June 2009 Archives
In a previous post, I had mentioned that I was pursuing a job at Best Buy as a Geek Squad Agent. I had gone through several interviews, first the online personality test, then in-person with the store manager, and finally with the General Manager (GM). I passed the final interview process with the GM, and was told that all I had to do was take a urine drug test within 48 hours. Fine by me, I get it done and await the results. Several days go by, and I hear no word from Best Buy, confused I attempt to call them up, but letís just say their on-phone customer support skills are lacking. Several attempts always ended up the same; I would wait 10 minutes for someone to pick-up the phone, another 5 minutes waiting for a manager to pick up, then being told that no manager was present to take the call. More than a week has passed, and still no word from them, I begin to lose hope in the job, and was stumped as to what the urine test could have possibly found. I totally gave up and figured that they must have reconsidered due to the fact that I would soon be returning to college and would be unavailable to work. Much to my surprise, I got a phone call last night asking for me to come in for the job orientation Saturday morning at 8:00AM. I was pretty upset at their lack of communication and how long it took them to respond, but letís face it; I need the money, so Iíll take the job! Iím still skeptical as to how this job will turn out, mainly due to the fact that they had poor communication skills, but weíll see how it goes and Iíll decide whether or not the job is worth it. With the economy the way it is, and with the extreme difficulty of finding employment while a full-time student, I pretty much have to take any job that comes to me. A good thing about the job is they will give me a starting pay thatís higher than what I currently make at my job that Iíve had for 2 years. So more likely than not, I will probably be keeping this job.
Something that I am looking forward to though, is next weekend. I come from the Southern part of Massachusetts and Iíve noticed that the majority of my classmates who attend UML are from the Northern parts of MA. With 1.5-2 hour drive separation, itís hard to meet up with my college friends, and communication is limited to means such as texting and Facebook. Fortunately for me though, after all the fun at Six Flags that my friends and I had, theyíve decided to take me to a water park! Six Flags with my friends was the first that Iíve ever been on a rollercoaster, and they thought that bringing me to a water park for my first time would be equally amusing. So next weekend I will be taking the train up to my friendís house and will be staying the weekend! Iím pretty excited since this will be the first time that I get to hang out with my college friends since summer started!
Plans for my trip to Mississippi with other students from my parish are moving along and Iíll update you guys as July approaches. I also have a surprise for you guys so keep checking back and Iíll write about it in a blog to come! Thatís all for now,
Back To The Old Job
August 3rd will mark my 2 year anniversary with Hollister! It's not the best or most exciting job in the world, but it does somewhat provide a sense of job security. Every time I come back for breaks, all I had to do was call up my manager and let them know I could work for X amount of time. No paperwork, no interview, I'm just put right back into the scheduling. It's very nice that they'll let me take a several month hiatus, and still keep me in their system as an employee.
I'm currently in the process of getting a job with Geek Squad at my local Best Buy. I was told all of the qualifications have been met and my previous technical experiences are a plus, but the General Manager was not very pleased at the fact that I would be leaving August 29th (when I move back to UML, the back-2-school season, which is a very busy season for Best Buy. I find it very difficult for students these days to find jobs, due to both the economy and having to leave to go to school. I can understand why though, managers find it a hassle having to train a new associate, only to have them leave a couple months later. Fortunately for me, I believe I got the job, but the manager is insisting that I transfer over to the Lowell Best Buy when I'm back at school, and can return when I'm on breaks. I don't really want to work at the Lowell store since I don't bring my car with me to school, so getting there would be quite troublesome. But for now, I think I'll take the job, and when the time comes, discuss transferring options.
Off To Mississippi
One of my biggest plans for the summer, is going to Gulfport, Mississippi. When I came home for the summer, I heard that 17 other students from my church were going to Mississippi in July to help build homes for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. I talked to the director of the trip, and fortunately, they were able to squeeze me in last minute. So July 12th-18th, I will be off in Mississippi! I think it's a great way to help those devastated by tragic losses, and hopefully I can do my part! This is the first time I've actually gone on a trip like this to help build homes, but my older sister has gone on several before. My weeks have been filled with numerous fundraising events such as car washes, dinners, bake sales, etc. to help raise money to lower trip costs.
Although its been a pretty busy summer with interviews, work, and fundraisers, I'm pretty excited for the Mississippi trip. Although it's not a vacation-esque trip, we'll be meeting up with 80 other students from other parishes, and I know it'll be a good time. That's all for now!
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