Next week will be 3 months(Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020) working at my full-time job that I got during this pandemic. For the past month and a half, I’ve been thinking about what should I tackle next now that I have this full-time job. It odd cause most people my age are well into their careers, have a new car, might own a home, have a family and financial independence. Me, am still living at home and relying on my parents for a few things like getting to work. I don’t have a car, never own one or had one. Since I was in college, I either walk and took public transportation. Honestly, I really don’t know how to drive, even though I driven a few time, but not comfortable with it yet. That should be my next major task, but buying a car is far out of reach even financially.
I figure my next major task I should focus on is saving money and start re-paying my student loans. That seems the most logic thing to do. At this point, I have zero debt except for my loans and with interest rates at zero cause of the pandemic, might as well take the advantage the situation. At the same time, start saving money. Which should be pretty easy for me since am not a big spender. I don’t know what I’ll use this money for, but for the mean time, I know that it will come in handy down the road. Maybe for a down payment on a car or a chance to do some traveling when this pandemic is over. Do you save? If so how much do you put aside from your payment?
Some of other things I been giving some thought is going back school. At the moment I have a bachelor degree in Sociology. I figure getting another bachelor or working on a master would only take under 3 years depending on the classes I need and the classes that would transfer and count from my current bachelor degree. This is something I thought about many times, but just couldn’t do it cause I didn’t have money.
In a previous post, I blog about that I found a full-time job during the pandemic crises the world is going though. At the same time several cities in the United States were seeing an increase in covid19 cases, even here at home. What a way to enter the work force? Well, am glad to say that it been one whole month now since I started working. So far it going well and am still in training. Basically I am reviewing, scanning and entering employees information into the system. I go through these applications, checking to see all paper work has been submitted, information is correct and signatures are signed. If I spot something that missing or incorrect, I send it back for it to get corrected. It pretty straight forward, but of course there are procedures to follow.
As for the work environment it pretty laid back given that the majority of the employees are working from home. I along with other employee are required to work from the office since we dealing with sensitive information. Of course everyone is following health guide lines and wearing a mask when they enter the building, walking in the hall ways or can’t keep a social distance between other employees. For me I keep my mask on all day even through it a pain in the butt. I explain that in another post. From the time I walk into the building, sitting down at my desk and taking a break and when I leave, I have my mask on. Also I keep in a small backpack, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, a small pack of hand wipes and two extra pair of mask just in case my mask fall on the floor or breaks.
Isn’t it strange, we are already past half way through 2020. Well where ever you are in the world I hope you are doing well.
Last week I started working at my new job, Full-time Job!!:) I never thought I was going to find a job with all this craziness we have going on with COVID-19. I thought with COVID-19, companies were going to hold off hiring since some of them moved to working from home and have postpone their hiring. My first day was two Mondays ago and like any other job my first day was just completing paper work, making sure I understood company polices and all that other stuff. That was basically my whole first day and at the same time the state and city are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Which made this a strange first day at work, since I needed to wear a mask awhile I was in the building and completing all these necessary first day on the job task. Usually your first day of work is meeting face-to-face, but this time to keep the social distancing everything was done on Zoom as I was in one room and the HR personal was in another.
After my first day, I met the people I would be working with and the person who would be training me. My duties and the job I would be doing is pretty straight forward. The only thing are the small little details and rules you must remember and follow. Since my job is dealing with confidential documents and information I need to make sure I follow procedures and that these documents are filled out correctly. I pretty sure I will be doing a lot of on the job training before I start doing things on my own which is cool with me.
If there any right now that am concerned about this job is getting this COVID19. Since this is a office setting environment and everyone is required to wear a mask, am hoping that enough for not catching this COVID-19. As of now they have the majority of the people working from home, but when they return, that mean a lot more people in this office space. Which is scary cause, most office building are not well ventilated.
Am starting off the New Year job hunting like I’ve been doing for the past 10 years. To my surprise I’ve already had two job interviews. As many of you already know, job interviewing can be nerve racking. We all read the online advice on how to prepare and ace your job Interview. Watching youtube videos on the most popular questions you’ll be ask in a job interview and what to say and not to say.
From my own personal experience, none of those tips work for me. Let me explain. In my head a job interview is a test expect in a job interview, you don’t know the answer you give is the answer the interviewer want to hear. Oh it BS when they say we want to see if you a good fit for this position/company. Well, Me, am a bad test taker and I found that out during my college years. I would study and prepare for my exams, only to bomb the exam. It was after my freshman year did I get some help and learn that I had a learning disability. Learning about this and receiving some testing accommodations like double time and taking the test in a separate room by myself helped, but I still struggle with testing. Even when I study for the exam.
I forgot to mention that I would be nervous when taking any form of testing. So being in a job interview and an introvert just adds to the nervousness. Any preparations I did in answering those most popular questions, I will sounded like I was unprepared. Well to me it feel that way. I feel myself tripping over my words cause I can’t take my time in answering those questions. Unlike in college, I had double time to take test, so it gave me enough time to formulate my answer to any exam that require a write response like essays.
The most frustrating thing about job interviewing is I don’t know why I wasn’t pick for the position. Is it because of lack of experience, was it the job interview, as one person who was able to give me feed back told me that I have low energy. I could only think he means I don’t sound excited. I will be honest with you, I have a low voice and I can’t do anything about that.
What have I been up to? Well for the past two months I’ve been back to job hunting. Yes still looking for work. Am sure everyone in my family has thought why I can’t find work. They don’t say it, but I know it has crossed their mind. I was temporary working at a University as a Administrative Associate which ended at the end of July. I re-applied for the position, but they decided to go with someone else. I wasn’t upset, but I was hoping that other job doors would open up at the University. Finding another job there wouldn’t be that difficult now that they know I am familiar working in a university setting. Well that hasn’t been the case, I’ve had about three interview, mostly for temporary positions, but no luck. I think it coming down to experience, they want someone who has experience or something close to it then hiring someone with no experience and having to train. Training takes time and that just something they don’t what to wait on.
News on the job front. Two weeks ago I had a job interview at one of the University for a temporary admin associate within the counseling services. So I went for my interview and left feeling okay about it. Again I wasn’t expect this, but I received a phone call later that day that I was one of two candidates they were looking at to offer the position. The next step was just that they do a background check and I had to scramble to get at least two professional references. I was able to get those references, one from where I volunteer and a former co-worker. Once I submitted my references it was just wait and see. Then just last week I received the call that they were ready to offer me the position once they got the clear from human resources. I got that final call and the job offer for this temporary part-time admin associate.
I started this Wednesday, training and observing the front desk since that where I will be. Checking in students for their appointments, answering phones calls and doing other admin duties. So these past three days have been absorbing as much information as I can and learning as fast as I can. This counseling services deal with mental health so as you can understand there are a lot of sensitive issues to deal with.
Awhile this is only a temporary position that can end anytime or at 4 months which is the allowed time they can keep a temporary employee. At 4 months they need to hire someone permanently. Any way, am still excited about the position just cause it an opportunity to show what I can do and learn. There is a lot to learn.
Happy New Years!!!
2019 is here and am not sure where to begin with this post. My goal to finding a job still hasn’t change. It mind blogging that I can get a short temporary job, but can’t seem to find one that is stable. As we were saying good-bye to 2018, I was temporary working at Macy’s. It not my first time working there during the holidays, but I wonder why do I get hired temporary for a position using the same resume with the same job history, but can’t get hired for something full or part-time. Am not trying to be negative here, but now we are in a new year it something I trying to understand. I will just mention that retail, dealing with clothes, standing and walking for a long period of time is something I don’t like doing.
For 2019 I really don’t have any goals in mind or looking forward to accomplish anything. I’ll keep my usually routine of just going to the gym, doing my walks around downtown, journaling, keep working on my art / drawing, and my film-photography. Will be doing a post on journaling soon and in my other blog, my photography will be posting there to. Yes, finally able to send some rolls of film to get developed.