Interviewing during the pandemic is harder than anyone ever imagined. Keep your head high and keep going! I just landed my dream job and here are a few tips that really helped me:
Good luck and hang in there!
If you want a balanced life I think you have to get home most nights and eat dinner with your family or at least get home. That’s what a 9-5 job provides. There are some truck driving jobs that allow that, but most of us over the road haulers do not have a balanced life in my opinion. Of course everyone has an idea of what they want their life to be like. To me, a good day on the job is lots of miles, drop and hooks, and being able to get to the truck stop early to find a spot and have a nice clean hot shower followed by a good meal. What makes it a really great day is if I am going to make it home that night after being away 12 to 19 days on the road.
Having a Job at Ihop has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned about myself along the way. The toughest part about a job is always acclimating to your new environment and learning the ins and outs of what you are doing. The best part about a job is being rewarded with a sense of purpose. As well as a feeling gratitude and accomplishment for being able to take on more responsibility that pays both physically and mentally. Working at IHOP has done all of these things for me and I’m so excited to keep growing within myself and my work environment! #Lovemyjob
I remember it was around this time when I worked at CVS and Mother's Day was coming up. I helped this little girl, she couldn't have been more than 10 help pick out a card for her mom. Her mom was in the store and she told her she had to wait up front and she came up and said she needed help. She took my hand and walked me over to the cards. I was in the middle of stocking but my boss saw me and gave me the ok. We went through probably like 15 cards or so until we found the one she liked. She gave me a hug and went and paid for her card with the change she had saved. CUTEST THING ever!!!!
When I was first teaching I worked at Home Depot on Friday after work and then Saturday and Sunday's in the garden center as a cashier and then inside during the winter months. I needed the extra income as my wife and I were buying our first home and the more money we could put down the better! I basically filled the hours for those who wanted weekends off. I enjoyed being outdoors during the warmer months, but the summertime could get pretty hot. They were good about giving me bottled water and a fan in my little booth. It wasn't a bad job at all.
I was a trucker. A few years back I was drivin up a icy hill in the middle of winter when another semi coming down the hill started to jackknife. His trailer swung out sideways blocking the entire road and headed straight towards me!! The whole time all i could think of was this is it. Thank god no one was hurt. Must have angels on my side or something. We all walked away and I learned a lesson to never under estimate mother nature when your drivin.
This is near and dear to my heart, as my mother suffered from this horrible disease (Alzheimer’s) when she was just 50 years old. It is the saddest thing in the world when your own mother doesn't recognize your face. There is so much more research to be done, but it's pretty amazing that Lyft has partnered with the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation. They will provide FREE transportation to and from local Alzheimer’s disease research sites for specific trials. THIS is why I continue to put my faith in this company and drive for them. This site lists the organizations that can help! https://www.memorystrings.org/lyft
I work for Amazon as a picker. My job is to make sure the products get delivered accurately and quickly by getting orders ready for shipment. I literally "pick" them out. If you want this job you can NEVER be late. I work long hours and I am on my feet. It's not for everyone, but if I am not multitasking I will literally lose it. I NEED to be busy, NEED to run around, and NEED to work hard. They like us to be selective when it comes to ensuring the quality of orders. You know when your order arrives all in great condition? Yup, that was a picker that made that happen (well and packing too). You work hard for a reason and if you like to complain then time to look for work elsewhere. There are no room for complainers when work has to get done. Amazon pays me well. The days fly by. If I need a day off I ask. It's simple work, but also complex. I like it. I have told other people this but, you can look here on Jobcase for an Amazon job up at the top of the site by searching, or you can go right to Amazon's website https://www.amazon.jobs/
One time at work this woman came rushing in and was frantically looking for diapers for her baby. I helped show her where the aisle was. She explained that her 11-year-old son had grabbed the wrong bag for her on their way out. She was rushing and the baby was screaming so she hadn't been paying attention. Their bag had no baby supplies and they were far away from home when the baby needed a change. I tried to make her laugh and cheer her up as the baby was getting fussy. I told her this can happen to any mom. As she goes to pay she realizes her wallet is also in the other bag as well and she starts to get upset. I took the diapers from her and went to my co-worker's register and had her ring me out along with some wipes and some candy for her son. She hugged me with tears in her eyes. I never felt so good before. The next week wouldn't you know it she came back to the store and told us she wouldn't shop anywhere else but Walgreens. She handed me a check for $100 to thank me for "saving the day." I was shocked! I told her I was just doin what anyone else would. She said no one else would have helped them the way I had.
I can never forget the kindest and sweetest woman I had ever met at a job. She would come in once a month on a Tuesday to Walmart get her medication at the pharmacy. She would come over to me with this big spread smile and take out her wallet and show me the same bent and faded photo of her son. She lost him in Iraq. We would talk for a while about her son, life, and then on her way out, she would somehow find me before she left and would buy me my favorite iced tea. It was that kindness that made me enjoy my job so much but even more restored my faith in people again.