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Old 11-15-11, 12:28 PM
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Yes Sir! Back in the Work Force!

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 documents, 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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Old 11-15-11, 12:31 PM
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Old 11-15-11, 12:36 PM
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Awesome!!!
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Old 11-15-11, 12:41 PM
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This is so good news. Congrats!!!!!
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Old 11-15-11, 12:47 PM
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Dude, congrats man. We all know those feelings during the interview process and job hunt in general, and it's gotta be such a relief to have all that behind you now. My only advice is to wait at least few weeks before you make your first video montage of your various new coworkers. They might think you're a bit of a freak if you do it on your first day.
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Old 11-15-11, 12:48 PM
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Nice ! Excellent !!
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Old 11-15-11, 12:53 PM
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Gratulations MrB. I'm very happy for you.
Though I suppose it means we're all going to be empty-nesters during the daytime, now that our boy has moved out and become a workin' stiff.

Where & when is the margarita party?
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Old 11-15-11, 12:55 PM
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Congrats Beanz!

No EPO, blood doping or Clenbuterol (even from that bad beef you ate)? Wow, impressive.
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Old 11-15-11, 12:59 PM
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Awesome Freddy...Congratulations.
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Thanks guy! Yeah, less cycling posting during the week but mo money for the weekends.

GP4000's, Garmin......

Nope, no videos of coworkers for a while.

Funny, the asked about computer skills. I gave them honest answers and mentioned my blog and cycling life.

Yup, no tainted meat for me..
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Old 11-15-11, 01:09 PM
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Congratulations Mr B, you're a great ( or should that be quality) Guy and deserve a great Job!
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Old 11-15-11, 01:29 PM
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Congrats! Nice to hear good news on BF.
Careful on the ever expanding belt line now that your saddle time has been reduced.
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Old 11-15-11, 01:32 PM
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hahaha!

Actually my belt line had done expanded a while back. I will lose some now going back.

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Old 11-15-11, 01:49 PM
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HAHAHAHA Chris!!!! You KILL me! That poster is freakin' hilarious. I would've never come up with that.

Beanz, half a margarita every two years? This will need to be changed.
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Originally Posted by LaurettaFetta View Post
HAHAHAHA Chris!!!! You KILL me! That poster is freakin' hilarious. I would've never come up with that.

Beanz, half a margarita every two years? This will need to be changed.
I might be able to squeeze in a whole Margie in the future if I try.
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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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Glad I'm not the only one to see that similarity....

Congratulations! So are you going to commute by bike?
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Is your new job a regular 9-5 shift?
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Glad to hear it. Not working tends to drag down one's morale. I'm in the same boat myself. Doing under the table handyman stuff to help with the ever-present bills.
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Congratulations! So are you going to commute by bike?
Not sure what will happen. I did tell Gina that since it's somewhat on the way to her job, I might pickup a hybrid/commuter type. Get dropped off in the morning then ride home. Not sure if I want to be out there without daylight savings for now being it is a high diesel truck traffic area.

Even if we get a new car, it'll still save gas and wear. But I have to find out hours and the details (storage area etc.)

It's only 14 miles. But I would have to ride up to Jurupa and the 15 fwy or down then across Mission Blvd. If I can find a safe route in these high diesel areas, I'll ride home. Not sure I'd enjoy getting up extra early (4 am) if start times ends up being 6 am.
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Is your new job a regular 9-5 shift?
Might be 7-3:30 or 4:30. But either way, it's day shift. Story of my life has been evey employer wants me to go on nights lately

I worked 15 years day shift but last 15 has been nights so getting backon days will seem like a normal life again.

I saw some postings for night shift postitions on line,. Gina told me don't even bother with them.
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Glad to hear it. Not working tends to drag down one's morale. I'm in the same boat myself. Doing under the table handyman stuff to help with the ever-present bills.
Yeah! When I first got laid off I thought I'd ride a ton of miles. But it's not all that relaxing.

Hope you find something too. It's tough, lots of searching and lots of low blows but something works out sooner or later. Keep them spirits up!
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Congrats on the new job. My wife just got done with two interviews and a drug test too. Still waiting to hear back tho as it's only been a couple days.

OT, what ever happened to the new replacement Trek frame? Did you build that up? Sorry if I missed it.
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