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Gotta love overtime!

Posted in General, Work on April 26, 2010 by camarojones

Ok, so…over the past few months I’ve been frantically working on an Air Force base…doing a job that I’ve been trying to get before I left the AF…the flightline.

I started back in December, 3 months after I lost connection to the outside world via the internet. In January, we moved to a town about an hour away from family and 15 minutes from work. It took about a week to get everything in order because I was on overtime right away…just a few hours, but it was still overtime. Plus it is working on an awesome jet, doing a job I’ve been wanting to do.

After that, we got our tax return, paid some bills, bought some stuff…and have been in a great position since. Benefits, insurance, a home…good stuff.

The only deal, and it’s starting to get a little old, it the amount of overtime I have. Although it seems I am complaining, I really can’t. I don’t have a choice…I work, or I go unemployed again. And since I’ve witnessed first-hand the anxiety, confusion, self-doubt, and annihilation that unemployment brings to one’s soul, I am NOT doing it again. Therefore I accept the job that will be my career for a LONG time. I’m not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. ;) Besides, 30+ hours of overtime leads to quite a big check. However, I don’t get to spend time with the family nearly as much as I want, but the extra pay makes it easier to do things when happen to be together.

Now, if I could figure out how to make my retirement fund work properly. Lol

The Hiatus is over!!!

Posted in General, Work on April 26, 2010 by camarojones

Don’t worry…I’m still here. I’ve been through a BIG transition from the military to civilian. I’ve been through a couple of jobs, but now I’m working for the Air Force again, and as a civilian.

I’ve had a few changes to my location, computers, tech, games, etc., so over the next few weeks I’ll have MUCH to talk about, so hang around.

Career Fairs FTW!

Posted in Work on June 24, 2009 by camarojones

job-interviewWell…tomorrow is going to be a busy day. There is a military recruitment fair in the city, and it seems that there are a TON of folks that are going to be there. I’ll be getting my stuff ready (suit/tie, resume, 30-second commercial, etc.) and hopefully I’ll be able to walk away grinning from ear to ear.

I also have a tour of the local Exxon/Mobile plant along with a possible interview later in the day. This plant seemed interested in my skills a few months ago, but they found out I was military and said “no”. Umm…isn’t that considered discrimination? Oh well…if they try it again, they’re HR department WILL be contacted along with the VA. There is NO reason for that.

Oh well…now is not the time to be doubting anything. Confidence is key, although I did get rejected from a couple of jobs for being over-qualified. lol

Guess I need to……..

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Economics

Posted in Work on April 6, 2009 by camarojones

1208007205_fb55b58e97Normally, I wouldn’t talk much about economics, and that includes tonight.

The job front has been going well…except for a recent issue that I’ve only now been able to relax over.

My last job, Wyle, turned out to be a no-go. I was doing good. All my coworkers were praising me for my inthusiasm, quick learning, work habits, but unfortunately for me, the boss wasn’t so impressed.

His 3 main rules that he based his employees on are: Attitude, Integrity, and Teamwork.

I had a great attitude towards the job. It included my 3 favorite things…electronics, mechanics and computers. I didnt have a problem at all with my attitude, and it took quite a bit to make me upset. Every once in a while I would get frustrated, but that only was because of my unfamiliarity with the system, and my impatience…I kept thinking that I should’ve picked it up quicker than I was…I was pushing myself too hard.

I had the intregity from my 11 years of military experience. Put me to work, and I do what was expected of me. I wouldn’t slack off, and I would act the was I was supposed to, even when noone was looking.

The teamwork was not a problem for me, nor for my coworkers. If they needed help, I would help thim without their asking. If I needed help, or didn’t understand something, I would gladly ask for their help. Here is where the boss didn’t agree, and to this day, I still have no direct answer from him.

My initial employment was meant to be a 90-day probationary period through a local temporary employment agency. Why, I have no idea. I applied directly with the company, I was interviewed by the company, and I was being hired by the company, but he decided to make me fill out the paperwork for the employment agency. I was now being hired by them, to work FOR Wyle. BS.

The next 3 months went by well. No problems other than the usual 45-day feedback where my strenghts and weakness are brought to light. No big deal. Changes made, press forward.

1 week and 1 day before my 90-days is up, I work my day, continue to learn, and I’ve already made plans to continue my work the following day. I get home from work, and I get a call from the temp agency. I’ve been released. WHAT?! How?! Why?!

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They say it was because of my work performance. I call the shop. They’re stunned! I call my friend who is directly under the boss. He didn’t even know. He called the boss and was told that it was nobody’s decision but his own. Excuse me? (He told me that his production and floor supervisors are the hire/no-hire decision for him. They both liked me just fine and had already said they were saying “yes” to my hiring.) So he threw everyone out, and lets me go on his own accord. Fine.

I tried to call him. No answer. I asked my friend to find out why not? He tells my friend that it’s his decision only, and to drop it.

I called the temp agency to get more specific details. They said that it was my teamwork and not my job performance. Ok…so now they’re changing stories.

I called a few friends on the floor, and from what has happened, it seems that I had too much initiative…and that scared the boss. That was the feeling that they got from the boss on that next week.

Too much initiative? What am I, a drone? Am I supposed to blindly follow orders? Oh wait…he’s the type of manager that micromanages everything, and if he doesn’t tell you to do it, you don’t do it.

His story:

Joins the military, gets up in rank, but wants to manage things because he wants them run HIS way. So, he goes to officer school and become a low-ranking officer. Yet again, he is not in a management position. He backs down into the reserves, becomes a “Yes” man for 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks during the year, and uses his officer status to manage a civilian company. He is the type of manager that I can deal with, but I don’t like very much. He is the type of manager that has the book-smarts to know how things work theoretically, but cannot adapt the theories to follow changes in the environment.

I have been out of work for 2 weeks, and applied to the unemployment agency. They have declared me ineligible for benefits because I quit my job. WHAT?! QUIT?! They were told by the temp agency, that after I was notified, I did not call them back to see if they had work for my last week and 1 day. Therfore I quit. Umm…no. I did call them, and they said I was being released and had no further reason to contact them. My contract was terminated by Wyle, therfore I was FIRED and should be eligible for benefits. I’ve appealed it.

On a good note, I’ve got applications in with most of the aviation industry, and I’m in talks with Bell Helicopter out of Amarillo, and with a military-hire company based out of Dallas, and they have me in with a few more companies. Hopefully I’ll hear something this week.

EMPLOYED!

Posted in Work on December 16, 2008 by camarojones

imagesWell…the season has finally arrived. I’ve been waiting for it. I haven’t been sick…until now! It always happens. The sniffles, the sneezing, the crap. It’s finally gotten here. Oh well…time for more Tylenol.

Anyhoo…since I was upstairs taking a nap to relax from this gunk, I got a call…from my buddy at Wyle Labs. I’M HIRED!!!

Not asking questions, I found out that the 3rd potential hire didn’t work out. No need to ask more questions as it’s not my job. The only thing I needed to know was that i’m hired.

Not even 2 minutes later the employment agency called to let me know. I go in tomorrow to fill out the paperwork, then go to work on Monday.

What a great holiday it’s turning out to be! Now we just need to find a house.

I can has Interview?

Posted in Work on December 5, 2008 by camarojones

icanhascheezburger-interviewWell…today is the day.

It could a great day…or a bad one.

It could be an uplifting day…or a depressing one.

Only time will tell…

This morning I was called and told that I have an interview at 3pm today with a military-contracted company…the company I posted about yesterday. I wasn’t expecting the call or interview so quickly, but that’s not a bad thing.

I called my friend and asked him about the hiring process. He said that it is pretty straight forward, and if my interview was on Monday and all went well, I could possibly be starting as soon as the following week. Well…my interview is today instead of next week, so I wonder if I could start next week. Nah… Considering all the changes that would happen if I were hired, I would rather start the week after next anyway. It would kind of work out too…

My last military-paid day is the 11th of Dec…next Thursday. If I start work the following week, I wouldn’t even see much of a change. Same 2-week paydays…just a different paycheck.

Hopefully things will go well, and by this time next week I’ll be employed!

(Oh, by the way… Blizz found and recovered my WoW account! Now, how do I talk the wife into letting me play again. LOL – Meh…I hate gaming addiction!)

Hoping for the best…planning for the worst.

Posted in General, Work on December 4, 2008 by camarojones

lolcat_this_is_mah_jobWell, I had the opportunity to get in contact with one of my R/C friends here in OKC. He works for a company that creates/repairs robots that inspect turbine engines. On a note from him, they have a job opening for an electronics specialist!

I applied yesterday around 1 or 2pm, and at 930pm I received a notice from the HR manager for his company. THEY’RE INTERESTED! I’ve never had anyone reply to a resume submittal so quickly.

Well, today, I went to go visit him…you know…put a face to a name. I’ve known him almost a year, yet I’ve never met him. LOL Anyway, he gave me the run-down of what they do, where they go, and what position I’m applying for and I have to say, it’s not what I was expecting…it’s better. I would be in a position working with their equipment. But not just working with the equipment, but building it, repairing it…down to the COMPONENT LEVEL! Perfect! That’s what I joined the military for! Plus it has some good benefits.

Another perk of knowing this guy…he is selling his house in a few months! He just needs to finish his new place, and they’ll be out. Then he will have it appraised, and I’ll go file for a VA loan…as long as the wife likes it. Here’s a couple shots of the backyard in the meantime:

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Now I just need to stop being unemployed (my current job), get this one, and get approved for the house. Well…after we get the wife’s approval first!