another milestone


everything has an anniversary here…

my two week notice at the theater. my birthday. and then of course my firing which just passed this month. in fact it occurred exactly two days before my birthday.

the interview for my current job in retail was the day after the firing. me and my current manager played phone tag which i attributed to my work hours at the bank until i finally just called him. got screened then got an interview for that saturday.

i set interview time hours after the shift i’d have been working at the bank on saturday. so i talked to him on a thursday and then got fired from the bank on a friday. which means my original plan got thrown out of the window, however, i had plenty of time to chill before the interview on saturday evening.

this interview was for a soon to open new store and they needed to fill some positions – see this is how i got the job at the cinema years ago. so basically i met with my soon to be new manager at the regional offices and it seemed to be after hours everything was closed and i was quite confused. i got off the elevator and then thought how the hell do i get into this place because no one was there.

what i had little idea about was the person with whom i spoke was on his way to the bathroom so i stopped him. so he said he’d check out some things and it turned out that well i needed to speak to him. so the interview went well enough and he said he would have me speak to another manager in the customer service department.

at that point i thought  a customer service position was a better fit for me. what i was being interviewed for involved food, not very keen on that but in the new year that’s where i was going. the other interviews with customer service and another department didn’t lead to a job offer. my current supervisor liked my attitude best and offered me a job on his team.

now if i may set up the situation at the time. i had left a job that was frustrating, then got fired from a job that was frustrating, interviewed for another job a day after my own firing, then in the new year found myself with a better job.

in looking for a job i was looking for growth, better pay and benefits. well growth is something i have to foster but at least i have better pay and benefits. oh yeah and i forget about paid vacations as well. 🙂


the transitory period


I’ve thought about whether or not I should talk about my time at the bank. This is considered something of a transitory period that only filled the time between the cinema and my current job (which while i may call it the office it’s in fact in retail).

In another post it was noted that it took me a month to and another job after the firing. Funny thing is the day before the bad news hit I had already arranged an interview for my current job. It proved to be a short period on unemployment.

Before that with the same company I currently work for I had an interview at a different location. My availability probably wasn’t what they were looking for and ultimately it didn’t happen for me.

It was an interesting situation as I had to answer what I was seeking. Essentially I was lead into just looking to make a few extra hours on top of the 20 hours a week I had already been working. Either way it’s hard to interview when you realize you hate your job.

at least in time for the next interview with my current job it wasn’t something i had to answer for. indeed the topic didn’t come up and the bank job never came up. just as well what happened at the bank is something at least that was very forgettable.

it only led me to something that was a much better fit. perhaps when i left the cinema the job i was meant to have wasn’t ready for me yet. this is how i’ll choose to look at it.

Dismissal and rebound

pink-slip-hollywood-journalOften I like to look at my work career here on this blog. One of the first times I did it, it was regarding how I arrived at my current job. It happened after a firing and a brief period of unemployment.

You’re reading the blog of a guy who for most of his 30s had been gainfully employed because unlike his 20s most of his job experience was as a result of temporary jobs that rarely lasted more than 2 or more weeks. Even if the first long term job I’ve ever held wasn’t in keeping with the fact that I earned a college degree it was something that gave me money for the first time in a long time.

That being said, often if I were to talk about my experience at that job you may decide that I haven’t gotten it out of my system. You’d be right I haven’t, I complain about a place where I no longer work and it was bad not just because of management but also employees. Of course in situations such as this blame could go around to management, coworkers, or even myself.

That being said the next job I held which was at a financial institution turned out to be a bad fit in spite of the fact that it would be a significant raise it was a change from what I had been doing. Indeed it proved to be a more grown job than the one I had held at a cinema.

I won’t go into details as to what happened at the financial institution other than tardiness, but my head definitely wasn’t in the game. Some of the people I worked with there I felt great talking with, others however there was some distance. If it happens early as it had for the month-plus I had been there consider it a wrap.

My last day there, I didn’t want to get out of the bed that morning. The routine of going to work there whether I had started early or later was often a dreaded prospect. So I laid around until I knew it was time for work got ready and by the time I left the house I was already cutting it close and tardiness was once issue they kept going back to.

Basically by the time I arrive at work it may have been about a minute and not long before it was time to open the doors. After a brief huddle before the work day I got pulled into the office to hear the bad news. It was upsetting and while already preparing for that possibility at least another interview was in the pipeline for the next day.

Regardless, I went back out in the show and some man on the street started talking to me and noted that I looked like I chose the wrong day to get out in the elements. On this day it had been snowing which likely contributed to me getting there late anyway after less than half an hour I was back in the snow. Although since at this point the job was a short distance from home it wasn’t a long trip on public transit to get home.

When I did, it was no more than 9:30 and me working kind of got thrown out the window. New territory for me losing a job – before then the issue was not getting a job or not calling back jobs who were looking to interview me. Then I realized, my management told me that I was still getting paid for that day.

After calling a job I had been interesting in working at – another cinema incidentally – I decided there was no need to stay home depressed. BTW, this cinema gave me a speech about how many applications they receive however the hiring manager gave me some hope by putting my app through (whatever that means). It was all a matter of waiting still as they weren’t hiring at all.

Through my eyes, I had no idea when the next job was coming. It took time to leave the cinema in the first place more time than I cared to even spend but finally accomplished that goal by the end of the year.

I saw two movies that day and probably had lunch before going to the place I had just called about my application. While there I told my mother the bad news, she wanted this opportunity to work out for me and it hadn’t. She knew I was starting not to really like it so perhaps it was no surprise to her that this happened.

To conclude, I won’t say losing this job was the worst or best thing that ever happened. It helped make much more possible for me to find the next job that proved to be a better fit. At least I had been prepared for the eventuality of losing a job, but setting up the possibility with a phone call here and an interview there where in less than a month I will be employed again.