I think I'd like to be this person's employee, but now I'm starting to wonder.
May 7, 2008 7:05am CST
Some of you know that I had someone approach me and ask if I could walk 14 miles. I told her 8. She said I could have a job if I could walk 14 miles, it involved counting animals at the base of a wind turbine. So anyway she told me to call when I could do that. So I did. She called me back. Now she says there is also a 10 pound weight that has to be carried and a transit that has to be pulled. The name of what is done is called, "Bird and Bat Survey." I would have spoken to her more about it, but she complained about people not wanting to work and she was on a roll about that. She controlled the conversation and then asked me to send a resume and concluded the call. I think she was on her cell phone. Now I had a rough time creating a resume for this. I was able to come up with lots of jobs that I've walked as part of my job. One job, my current one where I carry weight (dog food bags). I don't know anything about pulling a transit. In addition to walking 14 miles, now I need to walk it with a 10 pound weight and be able to pull. I don't even know how much I need to pull. It just seems like every time I learn more about this job, I need to learn more and exercise more. Starting to have second thoughts. I sent her a limp-wristed resume. Then I thought about it and emailed her asking if there was a complete job description somewhere. I still feel like I don't know much about this job. Like do we walk no matter the weather? Etc. Know what I mean?
• United States
7 May 08
I would tell this lady that unless you get every detail of what this job involves, I wouldn't take it.. Also, maybe you could ask for a trial run, like try it for a day and see if it will work for you or not..
• United States
8 May 08
Then I would be very cautious of this, especially if she is being vague about the whole job and what it includes and I would tell her right away..And I would also ask for former employees and find out what they have to say..Though you would have to screen out any personal problems they may have, (what former employee doesn't?), it would give you an eye opener of what is expected..
• United States
12 May 08
The only former employee she told me about was one she claims was unmotivated and went back to Texas. I think if you don't tell people all that is involved and don't give them time to build up to walking 14 miles a day with 10 puounds, then you can expect a high quitting rate. That's not stuff people do every day in this country. I did contact her, as soon as I found out I could only walk 6 miles with 10 pounds and told her I wasn't ready. She had made it sound so simple and easy. When I was a teenager, I road bike 6 miles to square dance lessons, danced off and on for 2 hours, then road bike 6 miles back with one of my brothers. But I'm 50 years old now. Even then, I had already learned to square dance and was used to the 2 hours of dancing. I had also done a lot of bike riding. So it wasn't a big stretch to do that on beautiful spring Saturdays.