It’s been a week and there is still no word from either company that I interviewed with. I was in the first group of second interviews for Company B. I think they were scheduling interviews through yesterday. I suppose I should not worry yet. I have no idea how many other people Company A was considering, so I have no idea whether or not to worry there. Company A could not tell me exactly when they want to start, just ‘Soon.’ Company B’s training class doesn’t start until May 11, so maybe they’ll start calling people next week. I’ll try not to worry. I’m going to keep reminding myself how good those interviews felt. Please keep sending your positive thoughts my way, my friends.

Big sigh of relief that my week of interviews is over. I don’t interview well. It’s like test anxiety or something. I am a great employee though, and I fervently hope that both companies I had second interviews with this week liked me.

I feel my second interview with ‘Company B’ went well today. In a perfect world I would hear back from both companies on the same day and they would both tell me they want me. That would be a huge boost for me. Plus, it’s nice to have options. I think I know which direction I’m leaning. Think positive thoughts for me, please.

It’s been a good day. My second interview went well, I feel. And yesterday another company asked me to come in for a first interview today. That went well. I have a second interview for tomorrow. Wish me luck! Having options is good!

I got a second interview! Wish me luck!

I had an interview today, set up through my temp agency. I think it went pretty well. They had me do a lot of assessments. The agency says I should know whether or not I get a second interview within the week. Wish me luck.

I would tell you the name of the company but at this stage of the game I think that would be premature. I think I can tell you that it’s a rather large, well-known, and respected printing company which is setting up a new customer service call center. They are in need of people like me, and I hope they see I am the person for the job.

PS Don’t forget to pray for my Mom.¬† ūüôā

So earlier this week, my ceiling sprang a leak when the apartment upstairs had an unfortunate incident with a water heater. Today my brand new cell phone (my only phone) went for a swim. Water is definitely a problem for me this week, so I think it might be a good idea for me to start building an ark.

I really have to tell you these stories. They’re epic and you can read them after the jump.

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So, I’ve been having a rough time of it lately, being unemployed and all. Old Man Bobby discovered that we have a Sprinkles in the Valley and decided that’s what we would do Date Night Tuesday. Yeah, he occasionally has these moments of sweetness and brilliance.

My apartment had different ideas. It’s no my apartment’s fault really. The apartment upstairs started it. Their water heater broke and flooded the place. Trust me, the trickle down effect isn’t fun. A few hours after their fiasco, I started hearing an unpleasant drip, drip, drip, and suddenly I had my own fiasco. A little heads up from the apartment complex would have been nice, but that might be a whole other post. The bottom line of this post is that Sprinkles has eluded me. Black and White, Dark Chocolate, and Chai Latte…one day you will be mine.

I’ve had so few good days in the last couple months, but today it feels like change is in the air. Not only did I actually have an interview, but I feel pretty good about it. I don’t know anything yet of course, but it was a really positive experience for me even if I don’t get the job. Just to be out there was a step in the right direction.

So two weeks ago I had my car in the shop for the third time for over-heating. A week after paying $760 to fix a bunch of stuff it over-heated again. This time it was the head gasket. That took days to fix. I stayed with Old Man Bobby for most of the week and he drove me to and from work. That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be; it was actually kind of nice. But, I would rather have not had the car trouble and been able to sleep in my own bed. I would rather have not had to borrow money to pay for the $1170 in repairs.

I got my car back Thursday night. Friday afternoon I got fired from work. Like I said, it was the worst week ever.

The handwriting has been on the wall since we got our new team leader in the fall. She seemed to take an instant disliking to me, and I wasn’t the only one who noticed. The original dispute was mediated by her boss and I had hope that things would move forward from there. It was soon apparent that she was playing some sort of game. I tried to pay attention,¬† to find some reason to bring it back to her boss, but there just wasn’t anything concrete. I didn’t want anyone to think that I was being paranoid or just playing some political game. I tried to keep my head down, and make nice. Until yesterday when she had me fired, just a little too late.

Now I have to file for unemployment, and wait for it to be declined. And it will. That’s how they roll at my former place of employment. They don’t lay people off. Suddenly a lot of people find themselves on counseling, and soon thereafter they find themselves fired. The company doesn’t have to pay unemployment that way. People go to court over this, they sue for wrongful separation, and actually win. Why the company continues to handle it this way I don’t understand. Going to court must still be more cost-effective than paying unemployment.

What I want to say to my former co-workers who may be reading is, be careful. Stay off of couseling. I know it’s extremely difficult with the new policies being what they are, but those couseling plans they put you on don’t go away when they tell you they do. Even though they “expire” in 30/60/90 days, they stay on a “rolling counseling” plan for a year, which means even expired ones hurt you if you get on a new counseling. I did not now this until it was too late to do anything about it. And even though the improvment is obvious and well-documented in my case, it did not help. It won’t help if someone just wants you gone.

My¬†track record with the company¬†also did not help. Until last year I had never missed a ticket in my 13-year career. I had never had a debit memo or a customer service issue. Six months ago I was at Pacesetter, celebrating winning the company’s top honor for my accomplishments the year before, including several quarterly and monthly awards. Until the new team leader came to the team I was trusted to train new hires and cross-training employees, help with recurrant training, and to create and update all of our account’s training materials. I took on all sorts of projects large and small. At one point my old team leader told me to tell him if it was too much, that he just realized how much extra work he’d given me. I assured him I was good. I was enjoying the extra responsibility and learning a lot of new things. Once we got the new team leader, all my projects dried up. Other people were doing the training. Other people were getting the projects, even when I was most qualified for them and I volunteered. It one-on-ones¬†I was told I was a “disappointment”¬† repeatedly, and that my team leader “expects more from a Pacesetter.” I was told I have an attitude problem. I was told I was negative.

Yes, I was late a few times (a total of maybe 20 minutes in an entire year because of a medication that sometimes makes me ill–instead of calling in sick I was getting to work as soon as I could). Yes, I finally missed¬†a ticket (once in 13 years is well above average). But it’s hard not to see this as a witch hunt, when weighing these issues against my accomplishments, and looking at how fast it all happened. Six months ago, I was the best of the best. Two months ago I was told of a potential problem, and I’ve improved since then. Now I’m fired. Be careful my friends, be very careful.

I know a lot of you are very upset, for me (I appreciated all the texts and phone calls!), and also very worried about your jobs. Be worried, certainly, but don’t do anything rash. If you are going to bring it up, do it right. Talk about it in your skip levels. Get the documentation out there that morale is suffering because of instances like this, but under no circumstances should you give anyone the impression you are siding with me. It will only hurt your prospects.