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July 25, 2005 at 8:55 am #855
it’s a bit tough, seeing all these folks saying “i’ve been hired! what am i supposed to do now?”. i’ve been to the job fair the last two years in a row, met some awesome people, made some good contacts. last year, i was hired as an alternate and didn’t make it down. this year, i’ve got the alternate gig again, and am still waiting back on the results of my interview a couple of weeks back (i figure driving to colorado from SF shows determination, right?). i have bruises all over my arms from the docs drawing blood and missing veins (you still have to PQ to be an alternate, whether or not you’re going). i got turned down for the DA spot i applied for (a bit of a blow, i must say, being abjectly turned down for a dishwashing job, but whatever).
i guess what i’m saying is: wish me luck. they said a couple of weeks and i’d hear back. i’m calling tomorrow because it’s been a little while.
please disreguard whatever pathetic sound this post may have. if i don’t make it this year, it’s back to the job fair next.
cheersJuly 25, 2005 at 3:44 pm #8248SciencetechKeymaster
Nope, no pity parties here. Two years to get employed is about par.
You went for DA? And you were originally going for an IT position, right? Oy! What job are you an alternate for?
Here’s a story…
I have a good friend who really wanted a job on the Ice. She was turned down the first year, but got the name of a hiring manager. All that year, everytime she went somewhere, she’d write a postcard to him. “Having a great time in Montana. Would really like a job…” By the next year he couldn’t take it any more, so he hired her over the phone — as a janitor. At the pre-deployment orientation meeting he called her name to find out who she was. She stood, and he held up a thick stack of post cards: he had kept ALL of them.
She worked two years as a janitor, then two years as a hovercraft driver (this was quite some time ago). She went on to become one of the best ice core drillers on the continent. I met her last summer in McMurdo when she was headed out to the Dry Valleys as a grantee to drill more cores.
Keep at it…July 27, 2005 at 7:43 pm #8249
thanks, truly, for the lack of pity. it was late at night, and i didn’t really mean it like it sounded, just venting some frustration.
i’ve been doing more or less as your friend did (only sans postcards).
it still looks pretty good for me this season.July 29, 2005 at 5:20 am #8250thepooles98Keymaster
two years in a row as an alternate, almost puts you in as one of us. Keep up the gentle phone calls. And keep at it. Don’t be a pest, but make sure they know you by name. The post card thing is just another way of making sure they know who you are. If you don’t get it, next year play up the two time alternate thing. Tell them it’s time to hire you and put the other person down as an alternate. What position are you an alternate for?July 29, 2005 at 9:21 am #8251
well two years now officially as an alternate. in my last post everything was looking good. i found out today via impersonal form letter (more or less) that the other position i was waiting on was hired out to someone else. i still have the alternate gig though.
i’m an alternate for crary lab IT, as i was last year. was waiting on a spot in town proper.
i can’t help but be a bit disappointed. not entirely because of the rejection, mostly for its manner. i drove to colorado from san francisco for my interview (mostly because i had a road trip planned anyway) because i thought face to face meant more sense than on the phone. to receive a “thank you for your interest in raytheon polar services company etc etc” after that just hurt a bit, you know?
i feel better having heard from my hiring contact for the alternate spot though, she said “it ain’t over till it’s over, and i promise not to give up the fight on this end”
long live KJ, that’s all i have to say.
i hope using actual names is not somehow taboo, but i feel it had to be said.
[Probably not a good idea. I changed it to initials. — KP]July 29, 2005 at 6:14 pm #8252SciencetechKeymaster
@drop john wrote:
long live KJ, that’s all i have to say.
Huh, what just happened? Oh, I’m sorry — I must have blacked out there for a minute.
Good luck DJ. Keep us posted.July 30, 2005 at 9:57 am #8253
not entirely sure i caught the …..pop! thing, but thanks for the encouragement.
and thanks for editing the post for me, i had actually meant to go back as soon as i woke up and change it back to initials.
at any rate. this thread should probably die now. but thanks again.
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