Getting a New Job

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 33 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 24, 2021 2:14 PM

With the move to Texas for my wife’s new job I have found myself looking for a new job. I don’t need a career anymore. Her job pays well enough I basically am just looking for something to do that passes the time and would still allow us to spend time together when she’s off (she averages 70 hours a week). 


So I go thru the interview process and tell the place straight up I have open availability M-F and can work until 2 on Saturday. They are closed Sunday. So I basically give them 59/63 hours they are open. 


The regional manager in the interview is very excited after my interview and basically says if I choose them she wants to move me to a busier store and pay me more right away. She also said we’re offering a 1k sign on bonus but your experience we could bump you to a 2k sign on bonus. 


So the manager calls me to tell me they officially sent the offer letter and they can’t wait for me to accept. I tell him okay I just want to be clear they told you my availability. I again say M-F anytime is fine but I need to be off at 2 on Saturday. 


He then tells me “Well at my store I require every employee to have full open availability.” Okay well I don’t think that’s a good fit for me. Good luck. Wait… I can try and work around it I really need a good employee with your experience. No Thanks trying isn’t going to work I told them this in the interview and they said it wouldn't be a problem but obviously it is for you. 


Since then he has called me 5x begging me to reconsider and promise to work around it. If your an employer that desperate for a worker maybe don’t try to strong arm them when they give you their limitations. It just sends red flags at what type of manager you will be. Now you can explain to the regional manager why I’m not working for them. 


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gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 24, 2021 2:35 PM

I don't know the whole tone or context of the conversations, but it sounds like the manager wasn't told about your conditions, and gave you a boiler-plate policy response.

He then offered to work with you, and frankly it sounds like you overreacted kind of like how an asshole would.

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 33 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 24, 2021 3:39 PM

If I offer to work 59/63 hours your open a week and you push back over 4 hours it tells me what kind of manager you will be. If the regional manager and hiring manager can’t communicate that to their manager again that tells me what your management team is like. 



Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 25, 2021 8:09 AM

Why don’t you at least take it as flattery that the guys wanted you so much. 

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 25, 2021 9:13 AM

I'm not sure I see the red flag you're seeing. If he agrees to the Saturday stop time, why not give it a go? If he then breaks his word, goodbye gone.

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 25, 2021 10:50 AM

I get not needing one, but you don’t want one? Most of the non career type jobs are inherently shitty hours compared to career type jobs. I don’t get the appeal of working a menial job. If im still capable, id try to find something that’s I’m  skilled at doing. Working at a bs job sounds terrible to me, personally. 

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
8,068 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 11:18 AM

To each their own. For me, when I'm done with the current jobs, I don't want any part of another "professional" position. About the only job I'm interested in is being an usher at the local minor league ballpark or hockey arena.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Sat, Sep 25, 2021 12:24 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

I'm not sure I see the red flag you're seeing. If he agrees to the Saturday stop time, why not give it a go? If he then breaks his word, goodbye gone.

This was my thoughts. If you want it, take it, and if scheduled when you don’t want, don’t show up. Not like you’re building a resume. Curious, what is the job? I’ve thought about things I’d want to do when retired but I’m not close yet. 


justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 216 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 1:00 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

To each their own. For me, when I'm done with the current jobs, I don't want any part of another "professional" position. About the only job I'm interested in is being an usher at the local minor league ballpark or hockey arena.

Same. When I "retire" from my career I'm going to be working outside, with my hands.

superman Senior Member
4,377 posts 70 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 2:43 PM

I already have my retirement job lined up. Local hardware store is also a Sig Sauer and Kimber master dealer. 

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 192 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 2:55 PM

posted by sportchampps

With the move to Texas for my wife’s new job I have found myself looking for a new job. I don’t need a career anymore. Her job pays well enough I basically am just looking for something to do that passes the time and would still allow us to spend time together when she’s off (she averages 70 hours a week). 


So I go thru the interview process and tell the place straight up I have open availability M-F and can work until 2 on Saturday. They are closed Sunday. So I basically give them 59/63 hours they are open. 


The regional manager in the interview is very excited after my interview and basically says if I choose them she wants to move me to a busier store and pay me more right away. She also said we’re offering a 1k sign on bonus but your experience we could bump you to a 2k sign on bonus. 


So the manager calls me to tell me they officially sent the offer letter and they can’t wait for me to accept. I tell him okay I just want to be clear they told you my availability. I again say M-F anytime is fine but I need to be off at 2 on Saturday. 


He then tells me “Well at my store I require every employee to have full open availability.” Okay well I don’t think that’s a good fit for me. Good luck. Wait… I can try and work around it I really need a good employee with your experience. No Thanks trying isn’t going to work I told them this in the interview and they said it wouldn't be a problem but obviously it is for you. 


Since then he has called me 5x begging me to reconsider and promise to work around it. If your an employer that desperate for a worker maybe don’t try to strong arm them when they give you their limitations. It just sends red flags at what type of manager you will be. Now you can explain to the regional manager why I’m not working for them. 


End Rant.

To me, this totally reads like "I wanna be kept, but she wants me to do something, so I'm applying, but looking for any possible excuse to turn things down because laying in the pool all day playing with myself is more fun than working." Which is true, come to think of it...

Like others said, if you're not looking for a career and just for something to do, how the hell is this even an issue? You declared your standards for employment, they accepted, a different and lower-ranked person then said something else, you were adamant about sticking to your guns, that guy immediately caved. Since you're not looking for a career, if they try to go back on that agreement after you've started, I can't imagine how you'd have to worry about burning bridges in a field after telling them to GFY with that shit.


sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 33 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 10:42 PM

It’s an Asst Manager Position for a smaller retail store that deals with businesses 95% of the time. 


The hiring manager ended up calling me again and offering me another store actually closer to my house. I went in today and met the Manager I will be working with and he laughed when I told him about the other manager and said “that’s why he only has 3 workers on his staff, he can’t keep employees.” 




j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 28 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Sep 27, 2021 10:21 AM

i wish i didn't have to work.

geeblock Member
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Tue, Sep 28, 2021 10:06 AM

I would rather start a business or do something i enjoy or even uber..no way im working  for someone else if i dont have to work.  My retirement date with 40 years in education will be 7/3/2034.  I would like to sell bbq or something cooking related or maybe be a starter at a golf course for free golf.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Tue, Sep 28, 2021 10:23 AM

When bitcoin hits a certain value I'm at the very least taking a one year sabbatical and driving around the country. Depending on where I'm working and how well I like it will determine what I do after that. I currently like the idea of small scale regenerative farming and being a black market butcher.

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 192 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 10:37 AM
posted by justincredible

When bitcoin hits a certain value I'm at the very least taking a one year sabbatical and driving around the country. Depending on where I'm working and how well I like it will determine what I do after that. I currently like the idea of small scale regenerative farming and being a black market butcher.

Kind of like how Ed Gein was a "black market butcher"? Because it'd be so cool to have one of those "I e-knew that guy!" moments when things came crashing down!

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Tue, Sep 28, 2021 10:39 AM
posted by Heretic

Kind of like how Ed Gein was a "black market butcher"? Because it'd be so cool to have one of those "I e-knew that guy!" moments when things came crashing down!

Not a murderous butcher. A friendly neighborhood butcher. Just don't cross me.

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 33 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 6:05 PM
posted by geeblock

I would rather start a business or do something i enjoy or even uber..no way im working  for someone else if i dont have to work.  My retirement date with 40 years in education will be 7/3/2034.  I would like to sell bbq or something cooking related or maybe be a starter at a golf course for free golf.

I owned a business before just don’t wanna go to the work of starting and building up a customer base to probably relocate again in two years. Maybe once I know the area better Uber would be an option.


ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 200 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 12:36 PM
posted by sportchampps

It’s an Asst Manager Position 




You sure it's not an "assistant TO the manager" position? 

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