Thursday, July 24, 2014

Job Hunting...

We have been running a budget deficit of about $200-300 dollars a month, and things were starting to get to the point that bills were going to be late or not paid. While the rental house has given us some positive income, it's just a matter of time before a repair is going to need to be done, and with very little saving, that puts us in an uncomfortable position.  I digress, I went to a nearby restaurant, with resume in hand, and applied as a waiter. Phyllis, the general manager, checks my references, and came back that the owner of my current job really raved about me. Phyllis and I sat down and talked about what was needed for her schedule, and what I was needing for my schedule. Well, the two didn't exactly look the same, and she offered me a set schedule of Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning. Those shifts were her greatest needs, and with someone of my experience, she knew that I could help the evening General Manager. I told her that I would talk with my wife over the weekend, and discuss it. I wasn't too hip on working while everyone was off work, and it would eat into our family time, but the money had to be made. I told Phyllis that I'd swing by Monday with my answer.


During the past weekend, my friend from school called and wanted to know if I was interested in his job at a nearby city doing diagnostic x-rays. He was scheduled for overnights and weekends, but since they are short-handed, he was getting plenty of hours. Long story short...he has a sizable scholarship to use this year, and he is working too much to be able to go to school full time, and make full use of the scholarship. To boot, the hospital has a short little anorexic female troll that makes everyone's life miserable. I declined the kind offer.

The same day, my boss pulls me aside and asks why I hadn't approached him about waiting tables there. I told him that the waiter schedule was already heavy, and didn't think he could add another waiter. He told me that he would do "whatever I need to do for you."  So, he made sure that I was scheduled to start training this past Monday.

Monday rolls around, and I head to the other restaurant, and tell Phyllis what was going on, and that I appreciated her offer, and I would keep them in mind if something changed. I really think that she was genuinely impressed that I came by and kept my word. About this time my lil' sister gives me a call, and tells me that her friend's mom is the director at an MRI clinic, and she needs someone, and that I should give her a call.

I call Linda, the director, and set up an interview for Tuesday morning. Unbeknownst to me, the other MRI clinic , that is owned by the same company, had already faxed over my resume from when I had applied with them. I then headed to work for my training shift as a waiter. Of course, that night I can't sleep because I'm excited and nervous about the interview the next morning.

Yesterday, Tuesday, I head into the interview with my resume binders, and sat down with the director and their senior MRI tech for the interview. My sister had given me a little background about how she knew the director, so that helped. We talk about my education plans for my Bachelor of Science in MRI, and time frame for taking my MRI registry, when school was, and whether it would interfere with my schedule at their clinic.

K: "Would I be able to come in and work off the clock to get up to speed quicker?"
Senior Tech:"You aren't allowed to work off the clock."
K: "Hummm...Well, am I allowed to come in an hang out in the lab?"

At this point both of them start laughing, and the director says that is a very good question.

Linda tells me that my sister had approached her about two weeks ago on Facebook, and asked her if she knew of any openings for MRI techs. Between that time, and yesterday, her evening MRI tech gave her two weeks notice. The other MRI clinic told Linda that they really need to hire this guy named J that had applied a few weeks earlier, and Lauren, the other Senior MRI tech, was really impressed with me. Lauren  mentioned that J had worked at this restaurant for 23 years. Linda asks Lauren, "What's his last name?" Lauren kinda laughs and says, "I don't know how to pronounce it!" Well, it turns out that these two people were me.

Linda and Scott, their senior tech, and myself swap information, talk about the hours, and then Linda asks if I have any more questions.

K: "How many other people are you interviewing for this position?"
Linda: "Zero."
K:" I like those odds." (big grin)
Scott: "We wanted to make sure that you were wanting to learn, and that your time at work could be counted towards your MRI practicum for school." 
Linda: "You can expect a call this afternoon, once I run it by the home office, and I'll probably be offering you a job."
K: "I'm sure that I'll say yes."

Wait, we're not done yet. I heading home from the deli with lunch for myself and Sweetheart, and I get a call from Mrs. R, one of my teachers at school. She tells me that I have a "pretty much guaranteed job" at another hospital, without the female troll, a few miles away, if I'm interested. I fill her in on the details of the last few hours, and ask her if Lauren had asked her about me. You see, they had graduated together from the same university. I thanked Mrs. R for the kind words that had she said about me, and she told me that she "wouldn't have said them if they weren't true."

BTW, I'm not him. I just like the picture

So, after stepping out on faith, through many different people through many different circumstances, I now have the job I went to school for.

Keep Right On Prepping - K

Have I mentioned how great my Lil' Sis is?

UPDATE: I got a call today asking if I could start work this Monday. I said yes.

19 comments:

  1. There's always a lot of uncertainty and turmoil when you have a lot of irons in the fire. Yours is one of the few instances I've heard of where anyone had any kind of choice in what job they would do. Most people have to take anything and everything that is offered. I hope the smoke and dust settles and you have the job you want. You were wise not to get involved at the place with the Drama Mistress, nobody needs an individual around who can only feel good about themselves when they are stirring up trouble.

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    1. I try not to talk religion, but I had a lot of prayer warriors praying with me. A supportive wife, little debt, ethics (work and character), and trying to do the right thing has gotten me this far.

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  2. I am so glad for you. It's very tough today to have a young family, buy a home, go to school and get all those bills paid, especially in today's terrible economy. I am so proud of the way you and your wife take things head on, and still find time to prep. I'm proud to know you.

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    1. Thanks, Jane. It has been tough, but nothing worthwhile is easy, isn't that how the saying goes. I'm a humbled by your compliment because I have a great respect for your lifestyle, perseverance, and accomplishments.

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  3. Gratz on the new job K. Should be much more enjoyable than the restaurant business I imagine. I hope it works out well for you and there aren't any hidden drama queens at the one you took. Those things are everywhere these days ya know :)

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    1. I think I'll be okay. I got a good feeling about the place.

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  4. Major Congrats on the new job. Isn' t answer to prayers amazing? Good luck with everything and I hope it goes well.

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  5. Awesome! Congratulations! Good luck and God bless you all. ♥

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    1. I've got a steep learning curve, but super elated to be a employed and bringing home some money.

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  6. I already got to give you props once, but again, congratulations on the job buddy! I actually might get to stay where I'm at. The cave troll got quite the ass chewing yesterday as well as today AND I will get to double dip between clinic and work so the cluster fug I was expecting may not be so bad. Getting paid for clinic is a pretty nice proposition, especially with all that shift diff.

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    1. Glad to hear things are working out. We are gonna have to get the guys together and drink a few beers, to celebrate all of us having jobs!

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    2. Does J have one yet? I know M and S do. Speaking of S, do you know if he ever passed his mock?

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    1. I'm glad to see your post, I was beginning to wonder about you.

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  8. Bravo, Bravo. Now take some of that money you'll make, and stuff it under the mattress for safe keeping....;)

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  9. Having just found your blog, it is so great to hear a testimony like that! It really serves to strengthen people's faith to hear .

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    1. Stepping out on faith was hard to do.

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