Posts Tagged ‘Job’

Photo Friday: On the Brink

August 4, 2017

Recently, I read a list of animals on the brink of extinction, and on this list was the beautiful monarch butterfly.  The reason they gave was a fake science started by a psychiatrist as a social experiment, and pushed by liberal, tree hugging, nut jobs like Al Gore.  Of course, I’m talking about “global warming”, but this is neither a political blog, nor a “fake news” blog, so let’s move on.

As soon as I saw them on the list, I began looking, and of course I found this female monarch.  She was resting in a tree long enough for me to get a couple of shots in.

Monarch Butterfly

That’s Not My Job!!!

December 18, 2013

 

That’s Not My Job!!!

Anyone who knows me knows that there are four words I never say at work; “That’s not my job.”  I have always believed that when you say that, what you are really saying is “I don’t respect you enough to help you accomplish your objective.”  Another thing you are telling your employer is that you are unwilling to become versatile, and that you are happy with the position you currently hold.  This leaves the question; does that mean that I don’t believe there is ever a time to use that?  The quick answer is “no”.

As with every rule, or guideline, there are exceptions.  I ended up learning this last week, at work.  For those who are new, let me first say that I work overnight stocking shelves at Hannaford.  It’s not a glamorous job, but it keeps the money coming in while I try to get my business going.  In the thirteen years I’ve been working there, I’ve done just about every job that a person at night can come up with.  This includes handling power outages, and being one of only two people left after the rest of the crew got caught doing drugs in the break room.

I’ve had a lot of supervisors in that time, and one of my policies has been to make one promise to each of them.  My promise to the last two supervisors was to maintain the stocking standards by correcting the problems I come across each night.  I made sure nothing was hanging out beyond the shelves, shelves were not stocked too high, and any damages I come across, I remove them.  I realize that this should be the job of every member of the nightcrew, but we’ve had a recent influx of new hires and they haven’t received proper training in maintaining the standards.

What this means for me is that my part of keeping the store in standards, and undamaged product has become an almost solo job, and it’s taking a toll on my performance.  Last week, it got so bad that I had to step back and, as hard as it was, tell myself that if the new supervisor is unwilling to maintain the store’s integrity, then it’s not my job to do it to the detriment of my own performance.

Of course, I will maintain the standards with my own job, and if I see damaged product, I will remove it, but I won’t try to seek it out.  I’ve already talked to the supervisor about training the new employees for this, which now makes it his job to act on that.

I have said all that to say this; “Is there a time to say it’s not my job?”  When it comes making your productivity suffer, the answer is YES!

Allen.

Whether you are making goals, or resolutions for the new year, there is still time to order motivational photographs on my website.  They can be placed anywhere you need motivation.  I don’t include the frames because they usually break in transit.  The website is www.jrnytosuccess.com  just go to the store and see what inspires you.

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Hit the road Jack, or Jackie

April 8, 2009

Now that you have a plan for your job search, it’s time to go forth in search of your future job.  This part of the job search is not always easy, but it can be done.

When I was younger, and went looking for a job, I had friends and family members giving me advice on my search, and I tried most of them.  When I looked in the newspaper, the jobs in there were either job scams (advertising for warehouse work, but it was Kirby vacuum sales) or the jobs were already filled with eager job seekers.  The same thing happened with the internet, although I didn’t see that until I was out of high school, and working.  I had better luck standing outside a company and asking a magic 8 ball “this one?”

As you leave your comfortable home to look for a job, the thing you should keep reminding yourself is just because a company says they’re not hiring doesn’t mean they’re not.  They do this for two reasons that I’ve seen.  One is they don’t want just anyone off the street  who will do a lousy job, make a few bucks, and ditch them for two dollars more an hour.  Second, they see if you really want the job by telling you they aren’t hiring to see if you give up and walk away, or if you take the application.  The length of time you take in handing them the application tells them how much you want the job.  It also shows them how well you follow instructions, so be thorough on filling out the whole application.

While you are filling out applications, you should write down information on the companies in which you are applying.  Carry a list with you that have dates.  Under each date, write down the name of the company applied for, the phone number, and the address.  The most important thing to write down is the name of the contact person.  If you forget this one thing, when you call for an interview you could make yourself look like an idiot, and show the person in charge of hiring that you couldn’t care less about them

This list is going to be your guide for when you call for interviews.  Give the companies two days, and then if they haven’t called you first, call them and see if you can schedule an interview in the afternoon.  You still have to fill out applications just in case it doesn’t work out.  The personnel director will give you one of three answers.  They will either say no, which means cross their names off the list, or they will say yes, and you schedule the interview, or they leave an opening, which means you call back in two or three days.

The one thing about personnel directors is to be persistent but don’t become a pest.  Calling every day is being a pest, remember they have jobs that require a lot of attention, and you’re liable to push them into a no fast.  Calling every two or three days is mildly annoying, but it shows them that you’re serious, and willing to be persistent.  The best method is to ask them when to call, and do it when they say.  It shows them that you follow instructions, and that you’re prompt with doing things.

Bring at least three copies of your resume.  Some companies require one and some don’t.  Always be ready.

The most important thing to remember when filling out applications is always be polite.  Whether you fill it out at the company, or take it home, always thank the person who gave it to you.  They are the company’s chance at a first impression, and they have the potential to make or break your chances.  Don’t blow it before you get in the door.

Happy job hunting. The next blog will deal with interviews.
Enjoy,
Allen

The map to the road less traveled

April 6, 2009

When I was 12, my best friend and I went to a small seafood restaurant, close to the school.  We would get drinks and talk for a while.  Over time, we became friends with the owner, and he decided that he needed someone to clean the parking lot.  Because of child labor laws, he could not hire us full time, but he made us an offer of free drinks, and food if we came by after school for one hour, and cleaned the lot and pulled weeds in the shrubbery.  We accepted and ever since then I have not been without work for more than a couple of weeks.

Thirty years later, I have had a number of jobs, I’ve only been fired twice, and not one of the jobs I’ve had came from a newspaper, or internet jobsite.  In every city, there are thousands of jobs waiting for someone to fill them, but since they never advertise in the paper, many people never see them.  If you have been out of work for a few months, you’ve exhausted the want ads and internet with no result, and you’re at the end of your rope, there is still hope, but it will take a little work.

For the next few blogs I will go over some of the steps that I use in a job search that hasn’t failed me yet.  I hope that you will have the same results.

The first of these steps happens before you even walk out the door.  Every journey to success begins with the first steps, skip these and you will live life in circles, getting nowhere.  Before you go out on the road, you will need a map or plan for your job search.

Here are a few things you will need for your plan.

You will first need to know your skills.  You need to know this for two reasons.  One, so that you will have a good idea where to focus your search.  Two, you will have something to offer possible employers.  Skills can include, creativity, detail oriented, anything that might help you accomplish the job you are applying for.  You might also be able to draw from skills learned in past jobs.

You will need to determine how far you are willing to commute.  This is especially important if you don’t have a car.  If you know how far you are willing to go, you can concentrate your efforts to this area.

Determine your financial needs.  If you have a mortgage and three kids, Burger Buddy might not be a good choice.

I set an application limit for each day.  Looking for a job can be stressful.  You have to have a rest, or a break, somewhere in your day.  You can take one whenever you want, as long as you meet your application limit.  I used to fill out five applications a day and all of them before noon.  Then I could enjoy the rest of the day, and wait for phone calls.

Make sure your resume is up to date.  Even if the companies you apply to don’t take them, it helps you to fill out an application much faster.

Don’t limit yourself to just one type of job on your search.  The specific job you want may not be available at the time.  The goal is to keep you from becoming homeless, or going on welfare when you can make working.  Besides, once you have money coming in, you can still keep looking for that perfect job, and think of all the new skills your getting.

Challenge: Open a job file on your computer with your updated resume for quick reference.

Happy job hunting.  Next blog will deal with the actual search.

Enjoy,
Allen