I am finally employed!

United States
July 30, 2007 11:54am CST
I got a job today at one of the local hotels as a housekeeper :) After a month without a job I was beginning to think it wouldn't happen. But I refused to work weekends in retail and well...they want you to work weekends. I start tomorrow at 9 am to watch four hours of videos and shadow another housekeeper. I will work along side another housekeeper for a few days to get the feel of things and then I'm off on my own! They make $3 a room. So the pay kind of sucks but...it's more than I'm making now. You only work about six hours a day. We start at 9 am and they want the rooms done by 3 pm unless it's really busy in which case it can be later. I also told them I will work every other weekend. I forgot to ask about vacation time, sick time, ect. I forgot to ask several questions that I thought of on my way home and now can't remember again! I will write them done so I don't forget tomorrow. If you guys have any suggestions that I might not think of I'll appreciate the help. I am going to ask though if we are allowed to have MP3 players to listen to while we work. But I thought it would be best to wait till at least tomorrow to ask. I really wouldn't see why they wouldn't be. I did have to go buy a couple of pairs of khaki pants and polo shirts to wear until they order my uniforms and they come in. Funny thing was when I left Walmart I gave the two polos they gave us (when we switched our uniform policy) to another cashier. If I had kept them it could have saved me $30 LOL. Oh well... Well that's about all I know for now & thanks for all the wishes, prayers, ect!
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@raychill (6529)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I guess I need to be informed... why were you out of a job for a month? FInding a job is impossible these days it seems. I mean I have one but as I'm off work this week for a "mental health week" as I'm calling it (because I just needed a *break* from work you know?) and I'm always looking for something better that I wouldn't need a break from because i'd get paid time off unlike my job i have currently... but i can't find anything worth quitting this place for. I'm sure it'll be an ok job though. Who knows what you may find in hotels! People leave stuff all the time! and Money oh the money you may be left and/or find! Good luck with it!
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• United States
30 Jul 07
LOL - I had started a discussion about it when I quit my other job. I was working third shift and needed to switch to first (hubby finally scored first shift) and they wouldn't give it me. So I put my two weeks in and quit. I hated it there though and have been ready to leave for years. But it's hard to find a third shift job so I stayed. Plus I was making decent money since I had been there for seven years. Oh I know what you mean about needing a break! I needed those often when I worked at Walmart. Dreadful place to work... I know what you mean to about finding a good job. It IS impossible. With this one I start tomorrow I am not even going to be making enough to keep us afloat unless I clean a whole lot of rooms a day. Shoot they only assign you ten rooms and you work approximately six hours. Or you have six hours to do them in...that's not even minimum wage!
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@raychill (6529)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Oh ok. I missed all that I guess before. So how was work your first day? you know the worst thing about the work world... do you ever realize that the people who do the most work get paid the least? The owner of a hotel gets mucho dinero. the manager...money. all the way down to the lowest paid employees... Maids. You guys do more work than anyone I'm sure and get paid the least. That sucks. it's like that everywhere. managers always do the least work, at least what i've experienced and get paid the most. it sucks.
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@raychill (6529)
• United States
2 Aug 07
Well that sucks! so i guess you're not employed anymore?
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@Daelin (683)
• Brazil
30 Jul 07
I am happy for you. I am unemployed right now and I know the feeling. I hope next week I will be coming here to give the same good news.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :) And good luck finding a job!
• United States
30 Jul 07
Congratulations on your finding employment. Pay can be low when it comes to housekeeping. Do you get tips? Some people leave a good tip for housekeeping. When I did housekeeping at a local motel the owner was known to take the tips and keep them for herself. Cheap ol' bag.
• United States
30 Jul 07
LOL - No I don't think we get tips. They weren't mentioned. It's a pretty big chain so I doubt they do. Thank you :)
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@chargoans (940)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Congratulations and good luck with your new job. You were only out of work for a month? That's great news. I am currently unemployed and have been sincce mid-January throug no fault of my own. I have been looking for employment for months now and all I have to show for it so far is four interviews! I simply refuse to work fast food or retail since I have a degree, but it seems I don;t have enough education for the IT jobs I am interested in. So you would think it would be easy to get a job in the clerical field, huh? Not in my case. I wish you much more success with your endeavors.
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• United States
30 Jul 07
LOL - I know what you mean! All those clerical jobs want experience...Hello people! Give me a job and I'll have it! It was only a month but I sent out and turned in 30 resumes and applications. To pretty much anything. I hit several retail stores, several hotels, board of educations, restaurants, a movie rental place, and even a couple of fast food places (was getting desperate). But at least half of those where to doctors offices, or some other type of clerical work. I've only worked retail and fast food before so it's frustrating! I did leave Walmart by choice though. I was working third shift and needed to switch to first (hubby finally scored first shift) and they wouldn't give it me. So I quit. Adios Walmart. I hated it there anyway and have been ready to leave for years. But the hours were really working for me. Good luck finding a job! I know how frustrating it is. I am sure you'll find something soon :)
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• Australia
31 Jul 07
Being employed is great news. I am still a full time student that has never worked so the day I start working, even if it is something little, it is still a stepping stone in my view. It would be a good start in life and all you can do from then is work forward hopefully into a better position or a better salary and so forth. Cheers.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :) And good luck with school!
@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
4 Aug 07
Hey great news. I'm so pleased for you. I can see you with a big smile on your face. Being emplyed is such a big thing. The best part is the pay cheque!! How big are the rooms and what's involved in cleaning them? How many rooms are there? How many housekeepers are there? Have fun, enjoy yourself and don't overdo things....good luck! :)
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• United States
4 Aug 07
Thanks:) I actually decided not to take the job. They mislead me in the interview...suckers.
@miketomeo (124)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Congratulations! Great Luck!
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
@nandans (1161)
• India
31 Jul 07
Congratulations on your Job
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
• China
31 Jul 07
so wish you have a good time in your working days
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
That's awesome! Congratulations on your employment and glad you kept the faith!
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
@lyndee22 (1210)
• Philippines
31 Jul 07
Congratulations and good louck on your new job. Hope you will do good there. It's really a problem if you're jobless and I know how happy you're now. Be patient and work diligently, you can do it friend.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
• Canada
31 Jul 07
The greatest thing is to have a job! A good friend of our just lost his job and does not have money in reserve to live on while looking for a job. It may come down to losing their home if he doesn't find a job quickly! I have never been in that predicament as anyone else?
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Not me thankfully. My hubby can work lots of overtime if he has to in order to keep us afloat. I wouldn't say having a job is the greatest thing but at least the bills will be paid LOL.
@yojspew (171)
• Philippines
30 Jul 07
That's great!...^^ Congratulations on your new job!...^^
• United States
31 Jul 07
Thank you :)
@sunshinecup (7880)
30 Jul 07
Wow it sounds really nice though, the pay you can increase in time with your speed. I think I would love doing that really, I don't like working with the public. Well congrats again and I hope all works out for you.
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• United States
30 Jul 07
Thanks :) That's why I think I'll like it too. I hate the public. And I love working on my own. I work well with others but I have always preferred working on my own. I'm very picky. My best friend worked with me a couple of days when I was stocking baby stuff at Walmart...I was training her to stock...and I made her cry the second day or so. I didn't mean too. I wasn't even frustrated with her! I was frustrated at myself for not being clear about what I had wanted her to do. But she took it as I was mad at her. I had to go home and call her (she was scheduled off before me) and beg her forgiveness once I realized what was wrong. I still feel bad about it. I just like things done a certain way, a timely way, and I'm not good at teaching either. Though I've heard otherwise from several people. I guess it all depends on how much stress I've got at the time. And that day was stressfully pressed of time.
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• Kuwait
18 Sep 07
Congratulations!im gald that you finally get employed but i want you to know that its ending into that part you should be happy at work also, you need to stablish good working communication to your colleagues,to the management and also balance your time and effort with your family too. enjoy working,,think that your work is you hobby.
• United States
16 Sep 07
hey thats great! keep up the great work