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Job search 5 updated

Hello Everyone,

So what has been happening on the job front? From the previous interview and possible job, nothing. I have called and left messages on voice mail but got nothing back. So he is either too busy or I am being ignored. Maybe it is unintentional, but after waiting this long hope tends to dwindle that things will look my way here.

Good news is that this past Friday I had an interview with a recruiter representing a company looking for a plumber to take over a sales position. She liked me and is passing me on to the company and I guess I await further contact. A strike against me is it is a north shore company and I live in the western ‘burbs.

For those not familiar with this terminology of the Chicago area. Find Lake Michigan and Chicago, stay by the lake and go north of Chicago a bit to the northern suburbs. That’s where the job is. Now go back to Chicago, kinda near the middle and go straight west out I290 and I88, beyond I294 and I355 and that’s about where I am. So it can be a haul to get to the northern ‘burbs from where I am. It  is doable and I don’t mind it. It’s just they might want somebody closer. This day and age that is understandable. I think that is why I lost the job I had, after coming back from surgery over 3 years ago. He had someone closer than I was for the little amount of work that was able to be done. Location, location, location, it affects everything and everyone these days. Your location can cost you a job or prevent you from getting that job.

I also went to an unemployment group meeting this week. Unfortunately it was their last meeting until the middle of January. It was helpful and they gave me some advice on getting my own business/work going. I was also able to help someone with a contact for their job search. So maybe I was there specifically that day to be of help to them. It would be nice to hear they got a job and I was a link to connect them to the right people.

I have been getting some work these last couple of weeks. Mostly small jobs but I will take and do anything I can get. Hopefully each job increases my circle of possible contacts for work and maybe this trickle will start flowing faster. I mean the best advertising is word of mouth. That is a testimony in and of itself.

But let me do a little bragging here, sorry. Somewhere back in the summer, after doing some work for a friend I stopped by a lady’s house that I had worked for from a previous employer. She was happy to see me and find out about me and that I was trying it on my own. I gave her some of my business cards and left it at that. Well she called me this past week and I fixed her toilet and now she is one of my customers. She will definitely be telling others to call me, not the previous company. It’s not the company that makes the worker good. It is the worker who makes the company good. It was my previous reputation with her that got me the work and I kept that reputation intact with good work again. The company didn’t do that…I did.

Thanks for letting me pat myself on the back there for a minute or two. As if you really had a choice in stopping me, LOL!. 🙂

Saturday morning I was able to get on WGN radio, after waiting almost an hour, with a plumbing solution that the moderators had not thought of. Unfortunately they only gave me 30 seconds. So I did not get to say much after they said my name as the introduction and asked for my solution to a previous callers problem. They did agree that my solution would work. But I also question whether the caller had the problem they were all talking about or if it could be another problem that I thought of that was not discussed. That would be due to the caller not describing the problem correctly. So if anyone happened to be listening to WGN radio Saturday morning at about 7:50 or so the plumber with that peppermint solution was me.

So I continue to struggle on. Taking what work I can get when it comes along with trying to advertize for it too. While also looking for a job and the time that takes. Connections, connections, connections, that’s what it takes  in each case. Time will tell, which way the plumber bounces.

Later, Harold

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Job Search 5 Update

Hello Everyone,

Well there is no excitement in Mudville yet. Is it the saying that no news is good news? Except that I am here so I must have something to say.

So a week has gone by and no phone call. So this morning I made the call. I got voice mail. Please leave a message. I did. Over an hour later I got the return call. He has not been doing much in relation to hiring anyone for the position. Their plumbing company recently acquired work from another plumbing company that went out of business. So he has been busy being occupied with all that entails. I told him that was good to be getting more work. He said he will be in touch.

So the wait continues.

Another factor in the business/work world is noted here. A company went out of business, probably means more workers out of work. Good for some workers and companies, bad for others. A domino effect both ways. While some may profit and gain, others are losing. It is probably not equaling out both ways. It seems to me, in this economic time, the bad will out weigh the good. It seems more likely that the company that went out of business will owe more than what any other company will gain. I’m talking about workers owed, creditors owed, banks owed, and maybe the government. Also money that was owed to that company not being fully collected.

I was there with a previous company. I am not saying I knew a lot about it. I do know that companies owed money that was not being collected. The company owed money that could not be paid. When all was said and done nobody was happy. That was during a good time economically! Most if not all the workers got jobs elsewhere. They were probably the only people who came out of it okay. Not so in these times.

I continue on.

Later, Harold

Job Search 5

Hello Everyone!

Well I guess you could call this an update too.

I have continued over the last weeks and months to send out my resume to any plumbing openings I come across or are sent. I am on Plumbing Agent.com, Careerbuilder, Monster among others along with the unemployment site. Along with when I previously had money going to the actual companies and personally handing them my resume and maybe getting to talk with someone face to face.

I also have branched out to other areas I feel I may be qualified to gain employment. So far this has all been for naught. Other than some interviews but no job offers.

Then this past Thursday my cell phone rings. I look at the number but don’t recognize it. So I think quickly, answer or not? I do. It was a plumbing company that I had stopped in at quite a while ago. He is looking to start up a service side to his plumbing business and in his stack of papers had my resume, thought I would be a good fit and called to talk, to see if I was still available, and offer an interview. He wants to hire a plumber. Redundant I guess, why else would he be calling?!

So the interview is set up for Monday at 1 PM. It would be a great opportunity for me. Starting from the ground up. He has a circle of customers already. Plus those that are calling for service work that he is turning away. He has a truck to be stocked, ready for use. He just needs one guy to come in and get the ball rolling.

I figure I would meet and greet the customers he has now and talk about what we could do for them. Service the customers now that are being turned away, because they don’t do service work, yet. Stock the truck, price jobs and make and take phone calls. One guy, start from the ground up, build it up and work, do it all.

That could be me!

So if any of you dear readers, friends, family are the praying type, I would appreciate you saying one for me, as I do too. Maybe this is the one I have been waiting for. It has been a long three plus years of waiting and searching.

Maybe soon, I will have something even better to write about! I have been pumped since the phone call. But I also have the realization that I may not get the job. So I am doing my best to keep everything on an even keel as I prepare my thoughts for the interview.

Thanks to all of you!

Later, Harold

It is Sunday night. I am ready and prepared for the interview tomorrow. Lots of prayer said and being said over it. I am humbled by all the well wishes and prayer. Yet confident without bravado. It is in God’s hands…unless I totally blow it.

Later, Harold

It is Monday after the interview. I think it went well! I am definitely in the top couple of guys. I was told I would hear something in about a week. I wasn’t nervous before…it’s the after that is/will be grinding on me. The waiting game starts.

Where’s the Pepto Bismol?! Rolaids? Tums?

Later, Harold

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