Monday, April 24, 2017

An Interview and A Red Flag

So I had an... Interesting interview with a company.

They were a bit odd.

I had instructions to ask the reception worker to call them to let them know I was there and... they kinda gestured to a phone across the way and said to call. No instructions on how to use the phone system. I called the wrong extension twice but fortunately hung up before I reached anyone there. After an explanation the other reception worker called for me.

The agency I work with didn't mention that there would be three people doing the interview, but that happens.

The start was very basic with introductions and such. The odd feeling would come and go depending on questions. They asked in round robin style.

After the first question I knew that I didn't have the knowledge that they were looking for.

Near the middle of their question-asking I realized they hadn't asked me anything about my resume. I only realized because I have a time gap on it that has never been missed or skipped over. Ever.

When it cam time for me to ask them about the job, most of the position questions had been answered. So I asked my little short list of questions to see if I would be able to fit in with them.

They all but refused to answer three of my questions.

I asked about the culture there, how they will measure success in the position and the difference between a good & great employee in the position.

I have never had that type of reaction before. I can't fully explain it, it was just out there.

The culture one is usually answered with a customers first type of response that quickly launches into how they treat their employees. Or company holiday parties or something. I was met by silence then one said that customer centered environment. Another that it was a very racily diverse employment. The last they enjoyed their coworkers.

When I asked how they measure success in the position there was another pause before one gave the response that was simply 'with yearly preformace evaluations'. Which ended that.

Last I asked the difference between a good & great employee in the position. This is usually greeted with comments of the question itself before a response. This was again met with silence and nothing was actually said. More importantly, one of the interviewers was leafing the position and they didn't say any good things about them.

Fortunately the interview ended shortly after that.

The last question summed up things they didn't say to me that I am taking as this is a bad corporate environment. For each of the questions I got odd, almost angry looks. And who wouldn't take an opportunity to remind a soon to be former employee that you value all their work?

I think I will be very happy if I don't fit their bill. Should I be asked for a second interview I would agree, but I can tell I am not what they are looking for.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Can you afford your job?

An odd title, but an important question that I never thought much about.

So way, way back in 2011 I wrote about debt & controlling mothers... By the end of that summer we got into another argument and this time she said "fine! then you can do it!". I haven't grabbed anything so fast in my life. ((Small recap, my mom wanted to be, and was in total control of my finances because blah blah blah and I was lazy & trying to do too much at once.))

After all was said and done I know have savings. Mostly because I finished paying off my card. I would have more if I have done my credit card balance transfer a hell of a lot sooner.

I transferred two credit card balances into one credit card bill. I had two bills that my mom had insisted on paying more then the min on. $275 each was what she had been doing before I got control of it. After? I'm paying $200 because that is the amount that works and is slightly over my minimum.

Unfortunately I chose to do a little math and looked into what was the minimum I would have to make per hour if I wanted to get a new job. I'm using really bad math but it makes for a nice cushion when planning.

$11 hr x 40 hr = $440 x 52 wk = $22,880 - 40% = $13,738

I played with my pay check and found that 40% was pretty close to representing taxes and health and 401k crap.  I should have just gone with 50% and made my life a tad easier.

My old job? didn't pay anywhere near that. In fact, my bills were $3,000 over what I was making. Not counting the trips my mom encouraged me to go on and starting a jewelry thing. All the while saying I could afford it.

I was very lucky that I am so boring or it could have been much, much worse.

From a financial point, this was a very bad situation. Emotionally? Nah, I'm good. Yes we argue and such but it's a 'normal' thing. She has stopped asking if I want her help because I was mean and laughed evil.

Personaly I would be much better off if I could move out. But that is slowly in the works (p.s. the first time home buyers club is evil) but I don't know if I can scrounge up the closing costs. Closing costs are the devil.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Debt, Life and dear god! An update!

Were to start?

The debt has been slowly taken care of. If I was to trust the little blurb in the corner of my bill I will be free of it in 3 years. I did not take out a loan and that would have been a very bad idea. I did merge two credit cards onto one card. This let me set up one monthly automatic payment.

The ordeal was a pain in the butt. The first transfer had to be done one the phone with a live person. Even though two other people told me I could just do it online. Frustrating but then I just did both with the wonderful woman on that call. So it worked out.

The weirdest part was that each separate card had been a min due of $250 - $300 EACH. Or rather I was paying out $500 to $600 each month.

The new one is $225-ish.

Let that sink in a bit. Because I flipped when I got the first bill. I have been able to save so much money. The new problem seems to be I can't save past a particular amount. This is a pain because of the BRAND NEW THING!

Which is I joined a First Time Home Buyer thing. It is total crap but should help me to ACTUALLY buy a house in two years. So there is now $188 a month going to a special account so that the government will give me a grant of $7,500.

Fact: I still don't have enught for closing costs. Which is the real killer in buying a house.

On the job side of life, after five years with my current job I have finally taken steps to look for a new one. I calle dthe temp agency that got me hired here and I will be sendign them my resume to get going again. The woman that answered my call was very nice when I started fumbling to discribe why I was leaving. I wanted to say that the enviroment wasn't what it was and was moving into mor toxic then I would like.

What I said was a jumble of starting and stopping and toxic and many 'it's just'. She said don't worry about it and started looking at my file. She was wonderful.

That is were the blog stands right now. Yeay?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time flies

And boy does it fly.... Lot's and lot's of work crushing my free time to blog. :-(

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


So... Wow. A quick update?

Budget took a hit from my car. My planed move got pushed back one year. 

Good news: we are learning new stuff at work. 
Bad news: we are switching to a new system in one day with no gradual change. 

We are switching from out old system to medent. Instead of doing this gradually over the course of a month and just eating the price of our sanity... The company is waiting until the last moment and killing our old program ASAP.  Personally I feel we should have been adding new pt's to the new system and gradually adding the current pt's to the new schedual. But what do I (and the rest of my department) know?

I will not be surprised if we loose pt's over this. Sending medical records got a lot harder and we are down another person because she got her dream job. 

Lots of stress to be had. Plans and stories to post. Wednesday is not going to be fun. 

And yes, I will be posting an incoherent ramble Wednesday. Just warning. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The next plan

So, I am planing to move in two years. Not only does thins mean I have a lot of saving to do but I will have to find a new job. In California no less.

I have dabbled in a long distance job search before. It was a learning experience. An experience that will make this trip much easier. 

The first lesson is that there is no such thing as a long distance job hunt at my pay level. So I will have to be out there before I start my search. While I will be contacting a hireing agency I highly dought they will set up any interviews without meeting me first. 

I will also be sending my car before me. This way I can not only go to interviews but not have to worry about getting a job without having a ride. This will also save me money because I will not have to rent a car. 

I will be taking all my vacation after my car is out there. Then when I get back I will turn in my notice. I have not decided how I am going to tell them. With our new manager I can't trust that she won't drop me the moment she finds out. And I really would like to not have to deal with unemployment during my move. 

Personally I have no intention of claiming unemployment unless the manager does something to me. Then there I cobra and all the other little details. 

Thank god this isn't happening for two years. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Gota love blogging

So, I got a new phone. I have been dragging my feet about it because I didn't want shell out the money for a data plan.

However... I finally broke down.

Maybe this will help with my blogging? Hmmm... Probably not.