Wait I know what you are saying, What! I didn’t even know you were looking for a job. Well yeah. I mean since mom has passed I need something to occupy me and get me off this hill, and no offense the computer. Plus we really could use the extra income around here, especially since our oldest is in college and that takes money and today he just cost us 665.00 for repairing his front tooth.. sighs. Anyway, I had put in an application at Pilot several months ago and a few weeks ago received an email from them concerning them holding an open interview day. So the day it was to happen I waited till I thought everyone else would be done and gone. The need for work around here is so desperate that I knew it would be slammed in the early morning. The manager and I sat and talked for about a half an hour. I didn’t care where they put me, I just wanted a job. So after talking for a bit he told me that he was needing help in Subway, no problem. After talking a bit further about where I had worked and what all I have done he then mentioned some higher paying jobs that were also available. Including management positions.
I have had several jobs in the past, always dealing with customer service in a round about way. I am a stickler for keeping places clean and presentable, no one wants to shop from a place that looks dirty and nasty all the time. At the last truck stop I worked at I could run every machine in there, do all the paperwork even though I was not management , order, stock, clean. You name it I did it all. I love staying busy and trying to change things up and see how it works with sales and customers and the like. The manager and I talked about all of this and he finally said he would be in touch. That was a week ago. I had given up on being called, feeling like I was out of the age range for who he wanted to hire, and I have been out of the working world so long taking care of kids and mom. Day before yesterday he called. Offering me a position as overnight manager. Basically I am over the store and ensuring things are done over night. Suits me. When kids are in school I can sleep during the day and then get up and work around the house. First I have to train during the day, which is cool as well and I start tomorrow.
I find it hilarious because if mom was here she would say well it’s about time. She always said I needed to be in management because I had such issues with how things were done and presented and my cleaning issues. I would go crazy at my other jobs having to go behind someone else’s work because they only half way did it. At the previous truck stop I knew all of our regulars, what their routes were, when they would come through and what they wanted when they did. It got to the point customers were calling to see if I was working before stopping, so what was a 2nd shift job quickly turned into whatever shift they needed me on. If they needed deep cleaning done or training of a new person I got moved to that shift to train them, because they didn’t have to go back over my work, or worry about me slacking off because shift work was done. I would pull product off shelves and clean them if nothing else. I like staying busy. So mom called it, and here I sit on the cusp of the biggest opportunity in my life.
Every other job I have had I am a basket case the night before, scrambling to get stuff done. I pace and I think and over think. This one is different. I am calm. I feel like I am walking into destiny, and mom had a hand in opening it up for me. I KNOW I can do this job, I Know I can. I love people and I love helping people, but I have to do it the right way. For a place like this it is about what we present to the customer. Friendly people, clean place, clean bathrooms and helpful service. I love truck drivers especially. I have since I was a kid and we would drive from Virginia to Kentucky several times a year. Mom had a CB in the car and I could spend hours talking to them as we drove. hearing about all the places they had been and where they were going, it seemed so huge to me, still does. I could not do what they do, spend that time away from loved ones and drive that big rig. They have my utmost respect for what they do. So tomorrow I get to learn the ropes and jump in with both feet. I got this, cause this is what I was born to do.