Happy holidays everyone and welcome back. You are probably wondering where I have been these days. Well, I got a job and it is with The Mac Store in Beaverton, OR. This is a store that we used to go to to check out Apple products when we were living here a couple of years ago. It sure beat going to the Apple Store, you know, the place that seems to always have a crowd, loud and chaotic. The Mac Store is a locally owned chain (10 stores in the Northwest) that is an authorized dealer of Apple.
A few months ago, I went in and left my résumé with the manager but never heard anything until just before Thanksgiving. I went online looking for work and there was an ad for a sales position there, I sent another résumé that morning and in the afternoon my phone rang. It was Duane from The Mac Store asking me to come in for an interview. It appeared that he did not see his email and was calling me back from the résumé that I had previously dropped off, amazing.
I went in for the interview and met Duane for about an hour. We had much in common and he had told me that he called me because I had said I was in the Navy years back as he also was in the Navy. We had traded stories and also talked about motorcycles, another thing in common. He had told me that he had other interviews and that he would let me know.
I received a call from him saying that I got the job, again awesome. I reported to work and spent an afternoon with him and another person who was hired to fill out the papers. The next day I went in and met the staff, a wonderful group of young people. Now, this is really the second time that I have worked retail, the first time was at a Walgreens when I was 18 or so.
I was being groomed to work on Black Friday, Yikes! To learn a POS system is challenging and it was indeed a challenge. Black Friday came along and I was tossed into the shark pit but I came away unscathed, yes. It was an experience and now things are going smoothly except now I am working weekends and also the closing shifts, so much for my social life. But, this position is seasonal for the holidays and if I do well, I may become part of the staff permanently. This job is also helping me learn so much more about Apple, computers, etc but I truly like the interaction with customers and my fellow workers. I do not feel the stresses like I did at my former jobs except for standing on my feet all day, but am grateful that this came along.