Three New Words (contract job report)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
In what seems a very long time ago, as part of the interview process for a job, I was asked to describe myself in three words. Not knowing what to say, I asked my Spark Buddies to help me out. Well, I never got beyond the telephone interview. However, I never forgot the words you gave me and I used them in other interviews. Now, I have three NEW words to add to that list.
CLEARED FOR HIRE
I got the contract job !!! Long long really long story.
Remember that contract job I blogged about ? The one I didn't get ? Well, I got it. a couple of weeks or so ago, I did receive an email from the recruiter telling me that someone else had received the position. Boo. About a week after that email reply, I received a phone call from the recruiter. I thought, cool, maybe the recruiter has a different position available. That would be pretty nifty. Well, first they asked me if I was working. ummm... no. Then they asked if I would be interested in such and such a position. umm.... didn't you tell me that position had been filled ? scratching my head.
Yes and no. Over the last week or so, I learned that yes, the IT manager did pick the other person they interviewed. However, the recruiter said the manager specifically asked if I was still available because he was impressed with me. very cool. Turns out the manager liked us both so much, they wanted to hire us both. So, the person they originally hired for the position was placed in a different position and I'm getting the original contract !!!
YIIPPEEEEEEE !!!!! Yes, I accepted the position.
Of course, getting the job was pending a drug test. I had already passed the background check, all I needed to do was get a drug test. So, that was scheduled through the recruiter and last week, I took the test on Tuesday. Wednesday (ditto last week)... I got a call from the recruiter saying,"you are cleared for hire".
WOO HOO !!
The day I got laid off from my previous job (16 years with the company), I posted on my feed back. I never deleted that post. Today, it's been 295 days since I was laid off. I now have a 4-5 month contract position which may or may not lead to a permanent position. Right now, this is a temporary position because the project is a software upgrade. Once everyone is upgraded, no more project. However, there is the good possibility I could be hired on permanently if the company likes me. If the company doesn't keep me on, the recruiter told me that I would be placed with one of their other clients.
It's a terrific job that's going to look great on my resume. I'm thrilled to be working for this client even if it is a contract. Gotta start somewhere. I'm grateful they're taking a chance on me. Because as many of my fellow Spark buddies know, it's a tough market. It's taken me 10 months to get a full time job in my field. As I've said many times, there is too much competition. Too many highly qualified people fighting over too few jobs. On top of that, you've got companies that don't want to train employees anymore. They expect you to hit the ground running. Then there is the Christmas list. We've talked about that list before. That's the list of things a company would like to have in an employee when they post a job opening. They want this this this and this. And if you have this this and this, but not that. thanks, but no thanks. Can't tell you how many times I was told I have terrific skills, but not the ones they were looking for. next.
It was very frustrating. So, I am grateful for all the support given my all my Spark friends !
Does mean I have to give up the gym jobs ? Not entirely. I'm going to have to scale back, but I'm not giving up the gym jobs. Why ? It's still good money and I need to save since I'm not exactly sure what will happen at the end of the project. I also do enjoy teaching classes. It's my stress release.
Also, talk about coincidence or good timing. My unemployment insurance was exhausted a week ago. I had accepted the job offer the week it ran out. Because I had two part time jobs, I was able to make my benefits last longer than the 26 weeks. If I had not been offered the contract job, I was looking at applying for the extended benefits. I still have to call to find out what my options are for future reference though.
So, things are looking up. In fact, there does seem to be some movement in the economy. A friend of a friend (who'd also been laid off at the end of last year) got a two year contract. He'd been laid off for four months. A co-worker of mine who'd been laid off with me, started a good part time job two weeks ago. I've heard of other people who'd been looking for a long time have also found jobs. That's promising.
And got some gym news, remember "Frank" ? He's the lead employee at the gym I felt should be the manager ? Well, he's interim manager ! Another long story. "Tom" was transferred to another location and the gym brought in a woman to replace him. She seemed really nice. Don't know the whole story, but she ended up being transferred after two weeks. So now, Frank is manager for the time being. Personally, I hope he is permanently made manager because he is one of the most competent people I've ever met. Of course, he really wants a better job and I can't blame him. At least he's in a managerial position and making slightly better money.
Maybe things really are looking up. Which is why I'm going to tell all my Spark buddies who are still looking, to keep looking. Keep plugging away just like I did because something IS out there ! People do seem to be getting hired again.