Monday, June 12, 2006

Brief Life Update No. 2: Damn You, Mapquest and My Ignorance of Roads!

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Today I went to Somerset to meet with the lady at the Drug Fair Group who posted a job listing on the Rutgers job search database looking for someone to help with data entry.

To remind people: this was the position that still appealed to me even after I basically secured a spot on the Megamovies team as a cashier this past Thursday. It looked like an easy enough job---learning some computer system and inputing data---and it paid $9/hr. rather than Megamovies' $6.50/hr. And, since I would be working during the day at the Drug Fair Group, I would be able to have nights free to do stuff like watch DVDs or write (either articles or blog entries such as this). To me, it seemed like just the kind of job I was looking for.

I think the interview went well overall...save for the fact that I almost got lost getting to my destination and ended up arriving about 15 minutes late. (There's a River Road, but there is no CR-622 West, only North and South! What the hell, Mapquest???) Not promising. Of course I explained to the woman I met what happened, and she seemed understanding. But consider that she apparently has more people she plans to interview during the week; at least one of them will probably actually make his/her interview on time and perhaps make a better first impression on her.

Anyway, she told me she would get back to me by the end of the week. I won't hold my breath---but then, I've probably learned not to hold my breath for anything job-related. You just set yourself up for slightly painful disappointment.

Thankfully, I guess, I have Megamovies to fall back on. I probably deserve better than $6.50/hr., but at least it's better than not getting paid anything at all this summer. And I guess cashier experience would be helpful in the future.

Still...if it turns out my interview at Drug Fair Group was successful, I think I may have a decision to make as to whether I should go with the Somerset job and forget Megamovies, or stick with Megamovies, or try to do both. Decisions decisions. At least I have decisions between jobs to make, rather than no job prospects at all. That's certainly progress from a few weeks ago.

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