Today was one of those for me, and it felt absolutely amazing. But before we get into today, let;s begin with yesterday, because those are pretty important too I guess.
Yesterday, I had an interview, most of you know I have been hunting for a new job recently. Why is it that it feels like New York City has so much to offer, but jobs seem difficult to come by unless you know someone who knows another. I’ll be quite frank, I may not have the best “education” background, since I have no college experience, dropped out of High School 6 credits shy (yes, stupid me)… studied my ass off, and decided to take the GED all in one day. Passed it with flying colors. I’m smart cookie, just a little lazy when it comes to homework and paperwork.
I like to think I love to learn from life. And that my friend, I do.
I’ve been working since the age of 15, and always liked to hold my own weight. Through out those years, I have had many experiences from food handling, to retail, to a sitting behind the desk job. I have learned many things, how to handle situations, how to handle people, how to care for what doesn’t belong to you, when to speak, when not to the list goes on and on. Every single job (lord knows there have been many) as ridiculous as it may have been at the time, taught me one thing, work hard, work smarter, learn quickly.
Back to yesterday, I met with the young lady who happened to doing the first rounds of meet and greets for the applicants. I showed up, not in business attire, since I think it can be too stuffy and it looks like you’re trying too hard, but I showed up in black trousers, a silky blouse, and comfortable dark blazer with some round toe pumps. I look around and I see an applicant in washed out jeans and jordans, another with a shirt too small at the bust, a button that’s holding on for dear life. At least I look the part, or at least I look like I care. I’m speaking with the lady and I have her at ease in no time, I can tell she likes me, and before I know it I’m meeting with a Manager.
Manager asks me questions about what I would do in certain situations. I’ve done customer service for far too long. No matter where you work, everything is customer service, without clients you have no income. I know these answers like I’ve known them from the womb. He smiles and says job well done. Explains to me, that I should hear from someone in a week. I get a few hours later, come in again tomorrow (now today) at 10:30 am to meet with the Big Boss. I tried my best to reschedule this, knowing I had another interview the next day at 12pm. Midtown Manhattan all the way to Downtown Brooklyn, would I be able to make it on time?
I say yes, I’ll be there. So here we are, today.
One of my main problems I have in life, is my tardiness… I swear, I must have a disease or something, (Someone google a lateness disease quick!) I rush out the door about 10 minutes later than expected.. I promise you, I’m trying! I throw on some boots with a heel I haven’t worn in a year, and I pray I don’t regret this decision later on. I have whole day of commuting to do, last thing I need to do is walk in limping into an interview. I missed my train by about 20 seconds, but luckily for me, another was right behind it, something that barely happens on the J line. I transfer to the F, time check… I have 3 minutes to get there, 4 blocks away. I decide to not run, but play tackle football instead. That’s what I call what I do when I’m dodging slow walkers in front of me. I made it with 2 minutes to spare… Damn, I’m good!
The Big Boss loved me, I was grateful the interview went by so quick. Here I am thinking, “How am I going to make it all the way to Downtown Brooklyn on time?” and I realize I know have time to kill, but not too much so I decide to not test my luck and head underground once again. Let me tell you, trains are the easy part, finding a block while walking is the worst, and after I walked about 2 blocks in the wrong direction, I decided to go into a store, where I fell in love with the cutest leather jacket (which I regret not getting, right about now). I figured I’ll come back to it after the interview, found the place, after I thought I was super lost, still got there 10 minutes early.
I walk in, already feeling good because of the previous interview. I greet the new guy who;s going to interview and we already have a quick chuckle at the expense of my real name, almost everyone pronounces it wrong, so I’ve learned to laugh about it. “You can call me Milli’ He starts asking me the basic questions, but he only asks me 2, we’ve already hit it off and are talking as if we’ve been friends who haven’t seen each other in long time.
He gets serious, sits up and tells me, “Milli, I’m gonna be completely honest with you, we’re not hiring anymore, these are are just customary interviews, we’ve already picked our team.”
He starts to explain how the budget was only fit for 4 new people, but he wanted me on his side so bad. “I really like you!” He gets’s up with the quickness, and says.. “Wait, I have a plan! Just wait right here.” He runs out of the room, and I’m not exaggerating here people, he wasn’t walking fast, he ran out of the room and about 5 minutes later he was back, out of breath, but back, looks at me and smiles.
I look at him and laugh, I say ” I like plans, what’s going on?”
He explains to me how I would make the perfect fit for an even better and higher paying position and just spoke to the manager from the different department and I quote ” I must, must, must meet her…today!” Of course I’ll meet her, like I have a choice by now. His plan was for me to get hired as this position for now, so he can later scoop me up onto his Visual department later, when the temporary hires are gone, which was only going to last 4 weeks. (Whew, good thing I wasn’t getting that!) I meet with the Main manager, apparently she’s the big boss on the floor, sweet as can be, and tells me how much the first interviewer adored me so much. We keep on talking, and there i am, selling myself, trying to balance being braggy and humble all the same time.
She goes ” Well, I already see we are going to have a problem here!”
I smile out of curiosity, not worried one bit for some strange reason, and she says ” He better hope I don’t fall in love with you, because we’re going to be fighting for you at the end of this!”
I laugh, and I’m just thinking to myself – I am so in!
After filling out some paperwork, I head over to my previous job, to catch up with my old coworker. We made plans for dinner tomorrow, but since I was so close, why not lunch instead. We head over to a nice Mexican spot that just happened to open up around the area (where were you when I was working there!?)
We catch up on everything from her kids, to how work is going, to how jerkish boys can be, to how sweet others may be, to all the stuff we did over the summer, how my art is going, how she’s planning to move, so much so much so much… all over some grilled chicken avocado salads, which were the bomb, by the way.
I have to say, today was pretty amazing. I felt a lot of positive energy going around and I was digging it.
Now I have to make up my mind if I really want to get out bed, now that I’ve gotten so comfortable, there’s an art show going on right now I’ve had marked on my calendar for a while, but I will I still be able to make it….
ok, enough ramblinf, I know this post was like a bible passage!
See you guys soon!