Job interview gone wrong but never happened

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks.  They are a company that sell eye-wear.  Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position.  Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses.  Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores.  I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017.  I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff.  Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.

So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt.  Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little.  I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am.  All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.”  So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on.  People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame.  Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client.  Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client.  I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes.  I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes.  I said to myself, “this isn’t right.”  Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?”  With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.”  My response and reaction now you are telling me this.  She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.”  I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay.  If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.

Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay.  It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something.  Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance.  I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen.  Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.

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If we were having coffee..

coffeeIf you and I were sitting down somewhere having a cup of coffee or tea I would try to avoid bring up the discussion of the presidential election. It would just be a waste of energy. I would bring up how the weather has slowly change here in south Texas. The mornings are little cooler and the afternoon are just fantastic to be out-door. In two days it will be getting darker sooner, yes daylight saving time. That always a drag even though I don’t mind the extra hour of sleep.  It will take a while to adjust, but the hard part is adjusting that will it will be dark before 6pm.

That means less time to get stuff done during the day. Speaking of things to do, it time to get back at job and hunting and maybe finding a holiday job. Just got finished working on a temporary project. Again no progress on the job front. Still wondering what does it take to get an opportunity to gain work experience. Well I try not to let that bring me down. Been busy these past five weeks with inktober challenge. Every day, challenging myself to drawing something using ink only. No pencil, no erasers. It been fun and enjoyable seeing all the talented artist showing their artwork on Instagram.

On the film photography side, still clicking away and have over a dozen of film rolls I need to get developed. All of them taken this year, ranging from terror expo, to siclovia, random street photography, and the girls at PETA. Hopefully will send a few rolls this week to get developed. It feels kind of weird not seeing any of the photos that I’ve taken this year. It even sad not being able to publish anything on my blog. Maybe I should turn to the dark side and get a digital camera, but then that won’t be any fun. Having to see your photo instantly instead of waiting to finish the roll of film and getting it developed. Not knowing how your photos came out and being surprise that they all came out is exciting.

I hope I can do another coffee/tea chat and won’t be a stranger. I pray that things will change for me soon and I’ll have more stuff to write about.

1st job interview for 2015

Yesterday I got my first phone call for a job interview at a local University.  I really can’t remember the last time I got a phone call to come in for a interview.  It must be like a year or two ago since I’ve been invited to a interview.  Today, I had that interview for a Student Record Analyst position, so if hire, I would be working in the Register Office inputting grades and all that good stuff that goes on your school transcript.  I felt okay with the interview even through a lot of question were situation questions like if you get done with all your work, what would you do?  Describe a time when you have difficulties with a co-work and how did you handle it?

The requirements for this job position were

1. Require at least 30-60 college hours

2. Minimum of one year relevant experience in an office setting.  Prefer a candidate with an understanding of a university or college student services environment.

3. Experience in acknowledging policies and standard practices that deal with sensitive and/or confidential information.

4. Experience in Colleague (especially WebAdvisor and/or Gradebook) or other student service software strongly preferred.

Proficient use of Microsoft Office software to include Word, Excel, and Outlook.

The one thing out of those 4 requirements that I lack is #4.  Other then that am okay with everything else.  Piece of cake! right, I should be able to get this job, but I get this gut feeling that they will hire someone else.  My reason for that is when I look around the office, I notice it was all female staff.  Not one  single male working there.  So they might prefer to hire a female, which happened to be the next person they were interviewing.  When I left there was  a young beautiful female walking towards the office dress in a professional blue dress.  Kind of wiered because I to was wearing a blue dress shirt with black slack.  The other bad feeling I get, is they might be looking for someone with data entry experience.  Someone that has shown they can entry data correctly, since this person will be entering students grades, transfer credits and other information.  Here the job description for the position:

JOB SUMMARY:   Working under the supervision of the Assistant Registrar the Student Records Analyst (SRA) is responsible for day to day functions to assist in the coordination of activities of the Registrar’s Office.  In consultation with the Registrar and other staff members within a client orient environment the SRA contributes to the operations within the department including but not limited to processing grades, analyzing and entering external transcripts for transfer credit equivalency. Assists in front desk coverage to ensure customer service satisfaction. Using effective communication, problem-solving and analytical skills the SRA provides accurate information and data.  The ability to interpret policies and standard practices that deal with information that is confidential is crucial.

Coordinates all Grading Activities

Ensures accuracy of online grade submission and enters grades submitted manually by faculty.
Prepares and distributes early grade rosters for graduating students to ensure completion of degree requirements.
Prepares grade verification letters and mid-term advisee grade reports to all advisors for traditional undergraduate students.
Processes grade changes and ensures security and accuracy of data. Notifies student, advisor, and instructor of changes.
Problem solves issues related to grades.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit Equivalency

Evaluates and enters transfer hours for last names (A-L).
Evaluate and enters transfer hours for last names (A-L) related to new students undergoing Admission process.

Other duties as assigned.

 

Crossing fingers and toes, and hope for the best:)

Blogging101:Targeting your dream audience

1327998356793088076-300x300Today I received my first email rejection job letter for 2015 for a job I applied to about a week ago.  This job was for a receptionist position at Whataburger corperate headquates here in San Antonio, Texas. Am not upset that I got the notice because I know there will be more to come as I continue to apply to other job positions. As I continue my job hunting journey I would like to address all employers and human resource staff who make the decision on who they should interview, hire and those the look over the resume.

First, I would like to ask, how does one get “experience” if companies don’t give anyone a chance to gain that work experience? How did you get the work experience that gave you the job position you have today?  Someone gave you that opportunity to gain the work experience.  Well that is the only way am I going to get that experience.  Maybe my resume doesn’t look  interesting and I admit that I don’t have that work experience that can show you what I can do and the potential that I have if you were to hire me.  All I know is that I am capable to doing any job, am always willing to learn and train myself to new things.  I taught myself how to code in html and css and took a swimming class 3 time, just to learn how to swim.  I may not have the work experience, but I have a great professional work ethnic.  Besides being a hard worker, am always on time, and just willingness to adjust to any rapid changing environment.

 

 

Is majoring in Liberal Arts Worth it?

Now that the holidays are over, college students will be returning to school start the spring semester.  It been six and a half years since I’ve been in a college classroom, and I kind of miss college life.  As students return to the classroom, some will be declaring their major, others will be changing majors.  There will also be those getting ready to graduate in 4 months and will be entering the real world. Which lead me to the questions for those majoring or choosing to major in Liberal Arts. Is majoring in Liberal Arts worth it?

In today job market how does your Liberal Arts degree help you get that job? When I was going to school, the sales pitch for getting a liberal art degree was that employers are looking for people who have a well rounded educational background.  Someone who can think outside the box.  Well, I have found out that this is not the case.  As I’ve applied for job here and there, I found out that having a liberal Art degree or in my case a sociology degree was unless. It was unless because I couldn’t bring anything that I learned in any of my classes to give me a small advantage in getting that job.  There was nothing of “market value” that I could use to sale myself to a employer.  A business major can share what he/she learned in the classroom about “X” and how that applies to the company goals, expectations or the job duties.

If you are majoring in Liberal Arts, my advise to you is try to get a minor in business or if you have the time get a internship or two. Stay another year in school and try to get that internship experience.  Getting an internship and having some experience under your belt is the best thing you can do. First, it get your foot in the door with a company, second you will learn things that you can’t learn in the classroom, and third, in my opinion, employers are looking for people with real work experience.  I think in today job market work experience hold more value then a degree.  Don’t get me wrong, a degree is important, but without that work experience, it can be a challenge getting that job.