1. My first job out of college I got hired as a busboy/server. I work at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
Foot in the door: I sent an email based on a referral from a friend’s sister who messaged me through LinkedIn about a different opportunity and then later on LinkedIn she posted a job hire.
The interview: I walked into the general manager’s office and we went straight into it. We talked about my experiences. He hardly asked me the types of questions I was taught to answer. He wasn’t particularly interested in my passion or goals. There was a hiccup when he asked me “what was the fanciest food you made with the kids?” I said I couldn’t say and eventually responded “Baklava, a middle eastern desert made with phyllo dough, chocolate chips, honey, bananas, strawberries.”
Job Security: At will, it was a part time position with minimum wage and member service charge(a kind of ‘tips’). The training happened while I was working, and took an informal, active, observational process. Workers compensation and protection.
Responsibilities/duties: Not formalized; I bus, I waiter, I do prep, I do set up, and I do clean up; Event based and shift-work.
Progress: I have worked here for a month and I plan to keep this gig for minimum three months and more. I like the flexibility and look to keep it as a weekend job. I dislike the service work, because I am made to be subservient to my clients(very rich people).
2. My second job out of college I was “overqualified” to work at Kumon, an academy for supplementing english and math ability in young students.
Foot in the door: I filled out an online application, submitted a resume, and available interview times at a simple looking website. The manager got back to me to meet up for an interview.
The interview: involved taking a Kumon test and then having a look over my resume. We talked about my goal, interests, duty, benefits. She had two concerns to my responses I said, I mainly wanted this job for the money. In other words, passion or interest was not my primary motivator. I was confused about this call for passion as it seemed to be a strategy to ask for more work for no extra pay. Additionally it was minimum wage. Internally I associated minimum wage with low respect work and lack of subsistence. Another concern was that I had no five year plan, she said that this job was primary as a way for employees to make a step towards working in education as a teacher or with children.
Security: Minimum wage, at-will, with growth potential, full time positions based on performance and experience.
Responsibilities/Duties: Not formalized; Part time to full time position based on performance at minimum wage pay with opportunity for growth. Shift-work. I was a glorified grader. I did not agree with the educational philosophy behind this company, especially from a worker’s perspective. Their motto was “repetition.”
Progress: I formally ended my relationship with this company after two weeks. I received a paycheck for training and the hours worked, untaxed. I had an exit interview and we talked about some misinterpretations and understandings about the situation. It was not a good fit for me, personality wise and value wise.