Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I know, MIA again

And all of a sudden I remembered that I haven't blogged in a few weeks.

Loads has changed. I'm starting again with healthier food and more exercising.

Work is crazy. I've had 2 job options within the company I work for now, but turned them both down. Furthermore am I being overqualified for the other positions I applied/interviewed for. So still looking. But unfortunately not so active since my colleague got a new job and I'm doing his as well, currently doing 3 jobs in 1 and it's kind of exhausting because he left things unfinished, which is rather annoying.

I had an amazing long Easter weekend. Went out to a lake with boyfriend and it was so nice. Doing nothing but relax and get a tan. On Saturday boyfriends brother and girlfriend joined us.

Well...I believe my car is ready (had it's yearly check up) so I'm rushing to work. Hope to keep you updated a bit more often. I shouldn't have forgotten about the app on my phone.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Strange job interview

And it was definitely my strangest interview I've got so far.

Last Thursday morning I got a call on my cell and it was in English with a very heavy accent so the English was difficult to understand. He asked me some questions, I got that it was for an interview but no clue what position or company he was talking about.

After a few minutes he connects me with a dutch colleague who has to schedule the interview. I ask her about the position and company. We make an appointment for Monday afternoon and she says she'll email the details.

I was still unsure what all this was and wasn't sure if I even wanted to go to the interview. So when 5 hours later someone else calls to make an appointment for Monday afternoon I accept since I didn't have received any details from the "weird" company. Of course I do get the details when I'm almost home.

I had already decided to give them a call to cancel but since they called with unknown number I couldn't call. When I got the email I immediately give them a call to let them know Monday isn't possible and after Tuesday is not an option because of the job I've already been offered. The lady on the phone made a note for the interviewer to call me back.

Friday morning I get a call and it's the interviewer. She heard that I got another offer but I had to come and see her because 'I couldn't let this chance pass me by'. I managed to leave the office earlier and do the interview.

She starts with 'Are you willing to move for the job?' Euhm..from where I live to here is doable, something like 40 min. 'No it's not, if people have to travel longer than 30 minutes they won't keep the job for long. My assistant must have miscalculated, I'd have never invited you'. Wow.

Then she asks me about the job description. I tell her that it sounds very interesting but I'm not sure if I'd be good at making acquisitions, I know I can do all the other aspects. 'making acquisitions is the biggest part of your job, if you don't like that you wouldn't be suited for the job'. I tell her that I've already told her assistant this on the phone. 'Well I think he didn't understand you because otherwise he shouldn't have invited you'. That's the second time she says I shouldn't have been invited and she made it sound as if my English is rubbish, which I can tell you it's not.

Furthermore does she tell me that 'the step from low level administrative mbo job to this hbo job would be too big for a person'. What the bleep, why did you let your assistant call me in the first place? I told you that I took this job to have a job but that I'm looking for a more interesting and challenging job. And I've explained that I can handle loads of work so Argh...this lady annoyed the bleep out of me.

She made me do the interview last minute and looked at me with a disapproving look when we shook hands because I wasn't suited up. Euhm hello...I left in the morning for a job that doesn't require a suit, if I come to you straight from work without passing start euhm..home, I can't suit up.

I was in and out of the building within 30 min. I was too shocked to be snappy back and I think I wouldn't have lowered myself to her standard (I could have definitely taken her on her clothes she was wearing a mismatching suit, and the way she pronounced some English words she used I think I could have taken her down at that one as well).

Got to update the job offers tomorrow. I've already said no to the one in the company that had the many customers. And I'm going to say no to the one from this afternoon. I've got 1 interview left to do but no date set yet. So I'll give them a call before I give my potential new boss a call. Maybe I'll say yes maybe I'll just update him and say I need a few more days for the last interview. However I'll tell him that's it him or the last interview, all others have been dismissed.

Enjoy what's left of your day.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Choices

I fell of the bandwagon snacking wise. Had some peanutbutter sticks, actually it was a full bag. I was in a frustrated mood and I needed something to munch on. But I did do an hour of intensive aquajogging.

The reason I was - and still am - frustrated is because of the job hunting. Within the company I currently work for I've had 2 interviews, and both have said If you want it, it's yours. Which of course is fantastic, but leaves me with a dilemma, what am I going to do?

X is closer by than Y. But it takes me the same amount of time to get to both during rush hour. If the roads were empty I think it will only differ 5 min.

Based on feeling I like Y better, but there's a voice in the back of my head going "But X is probably more interesting that it seems".

For X I would be working with a lot of different clients for stuff all over the world. Y only has one customer and I'd be responsible for one country. So on one hand you can service to a lot of clients, make sure every one of them is happy, and every client has its own way of work, so it's very diverse. But on the other hand you'll have a very good relationship with your one client and thus with all the people you need to keep this one client happy.

And you'll never know which one is the best until you've tried both. But I can't split myself into two, otherwise I'd have already done that way back. And it's not like you can shadow them for a day because it will take 6 months to get someone properly trained and knowledgeable of all the stuff you have to do.

Got the weekend to make a decision.

I've got 1 more interview next week but that's for a completely different company and I have to double check because I got a job description of sales support and the appointment confirmation says order entry employee, could be the same but order entry sounds a lot less interesting as sales support. And sales support and what the girl told me was that it was an hbo-level job while it now sounds mbo, which isn't bad but it will probably have me bored in a few weeks.

You'll probably have no clue what I just said with hbo and mbo. In the Netherlands you're already divided up in different levels of education when you're 12 years old. It's based on how easy you learn, the booksmart kids go off to vwo while the ones who might don't like books or are good with their hands go to vbo. In between are more options. And after high-school you get higher education which is again on different education levels and hbo is higher than mbo. University is highest if the higher educational level.

And with that I'll leave you be.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Update on no snacking April and work

I'm doing ok foodwise. Had a few crisps in the weekend but it wasn't more than a handful each time (I got small hands, and no I didn't get a handful after a handful, I had one on Saturday and one on Sunday). Exercising isn't really active although I did walk a lot and cycled to boyfriend instead of using the car. Everyone was making jokes that I would call boyfriend half way but I didn't. The next morning boyfriend had to work veeeeeery early (alarm went off at 4 something am) so I cycled back at a decent time. His parents had offered to throw my bike in the back since they were heading my way anyway but I said no. And on Saturday afternoon we walked with the dogs. Ours is so tiny and his familys dog is so big. So funny if you see them walk/run, the big one is walking faster than normal and our little puppy (he's not a puppy but he's puppy size) is running.

On work front. Oh dear...I've already been labelled part-timer since I'm off half the time for interviews. Had one last Thursday, one last Friday, two yesterday, one today, one tomorrow and one Thursday. I'm definitely not taking the one from last Friday. And only yesterday and Thursday (which are for the same position) are with the company, all the others are with recruiters or temp agencies (which doesn't have to mean it's temporary). So currently waiting for feedback from 5 companies the recruiter/ta introduced me at. I do like the job description of Thursday, the first talk was very interesting, they sold their vacancy pretty well (well...you'll never know if it's really as exciting and interesting as they let on). But I'm not sure if I want to go the distance (that's why I planned the second interview in the morning so I'll know how long I have to travel). There are so many jobs closer to home and I'm going to try and stall so I can find out if this is indeed the job I want to do. They ask commitment for at least a year. They're gonna invest in me so I should invest in them and they're right but if I say yes I shouldn't keep shopping for something else, and I'm not gonna be I would like to have covered all my bases and checked out the other options.

Ugh. The others have to hurry up. I want more info like yesterday.

I'm gonna sleep on it, maybe my dreams will provide me with some insight (probably not but you'll never know).

I'll keep you updated.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Starting tonight

So I said I would post more often but so far that's not really happening. But its April now and I would try to post more often this month as to have a bit of control over losing some weight.

My Scottish friend said this week Starting tonight I'm going to not snack and exercise more. I decided that I would join him and not wait for April 1. So far we're doing ok. Not good but ok (i had a colleague leave and he treated us all to a magnum ice cream).

I did do some extra exercising which its still killing me. I did some stretch exercises for 30 min on Wednesday and I can still feel the insides of my upper legs. Although I did more actively participate in my aquajogging class because I wanted to exercise more and shouldn't whine like a baby for a bit of muscle ache.

Job hunting is still meh. Had an interview yesterday and I believe they want me. But I have another interview on Monday and one one Tuesday. And one recruiter would introduce me to 2 companies.

And the one from yesterday and Monday are within the current company but I'm not sure that I want that. It's not the company but the kind of job. I want a more active job with loads of different things. Yesterday the manager gave me
4 different departments to choose from: dealing with customs (at airports and such), customer service, administrative thing, or one I could fill in myself. I told them a combination of 2, 3, and 4 (which would be secretary and/or hr). He was impressed.

So now I have to think. And my manager will come to me on Monday and ask when I want to switch departments but I just don't know if I even want that. I got until the end of June to find something else, so I got some time and I should really go and do what I want. But somehow all these recruiters and temp agencies are giving me a job that resembles my current job and even if I tell them I want something different, they say I really think this job fits you best.

I even have one recruiter say I think this suits you best so I'm not introducing you at the other jobs you applied for. I'm sorry but is it not up to me to decide that?

I so hope the guy who had that job at the gaming company has something else for me soon. I really liked him and it seemed that he was more invested in what I wanted and said than in what I can on paper.

Have a great weekend. Hope no one April fooled you yesterday.