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Thursday, February 11, 2010

I finally found a new job after one year of searching

Yes, my friends and dear readers. I finally found a new job after one year of searching. For all you know, I accepted the offer of my former employer to avail the Early Retirement Program last September 2008, to pursue a small business and to be a professional blogger. This is because the automotive industry is declining, as well as the electronic industry. I thought it would be better if I establish myself as a businessman.

But fate has not been kind, as my wife and daughter suffered from Dengue fever last January 2009. That tragedy prompted me to start looking for a new job the next month, while selling different kinds of stuff just to make ends meet. Unfortunately, things got worst than ever and I am just glad that friends supported me all the way.

Below is just among them who helped me find my new job.

Last December 2009, a former co-supervisor saw me selling toys on the streets of Lipa City, Batangas. He readily asked for my resume and told me that he will pass it to their company once they will have an opening, especially for the position of production supervisor which was my last job. Actually, even my former subordinates see me and unselfishly help me one way or another.

Come January or last month, he sent me a text message asking me if I was called by their office for an interview. I told him I haven’t received any, not until the last week of the said month. It was 5:30 pm, and the technical exam will be on the next day, which was Wednesday at 8:30 am. The message said that I need a scientific calculator since the exam will be more about Algebra and Trigonometry.

However, I was wondering if I will pass the exam since it has been 16 years that I solved one which was the ECE board exams last 1993. But indeed, I am more worried where the heck I can borrow a scientific calculator considering that I don’t know anyone who has one. I asked all of my friends but none of them have one. Eventually, the same former co-supervisor who got my resume ended up borrowing a scientific calculator so I can use it during the exams.

Fortunately, I passed the technical exam and I cannot say that it was hard or an easy one. I just solved the problems as much as I could. Afterward, I was asked if I am willing to be interviewed by the HRD manager on the same afternoon as well as the Production Manager who will be my immediate supervisor if I will be hired. Of course, I agreed although I am just wearing casual clothes since I thought it will only be an examination day.

The next day, I received a text message from the same office telling me to prepare for the final interview on the next day which was Friday at 3 pm. This time, it will be a panel interview composing of three top Japanese personnel including the company president and two other local managers. This time, I wear formal attire but I almost came late because my son has an unexpected half day in school and wife is not around to watch over him at home. Although it broke my heart to leave my 8-year old son alone in the house for hours, I had to do it.

We were three applicants for the same position which is Production Supervisor and I learned that only two are needed. Incidentally, one of the applicants is also my co-supervisor on my last employer and I can say that he has been a good one. While I hope that both of us will be hired, I think the chance for each of us is fifty-fifty. But just minutes after we left the company, I received a congratulatory text message informing me that I am hired. I was asked to report early the next week for the salary negotiation and the list of required documents, and I learned that the other two were also hired.

In short, I found a new job with a span of less than a week. I passed the medical exams last week, and submitted all the required documents for employment last Monday. I have 2 sets of company uniform, in which I will start to report for work on Monday, February 15. I decide not to reveal online the name of the company, but it is located at FPIP, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It is only around 30-minute commute travel from our place, minus the traffic, lol!

For the meantime, I hope that all the job seekers out there can find a job since I know how hard it is to be jobless. Don’t stop searching online and elsewhere; and be ready when it comes.

Although venturing into a business is a smart decision, it is still better if you have a regular source of income before you get into it. We never know what will happen next, and we should always be prepared for the worst that may come.

However of course, I will not stop blogging since it is already a part of my system. In fact, I think I will have more ideas to share especially in terms of job searching and being employed.

Wish me the best of both worlds!

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meds09 said...

Hi Mr. Cuala.
We have google alert for anything Batangas which led us to your site.
Good Luck.
Medz of the Batangas Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

ArticleSpecialist said...

Congratulations on your new job. I hope you will enjoy it and wish you success.

Angel Cuala said...

Meds09 - I am glad you found my site.

Anyway, I have Father Blogger dot Com as my main blog which almost 2 years old. Hope you can find time to visit it too, as it is about parenting and marriage.


Mr. Art - Thanks, as I really hope to be successful in my newly found job.

pamela said...

Congratulations Sir Angel! I wonder who's the other supervisor is...:-? Wishing you the best!