The whole job search thing was fairly painless this time; most of the retailers that interested me now have online application procedures. I just filled in the vital stats and, within a week or two, actually heard back from a few of them. There's an old saying that "the closest we ever come to perfection is on our resume" and it was no different with me.
("Are you REALLY pre-cognitive?")
("I KNEW you were going to ask me that!")
Anyway, I am now gainfully employed at a major outdoor clothing retailer I'll call "J.J. Legume". The people are friendly, the merchandise is great and I am one happy cigar guy. But the transition does have some bittersweet elements to it.
What I'll Miss at Gord & Raylor:
- The camraderie with my co-workers
- My favorite customers, including an Army medic who was awarded The Medal of Honor.
- The employee discount.
What I WON'T Miss:
- Never being able to please my manager
- Being made to feel like a 2nd-class citizen because I have a penis
- Gangsta wannabe's swiping all the Polo regalia
- The preternaturally perky Store Manager talking to me like I'm 5 years old
- Being denied advancement for other people's behavior (e.g., custys not wanting to sign up for the store credit card)
- Wearing a suit and tie all day no matter whether the store's A/C was working or not
- The lame piped-in music
- The stench of mildew weeks after a sprinkler pipe burst (Management denied it; custys always noticed it)
- The daily battle over coupons (our store did not allow us to keep coupons by the registers; other stores in the chain did- WTF?)
- The reverberating screams of mortal agony coming from Santa's Village
- Being told to stay during snow emergencies, even though the store and the mall had been empty for hours
- ...and many more...
So wish me luck, gang! I'll keep you posted.
...and the dance goes on.
--Joe the Cigar Guy