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Junket
25-10-07, 05:41 AM
At Indie's recommendation, I'm making a separate job thread.

So right now I've been in Oklahoma for a little more than a week, and I started job searching about 3 days ago.

My terms: I need a job that is full time, Monday to Friday 7.00 at a minimum, (minimum wage here is 5 somethin'). I cannot work weekends because that would defeat the entire purpose of me moving closer to my girlfriend who is in Denton, TX, which is about 2 1/2 hours away.

I don't intend on staying in this area for more than a year.

This is key because I'm not looking for long term work, my goal is that I'll know within 12 months where my relationship with Amy is headed.

1.) Progresses fruitfully, and we move even closer/move in with each other

2.) Things don't work out and I bail back to Philly.

I've filled out multiple applications, made countless phone calls, managed to get one interview at a Quick Lube which I turned down, and I'm going into the Goodyear Tire Factory tomorrow for an orientation. I don't know the actual monetary pay increase but it's supposed to be every 3 months.

I'm currently filling out an application for a maintenance position at an apartment (I went to tech school for building maintenance), but I'm already hesitant because they require that the 2 maintenance staff swap 24 hour-call-duty every week. Which would mean I'd have to be in the close proximity every other weekend.

That's where I'm at, I'll update you all on tomorrow's orientation.

IndiReloaded
25-10-07, 05:53 AM
The fact you are there temporarily doesn't mean you can't have a job that won't help you develop skills you can use later.

Obviously you need to eat, and take whatever is immediately available. But some jobs to consider: bank teller (they start here around $12/hour & you don't need a degree); trades/construction--dunno what the housing market is like there, but you can't pay these guys enough to work on your job around here: drywallers, painters, flooring... at least $20/hour to start. And you can for sure use these skills for side cash wherever you move. Our tiling guy told us he's making $700 a night doing the floor at the local mall for 7 hours. Unbelievable.

Err, top up your day job with a night one? Waiter at a restaurant? Guess that doesn't work for Amy... hmmm mbe others will have more ideas.

IndiReloaded
25-10-07, 05:57 AM
https://servicelink.oesc.state.ok.us/ada/mn_quicksearch_dsp.cfm

Junket
25-10-07, 06:10 AM
Thanks for the advice Indie. I'd really like to try to stay in the fields I was in tech school for. I just realized that I've been looking at a very limited resource (the local newspaper). I'd love to get better at dry walling, or some kind of construction, so I just pulled out the yellow pages and I'm creating a list of companies I intend to call in the next few days.

IndiReloaded
25-10-07, 07:35 AM
I meant to post this earlier, but I had to actually go do some work:

#28.
Chicken Catcher Last Updated: 10/24/2007
City: Broken Bow, OK
Order Number: 219525
Basic Job Information: $7.75 - $7.75, Full-time
Required Education: No Educational Requirement
Required Experience: No Experience Requirement
Catch live chickens in a very dusty environment, and working with an automatic catch machine. Lifting, standing, reaching, squatting, working in hot-cold, dusty environment. Must be able to lift 50 plus lbs., abide by all safety and ergonomic policies.

Can you imagine?? 'Ergonomic policies' for catching a damn chicken? And they don't mention the fact the place would smell like... well, SHIT.

LOL!

Junket
25-10-07, 07:39 AM
Chicken catcher?

Dear god, I miss Philly.

Gigabitch
26-10-07, 02:40 AM
Oh, Fras. I think you should try out the chicken catcher job just for one day. That would be hilarious.

IndiReloaded
26-10-07, 02:47 AM
Oh, Fras. I think you should try out the chicken catcher job just for one day. That would be hilarious.

+1

He could become The Chicken Whisperer... :D

Gigabitch
26-10-07, 02:51 AM
http://fearthegaychicken.com/

IndiReloaded
26-10-07, 02:58 AM
http://fearthegaychicken.com/

lol. does it do anything other than say 'cock'? And t-shirts?? Ppl will sell anything these days.

I mean, I could take a close upphoto of a twat with the caption Lick Me--wait, I know, I could turn the photo sideways & turn the ends up into a smile with the caption Have a ****tablulous Day... and someone would pbly buy it.

Any orders? :surprised

Junket
26-10-07, 05:10 AM
OKAY!

***So, I declined the Goodyear job!***

I showed up at 7:30 as directed, and I was with about 6 other people. Once we got to the office, this woman had us all sit down at this large table. I sat there holding 15 page terms and conditions form feeling sheepish because I didn't really understand what any of it meant, much less even know what the hell my job was.

After talking about it with Amy, she explained that I was actually being employed by an outside contractor. This way they can pay less and offer no benefits and Goodyear never has to hear a peep. After hearing that I was much less enthused about this job.

So I muster up the courage to tell the woman that I didn't even know what my job description was. Get this, nobody did. Apparently it's policy for them to just hire as needed and just put people where they need them. This would explain how quickly they were moving us through the application process.

"Do you really wanna know what your job is?"
"Yes."

Apparently they tell us once we're inside the plant to save her time. Fck that.

I don't even remember the title or job description, she spoke with such a heavy Irish accent. I asked about their policy with raises. There's a raise every 3 months and it maxes out at 8.00.

"Do you still want the position?"
"No. Thank you for your time."

You shoulda see the other people's faces when they found out I had a day shift then walked out.

It felt so good to know I could find something better than mindless factory work.

So what's going on now?

Amy sent me a link to website where I found the url to a local tech school. I figured I'd look, and turns out they're hiring for custodial positions. Either 7-4pm or 3-Midnight. They're not sure which shift they're hiring for, but I think I'd take either.

Pay: $9.02
Benefits: FULL
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Location: less than a 5 minute drive
Bonuses: $620.00 waiver on any classes I take at the school

This sounds fantastic. I already handed in the application, and they should call me by the end of next week.

Not only that, but Home Depot just called me and scheduled an interview with me for Sunday at 10am.

Not bad, not bad!

IndiReloaded
26-10-07, 06:09 AM
Good for you Fras! FYI, one of my uncles was a city garbage man (retired now) and he made a shitload of $$$. Golf vacations every spring in Fla, huge house, nice car, etc.

I'm glad you turned down that first job. That sounded vaguely unethical. Keep us posted.

Tiay
26-10-07, 06:41 AM
have you tried the jobs section on http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/ ?

Gigabitch
27-10-07, 12:22 AM
I'm still intrigued by the chicken catching opportunity, but I don't think Fras is going to entertain me that way.

Hey, Fras. Does it get ridiculously cold in Oklahoma? And is there a Home Depot there you could work at if you get desperate?

Junket
27-10-07, 12:28 AM
Hey, Fras. Does it get ridiculously cold in Oklahoma? And is there a Home Depot there you could work at if you get desperate?

Funny you mention that, Home Depot just called me yesterday and we scheduled an interview for Sunday morning. Yeaaaaah boyeeee! I'm feeling exhausted from all this job hunting, I'm kinda takin' it easy today.

And yeah, it does get pretty cold at night, from all that damn wind come sweepin' down the plains...

vashti
27-10-07, 12:47 AM
Chicken catcher... boy, the middle part of our country is funny!

IndiReloaded
27-10-07, 07:49 AM
Chicken catcher... boy, the middle part of our country is funny!

Good to see you posting. Was wondering if you were okay... the news was bad earlier this week.

Gigabitch
27-10-07, 07:50 AM
They let her out on bail. Arson is not funny.

IndiReloaded
27-10-07, 07:54 AM
They let her out on bail. Arson is not funny.

OUch.

We've had grassfires here (BC interior NOT Vancouver--we're soggy b/h the ears here) from ppl flicking butts out their windows on the highways. Iiiiiiidiotts!

vashti
27-10-07, 07:59 AM
We still have the Castaic fire burning and polluting our air (burning, itchy eyes!) but the other two have been put down, thankfully. While the strong winds are very good at spreading the fire, at least they carry the smoke away. Now that the winds have died down, all the smoke pools in our small valley. I might as well start smoking.

Gigabitch
27-10-07, 08:00 AM
I wish they could track someone from residual DNA on the thing. I'll bet that would really cut down on the roadside litter.

Junket
29-10-07, 01:51 AM
I went to the Home Depot interview today.

The first thing I asked was what their full-time scheduling was like. I wasn't surprised, but I was hoping it wouldn't be like other retail jobs. Well, it was. Basically the schedule is set 3 weeks in advance, but people rarely get a whole weekend off.

That's simply not gonna fly with me and Amy.

It's frustrating though. I've been passin' up all of these jobs. All of these jobs I know I could've gotten. Jobs I'm totally qualified for. I'm still waiting to hear about the school job. I should be called by this Friday.

I really hope I get that job.

It would be so perfect for me, as well as my relationship.

Gribble
29-10-07, 01:53 AM
Fras, somebody else suggested it, but look into working at a bank. I know you're not into the whole desk job thing, but it can be temporary until you get something better. You'll be working banker's hours. That means no late nights, and if you have to work weekends at all it'll only be early Saturday morning. Plus the pay and respect beats retail hands down.

Junket
30-10-07, 12:29 AM
Fras, somebody else suggested it, but look into working at a bank. I know you're not into the whole desk job thing, but it can be temporary until you get something better. You'll be working banker's hours. That means no late nights, and if you have to work weekends at all it'll only be early Saturday morning. Plus the pay and respect beats retail hands down.

I might look into it if I don't get this custodial job at the school.

They just put in an ad in the paper (grr, competition!), their application process ends tomorrow. I hope to "God", I get this job. It's killin' me.

I'm still keepin' an eye out for other jobs, but this would would just be so ideal. AND! They're advertising the day shift! 8-4! This is driving me mad!

IndiReloaded
30-10-07, 02:31 AM
I went to the Home Depot interview today.

The first thing I asked was what their full-time scheduling was like. I wasn't surprised, but I was hoping it wouldn't be like other retail jobs. Well, it was. Basically the schedule is set 3 weeks in advance, but people rarely get a whole weekend off.

That's simply not gonna fly with me and Amy.


If you get offered this job & the other doesn't pan out, suggest you go in once more to meet w/the manager. Explain your situation, why you're there, etc. Say you'd be prepared to negotiate for those weekends. Mbe work one w/the other two off or a longer shift (late?) a couple nights a week in lieu of the weekends.

The job market is really hot right now, so chances are the manager will be open to this. Personally, I've had to get really creative w/my company's hiring budget b/c my managers aren't able to hire (or keep) anyone on staff for more than a few month. Irritating, b/c they need to keep retraining ppl which cuts in to their hours, etc.

If you don't ASK, you don't get.

IndiReloaded
30-10-07, 02:33 AM
They just put in an ad in the paper (grr, competition!), their application process ends tomorrow.

They have to do this, Fras, its a legal requirement that public jobs (school, university, government) are posted, even if they know who they are already hiring. Silly, but that's how it is. Don't worry.

Junket
01-11-07, 01:33 AM
A new job prospect!

Need two unskilled laborers for a year assisting in general construction.
10.00 per hour
Full Benefits
Mon-Friday 7-3:30pm
Duncan, OK (about 45 minutes away)

I like hard labor, and no doubt I'd learn some shit despite it being "unskilled". 10 bucks an hour with full benefits?? The biggest downside is the 45 minute drive. But I think I'd be getting my hands dirty better than I would with the school job. That's what I'm talkin' about.

Gigabitch
01-11-07, 02:52 AM
Should have had ATTENTION CHOI written across the top in the ad. I hope this one works out.

IndiReloaded
01-11-07, 05:59 AM
Go get it, Fras. You'll learn tons, prob be outside & stay fit/active. Pay can only go up & benefits are amazing.

vashti
01-11-07, 07:41 AM
Everyone drives 45 minutes (or more) in California to get to work. It's not idea, but I have to imagine that you won't have the kind of traffic we have here...

Junket
01-11-07, 11:40 PM
The construction job was delayed until December. And I called back the school and they said I wasn't on their list of people to call for an interview.

This is really frustrating.

Gigabitch
02-11-07, 01:41 AM
Take whatever you can get right now, you can always change later. I say go back to Home Depot.

Junket
02-11-07, 01:47 AM
Take whatever you can get right now, you can always change later. I say go back to Home Depot.

No, not yet.

I'm filling out an application for pool construction right now.

Home Depot will fck me over. I couldn't stand that kind of schedule right now.

I'm beginning to think this idea of moving closer, but not close enough was stupid. Most of this stuff would be a none issue if Amy wasn't 2 1/2 hours away.

Gigabitch
02-11-07, 01:49 AM
I think you should both move to New Mexico. We'd love to have you.

Junket
02-11-07, 01:49 AM
I was just talkin' to her last night about maybe movin' to NOLA once this year is up. (her lease is 12 months)

vashti
02-11-07, 10:05 AM
Job hunting is very stressful. Don't forget to be nice to yourself.

Junket
08-11-07, 01:37 AM
I'm...exhausted. I'm so tired. I feel like giving up on this whole job search thing.

Tiay
08-11-07, 03:33 AM
have you tried craigslist?

Gribble
08-11-07, 03:36 AM
You know, my friend sent me a link just last night to a news story about a woman who responded to a job ad on Craigslist. She was shot in the head with a .357 and left in the trunk of a car.

Good luck with the job search, Fraz.

Junket
08-11-07, 04:17 AM
have you tried craigslist?

Yes, but very few people use Craigslist in Lawton. I'd be luckier with that if I was in Oklahoma City.

Gigabitch
08-11-07, 05:19 AM
Fras, being unemployed is a soul-killing thing, especially for males. Do some temp work or something, anything.

Junket
15-11-07, 09:02 AM
Sorry I haven't updated.

I got a job.

Labor on a pool construction crew.

9.00 bucks an hour, 50 hours a week, 7am-5pm.

No benefits.

But I got my weekends and my holidays so I can see Amy.

I started just yesterday.

I'm exhausted.

vashti
15-11-07, 09:10 AM
Hey, congratulations, Fras! Do you have to travel far to work?

Junket
15-11-07, 09:38 AM
Hey, congratulations, Fras! Do you have to travel far to work?

It's only a 15 minute drive.

But I have to be there at 7am.

vashti
15-11-07, 10:00 AM
It's only a 15 minute drive.

But I have to be there at 7am.


I'll try to muster up compassion, but I have to drive 45 minutes to be at the hospital at 6:15 am. I'm getting up at 4:30 in the morning, and it screws up my internal clock on the days I SHOULD be sleeping in. :P

Tiay
16-11-07, 07:05 AM
that's great, fras! well, at least you'll be keeping fit so! (:

yes, gribble, craislist is a bit of a junk pile. there are gems in there though.

Junket
27-11-07, 09:38 PM
So, after the nice 4 day weekend, my first day back to work, turns into a half day.

Then today (Tuesday), I get up as usual for work, drive the 15 minutes out there and discover, they didn't need me today.

I'm starting to grow wary of this job.

Duncan (boss), told me that I would be doing some office work in conjunction with the construction. Yesterday after they let me home early I called him to ask him if he had any such work for me, and he told me "no".

I'm beginning to feel like this guy isn't living up to his end of the bargain.

I'm gonna start to look elsewhere...just in case...

vashti
27-11-07, 09:43 PM
Is this like contractor work? If so, they will probably just use you when they have a job to do. Sucks. I would look for something more steady, too.