my carpet and living room furniture cleaned either Thursday or Friday. With me having Thanksgiving here and my daughter coming in, it would be great to have that done so the place would look better.
I've journaled more than I have been, but still missed a couple days. I also haven't practiced my job skills as much as I promised myself that I would. I need to be as sharp as I can in case I do get more job interviews. I feel that I won't be able to get and keep a decent job if I can't give a good job interview and do the work well. My self-esteem is still in the dumpster and I need to do things to improve that. I saw my counselor last week and really didn't get a lot of encouragement from her on the job market and how to improve myself. So, I've got to work on improving myself however I can and hope it works.
Off to do everything....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 04, 2011
I actually had a decent day yesterday. I got a little bit of deep cleaning done on the condo. Not as much as I had intended, but I thought it was at least a start. I took a bag of clothes and a bag of kitchen chair cushions that my mom had given me to a local store hoping that they'd buy them. The owner passed, but there was a lady standing there looking through stuff that bought the cushions.
I then went to the Salvation Army and donated the bag of clothes. It's a great tax write-off and I really didn't want to have to bring them back in the condo to store them. I desperately needed some nice pants in case I ever do get a job. I found two pairs. It took me awhile. I started out with the size that I thought I was only to find out that everything was too big. I have to hem one pair, but the other pair fit perfect. It's was a little scary knowing I have lost more weight without trying. The doctor didn't comment about it the other day, so I guess I don't really need to be concerned.
I got a lot of Avon orders yesterday. I spent a few hours writing them out and entering them into my order. If only I could get orders like that every time! If only the representatives in my downline would put orders in every campaign. Then I could make a percentage of their orders! It would certainly help in the financial department. A day like yesterday made me think even harder about spending more time working on my Avon business and forgetting about the other job.
Speaking of the other job: I have not gotten my usual last-minute can-you-come-and-work-a-couple-hours call. This makes the second week of no hours at all. Yes, this makes me more determined to not go back.
I did get a call yesterday while I was in the Salvation Army Store. A place that I had applied to the day before called me to come in for an interview this morning. It's so much closer to my condo! And it sounds like it's a job I can do - a customer service representative. And it HAS to be more hours. Now to go and ace the interview! That's the hard part with me. I've been practicing my job interviewing, but I do realize that often times my lack of self-confidence shows. Time to psych myself up and go in with a super positive attitude.
I think I will call the company that I interviewed with last week. The guy seemed encouraging, and he did say that it might be awhile before they had a chance to make a decision. Maybe by calling, I can be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
Then it will be time to apply for more jobs, do more cleaning and weeding out, and finding more creative ways to bringing cash into the household. I spend so much time looking for a job and practicing my job skills that if I ever do get a job, I won't know what to do with all the extra time that I'll have on my hands. But I'd love the chance to be able to think of something to do. (Like have a social life!)
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