Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Work World

The joys of being a twenty-something and just out of college are not complete without jobs that have nothing to do with your degree, right? After working at the wonderful monkey-do-a-job temp agency my assignment ended and I was left back in my car searching for a new job. As I have said about Las Vegas before, it definitely has had its share of big-city moments for me. Looking for other temp agencies was among those moments as I got completely confused at the directions I got off of mapquest when I came to the corner of Sunset and Sunset knowing that I was supposed to take Sunset to Whitney Ranch Dr. As the sweat started to bead on my forehead from the heat that my air conditioning just wouldn't keep at bay and my nerves shredded in frustration, my poor mother got an ear-full of my regret for having moved to such a large city with no money. I found the temp agency the next day with help from a friend and found myself watching yet another video on proper the procedures for lifting anything over 50lbs and what to do if there is a chemical spill. I informed the agent at Addecco that I was only applying for an office job and that I wouldn't be experiencing chemical spills unless they asked me to change the toner in the copier, at which point, after I'd been there for an hour, she told me that office doesn't handle office positions, only warehouse. Could we have put this in advertisement, please? (The picture in the ad is people in office attire... go figure!) Luckily, about a month and a half ago, I applied to work at Applebees and Hollywood video hoping these could take the place of a second job and get me out of my apartment. After having a nervous breakdown in the car, I headed home to drown my woes in an episode of Alias when the phone rang and it was Applebees. The very next day, Hollywood video called and offered me a job.

I started training at Applebees, complete with my red shirt and "Hi Neighbor" button as I thougth to myself, how hard could it be. HA HA HA. I've been working for a week and a half now, and my body is rocked! I'm so tired. To all tho
se poor waitresses out there that I've sent back to the kitchen with my food or asked for more sauce or a refill on a mixed lemonade... I pay homage to you and ask your forgivness in making your job harder. My feet hurt so bad that I think even after a foot translplant they will still hurt. I came home expecting to have lost at least 15lbs after the first three days and five shifts, unfortunately, ... nothing. It's all still there. It hasn't been too bad, really, but there have been the occasional table of people that leave me a list of improvements on the back of my ticket or even tell me right there at the table how I could be a better waitress or server. It's nice. "Thank you customer, for explaining to me how I could be a better server... have you been a server?"I want to ask. Well, I guess karma is the pitts because I've done that before... but my servers were really really bad; like letting the table next to us smell our food before they set it on our table and never coming back to fill our drinks or give us silverware. It's JUST FOOD! But I guess it's a serious thing. It's all good though. I am making enough money in tips alone to pay my bills and that was the goal. My disgustingly rich days will have to wait until I'm a teacher. ha ha ha ha

As for my job at Hollywood Video... if I thought monkey could have done my temp job, than his retarded counterpart could do my job at Hollywood with his eyes closed and his opposable thumbs tied behind his back.

The list of interesting jobs and job experiences continues to grow with me. I can add waitress to my personal resume now. What the worst job you've ever had? What was the best job you ever had? If you could do it all over again, what job do you wish you could have had that you never got? As always, thanks for reading.

Ciao

2 Comments:

Blogger Kimberlinah! said...

I tell you, one of the hardest jobs I've ever had is the one I'm doing right now, which is working for my mom. It may sound cushy, getting $12 an hour and working at home in my pajamas, but it is VERY difficult to have a good working relationship with my mother without sacrificing my personal relationship with her. I feel like we are strangers sometimes. I guess I'd say that it is the best and the worst.

I worked at a trucking company once!!! It was a temp job that lasted the whole summer - they had me inspecting the tires on the trucks that came in for service. Haha, I had you going!! It was in their office - I was filing huge, dirty files for 3 MONTHS!!! Boring.

Hats off to you, Jess. I'm sorry you are getting plenty of "constructive criticism". Haha. Keep going, I know you can do it! There isn't much left of the summer.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Stanz's said...

Well, I know this is going to sound like a really cheesy, PC answer. But, I don't know if I'd could say any one of my jobs was the worst. I learned at least something from each of them. There is crap at every place you go. I learned a lot working at the bank, but doing customer service and being a teller was terrible. People are so rude and so mean sometimes. Doing the bookkeeping at the bank sucked because the officers were jerks. Working for attorneys was quite educational. Best on the job training I ever got. Best paying job I ever had. But geez, attorneys can be pretty big jerks too. And, I sometimes had a hard time being serious with clients who called whining about their auto accident injuries which sounded like a bunch of garbage. Hard to believe them all, you know. By far, my favorite jobs were waiting tables and working at the grocery store. I know that sounds dumb. But I think everyone should have to wait tables at least once in their lifetime. What a humbling experience that is. It forever changed my behavior at restaurants, I'll tell you that. What I hated about having a job most of all was being told when I had to wake up, eat lunch, go home, how much time off I got during the year, how long I could take for a doctors appointment. I do not like being told by someone else what to do. One of my supervisors used to keep track of how many minutes late I was from lunch and then she'd subtract it from my vacation time for the year. Job I wish I could have had and never got? I don't know. It all seemed to work out the way it should have. I don't feel like I missed out on anything, except a college education. Heck, I can still do that. Someday.

5:04 PM  

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