Thursday, February 6, 2020

gainfully employed once again

I got a job!

Honestly, I really didn't think I would get hired at my age.  

But I did! And I turned down an offer and could have had another job but took myself out of the running because I didn't want to travel that far for minimum wage.

So last time we spoke, I had the interview at the optometrist.  I was surprised that I got picked for it out of 444 candidates! They offered me the position but something didn't seem right about it so I didn't take it.  Something else was better down the line; I just had to wait a bit more.

A few days after I interviewed at the eye doctor's, I had an interview at a prison.  It was a minimal security one (mainly DUI's and substance abuse offenses).  It was for clerical work and would have me working with inmates at times. They have a week's worth of training for new employees to get to learn how to work around inmates so they don't end up being conned by them.

That interview was interesting because it stated on the form for it not to wear orange or blue jeans since those were prison colors.  I couldn't bring my cell phone in with me and could only bring less than $40 cash.  Even if I got hired for it (this was the one I didn't want since it was a bit of a drive and low wages) I wouldn't have been able to bring my phone in with me to work.  I would have an office phone people could get a hold of me, but the cell phone had to stay in the car (which the warden I interviewed with said people keep it in an insulated container in the heat of a Phoenix summer).  The job would have been easy to do but not for minimum wage with the amount I would have to drive.

So I start my new job on February 17th! I don't want to give out the name of the company but I will be doing insurance verification for home health equipment needed after a patient gets discharged from the hospital so they can recover at their own home.  It is mainly computer work with maybe 10% phone work (I didn't want to be on the phones all day like a receptionist would be).  It is 9 miles from where I live so not a long commute.  The pay is outstanding, the benefits are great, there is a chance for monthly bonuses and I get all major holidays off with pay in addition to a generous PTO (paid time off) allowance.  Its business casual dress.  My knowledge of medical terminology was an asset for getting hired.  

Fun thing about the hiring process was I didn't have professional references, people who had worked with me and I certainly wasn't going to use my last supervisor.  Thankfully I could use people I had volunteered with at church who could vouch for my reliability, dependability, and flexibility.  

I had to take a drug screen for it and undergo a background check (no problem passing either of them LOL).  They had to verify my high school education and wanted me to give them either copy of my diploma or my transcripts.  Mind you, I graduated back in 1975.  I honestly have no idea where the diploma is yet alone the transcripts.  Thankfully they could obtain the info directly from the school I graduated from.

Do you still have your high school diploma?

I'm super excited.  I am READY to go back to work and be productive again.

It will be different working outside of the home and driving (though not far).  I think it will be a nice change.

All in all since mid November, I applied for over 60 jobs, had 4 in person interviews, 2 phone interviews, and several phone screenings.  I did apply for a job for the 2020 census but haven't heard back yet.  Obviously I won't be taking the job.

So there is life after medical transcription and after working at home.  I did find out the horrid company I worked for laid off some others recently in the last few days due to work reduction.  

It sadly is a dying field.  But I'm free from it and so thankful I got this job!

Thanks Lord :)


39 comments:

Sally said...

Well done, congratulations on your new employment.

Sandi said...

Congrats!

DUTA said...

Great news! I'm glad for you. It sounds perfect.
Best of Luck with your new job!

Bijoux said...

That's awesome, Betty! You really stepped out of your comfort zone and applied to lots of different places. Sounds like you found the right fit.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Such good news. It seems there really was something better out there for you. Glad you didn't accept the low paying job, you'd never been happy. This one seems to be a great choice, I certainly didn't hear anything negative about it. I'm sure you'll enjoy it and even though it will take a while to adapt to being away from home, It definitely sounds promising! Happy days are here again!

Mevely317 said...

I'm so happy for you, Betty! Glad you listened to your 'spidey senses' and opted to wait for the right fit to come along.
In retrospect, I think I become (wrongly) caught up in the interview competition … just wanting to be first and not listening to my heart. Someday, when we get Tom's cardiac stuff under control, I may look for something again. If so, I'm going to remember YOUR great example. :)

joeh said...

Sounds like a good fit, way better than the prison job.

Jeanette said...

Congratulations on your new job! Sounds like a good one! I actually do still have my High School Diploma. I graduated in 1975 too. I also have my transcripts, but my GPA was so embarrassingly low that I wouldn't show them to anyone!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay you did great and I am so proud of you!
However - why not stay retired and enjoy?
Guess you love to work.
CONGRATS!
sandie

Mellie said...

Congratulations, Betty!! It sounds like a great opportunity and a good fit for you. A job with all those perks is hard to find these days. I DO still have my high school diploma and I could put my hands on it in 15 minutes if I had to. No one has ever asked to see it though, so it sits in a box in my closet filled with other school memories. Good luck on your first day of your new job.

Birgit said...

Congratulations to you! It's a full time job to look for a job and can often be so discouraging. I didn't like that prison job...that would have been horrid and stressful. This job you have sounds perfect and so close to home which is nice. I think I know where my diploma is..maybe but not sure to be honest. Will you ever get another doggie??

Mary Kirkland said...

That's awesome! Congrats. I dropped out in 12th grade because of an abusive boyfriend but went back and got my GED which I still have in my closet in a box somewhere.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats. That is awesome indeed. Sounds like you got the perfect one. The prison one didn't sound very appealing. I almost worked in one too, but yeah, nope. Decided against that. I have my diploma somewhere. Transcripts I'd have to get from the high school.

DMS said...

Congratulations on your new job. Sounds good that it is so close to you and involves more computer work than phone work. As for a high school transcript- I don't think I have mine and I doubt my high school would still have them. Interesting they asked for your diploma!

~Jess

Ann Bennett said...

Wonderful, wonderful news. I imagine they were thrilled to have you come onboard. Keep up with the good news.

Denise said...

Good news on a new job - with benefits no less. I fear we will all be replaced by robots and AI in the future. Wonder what CAPTCHA will do? Make them swear they are not human?
No idea where my high school diploma is, but my two college diplomas hang in the guest room - used to be my office and I didn't want to patch the walls.

Joanne Noragon said...

Very good; excellent! Can you give us a short blog on why transcription is a dying field? That would be good to know.

yaya said...

This sounds like a wonderful job for you and I think many of us seniors think we won't get hired because of our age. However, our age is great for companies..we're reliable, experienced, and really want to work. So enjoy! Congrats!

Veronica Lee said...

Wonderful news, Betty!

Sounds like the perfect job for you too. Good things come to those who wait!!!

Congrats!

Victoria Zigler said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations on your new job!

nashvillecats2 said...

Good news and congrats on your new job.

Yvonne.

jack69 said...

Interesting post, great read. I liked the run down of some interesting interviews. I smiled as I read. Hoping you the best at the new job and hope it is less stressful and enjoyable. I somehow missed this trying to catch up. The visit to your house is always fun. Thanks
Sherry & jack in North CArolina

The Awkward Widow said...

It's a real job just to FIND a good job! Good for you!!! I hope you love and I know they will love you.

I'd have to get a whole new mix and match wardrobe! I live in leggings.

GOOD LUCK!

Liz A. said...

Congrats on the new job. I wonder what was off about the eye doc's. But the prison one I think you were better off not taking. Minimum wage? Yikes.

As for transcripts... As you know, I work at schools. I have heard the receptionist get calls requesting transcripts from all sorts of graduation dates. All you'd have to do is call your old high school and ask. The person who answered the phone would easily be able to guide you on that.

I do have my diploma, but I'm not sure what tote it's in. It's next to my college one. And there's some other paperwork with it. It would be interesting to dig it out.

Jo said...

Glad to hear you are gainfully employed again LOL. Thank goodness I don't have to go through that any more. I wouldn't mind working at home, but job hunting is the worst in my opinion, especially if you really need the job. So, way to go, hope all goes well.

My hubby used to be a prison officer. NOT for minimum wage LOL.

Martha said...

That is wonderful, Betty! Congratulations. Wishing you well on your new job.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Congratulations, with best wishes.

God bless.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Betty, CONGRATULATIONS! I'm happy for you and look forward to you posting about it.

Wendy said...

That didn't seem to take long at all. Well done. Congratulations.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your new job. I have my high school diploma in a box in the garage. My computer skills would be a plus if I were looking for a job.

Naqvee said...

After a long hiatus I opened my blog updates and here you are ...sharing the best news ever..all the best and just enjoy this ride .. I am so glad and so happy for you

Linda said...

I know it's been awhile since I've checked in but I am so happy for your new opportunity. I am sure you will be a blessing to those going home from the hospital. Take care! (I'm retired, now matriarch, and son-in-law an ex after almost 7 years.)

Juli said...

YAY on the job!

I do still have my high school/college diplomas. I also have my college transcripts. I was looking into finishing my Bachelor's. I will retire from the PO at 57 but want to stay working so I was looking at options. I'm thinking about children's advocacy in the education system.

God didn't put me thorough all that with Youngest and oldest so I could just be useful to them. :)

netablogs said...

Congratulations, Betty! That is so encouraging for you, I'm sure. You'll do so well! One more weekend and then back to work! :)

Secret Agent Woman said...

Yay you! That is really good news and I'm sure a huge relief.

I don't think I still have my high school diploma. All my other diplomas are framed and hanging on my office wall because that's kind of a requirement in my line of work

Paula said...

Congratulations! It will be really different after working at home for so many years. I hope you like it!

salemslot9 said...

It’s good to know you’ll be off the street & not getting into trouble ;)
My diploma in on the top shelf in the closet of my old room at my folks house.
Good luck Betty!

salemslot9 said...

p.s.
I have my graduation cap too
I hung my tassel on the rear view mirror of my first car.

Margaret said...

I wonder what the reasoning was for no phone at the prison? My guess is that someone slid one to a prisoner at times. Or the camera. Sounds a little unsafe...but that could be because I don't like being without my phone.

After all you put up with, you deserve great pay, great coworkers and great bennies! I'm so happy for you!

I'm not even sure where my college diploma is...