Happy post-Labor Day, everyone! I know most kids dread Labor Day sometimes because many of them know that the next day is the first day of school— for some kids, that is. However, as for me, I’m happy, because I finally got a job (well, short-term contract position anyway) at a document management and marketing services company in San Leandro, just a city away from where I live. On the Friday before Labor Day, I received a phone call from one of the temp agencies I registered with and they found me a short-term contract position at an area close to home. I was happy, Mom was happy.1 The reason for the latter is because I would be the first to arrive home.2
My first day of the job was mostly filing and “touching” so much paper, but that was because I’m not set up in to their system yet. The hardcore stuff would be tomorrow, hopefully.
Even though I am happy (and relieved) that I am back on the work force, there are a few things that I will surely miss while I was being unemployed. They are:
- ProMatch job search networking group – most especially my volunteering as a computer support aide at the NOVA computer lab and of course, the people I have met and connected. I’ve done all I can to be always at everyone’s service.
- Netflix Noons with Mom. Always after lunch, we always watch a Netflix streaming flick on our SMART TV. Mostly foreign movies (foreign as in British, Australian, and Asian (Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean) movies).
- Experimenting with different recipes for dinner. A good alternative that Mom and I discovered to making Pancit Canton3 — when you’re out of soy sauce, there’s always oyster sauce.
- Sleeping in. I would wake up at 9am while I was unemployed or simply during the weekends.
Now that I am (for the time being) employed, there are a few things that I have to go back in to habit again.
- Wake up at 6:30 a.m. (even though my shift actually starts at 9:00 a.m.)
- Bring/make your own lunch. When there’s nothing to eat at home, bring some money and go for the cheap (but healthy) eats. I haven’t had the time to explore San Leandro just yet.4
- Wear business casual. During my unemployment, it was always the jeans and the cotton blouse. When I got there on my first day, I had a light green button blouse and dark brown pants. Then I noticed that some of the women wear capri pants and majority of the guys are wearing jeans. Yup. Business casual.
- Turn off the ringtone of your cellphone. In actuality, back when I was working before, I rarely, almost to never, touch my cellphone unless if I had an emergency. But now that I own an Android phone and I normally play games there, lots of interesting sounds can be sounded whenever there’s an update or something. Hence, I need to turn off the sound of my phone and bother with the games later during lunch period.
Hm, I think that’s it. Other than that, I’m good to go.
I know it’s only the first day but I am now praying that this would be long-term. Maybe permanent? Direct hire?
- even though she’ll be sad that she’ll be alone at the house… at least her fractured foot is getting better now and she can walk around with just one crutch or sometimes no crutches at all… [↩]
- long time ago when I was happily employed, I used to be the third person to come home [↩]
- a Filipino equivalent to Chow Mein. [↩]
- at least, the area near my workplace anyway. [↩]