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No More Overnighting?!?!?!
ChuckWriting
farawayeyes4
Hey,

Well, that was a slam to the stomach. I have been making ten dollars an hour working overnight at ShopKo and starting in February, they are going to dock everyone who works overnights to nine dollars an hour and make us work "days" instead. Rather than working the truck from 10 at night, we'll all come in at 4 in the morning (the pallets of stuff to work will sit there for a few hours collecting dust) and then fill the shelves. My problem: the store opens at 8 AM and I know some customers will come in. Having worked a few day shifts (including after Christmas), I can only imagine how much of a hassle this will be. Just when you're on the trail of this or that thing, someone has to come up and say "Excuse me. . .do you know where. . .?" and then you have to put whatever it is you're doing down, show them, and then try and pick up where you left off.

It'll take forever to get something like Housewares worked. I just don't get it, except that they figure if you're sleeping at night (for the most part), you shouldn't get special pay for working that overnight shift. It hurts, cause it seems that now that Christmas is over, I'm not scheduled a whole lot. Hell, I only worked Friday and Saturday this week and next week I only work Saturday. I saw a couple co-workers mention that they only get two days next week and the one manager said "Oh don't worry about it, pick one day and we'll see if we can fit in to work with you." I mentioned I only work one day and he blew me off, soooo apparently I'm not supposed to get more than what they allow, even though I work just as hard.

I was going to start looking for the "career job" anyways, and I have even more reason to do so. I just can't imagine what goes through their heads when they do something like this. I can't imagine what next Christmas will be like. I mean, it's hard to get the truck finished as it is without customer interference. I still couldn't believe that the planogram that took me about a couple hours to set/fill overnight took me twice that in the day because everytime I'd get something picked up and ready to go, Ditzy Customer # Whatever would interrupt and demand to know this or that. I just can't fathom how this is going to work. All the stuff you'd NORMALLY have right there to breeze through will disappear at about quarter to 8 and have to go to back room where you'll have to put it on carts and drag out there and hope you can get done.

I have been told to check into the local printing business in town and see if I can get a job there. I think I will be researching this place and taking the time to perhaps go down and fill out an application. The strange thing: They called me about two months ago and said they wanted to set up an interview. I never applied. They never called back to finalize it and I never followed up because I was busy with Christmas and didn't know how to contact them or what had happened. I'm figuring they're so busy they'll never remember it and I should be able to hopefully get my foot in the door. I was told that you start out at $10.50 an hour, and if you can make it through the stress of the job (it's kind of hectic), you can make your way through the advancements and eventually look at making anywhere up to $25 an hour or possibly $35,000 a year. Boy would that ever be nice.

I never wanted to work at ShopKo forever. I never wanted to make it my "career." For me, unless you're a supervisor of some sort, I kind of think that these kind of jobs are better suited towards highschool or college students. They need some extra cash and don't have to worry about a lot of bills or the like. I still live at home with my parents, mainly because I am too poor to live on my own. I pay for my car, a small rent check, and now my student loans. I would love to be able to live on my own, but haven't had a job yet that pays nearly enough to call living wage(Not with the few hours I get). Perhaps this year will be the year I can maybe get my foot in the door of a good, growing company and get on the path to actually making enough that I can LIVE in my own apartment or small house or whatever and NOT sit here in my bedroom in my parents house. It'd be nice, that's for sure. I guess I'll have to spend the next week seeing what I can find out. I kinda noticed that as soon as I became "permenant" that things weren't all that stable.

I hope I didn't bore you with my rant! I should probably get some stuff, rest some more so I can work tonight, and hope that I can get more chapter work done so that my beta will have something to edit. (She was on me the whole visit about getting it done, but I couldn't write while she visited because we rarely get to see each other and it's too distracting).

Anyways, I'll keep you updated and let you know what happens. I'm just going to count my blessings that I'm at least still employed (even if barely).

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes

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Well, that sucks. I would use all of that extra time you have now and work seriously on finding another job. You really should check that printer out and see if they still have anything. They may be looking for someone to proofread and that kind of thing. If they do remember that they contacted you, just apologize, tell them you were committed to your other job through Christmas, and didn't mean to let the time get away from you like it had before you contacted them. If nothing else, they should appreciate the fact you were committed to the job you were doing at the time.

If you need something to cheer you up, I just posted a oneshot in my journal. You don't have to worry about it distracting you from your fic - I can pretty much guarentee it doesn't have anything to do with anything.

PS - I hope you're enjoying your DA subscription. You had just seemed kind of down at times, and thought it would cheer you up.

Well, after Christmas and before New Years, I was thinking about working on my resume and getting things set to do a career job search because I knew I couldn't take two or three days a week and ever hope to live on my own. I also figured that I didn't spend five years in college to stock air freshener or put out Christmas/Valentines/Whatever candy. I have a week to tell my boss if I'm staying or not, and I am, because I need money, BUT that doesn't mean I won't be looking. This printing place is a good place to start. And, from what I have heard, there is a bit of turnover in the printing company, so if it isn't open now, it might be later. I would have called them back, but I A) didn't have a contact number, they never gave me one, and B) I was extremely busy and didn't have time to look into it. Not with all of Christmas and the rush of that. I am hoping that I will still have a chance to at least try and maybe get an interview that may lead to a job of some sort. I am told it needs a lot of computer knowledge, at least things like writing and graphic programs of some sorts. It also requires strong proofreading skills, which I hope I have by now!!

After work tonight and sleeping the morning off, I'll be looking into the printing company on the internet in a search to see what the company's site has to say, basic information, and if they have an online application. I am hoping that if I pray and persevere enough that I'll get lucky!

I am very thankful that you got my DA subscription. It was a nice surprise. I didn't know I seemed down lately, though. . .I'm mostly tired more than anything, I'd guess.

Hmm. Maybe 2007 will in fact be the year when you start the assent up the career ladder, who knows? What I know is, as soon as you begin to feel you need to move on to something bigger, things do start moving. Do keep us informed, won't you? ^_^

Yeah, I'm still living at home too. Sometimes it sits uneasily with me (ok, I'm nineteen, which is still relatively young), but I don't let it bother me too much - reason being that I know so many others just like me who can't get a place of their own simply because the sheer expense is UNBELIEVABLE. Sometimes it does get me really annoyed, though. How are the younger generation supposed to get a foot in the door at all with accomodation prices being what they are right now? In my area, virtually the only way to get a house of your own is to get pregnant and go to the county council and tell them you need to move out of your family home because there isn't enough room anymore. I am NOT going down that road. >_

I'm hoping that I can get some luck in the printing company or some place else, because I do pretty much know that no matter how they tell me working the new system will give me more opportunity to advance, that's just a smokescreen. If you're docking my pay, you're docking my pay. That sounds like a demotion, not a promotion to me. And I know I'm not gonna be in retail my WHOLE LIFE. I need to do something that is more suited to my skills and talents, and it's not stocking things. I just need to tough it out and keep it until I can get something better and then I can forget all about planograms.

I do understand what you're saying about things being expensive and it being hard to get out there on your own when you don't have a lot of money. I know I'd love to be on my own on one hand, because then I would have more room for my stuff and be independent, but then again I also kinda miss the companion ship of other people in the house. We'll see what happens, I guess.

Do keep us updated, won't you? ^_^

I really hope you can get the printing job; it sounds like a step in the right direction.

As for living at home with the parental units? I know the feeling. I moved back 3 times, once after college in Pittsburgh was a flop. A second time after living through 9-11 in DC and paying 3/4 of my income as rent for a roach infested efficiency with no hot water. And a third time after my father lost his job less than a year before I was trying to move out to CO to be with my then BF and now Husband.

My sister-in-law is having to live with her parents now, as well. She shares a room with her 5-yr-old son because there isn't enough space in the house for all of them to have their own bedrooms. She and her mother are at each others' throats constantly.

The thing is, while living with your parents is annoying at times, especially when you're decidedly old enough to be on your own, it can be a good thing. While I loath the thought, if I ever had to move back home (again) for any reason, I know I'd be able to. My parents would do what they could to get me back on my feet again, even if it took a while. I'm lucky in that respect. You're lucky in that too, but I'm sure you're quite aware of that.

I'm babbling though, sorry. I'm in a weird mood tonight. My husband has actually READ a few chapters of my fan-fic... I've been checking him for signs of fever.

Good luck and I hope things get better through this new year.

Well, I figure my circumstances aren't for lack of trying to move out on my own. I just haven't found THE JOB that will give me the chance to do so. And I don't really want to take two or three just to do it, cause that'd end up killing me. And yes, I know I'm lucky. I just know they'd rather I be on my own, and I'd kinda like to be on my own, decorate my own place my way, not have to worry about annoying anyone in my own living space, ect. All in good time, I suppose.

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