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Old 11-15-11, 12:27 PM
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Off Topic But.......I GOT A JOB!

A little frustrated lately, been applying like crazy with little results. Quality inspector the last 11 years but there is not much around in that field lately. So having a few years on forklift, cranes, I've applied for everything related.

Been on maybe 5 or 6 interviews with no results. I even applied for one company that paid very little and didn't get hired there ha ha! Well it's funny now but frustrating then.

So I see an ad online for an inspector with a nice looking web site and a nice set up. Looks so nice that I have doubts about applying, especially after reading the job description. Pretty much everything I do but I'm figuring they are going to be real picky and what are my chances in this day and age? But I email my resume anyway with a slight hope.

2 weeks go by and nothing. But one morning I wake up go online looking at job postings, nothing good. Then the phone rings and I don't recognize the non caller ID number. Hm, probably one of my stupid cousins. I pick it up only to hear a nice pleasant voice, "Hello, my name is (FITB) and I am calling for Frederick". Oh, that would be me!

Interested in an interview. So I go in for the interview then they inform me that the process will take 3 weeks of interviews etc. That's a long time but I ain't going anywhere ha ha! The QC manager and HR manager double team me in the interview taking notes as candidate reminders. Believe me, I had these people writing a book. Years of manufacturing inspection, machine shop inspection, soldering , grinding, weld destruct, paint, final, in process, FAA do***ents, customer requirements and down the line.

Interview goes very well then they say , you might hear from us in a week or so for the second interview. OK, see ya! I tell Gina the interview goes well and she says, " I bet they call you tomorrow". I don't think so, they said a week. I left the office at 5 pm but guess what! They called me back at 9:30 the next morning. Set me up for the second interview to meet the vice president. Cool, first interview dress slacks and a shirt. This interview, Gina suggests a tie. This all goes well too! Again, you might hear from us in a week or so. But again, they call the next morning for a third interview.

So I go in at 5 pm for the third interview. Just me and the HR lady. She asks me one question about relating my knowledge to the position. She say good then gives me a form and directions to a clinic for a drug test. At 5 pm? I have 24 hours but heck, I'm there in 10 minutes and it's done!

Results take 2 or 3 days but I have nothing to worry about, no blood doping or EPO here ha ha! Half a margarita every 2 years, no way I will fail unless they mix up my results with Charlie Sheen ha ha!

So now it's the waiting game. I'm nervous over the weekend because they don't actually say it depends on the results so I am worried about the competition. Gina says they are pushing you through quickly so I don't think you have any competition. I hope not, makes sense but still I worry. Monday comes and nothing but it's only been 2 working day so maybe the drug results are not yet available. Friends say maybe they are working on a job offer and getting approvals. I hope so!

I asked about pay rate and they gave me a pretty good spread. But the lowest number mentioned was still better than what the others were offering so the even the bottom will be good, the top of the scale excellent. So Tuesday comes, phone rings and I hold my breath. "Hi, I'm (FITB) again, with a job offer", she says. Oh thank God! We chat for a second then she says my rate is at the top of the scale she mentioned. Holy smokes, more than I was expecting and darn good! What a relief, now the fun begins!


So tomorrow (Wed) is my first day. For a while , no midweek rides till I settle in and no thanks to the time change. But Mo' money means Mo' bike stuff too ha ha! Better Thanksgiving, Christmas, better New Year, and hopefully a new car for Gina sometime soon.

The cool part is that they said it was a 3 week process selecting from the candidates. I was pushed through in just a little over a week. Somebody upstairs is watching me! ;-)

The new hire with my book of what I've done stuff. They must have liked the contents of my little book!


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As driven as you are they're lucky to get you.
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Congrats! Now lose the short sleeve and tie look!
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Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
Congrats! Now lose the short sleeve and tie look!
Oh yeah, give me some work boots and cycling shorts.
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Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
As driven as you are they're lucky to get you.
Thanks! Years back I got laid off (9-1-1) we made airplane seats (shipsets) for major airlines. Slaes fell quickly!

I have a bud that wokrs for workman's comp (cycling buddy at the time), he metnioned a friend that was head of HR at a company looking for an inspector. I got hired one week later making more money.

The gal told him that he owed her a favor and he said no, you owe me a favor cause I brought you Mr. Beanz ha ha! Nice company but sadly the guy went under a few years later but I was paid well.
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great job. looks like you might get a little rusty on the bike
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Excellent news, Beanz! I have to agree about the white short sleeved shirt and tie -- all it's missing is a name tag saying "Elder Beanz". Do you have a dress shirt in other colours? Impress and overwhelm your new co-workers in a snazzy shirt and tie! Then shop for bike stuff.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
great job. looks like you might get a little rusty on the bike
Actually no. I ride more when I am employed. I did 5500-7300 miles per year, an unemployed year is 4000.

I ride more when I have a schedule and money to do the rides I want to do.

Less videos, yes. Less mileage, nope!
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I wouldn't recognize you without the compression shorts.

They are lucky to get you. Many congratulations on getting a job!
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Originally Posted by cyclokitty View Post
Excellent news, Beanz! I have to agree about the white short sleeved shirt and tie -- all it's missing is a name tag saying "Elder Beanz". Do you have a dress shirt in other colours? Impress and overwhelm your new co-workers in a snazzy shirt and tie! Then shop for bike stuff.
That was one of my outifts. Other were dark navy blue pants with light blue dress shirts. 3 interviews, I had to resort to my funeral outfit on the third.
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I wouldn't recognize you without the compression shorts.

They are lucky to get you. Many congratulations on getting a job!


Thanks!
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congratulations buddy! now you can relax and enjoy the holidays
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congratulations buddy! now you can relax and enjoy the holidays
Oh yeah! This is going to make ahuge difference in the holidays! I plan to buy myself all sort of cycling presents.

...kidding, after taking care of the family.
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Funny, down to one vehicle for now, we'd have to pull a few little tricks for transportation tomorrow (I go in a little late for sign in). My Mom offered to pick kme up and drive me instead of doing car tricks. I feel like a little kid on first day of kindergarten taken in by my Mommy!
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I didn't even know you were looking for work********** Congrats on your new job. Should be fun.
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Congrats!

Hey, a quick note about the whiz-quiz, since you mentioned that the results availability might be holding things up: Unless it's availability to the employer from the screening site, those results are immediate. It's done there in the office with a single aliquot colour change assay. No change == no dope.
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Congrats, hopefully you told them bike videos have priority.
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I didn't even know you were looking for work********** Congrats on your new job. Should be fun.
Yeah, I might even try GP4000's on my Madone now!
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Your name is Fred?

And +1 to losing that 1960's Boeing engineer style. All you need is a pocket protector to complete the look.

P.S. Congrats!
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Congrats!

Hey, a quick note about the whiz-quiz, since you mentioned that the results availability might be holding things up: Unless it's availability to the employer from the screening site, those results are immediate. It's done there in the office with a single aliquot colour change assay. No change == no dope.
Ya know, last time I took a drug test for employment, it was little machine. Pass or fail on the spot. This time I asked about it (different clinic). They said they do it there too but the employer ordered this method. I don't know if it's a more detailed analysis or what? Doesn't seem like it would be cheaper sending it out to a test lab so that is all I can figure.

Either way, I drink half a margarita every two years or so, so I don't sweat any tainted meat stories.

Gina's employer does random on the spot in house drug testing. At any time, they can call in an employee, swab the inside of the cheek then do an instant test. Heck, if they didn't Gina would be a much faster rider.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
Congrats, hopefully you told them bike videos have priority.
Yeah, told them about my videos, blog, and cycling life. That's why they hired me.
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Congrats on the new job!
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Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
Your name is Fred?

And +1 to losing that 1960's Boeing engineer style. All you need is a pocket protector to complete the look.

P.S. Congrats!
Don't make me go all "Falling Down" on you!

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Congrats on the new job!
Thanks!
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Excellent! Best news of the day.
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