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Waterlight

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How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« on: April 10, 2017, 09:35:38 AM »
Job Hunting

On Episode 6 of "How Waterlight Grew Her Spine," I managed to get an interview with one of the top employers in Seattle for a Data Entry Specialist job through a staffing agency.  I won't name the company, but I will say this:  you do not decline a job offer from this company unless you have a counteroffer from the Godfather!  It has a reputation for treating employees very well and having a lot of fun perks that go with working there.

I'd done my homework on the company and even used their website before, so I was already familiar with what they had to offer. The interview went well and the hiring manager said I "should hear something today or tomorrow."

The next day, I was offered the job, with a start date of April 19! Happydance ensued.  ;)  The staffing agency will be my official employer, but for the next 2-3 months I will be working at one of the Best Places to Work in Seattle.

Later that day, I got calls from two recruiters hoping to fill temp-to-hire roles.

Recruiter #1 completely understood when I declined an interview because the job I'd just been offered had higher hourly pay, a walking-distance commute, and full medical benefits with premiums 100% employer-paid. Recruiter #1 agreed to check back with me in 2-3 months to see whether I was available again.

Recruiter #2 refused to take "Thanks, but I've already accepted another role and will be unavailable for the next 2-3 months" for an answer.
She whined when I turned down an interview for the job she was recruiting for. "But whyyyyyyyyy is that temp job more important than a direct-hire job?" The direct-hire job paid more, but the commute was over an hour each way by bus, which reduced my overall hourly pay rate and the time I had for a life outside of work.

I Googled the direct-hire company's address while I had Recruiter #2 on the phone and then did a quick lookup on Employer Review Site That Shall Remain Nameless. Somehow I was not surprised to find complaints about long work hours, poor work/life balance, and a negative work environment.

I told Recruiter #2, "Work/life balance is a major consideration for me, and I know that long commute isn't going to be sustainable.  For a permanent role I've decided to hold out for something in or closer to Seattle."  Bullet successfully dodged, and I made a Note to Self not to take any more calls from this recruiter.
“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”--Ralph Waldo Emerson

ladyknight1

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 09:48:38 AM »
Congratulations!
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-J.R.R Tolkien

NFPwife

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 10:27:09 AM »
Congratulations on the job and your spine strength!!

GardenGal

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 02:28:58 PM »
Bravo!!  Maye they'll decide to keep you on when the temp job ends.
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai

Waterlight

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 06:23:23 PM »
The perks included with my new employer, BTW, include:

Stunning views of Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and downtown skyline out the windows
Fresh fruit delivery, a variety of (free!) snacks and drinks, espresso machines, a candy wall, and a frozen yogurt machine
Reservable treadmill desks, and an in-building gym
Monthly lunches catered by local restaurants
Game room with Ping-Pong, shuffleboard and video games
Relaxed dress code (jeans and flip-flops)
A rooftop deck for enjoying those perfect Seattle summers

I will also have a five-block walking commute, and the flexibility I need in my schedule to take time off for doctor appointments...or time off to buy tickets to a concert for one of my favorite bands. ;)  All I need to do is tell my supervisor I'll need a few hours off on such-and-such a day.
“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”--Ralph Waldo Emerson

GardenGal

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 10:35:00 PM »
How can I sign up?  WOW!!!  Those are way better perks than I got when I owned my own business!
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai

siamesecat2965

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 12:24:04 PM »
I'm pretty sure I know which company that is, and a friend's daughter i think is doing an internship there this summer. She's very smart and good at what she does, and i wouldn't be at all surprised if she gets a job offer next year after she graduates.

Phoebelion

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 07:14:26 AM »
May be a "branch" office of where my DIL works.  Has all those perks and more.  Congrats.

LEMon

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 08:42:55 PM »
I've heard others translate what Recruiter #2 was really saying, "Money. I want you to take this job so I get money. Why won't you do this? I want the money." (read with a whine).
 Makes thinking through what they are offering less personal and much more business.

Waterlight

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2017, 08:43:26 PM »
Just an update:  The assignment at One of the Best Companies to Work For ended early and all four contractors, including me, were laid off... but I was offered another temp gig the very next day and was back at work within the week at a local law firm.

My current gig is through a recruitment agency that has consistently treated me like a human--and if I had to choose between going through them and going through another agency I'd choose them, every time.  It's expected to go through at least the end of this month but may go all the way to the end of the summer.

I recently turned down another offer from a recruiter--but this time I didn't mention the real reason.  It was another permanent role but would have been in the same building (different company) as the job I walked out of two and a half years ago.  The potential for awkwardness running into former coworkers--or worse, Evil Ex-Boss Now Known As The Toad--was just too great for me even to consider.  Fortunately I'd already accepted my current gig, which has a shorter commute and a shift I prefer (evenings rather than early morning), and I was able to use that as an excuse. :)
“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”--Ralph Waldo Emerson

GardenGal

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Re: How Waterlight Grew Her Spine: Spine Story #6
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2017, 02:14:15 PM »
Such a good update - good luck with the new job!
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai