The Daily EO: April 27th, 2012

“You seem on edge.  Like you’ve had 3 coffees in 10 minutes.”

Really?  I seem on edge?  Maybe it is because you are kinda of weird and odd, and don’t look anything like your Linked In picture.   (note to real estate agents, Linked In users and others, you are not helping yourself when you use your 20-year-old “best picture taken of me ever” on your business card etc.  It only just weirds the rest of us out when we see you in person and it doesn’t match)  And so began my first meeting in Burlington to talk to two recruiters.  I took his advice and for 10 before my next meeting, I sat in my car listening to Schubert’s German Mass.  It calmed me down, yes, but I think the couple of guys having a conversation near me thought I was a little odd.  I mean, who hangs around in business attire listening to Schubert at high volume in a car?  Well . .  now that I think about it. . . perhaps a lot of sales people waiting for meetings.   Maybe Metallica instead of Schubert.

Anyways, the second meeting went much better, and I was much more comfortable with him and his set-up.  He was an old guy who rambled on about things and kvetched to me about the bad habits of employers a bit, but was certainly a nice fellow who seemed to genuinely want to help me find a fulfilling career.  He’s even going to feature me in his Newsletter.

Friday hadn’t been a day I was looking for to.  We need to renew our passports, and beyond that I had to drive to Burlington to meet with these fellows.  Both could be fraught with inconvenience – waiting, terrible logistics, traffic, getting lost, etc.  I don’t do well with inconvenience.

I set my alarm for 8:15, but awoke feeling refreshed at 8:00.  We rolled out about 8:15 and made it to the Passport office about 8:25.  There was a notice on the door letting us know that the location would be closing TODAY end of day and moving to the big shopping center.  Phew.  A friendly security card directed us to the pre-screening room to have our applications reviewed before the actual Passport Office opened.  Then we waited for about 2 minutes – fourth in line – and the another friendly security guard directed us to the office – now open.  There were six wickets and SIX tellers working (please other agencies take note of this simple math), so being fourth in line meant being first.  It took the woman 10 minutes to process our applications –  and let us know we would receive them by May 11th by registered mail.

April 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Excellent process, process control, logistics, execution and customer service.  I could sit here all day.



The Daily EO: April 25th, 2012

Today I was up early and off to Toronto for errands and to meet with a recruiter.  Recruiters are your friends, but they are not your friends.  Recruiters get paid when they successfully place someone in a position.  It’s a comparatively large payment, but nonetheless, they are not paid until the company offers their candidate a job and the candidate accepts it.  So, for financial reasons they can be pressured into pushing a square peg into a round hole.  This is similar to anyone who works on commission – real estate agents, travel agents, etc.  But good recruiters recognize they are only costing long-term success to put the wrong person in the wrong place for a short-term pay-out.

So, keep your wits about you when visiting a recruiter.  Be clear in your expectations, say no if it is not right, make the recruiter look good if you can and listen to their advice if they are generous enough to give it (after all, they don’t get paid by you).

About 1/2 hour into the start of my trip, I received an e-mail from one of my former bosses.  I um . . . pulled over, of course . .  to read the email and discovered he was looking for a 1 year contract Production Planning Manager in Orillia.  Am I interested in discussing it?

Let’s recap! I am driving from Huntsville, Ontario to Toronto and back again which requires me to drive directly through Orillia twice.  I have interview clothes with me, a copy of my résumé, business cards, a cell phone with internet access for company research and time within the standard work day.  Could I be any more prepared than that?  I wrote back and suggested that I drop by at 4 pm to discuss in person.  He agreed.

I met with the recruiter (resulting in an excellent contact for my husband), swung by the Low Carb Grocery (hello, low carb and high protein bagels, yum), engaged in a lively text conversation about excellent job interview news from my best friend (You go, Lisa!), got my prescriptions refilled (take that Emile’s company!), had the mop on my head tamed (hello stylish self), and then headed to Orillia to check out this potential job and then finally dropped off forgotten Crocs in Gravenhurst (don’t leave your stuff at my house, kid!).

You can see why The Daily EO suffered last night.  Phew.

April 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Not even a poker in the fire at 9 am, a contract job offer at 5 pm.   Huh?

The Daily EO: April 3rd, 2012

A recruiter called me at 10 am this morning to discuss a Materials Manager position that I had submitted my résumé to over the weekend.   It’s always good to be called that quickly, and I was pleased to get the call.  The posting was written for me – Materials Manager with 10 years experience, preferably with automotive and SAP experience.  The posting was for “Confidential” so I didn’t know the name of the company and where in Toronto it is located.

But, I felt like I had another poker in the fire so to speak.

This recruiter was unique in that he told me the company about 2 minutes in to the conversation.  Most recruiters keep it confidential until they have the whole conversation with me.  Good thing he told me right up front.  Afterall, I had heard of this company before – in fact, I had interviewed at this company three weeks before.   Yes, the ginger-haired potential boss one.  Also the company that has missed every commitment they’d made in telling me of the status of the position.

To recap: A recruiter calls me to discuss a position I have already interviewed for, and that I have not been notified by that same company if they want to hire me or not.

The conversation went from unfortunate to awkward.  After I let the recruiter know the situation, he began to help me understand why perhaps they didn’t want to hire me.  The man who has known me for 2 minutes, and only read my résumé.  So, instead of discussing a potentially great job, a stranger calls me up and tells me about my potential failings.

I cut him off as politely as I could to steer the conversation to other opportunities he may have.  He says he will keep my résumé on hand.  And don’t they always say that?

April 3rd, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  It’s me that is unemployed?  Really?