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so

here's my dilemma:

the collections job, not to sound snooty, but it feels like it's so beneath me. all of my coworkers are age 17 - 22 dropouts (reminder: i'm 28 with some schooling behind me), and while age normally doesn't bug me, in this case, it truly does.

other things about the job that bugs me:

- everyone talks about commission like it's a dream, that it's a cookie they MIGHT get once a month if they've been reeally reeally good. meaning, that i'm basically working for just the hourly.

- if i DO get any commission, it won't be until may 25th, as they give it out only on the 25th of each month, and withhold it a month, to cover bounced checks by the clients, etc.

- all my coworkers, save admin, drive really clunky old cars. those that DO have cars. i think maybe only 40% of my coworkers even have a car, the remainder bum rides or take the bus. this is not a good sign income wise.

- IT IS MONOTONOUS.

all that said (and a few things left unsaid), the energy of that place is amazing. everyone (for the most part) is VERY happy, and they reward awesome attitudes. i would love to work for a place that had that kind of positive energy, but NOT doing what i'm doing.

so.

here's my delimma:

they changed my hours so that i'm working either 9 - 6 or 8 - 5, depending upon the day of the week. this is also the only times that i would have available to find a job and go to interviews. i only get a half hour lunch (another bad point), so it's not like i can go and do anything during lunch.

i have five messages for job interviews sitting here *shows everyone notebook*, and i imagine that i could line up more by applying for more positions.

so.

what the hell do i do?!? i don't want to quit this job and not have another lined up, yet i can't find another job if i'm working this one.

suggestions?!?

and let's not EVEN discuss my bills.

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xcyanx
Apr. 6th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
Tell them you need a day off and have a bunch of interviews lined up for that day if you can manage it. They can't deny you a day off. What's the worst they can do anyway? Fire you? Hey, saves you the two weeks notice.

Ask for one day. Maybe lightening will strike with one of the other interviews.

GOod luck.
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 11:36 am (UTC)
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thanks :) i now have 3 interviews lined up for tomorrow.
xcyanx
Apr. 8th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
I have one too tomorrow!! Here's hoping for us both :)
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 03:08 pm (UTC)
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*high five*
herblover
Apr. 6th, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above statement. Have faith in yourself and pray the night before, or maybe more..;)

But 5 messages, look at how much interests you about each job/what you know about each one, benefits, blah blah, and get the most important ones out of the way. Also some may be able to accommodate an early or late interview, who knows, maybe it will let them get to go home early or sleep in an hour one day ;)

Good luck!
xcyanx
Apr. 6th, 2003 11:48 pm (UTC)
Sleeping in with the 'bree? what? WHO TOLD?!?
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
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apparantly everyone knows??
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
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i've been praying for guidance a LOT.

and wednesday is coming up fast!
talkingpotato
Apr. 7th, 2003 12:07 am (UTC)
I agree with the taking a day off and just doing all of the interviews in one day and then picking your favorite...
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
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the day will be taken off, then :)
talkingpotato
Apr. 8th, 2003 04:35 pm (UTC)
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*claps* ok let's go hang out! *jk*
aubkabob
Apr. 10th, 2003 10:36 am (UTC)
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or it could be that the day was taken off cuz i quit my job on monday ;)
talkingpotato
Apr. 10th, 2003 02:46 pm (UTC)
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DOWN WITH STINKY JOBS!!!!!!!
aubkabob
Apr. 11th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)
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who needs employment, eh?
talkingpotato
Apr. 11th, 2003 05:58 pm (UTC)
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it's legal SLAVERY! SLAVERY I TELL YOU!
baryon
Apr. 7th, 2003 01:10 am (UTC)
1. Ask them if you could change your hours back to 10-7. Then do 1 8AM interview a day. Or, ask them if you could change your hours to 7-4. Then do 1 5PM or 4:30 interview a day. Even if they won't allow you to change your regular schedule, perhaps they will allow you to change your schedule occasionally.

3. Take a day off (or even a half day) and do as many interviews as possible that day, like a lot of people already suggested.

4. I don't know if this collections agency is open weekends, but if they are, ask them if you could work Saturday or Sunday and take a weekday off.

5. Cut back on all unnecessary expenses (like eating out, buying stuff you don't need) and save enough money so that you can go a month without a job. Then quit that life-sucking job and look for a better job.

6. Try to schedule an interview for 7:00AM or 7:30AM. Explain to potential employers that this is the only time you can schedule an interview because you have to be at work at 9AM. Maybe a few of them will be willing to accommodate you.

7. Ask if you could work an hour extra for a day or so and come in later for one day (for example, work Monday and Tuesday 8-6PM and Wednesday 10-6PM). Or possibly work extra for a few days and leave early one day.

If you do not have enough time to drive home and change clothes, then leave your change of clothes in your car. Change clothes at the restroom in the library, a gas station, a restaurant, a friends house.
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 12:47 pm (UTC)
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they unfortaunately are only open the exact hours i work, so making up time somewhere else isn't an option... but i have 3 interviews set upf ro tomorrow, so...
baryon
Apr. 8th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
Well, good luck. I hope you do get a higher paying job and that your creditors will recognize this and give you enough time that you get to keep your car and stay in your apartment.
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
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thanks :)

my car people are VERY impatient, and my rent can't wait no how, no way.

i hate money.
lauradoll
Apr. 7th, 2003 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah... what eveyone else said. I vote for one solid sick day of interview madness.
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC)
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and so shall it be.
faeriewitch
Apr. 7th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
agreed with the above...call in sick, after lining up interviews, it does sound like the job is beneath you and you shouldnt have to worry about feeling that way!
aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC)
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yes.

and i know how much better i'll feel after all this is over, one way or another.

i just wish i knew what to do.
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aubkabob
Apr. 8th, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC)
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one of the interviews i have set up for tomorrow is a second interview, and the job out of the 3 that i want the least (cuz it has the least amount of pay, and 'receptionist' doesn't look as good as 'manager of call center'.)
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