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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