Friday the 13th!!! Oh...and I got a job!!! or 2!
Apr 13, 2007
It's Friday the 13th today, but so far....no bad luck. ACTUALLY...GOOD NEWS!!!! I got a job!!! 2 actually! YEAAAHHH!!!!
Okay....not gonna lie....they are both going to suck. Haha...but oh well....I NEED money. The first one is with this company called Playfair, they work with Energy Australia and AMEX and companies like that. So basically I will be one of those REALLY annoying people who goes door to door ALL DAY LONG and get people to switch to Energy Australia so they can get a month of free electricity. Yah so NOT exciting. I went yesterday for an "observation" day, and at this point I still didn't really know what the company did because I had an interview the day before and I thought it was just a company that helps people find jobs. I started to get a little suspicious though and got the feeling it might be one of these door to door things, because Kori had gone for an interview for the exact same thing a couple of days before with a different company, and there seems to be a lot of them around Australia. Anyway, I went just to see what it was, thinking I could leave if it sucked because I had already been hired at this other job (I'll get to that).
Well I got there about 15 minutes early, (shocking, I know) so I filled out some random paper work quickly and went outside to make a phone call quickly before it started, because I had unintentionally locked Kori & James out of the apartment for the day by forgetting to give them the one and only key we had for it before I left. I knew this observation was an all day thing, so I was trying to figure out how to get the key to them before we went out into the field all day (yah, STILL not sure WHY I was going into the "field" for some random job that I didn't know what it was) and they wouldn't be able to meet up with me to get it. After I left a quick message for Kori explaining how to get to the office to pick up the key, I went back inside, still early, and they had started this little speal thing without me. I was thinking "crap, now they think I'm late" and the owner saw me walk in then and not earlier, so I quietly sat down with the 2 other people that were in there. At the end of the guys speech he said "only one of you will be hired today, so make sure you impress the person you will be teamed up with, because they report back to Ben" (the owner). "Great, I might as well leave now, I don't want to do this anyway, whatever it is, and I already "appear" to be late to some people". I was pondering how I could make my escape when Ben introduced me to Emilie, the girl I would be teamed up with that day to "observe". Damn. Then she took me outside and we met up with a group of other people, and she told me we were going to a part of the city where most people are Vietnamese and don't speak english, and we would be helping them save money on their electricity. "Ah man...do I HAVE to?" She also said we were all going to have lunch together first and would be out until about 8:30 that night. WHAT? I HAVE GOT to get myself out of this situation before I have NO IDEA where I am! But before I could even figure out a nice way to...uh....run away...she brought me inside the cafe beside the office and asked me what I wanted to eat. I was actually ridiculously hungry so I ordered a sandwich and a bottle of water, and she bought it for me. "Okay now I HAVE to stay, I can't let her buy my lunch and then LEAVE". Grrr.
After everyone ordered their lunch, we all piled into a van and I quickly figured out that when she said "we are all going to have lunch together" she meant "we are all going to EAT lunch together in the van". "Oh even better, I LOVE eating a messy sandwich while I'm in a bumpy van squished against the window". As soon as everyone was in, one of the guys in the front seat blasted the music and everyone around me started screaming, not singing, all the words. I still have no idea what is going on at this point, and I can't do a 007 roll out of the van because the door is on the other side...and well...I don't want to die yet. Or squish my sandwich. So I just sat there eating my sandwich, and after a while I realised I had absolutely no idea where we were, so even if I did want to bail I would have no idea how to get home. While we were eating Emilie started to explain some stuff to me about the company and what we would be doing, and how we would be going to about 60-100 houses that day, and would probably only make 4 "sales". "Wow sounds like FUN! I CAN'T WAIT!" Then after about 20 minutes of being in the van, one guy started shouting "Good afternoon everybody" and EVERYONE shouted back at him and cheered, and I was even more creeped out by these wierd cult people. Just kidding. The guy went on to say, I mean SHOUT, that a different guy would start the introductions today (WHAT) and so buddy started shouting and told everyone to say their name, age, where they are from, and which movie they would like to be the star character in. The first girl went and said "My name is Olivia" and everyone shouted "Hi Olivia" and I felt like I was at an AA meeting, but I laughed and eventually joined in to all the screaming and clapping. Wierdness. Emilie told me that they do this every day, and that every day there is a different question. It only took about 2 seconds before I realized I was the oldest one in the van (except for one guy who is 28) since most of them were only 18, 19, and 20. Wow, that made me feel SO much better. So when it was my turn and I told them my name, age, and that I was from Canada they all cheered, and when I said I would be Uma Thurman in Kill Bill because she gets to kick ass all day long, they cheered even louder. (We had just watched it a few days before, it was all I could think of) The other girl in the van that was "observing" was really shy and clearly not impressed, and no one could hear her when she said her name, etc...but we DID hear her say "I don't like movies" and we were all kinda stunned and there was an akward silence before we started cheering for her boring personality. It was actually really funny. Who doesn't like movies????
Well it took us about 45 minutes to get to the suburb we were working that day, and Ben dropped off all the girls at a random gas station and Emilie told me to leave all my stuff in the van and that he would pick us up at 8:30pm. We ran into the gas station to go to the washroom before we started, but it was out of order, so Emilie said we would just go later. I didn't think it was a big deal because I didn't really have to go, so we got our map out and she showed me the street we would be on that day. We quickly realised that our entire street was apartment buildings, which meant alot of stairs and alot of buzzing random apartments to get someone to let us in. So it was basically a long day consisting of exactly that, along with the majority of the people telling us the couldn't speak English, in perfect English by the way. It was easy to figure out that most of them knew they could get off the hook by saying that. And the ones that did try and talk to us didn't really fully understand, so Emilie spent the whole day repeating herself and being extremely patient. I, on the other hand, had decided before the day even started that I didn't want this job, but tried to make the best of the situation anyway and have a good day, even though I had no sunscreen on and felt like I was burning. (I didn't)
After a long day we met up with the rest of the girls at the gas station again, and we all laughed about how frustrating the day was, except for Miss I don't like movies, who sat there and ignored everyone. I knew she was no competition for me, since all the girls thought I was really funny and personable, and the other girl obviously hated her life, but I didn't care because I wasn't planning on taking the job anyway if it was offered to me. I completely thought the other guy was going to get it, even though I hadn't seen him all day and didn't know anything about him, but he seemed professional and he wasn't wearing a shirt with cleavage because that was all he had, and he also didn't walk in during the middle of the speech in the morning with a coffee, so I naturally assumed my being there was completely pointless, but again, didn't care. I had no plans that day anyway, and I got to see more of Sydney.
On the way home the music was blaring again and everyone(and by everyone I mean everyone except for Miss Anti-social) was laughing and talking about snowboarding in Canada and my future snow/surf shop. We got back to the office after a long drive and all I cared about was getting out of there so I could eat something (did I mention I only ate half of my sandwich that morning and only toast for breakfast) because my stomach was growling like crazy and I was so hungry I felt sick, and I also hadn't gone to the bathroom ALL day (yah we never went "later). But I had to wait to meet with Ben (oh yah, he is only 19 by the way and owns the company....!!!...) so I sat there impatiently and thought about how I was going to tell him I had a great day but...
Well.....my plan didn't exactly go the way it was supposed to. When I got called in Ben was sitting with Emilie who had just given him my review, and he asked me a bunch of questions about the company and some of the sales. He was quite impressed with how much I remembered and that I knew all the selling steps Emilie had told me about earlier. I was only half-listening to him talk because I knew he was just going to say he had chosen the other guy for the job. Then suddenly he said "I have absolutely no hesitation about hiring you, and every single person in the van today recommended I choose you, so when can you start?" "What...?" That's the only thought that came to me as he shook my hand, but instead I said "Tomorrow". Haha how dumb am I? Oh well. I figure I might as well give it a shot until I find something else, or at least until I have some money saved up. It's 100% commission though, so it can go either way. I think I get $25 for every confirmed sign up, and if I get them to change their electricity AND gas, then I get $35. Just yesterday when I was out with Emilie she made $125, ans she goes out almost every day, so there is potential to make about $800/week. Sweet. And the best part is I get paid every Monday, so I can work for two weeks if I want and quit. Haha. But I will stick it out for a while first.
Oh yah....I also have another job. I haven't gone for my training for that one yet though, which is supposed to be on Monday, and Monday is the day I'm supposed to start the other one. Hmm....I will have to figure this one out.
Aaaanyway.....the other one is just as equally annoying, but instead of walking around and bugging people, I get to stand there and bug people all day. Yes...I may be one of those really annoying people who tries to get people to sign up for a new credit card. Except this one would be in the airport, so that's a long train ride everyday. And I don't know if I will even go on Monday, I have to decide between the lesser of two evils. Hmm...that must be the EVIL part of this day, although Friday the 13th is highly overrated anyway.
Okay, well that's my long story for the day. Still no pictures, sorry. I think we are going out tomorrow night with James' brothers so we can say goodbye to one of them. His other brother Ben is going to New Zealand with his girlfriend Petra for a while, so I'm sure I will take plenty of new pictures tomorrow.
Well I will update you on what's new and exciting in the life of Ang tomorrow, or maybe the next day, so keep checking in the next couple of days.
I miss you all and I will talk to you soon!!!