Friday, October 24, 2008

My New Job

I finished my first week. It seems safe to tell you about my new job now.

Previously, I said "it is a permanent position at a temporary agency. It is guaranteed work through next year at the very least." The agency is Corestaff Services. I am working for them, but I only work on one of their accounts. I am specifically working on finding, hiring and managing temps to work in Amazon's Bellevue warehouse.

Unlike the the person I am replacing (she's moving to Arizona), I will be working in the actual warehouse as opposed to the Corestaff offices. Which is why I said "I will get to wear jeans and sneakers to work everyday (as every job should be). Not only that, but skirts and girl shoes are a hazard (as it should be)." The warehouse is huge. From the front door to my office is about a half a block to a block which is why I said "I will also get lots of exercise doing this job too."

My title is "Staffing Specialist" and I get business cards with my name on it and everything. I am technically considered a temp, but I will be doing this position as long as I want and they want me. So I'm either temporarily permanent or permanently temporary.

I will be looking for people, interviewing them, hiring them, managing their paperwork, counseling them on any problems, answering all their questions, coordinating with Amazon to get them paid by Corestaff and then either processing them to be hired by Amazon or I have to let them go. This is why I said "I will say this is something I look forward to doing. Although I haven't actually done this kind of work before."

It's a bit of the wild west out there because this is the first time they will have someone on-site so I get a lot of leeway to organize and set stuff up. Not to mention there is another staffing company on-site who is doing the same job. They have the national account and are in all of the Amazon warehouses. Amazon then always hires a local based agency as well which is Corestaff. So my job is to run the enemy off so Amazon says we rock harder and the enemy can buzz off for this warehouse. Although, I don't think they will use those specific words, but that is the gist of it.

I know this is a bit complicated, but I hope I have explained it as clearly as possible. This job is a perfect mix of my two favorite things people and paperwork. The best part is I am not answering phones for anyone except me nor am I cold calling for other people!

I will no longer be saying any of the following (all which I have said in the past):

"Hello! My name is Kathy and I'm calling from the National Research Group. We are conducting a movie study in your area and would like to include your opinions. How many times have you been to a movie or drive in in the last 3 months?"

"Tall Classic by Tall Etc. How can I help you today?"

"Kevin Closson's office."

"Kevin Ellman's office."

" How can I direct your call?"

So now I will be able to answer my phone any way I would like.

Decisions, decisions...


"This is Kathy."

"Kathy speaking."

"How can I help you?"

"Hello. This is Kathy speaking. How can I help you?"


Tracy (Comic Mom) said...

I prefer, "What the hell do you want?"

Britt Schramm said...

I am technically considered a temp, but I will be doing this position as long as I want and they want me. So I'm either temporarily permanent or permanently temporary.

Are all of us full-time "working" people on the same handshake agreement? Personally, I consider myself "Permanently temporary until unemployment/retirement (whichever comes first)"