Ok, first let me say, if you get this more then once, then you in my
address book twice, which is not that hard, cus some are you are
husbands and wife's, which I sometimes list separate, cus it's easer to
get your cell phones and other numbers in that way, so don't worry if
you get more then one.
Well, ok now I know all of you are going, I thought he had a job, which
to that I answer, I do. But, in two weeks or so, I will be working for
a new company doing something new. So, before I get 500 messages asking
me where I'm going to work, and what I'm going to do, let me just
answer them now. I'm creating a Q&A related to my new job, so if
you don't see the answer below, then you can e-mail me.
Question 1: Who are you going to work for?
Answer 1: I will be working for a company here in town called CAC Heating and Cooling.
Question 2: Ok, so you are going to work for a heating and cooling company, what are you going to do there?
Answer 2: I will be their System Administrator, and in some cases a jack of all trades (which I know getting into this job)
Question 3: So, you say System Administrator, and Jack of all Trades, but what will you really do?
Answer 3: Well, When I say
System Administrator, I will be responsible for all the computers,
printers, servers, network, phone system, website, door locks (computer
system), database, and anything else that I may have forgotten. As for
the jack of all trades, well, first I have 2 words to say, Forklift
Certification!. Yes, I will be licensee to drive a forklift. Which, how
cool is that? LOL. Also, when the phrase, Jack of all Trades is used,
it means, that if a wall needs to be painted, then I might paint it. If
there is a desk or bookcase that needs to be moved, or put together, I
might do it. Which, I really don't mind, cus A) I get paid to do it,
and B) I know this going in.
Question 4: How much are you going to make?
Answer 4: Well, I'm not going
to tell you how much, but lets just say that it's more then I'm making
now, and less then what my mom or dad make.
Question 5: Are there benefits?
Answer 5: Well, not that I get
any now, but to really answer your question, I don't know. I will find
out more when I get the offer letter in the mail, which Dennis, my new
boss, said he would mail today. So, once I get the letter in, I will
add it up here, or something. So, wait and find out!
Question 6: What is going to happened or did happen to your current job?
Answer 6: Well, I gave my 2
week notice Tuesday Feb 1, 2005, and my last true day will be Feb 15,
2005. When I say true day, my boss still wants me to help with the
computers and some other stuff around there on the weekends, and from
home. So, I guess it would be true to say that I will have two jobs.
Also, my boss said that if I find I don't like what I'm doing or
something happens, I'm more then welcome to come back to RDA Design
Group, and he said there will be a job for me there, which is very cool.
Question 7: What did you do at RDA?
Answer 7: Well, to give all you
all a little background about my current job (yes, I still work there,
so I did not get fired) Anyway, I started at RDA Design Group May 30,
2002, about 10 days after I graduated from High School. So, I have
worked for RDA for about 2.5 years now, my longest employment ever! My
last job I held for about 2 years, but I need to get a real job after
high school. So, I have had 2.5 great years at RDA. I have gone to Las
Vegas, NV about 5 times over the past 2 years. I have also gone to New
Orleans once for a 3 day trade show, where we walked about 8 miles a
day, just on the trade show floor, and then we went to Bourbon Street
both nights, and we walked both times, cus it was about .5 miles from
So, on to what I have done at RDA for the past 2.5 years. I have been
project manager on many commercial kitchen design projects. My baby if
you, is Jimmy's Cafe here in Albuquerque. I designed the whole thing,
all the walls, the layout of the equipment, where the walk-in goes,
where the office was, where the restrooms were, so when Richard (my
current boss) took me there on opening day, it was magical to walk in,
and see it all done, and running. I'm still happy about that. I know
the owner, and ever once and while, I go in there, and if Steve is
there, and see me, he still buys my food, which I try to tell him he
does not have to do that, but he does it anyway. But, commercial
kitchen design is not my only job there. I have done Marketing, I have
done construction, I have done electrical, I have hung Christmas
lights, I have ordered supplies, run to the bank, help manage a
mailboxes ect. type store. Helped at a restaurant my boss owns, help
open a restaurant my boss started, Shoveled Ice, Put sand on ice,
cleaned the parking lot, moved the office completely 6 to 7 times,
fallen off a ladder (only once), and other stuff. Well, I did leave out
one thing, but this a bigger thing. I maintained the computers,
network, & phone system. I fixed a dieing phone system, helped my
boss find and buy a new phone system, wire up the phones and network
each time we moved our offices, bought computers after we got robbed,
bought more computers to replace really old ones that were dieing, Got
Richard to use a laptop, instead of emailing very large files back and
forth from his home to the office. There is other stuff, but this is
not the place or time to write it.
Question 8: What is your new work address and contact info, like e-mail, phone number and extension?
Answer 8: Well, being that I just got hired Tuesday, I don't know. I will tell you all when I know that info.
Question 9: When do you start?
Answer 9: Feb 16, 2005.
Question 10: Last but not least, WHY, WHY, WHY?
Answer 10: Well, I guess the
best what to answer this question, is by telling the whole story. (I
will try to make this short, I hope, unlike question 7)
Ok, here it goes, My friend Brian, called my cell phone one night,
saying, "Kevin, I've got a sweet deal for you, my mom works for CAC,
and they are loosing there system admin, and I mentioned to my moms
boss that I know someone who might be interested in this" and then gave
me all the details, and who to contact. So, I was not really looking
for a new job at the time, but was thinking about it, cus my boss does
have mood swings sometimes, and I really just wanted a change of pace.
So, I said ok, what the hell, so I called Dennis back, and we setup an
interview time. So, I went to the interview, and found out that 9/10th
of the stuff, I know well, and the other 1/10th, I know ok, and then
there was one thing that I don't know that well, I can and will learn.
So, at first, I did not know if I was going to take the job. The one
thing that I don't know, was the one thing scaring the living crap out
of me. So, that compounded with, the whole, I'm a good Lutheran, and
don't like change, so I was really scared, and by Sunday had decide to
turn the job down. So, I called Dennis at about 4:15PM on Monday, and
told him why I was rejecting the job, and he said that they have a
company on contract for the very thing I have a problem with, and if we
have to use them, them we have to use them, so I was like, ok, can I
have another day to think about it? To which he said, yes!. So, I
thought about it all Monday night, and into part of Tuesday, when (with
lots of help from friends and family), I decided to take the job. So,
around 1:15 PM I called Dennis back, and told him, that after I thought
about it, I would take the job. So, we then figured some stuff out, and
I had a new job.
So, I then had the task of telling my current boss (Richard) that I was
giving my 2 weeks notice, and hope he does not yell. So, I keep putting
if off all day, and finally at 4:58PM, I was like "Hey Richard, Do you
have a few minutes to talk?" and he said ya, so I was like "I first
want to say I'm thankful for all I have done here at RDA, and for all
the opportunities that you have given me, and I really don't know how
to say this, but I'm giving my 2 weeks notice." I then coward like a
mouse expecting to get yelled at or something close to that, and all he
said was "Wow", and I then told him all the above info, and he said
that it might be a good thing, cus it would give me a change of pace,
and give me a new opportunity to try something different and have a
different perspective on the world. Now, that was something I did not
expect. I really did not. He was nice about it, and told me that if I
changed my mind, and wanted to comeback, there would be a job for me at
RDA Design Group.
Ok, So I hope I answered 9 out of 10 of your questions with this. I did
send this out in an e-mail also, so if you felt you have read this
before, you might have. Feel free to post comments on this, or if you
have a questions you want me to answer, post it as a comment, and I
will try to get back to you. If posting comments on my livejournal is
not your thing, you can e-mail me, and I will try to answer, just
understand that right now, my time is maxed out, so It might be a few
days before I can get back to you.
So, I'm very excited, and very happy about starting my new job, and
about starting a new time in my life. So, now, an hour and half later,
this is the e-mail to tell you all that I have a new job. Thank you for
reading, and I thank you for your time!