I have neglected to write much (or at all) about my new position because quite frankly I was not doing much. My first week I was working on putting labels on over 400 apple pies for distribution to our employees for Thank.giving….then Christm.as preparations….making snowmen out of construction paper…putting up Christ.mas trees…putting up festive holiday banners…working on labels…a lot of filler work. The boss was not kidding about light phones while serving as a receptionist…they are light and I do get bored, but slowly (and I do mean slowly) duties are being added to my plate. As busy as the department is, everyone is just too busy to slow down and train me on new things. So I spent the first two weeks doing arts and crafts, lol. Things started to change last week after an ‘Interviewing Ski.lls’ training with the HR Generalist that I work closely with. She asked me a lot of questions, and I think I impressed her because the next day I got a call from the boss with the ‘next steps’. She asked about my comfort level with observing my colleague interview and eventually my interviewing while being observed. Then earlier this week the HR Generalist asked if I would like to interview a applicant that only spoke S.panish while she observed (it went well, although I was nervous)….and tomorrow I am going attend a meeting on job descriptions with my colleague and the boss. So still doing a lot of ‘filler’ work here, but certainly being given opportunities to prove myself. And that’s all I ask for – an opportunity.
Nothing beats getting paid! I got my first paycheck about a week and a half ago (payday this Friday) and it was wonderful to be able to contribute to our household outside of an unemploym.ent check. It feels wonderful to work; I appreciate having a job like never before. While I was unemployed, there was no shortage of the “state of the e.conomy” on television. So trust me, I get how so very lucky I am to have this job, even if it means the occasional arts and crafts session.