you are funny. If I start a business, my rule number one will be: ONLY the CEO hires and fires, She is the only one in charge of hiring staff and will be reviewing all résumés personally.
No kidding! I will be the only one to do this and I want to interview the staff personally with an HR employeer or the recruiter next to me in the room and NO behavioral event interviewing because that is just 'fake". I want to get to know the new employee and for him/her to see the face behind the brand etc.
But that is a dream ...
I had my first day at work today, as a temp, in a big skyscraper, downtown, among thousands of other people and at work on a busy department of a VERY famous Canadian company and I thought I was going to receive training for a full day, but hey, no, after 3 hours, the administrative assistant told me: now I am going home, cause I am flying to Florida for my holiday! = it is a temp job for just a week, no longer, but at least I can add the experience to my résumé and show the future employers that I have administrative experience and so no body can blame me of not having enough Canadian experience.
It was so odd to get used to the new office rules and work place culture and all and believe me, there is one and one should know that, learn that, get used to that and being an European, means: don't be too kind and don't spoil anybody and don't expect anybody to be kind to you although I admit that all employees, like 60 of them on our floor are all kind to me and even those I thought they are weird or won't like to talk, are fun and friendly but you need to break the ice first yourself! I work as receptionist, so I see all of them.
Also the cubicals, I need to get used to them. In NL we don't have them, so it is not that common and looks weird to sit in a cubical and work without facing anybody else, but it does offer privacy and one can focus much more on her / his work. So I like them after all.
I had one hour of lunch break but I couldn't use it and eat lunch or drink tea/coffee, as I had to rush me to a job interview a block farther west of our office and I had a wonderfully positive interview there too, but what a difference in culture at work, from a big company with thousands of employee's, to a small company inside another skyscraper, but a very prestigious one, where suddenly the women were wearing trendy fashionable clothing, with über modern furniture, colors and music and a pretty receptionist with a lovely big wide smile who immediately recognized me when stepping out of the elevator and said "hi Charlotte".
Gosh I like that ... so I hope they will hire me so I can sit there and do the same because I am like that myself and I will even stand up and open the door for the guest knowing myself to welcome them inside.
While at work, I received another phone call, offering me a job at a Call Center where I have to be able to speak Dutch. It was funny that the recruiter was trying to really examine if I am capable of speaking Dutch, while she is looking at my résumé so I thought you know what, I better speak Dutch to her and see if she understands me and no, off course not, but she was "convinced" that I am Dutch. lol
So another appointment is set and made and I will be there in a few days to see if I can get that one job which pays very well, 20$ an hour in fact.
Oh btw... let's go to another topic of mine. BF and I went to this IT recruitment agency and they were telling him that he has to set up his résumé asap according to their standards and gave him a lot of ideas and helped him during the conversation to understand how to do it etc and told him that they have plenty of job opportunities for him anywhere in and around GTA but also Nationwide and so he is asked to fix up his r'é and forward it to the recruiter agent by Sunday. BF was upset and thought he was going to be talking about a job but not about his r'é, but I told him that off course they first check that but I myself think that if they didn't want to invest in him, knowing the lay-out of his resume really sucks right now and is oh so Dutch, lacking objectives, achievements, summary of tasks etc, why would have they invited him in the first place? Such agencies only invite you for an interview and take time to speak to you in that way, only if they know what they are doing and why? because they have job assignments.
They told him that his first job assignments will be offering him between 50K to 65K a year and after a year upgrading his skills if he does so and is willing to do so and improving his language skills and off course, the rule number one, having acquired Canadian job expertise, then he can reckon on 100K and up a year which is nice, because I can lean back and enjoy life a bit, while I am studying and working part time.
OH btw, to all of you, this very first real job assignment I got, is via ManPower! I met with them and I met with this lovely great French recruiter who works for them and she really took time like the French or Dutch do to speak with me, get to know me and discuss my abilities and availibilities and all with me and so I am now working on a temp job for her and am sure, once I have thorough and done with this assignment, they will have many more pouring in and help me to get a new job assignment. At least I hope so.
Anyway ... I am tired, I had an extremely busy week this week, having my bf and doggy coming over on Monday, doggy that is kind of acting weird as he suffers jetlag and doesn't like this condo that is small and dark and cold, but he immediately got used to wearing shoes. I put him his new shoes on and he refused to walk, so I used a magic word that scares him to death and makes him run around like crazy " Vaccum cleaner"
so he started to run around the small condo and yep, got used to them!
Then on Tuesday and Wednesday I had my interviews onging, BF had an interview, meeting up with friends and all that and also finishing a few more online assessments for Adecco, ManPower, Kellyservices with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and just imagine the lack of sleep and all and I am just looking like a worn out woman.
and tomorrow back to the college for a second day of all day event lessons and all to obtain my leadership and communication certificate.
So, I wish you all a very happy weekend and may you enjoy it and for me, sleep, food and peace on my mind.
And whenever you do hesitate, pray like I do. I use these magical words:
Dear God, our devine creator, please walk through my house and take away all my worries and illness. And please watch over my family and friends and take way the illness. Thank you God. AMEN!
Happy Chinese New Year to all of you, my year of Rabbit started with 6 job offers, 3 new job interviews and a new temp job assignment and the encounter with a wonderful French woman who gave me the job so I have the foot in the door and go from there.
God Bless YOU ALL