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I am waiting for a Phone Call. A Really Awesome Job (TM) has been checking my references, and they said they wanted to have a decision made today. My references are, of course, 100% glowing, so I'm feeling pretty confident about this, but there's always the possibility...

Either way, today will be my last day working for the Dumbass. He hired my replacement, and she started on Tuesday. Being that this job could be done by a reasonably intelligent primate, it didn't take her very long to get up to speed on the systems and procedures. He told me yesterday that after today my services will no longer be required.

This morning he mentioned that he might like to keep me on as a "consultant" if I'm not working. Uh, no. Not going to happen, particularly since he's not likely to be willing to pay me very well. Additionally, he's had the same amount of time to learn the system inside out as I have, and has made no discernible effort to do so. Sorry, buddy, you're on your own.

The Potential New Job seems like it would be a really good fit for me. The work is a combination of stuff I'm already really good at and stuff I could potentially be really good at. The people all seem nice, they've stated that they are NOT micromanagers, and the commute is absolutely ideal. (I could ride my bike in the spring!)

Now I just have to wait for the phone to ring!
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In Which: I Detail All of the Things I Hate About My Current Employer )

Ahhhhhh...I feel better for having let that negativity out. Now I can focus on being positive!
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I am looking for a job. Again. Shocking, I know.

I've been at this job for two and a half months. During the interview process, it was indicated to me that the temp side of this position would be short: one month or less. When the position was offered to me at a substantial pay cut, I accepted under the assumption that the decrease in pay would be brief, followed by a potential increase.

Now, two and a half months later, I'm still a temp. My first day on the job happened to be the same day my boss signed the papers to finalize his divorce; his wife just happens to be my predecessor in this position.

The company is very small: myself (Office manager), the boss/president/owner, and the bookkeeper who comes in once weekly. In my opinion, my position really could be handled on a part time basis as well. I spend the majority of my time sitting around and mucking about on the internet, which is not an ideal situation for me.

Fortunately, I have learned some things while I've been here, the primary thing being that I do not want to work for small businesses any more. If the company does not have an HR department, I am not interested. If I am not provided with a written job description, I am not interested. It has been my experience that these small organizations don't tend to have clear expectations for their employees, and are unable to give meaningful feedback on job performance. Some people may be able to handle that; I am not one of them.

So, I am applying for jobs at larger companies. I've updated my cover letter and resume, and am only applying to positions that strongly interest me. Hopefully it won't be long before I can tell my boss to take this job and shove it.
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To recap, in case you haven't been paying attention: a little over a year ago I started a job as an Administrative Assistant to a Wealth Management Advisor with a company I'll refer to as Southeastern Shareholders. I accepted the position because my temporary gig at Dannon was coming to an end, I didn't want to have to collect unemployment, and I figured it could be good for me. I should have listened to my misgivings. Less than four months later, I was certain I wanted out.

My boss is out of the office again today, so I won't be giving my notice until tomorrow, at least. I want to do it in person; I feel it's the right thing to do. If I'm not able to do it face-to-face by Monday, I suppose I'll just have to do it over the phone.

He's actually working on my performace review right now, supposedly. He's already postponed our review meeting twice, because he wants to "do it right." Too little, too late. In my observation, his desire to "do it right" prevents him from getting anything done at all. Also, his personal life keeps getting in the way of him accomplishing anything. A few months back, I didn't see him for two and a half weeks because he took his car apart and couldn't get it back together again.

I've been here a year, and I haven't been fully trained. I don't feel confident in my position, and I'm still not entirely clear on what my duties actually are. Bossman's been claiming for months that he's getting his act together, but it has yet to happen. So when a friend of mine posted on Facebook that her mother's company was hiring for office help, I jumped at the opportunity.

The company is a reseller of commercial/large format printers and such. They were looking for someone with my exact experience and skill-set. I e-mailed my friends mother, she requested my resume, I sent it, we scheduled an interview for this past Monday, and I was hired yesterday. I'll be starting out with basic customer service, and then moving on to purchasing and invoicing.

I'm really very excited about this new opportunity. I think I'll be a really good fit for this position, and that I'll be happy to stay with the company long-term.

My only concern right now is that my boss is going to get super-cranky about my leaving. He seems to take it really personally when his assistants move on to other things, and he's currently under the impression that I'm definitely not going anywhere. Oh, well. I'm not responsible for his feelings, and I have to do what's right for me.

I do hope he comes in to the office tomorrow, so I can get this over with.

(Coming soon: a post about mine and Rich's recent vacation, and the kitties!)
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~I GOT A PERMANENT JOB HOORAY HOORAY!!!! I will be an Administrative Assistant to a Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual. It's a very exciting opportunity, with decent pay and benefits. I start on the fifth, and my goal for 2012 is to have ONE W2. That hasn't been the case for me since 2008, believe it or not. I've actually been very fortunate this year; I managed to swing into a temp position that started the day after B&F closed. It was only supposed to be three weeks, but it's now three months later and I haven't have to collect a single penny of unemployment. Perhaps my luck has turned?

~Things around the house are progressing! I accepted the new job on Friday, so Rich and I went out and spent some money this weekend. We got a couple of pieces of furniture we needed for the living room, and a reel lawn mower. I've never had to mow the lawn once in my life, but I kind of love doing it with our new mower. Our yard got WAY out of control, so it's going to be a little while before it's *perfect*, but it's getting there. We still have a bunch of other stuff on our to-do list, but now that I have a definite source of income we can get moving, finally. Next on the list is to pick out and purchase flooring for the dining room and library, which I fear will be more difficult than I first thought. I was originally thinking a light colored bamboo, but it turns out bamboo isn't good for high traffic areas, and darker colored floors can help lower your heating costs in winter. I think we'll be shopping this weekend.

~I don't know if I've mentioned this here, but my Aunt Patti and Uncle Harold are moving down to South Carolina this week. It's...weird. My mom's side of the family has always been pretty close, both geographically and emotionally. Thanksgiving was always at our place, Christmas always at Aunt Patti's, with various other barbecues and celebrations split up between. SC should be good for them, so that makes me happy, but I'll miss having them so close. They've given Rich and I two pieces of antique family heirloom furniture already, and my parents will be dropping off their fire table and lawn chairs this evening, so that's pretty exciting.

~Speaking of things around the house, this weekend our resident whistle pig, Buster, got a GIRLFRIEND! We noticed them both on the deck on Saturday. I think I managed to snap a couple of photos, but I haven't put them on the computer yet. We have dubbed our new yard-resident TheMissus. As long as they don't destroy our deck, I'm perfectly content with them living in our yard.

~This past Saturday, Rich and I went with my parents to the Wolf Conservation Center to see their new Ambassador Pups. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE I COULD NOT HANDLE THE CUTE. There are pictures up on my FaceBook.

~That's about it for now. I'm sure I'll think of something I missed later.
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I had an interview this morning with a moving company down the street from where I currently work.

The ad requested that I send my salary requirements along with my resume, and I did so. Once I arrived at the interview, the job application also requested my salary requirements, so I put it down there as well.

One would hope that since they obviously received my resume and called me for an interview they they would be capable of meeting said salary requirements.

Not so.

I went through the interview, which was mostly the business owner answering his cell phone and talking about how his business had been affected by the economic downturn. He asked me ONE question about myself and my job experience. One. When this happens to me, it always sends up red flags. Either the person I'm interviewing with is not actually interested in me for the position, or they just don't fucking know how to hire someone. In the case of the latter, that's probably an indication that they don't know how to treat employees once they have them, either.

Then, he tested my ability to use a typewriter. He was fairly impressed that I had even touched a typewriter before, besides the fact that I was able to line my typing up on the form perfectly.

At the very end of the almost hour long interview, he looked at the salary requirement written on my application, and mentioned that it was, "a bit higher than they were looking to start at."

WHY THE FUCK DID YOU WASTE MY TIME????? I had to take half a sick day for this; did I make a mistake in assuming that you actually READ the information YOU ASKED FOR?

Maybe somebody can clarify this for me, because I do not fucking understand why they would waste my time and their time for this nonsense.

Let's say, hypothetically, that they do offer me the position for less than what I'm asking, and I'm desperate enough to take it. Do they not understand that the instant I get a better offer, I'm out of there? What's the god damn point of even asking me in for an interview if you know you can't afford to hire me?

Relatively speaking, I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to running businesses. How come I can figure this shit out when experienced business owners seem to be so clueless?
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This is going to be a fast and furious summary of the past month and a half or so, so hang on tight!

-The New Job from the beginning of August...did not work out. It turned out to be a good thing that it didn't, but for a while there I was really, really not well. Fortunately, I have an excellent support system. I will be forever grateful to the people who held me up through that difficult period. You know who you are. <3

-Thanks to our respective mothers, Rich and I were still able to close on our house. His mother found someone who could help us, since our original mortgage broker was unable to do so due to her being scheduled to go on vacation for the entire month of September. My mother actually co-signed our mortgage.

-We closed on September 15th. I had no job (other than rose selling, that becomes important later,) at the time. I was overjoyed and terrified all at once.

-The day after we closed, I had a really amazing interview at a really amazing textile company in North White Plains. Again, this becomes important later.

-The Big Move was scheduled for September 23rd. We rented a truck from Budget, and quite a few people, most importantly my dad, helped us schlep stuff. I drove the truck! No one died! No property was damaged!

-On September 22nd, I got an offer of employment from the company I had interviewed with the previous week. I went and peed in a cup, told them I accepted, and waited for my start date.

-We slept in our new home on the evening of September 23rd. On September 24th, whilst [livejournal.com profile] rivendellelf was helping me move yet more boxes, I got the phone call that they wanted me to start work on September 27th, the day after closing day of the Renaissance Faire. I asked them if it would be all right if I started on Tuesday, as I had to finish up my move, and they were perfectly fine with that. I had a new job!

-On September 26th, closing day of NYRF 2010, I sold 215 roses. My goal that morning had been to sell 160. I am still in a little bit of shock regarding that fact. It seemed that my life had made a sudden and drastic turn around.

In the three and a half weeks since then...

We've gotten partially unpacked; spent lots of money at various household-supply stores; sanded, wiped down, and primed the dining room walls; planted two blueberry bushes and a butterfly bush; discovered that our house, which came with a washing machine, HAD NO DRYER HOOKUP; got a dryer hookup installed; got new laundry machines from my parents; and scads of other things I'm probably forgetting due to the glass of wine I'm enjoying, the bottle of which came from a store less than a block from my new house.

There is much yet to do. We still have to get the hot tub looked at. The electrician who installed our dryer plug has to come back to fix the wire that's running through mid-air in our bathroom. (We found THAT when Dad tore out the hideous drop ceiling they had in there.) Mr. Electrician also has to suss out the situation with the ceiling fixtures in the bedrooms, and install a bathroom fan.

We have to finish painting, get Empire in here to replace most of the awful, awful carpeting we've got up in here, replace the cook top, and get a dishwasher installed.

So, so much to do!

My new job is also very busy. I'm the Sample Production Assistant, and it seems there was quite a while where my position was un-staffed. There's a bit of a mess as a result, and I'm the one who's supposed to clean it up. I love it.

My boss, D, is really super sweet, the rules (no cell phones during work hours, no personal use of computer,) are somewhat strict but clear, and the benefits are fantastic. D tells me every day what a great job I'm doing and how happy she is to have me there. It's wonderful to be appreciated!

So. That's why I haven't been around much. Bit busy, yeah? I miss you all, and I hope to be able to start having people over for foodses and hot tubbing soon!
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The past month and a half or so has been full of the suck. To recap:

-At the beginning of June, I was let go from a job that I hated and was desperately trying to get out of for close to six months. I am now convinced that the true reason for her wanting to get rid of me was that she's crazy, paranoid, and a little jealous of my intelligence. Despite how much I hated working there, I was still pretty bummed. That wasn't how I wanted it to end.

-My old supervisor from AERCO came over and got me drunk that day, and gave me some good advice.

-I had five interviews during the first week I was unemployed. Positivity abounded.

-We were supposed to close on the house we're buying on June 30th. A few days beforehand, the bank decided to double check our employment statuses. They found out I had been let go, and told us we couldn't close. That's when I started to feel completely awful about myself, and my life. The same day, I received the letter stating that my application for unemployment had been rejected, and if I wanted my money I would have to go to court.

-A few weeks passed. I had some promising interviews, but no job offers. I began to feel more depressed. Finally, I got an interview through a temp agency for a position I was a shoo-in for. Unfortunately, they had *just* hired someone else for the department, and their corporate offices wouldn't give them to budget to hire me just yet. They said that they would be hiring four more people by the end of the year, and they definitely wanted me, so I should hang in there. At this point, I decided that the universe hated me.

-I got a phone call from one of the companies I interviewed with that first week, asking for a second interview. I went in the same day, and thought I completely bombed it because of my nerves.

-More interviews, more rejection, more depression.

-The house sellers decided that they were going to give us until August 25th to close, and if we didn't make the deadline they'd keep our down payment. (Not an insignificant amount of money, mind you.) I was a total fucking mess. We told them that wasn't going to happen, of course, and our lawyer started trying to find us a way out of this mess.

-Monday, I got a phone call from the company I had the second interview with. They wanted to offer me the position, and asked if I could come in today to discuss salary, etc. I said yes!

They're paying me more than I was making at my last job, which is completely awesome. I start on Monday. It's a small property management company in Scarsdale, and all of the people there seem really nice. The commute from the new house is going to be a bit of a drag, but it should be fine. I am so relieved!

My new employers are faxing a letter of employment to our mortgage broker, and we should be able to get the ball rolling on a new closing date very, very soon.

If I haven't responded to your comment, post, message, e-mail, etc. recently, please understand that it's not because I was ignoring you. It's because I was ignoring the whole damn world.

In completely unrelated news, I went to the Maritime Aquarium last week with my parents, and watched a meerkat fall asleep on his face! SO CUTE! Mom and I are going to the New York Aquarium tomorrow, and we might do the SEA LION ENCOUNTER. How cool would that be??

I have a bunch of pics I'm really behind on posting. I suppose I'll get around to them eventually.
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I have applied for unemployment, contacted the DoL again, and will be talking to a friend's mother who works in HR this afternoon to see if she recommends contacting a lawyer. At this point, I'm really just concerned with being able to collect unemployment.

A few months back, I sent my resume in response to an ad that said, "Must love dogs. No really, MUST LOVE DOGS." I got a phone call, and went on an interview.

The interview went really well. However, the woman interviewing me said that I probably wouldn't be happy in the position, for the same reasons I was unhappy at WEN. She gave me her cell phone number, and told me that she was going to a company called Melissa & Doug. She said to give her a call if I needed anything.

I sent my resume over yesterday, and I got through to her today. She said she's going to make sure my resume gets to the right people and tell them that I'm worth talking to.

How perfect would that place be for me?? A TOY company!

In the interest of positivity, I will not say that I really hope I get this job. I'm going to say that I WILL get this job, and it will be awesome, because I am awesome and I deserve awesome things.
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RICH GOT THE JOB AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE!!!! 


This is the third time he's gone after this position, and he finally got it!   

This is why I've been freaking out for the past couple of weeks... )

 
They received his official transcript yesterday, and everything's set now! 

His last day at B&N is Friday, his "official" start date at the new job is Tuesday, but he's going over there to help his new supervisor get some thing done before the students show up in the mornings before his B&N shifts this week.  

In one fell swoop he not only got a full-time job in the industry he trained for, but he ALSO more than DOUBLED his current salary!  He will never have to suffer through another holiday season in retail again!   

I am so very proud of and happy for him, and you all should be too! 

SQUEE! 

(I am a little annoyed that the HR lady, who made him jump through more hoops than a Sea World dolphin in the past two weeks, never bothered to call him herself and tell him everything looked good.  But that is neither here nor there, and he's got the job ANYWAY, so I'm letting it go.)

Also, did I mention SQUEE!? 

ETA:  I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to everyone who has supported Rich and I during this stressful time.  Whether you lent me a shoulder, an ear, or just a hug and  the reassurance that everything would be fine, I have no words to express how grateful I am.  We are very blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.  Thank you. 
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I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!

I start next Tuesday. 

Fifteen minute commute FTW! 




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