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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Are You Hiring???

Since we have been back from Europe I knew I was going to have a lot of down time. Now don't get me wrong, I love having nothing to do...sometimes. But lets be realistic. When I have nothing to do I:

-eat
-watch pointless T.V.
-eat
-watch more pointless T.V.

Now, lets get back to the story. Lets go back to the year 2006 when I graduated from Southern Utah University and set off to find a real career. I remember interviewing for jobs and how badly I hated interviews. When I received news of my first REAL job I was so excited! Not only was I going to have a real job, but I thought my search for "lame jobs to get me through college" days were over. I would never have to work at Macey's as a checker, sell hair extensions to hair stylists, and tanning packages to the avid tanner..... That is until I realized that teachers get summers off? Now, I'm not complaining. Like I said I enjoy having nothing to do sometimes for a change and I'm grateful that my job allows me to do so (in the summer that is). But after a week of having nothing to do I got pretty board and the search for a job was lingering in the back of my mind. Sure, it would be nice to find something small to keep me busy and it wouldn't hurt to earn a little extra cash on the side. But then the thought of finding a desirable place to work, filling out applications and having to update my resume did not sound like a fun way to spend my summer. The next thing I knew was the thought of those dreaded interviews in which I thought I would never have to do again, popped into my head and I quickly rethought about getting a summer job at all. After all, I was going back to school in a month in a half anyway. It would be pointless to apply, interview, get hired, trained, and then put in my two weeks.....it didn't seem feasible. That's when I asked my mom if there was something I could do to help. She was planning my sisters wedding and seemed a little overwhelmed at the time. She asked me if I could go into Four Chairs and order her some footstools to go in the bathrooms. Of course I said yes and the next day I found myself at Four Chairs. At this point I had made up my mind that getting a job was out, I was ordering the stools and making conversation with the girl that was working and said....


Me: "So do you like working here? It looks like a fun place to work?"
Girl Working, jumps up and says: "Yes it is! Are you looking for a job!!"
Me: "Well, funny that you'd ask I guess I kind of am?"
Girl Working: "Do you have any interior design experience?"
Me: "Umm, nope?"
Girl Working: "Well, do you have any sales experience?"
Me:"Uh...sure?"
Girl Working: "Well It's okay, when I started here I didn't know anything, I can teach you."

That's when I said...

Me: "Well it would only be a summer job because I teach school?"

She then got a sad look on her face about the fact that I REALLY was not qualified for the position. This is when I became desperate and told her...

Me: "But I can work Saturdays?"
Girl working: "Let me get your name & number and I'll ask my manager if it would work and I'll call you."

At this point I was feeling a little, no WAY, under-qualified and and thought I would never get the job. In fact, my husband was laughing at the fact of how I was not helping the situation at all by saying "It's ok you don't have to hire me? I wouldn't be good at it anyway?" So to make this already long story short, she took my name and number and said she would talk to her manager. We left and I began to think about how ironic that they needed someone and how I needed something. How nice would it be if I got the job and didn't even have to hunt for one? About an hour later she called me and asked if I could come in on Monday for an interview. Of course I said yes and the next thing I knew I was freaking out because I HATE interviews! Well, monday rolled around sooner that I had hoped. I stressed about what to wear and even thought of appropriate responses to the typical interview questions. Boy was I shaky. I instantly convinced myself that if i didn't get the job I was not going to keep looking. In fact I would never step foot in there again so I wouldn't have to be embarrassed of the fact that I was rejected! Turns out after all that stressing I walked right in and had the most easy interview of my life! We talked about everything from girls camp to temple open houses and they didn't even ask me for a resume or work experience. She didn't even ask me any questions! I was loving life! About a week later, they called and offered me the job!
I was so happy that I didn't have to go store to store looking for one. And I am extremely excited that I will still get to work a little once school starts so that HOPEFULLY I can have a job next summer and bypass the whole "Are you hiring?" process all together. :-)

3 comments:

The Peterson's said...

How lucky can you be? I am jealous, I can't even get a job for next year yet. I hope you have fun at your new job!

The Ashworth's said...

I hope that you enjoy working at Four Chairs with my awesome sister!

Tiercy said...

You have a charmed life! That worked out really well. Where is Four Chairs?