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Friday, December 31st, 2004

cogito, eggo sum

I love playing with words. For the longest time, "COGITO, EGGO SUM" was a part of my e-mail signature. Of course, it's really supposed to be "Cogito, ergo sum" which translates to the infamous "I think, therefore I am". My version I translate as "I think, therefore I am a waffle". Alternatively, it could be "I think I am a waffle", which would likely be more appropriate.

It is entirely appropriate for the person in charge of hiring for the position in Tillsonburg.
MrSka @ 04:20 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

bountiful, but...

It's been a very generous Christmas. However, I still didn't get what I've really been hoping for.
MrSka @ 02:16 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, December 24th, 2004

ho ho ho

My daughter is sound asleep, I've already eaten one of the Santa cookies she left out, and in another hour we'll start watching Jim Carrey's The Grinch along with more eggnog (but with less rum). Merry Christmas all.
MrSka @ 09:35 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

today's word is "snow"

As you may know from first-hand experience, or heard about on the news, a good chunk of the Easter part of North America got snow last night and today. Lots of it. After seeing what others had to deal with on the news tonight, I'm glad we got off as easy as we did, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's been a cakewalk. I got to shovel to day - twice. And the plow still hasn't come down our crescent, which means I'll be shoveling a 3rd time sometime tomorrow, likely.

Other than shoveling (and sweating) a lot today, we did Christmas grocery shopping, and received absolutely no news about where I'm going to be working. Sigh. Maybe Santa will come early tomorrow - perhaps before noon - and I'll know one way or the other. If so, I'll let you know. Otherwise, have a Merry Christmas, and I'll catch you all after Boxing Day.

Happy sugarplum dreams to all!
MrSka @ 11:19 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

some mental time off

It's nearly Christmas, so it seems a crying shame to be spending so much mental energy on what kind of work I'm going to be doing, or where I'm going to be doing it. So tonight, after the kids were asleep, my wife and I sat down in front of the TV, watched A Very Queer Eye Christmas, wrapped presents, and imbibed in some fat-free eggnog and Bacardi Gold.

It's a good thing we forgot about the eggnog for a while, because I put too much Bacardi in there. I'm not even done my first glass and I'm feeling all floppy.
MrSka @ 11:32 PM EST [Keep reading...]

him and me

All day I've been on edge when the phone rings, wondering if it's The Call, the one telling me I've been offered the position in Tillsonburg. I had no such call all day, so I left a message with the recruiter handling that position. I asked her to call me back with news, one way or the other, and I finally heard back from her just around 8:30pm tonight. The news is... interesting.
MrSka @ 09:35 PM EST [Keep reading...]

there is SO much to do

I've had the paperwork for Calgary in my hands for 48 hours now, and I'm only now getting my head around how much there really is to do. They way this is being structured between my future employer, the recruiter, and myself, I'll actually be an independent contractor being paid by the recruiter, and being assigned to the employer. That way - I've been told - I can maximize the tax benefits of this whole endeavour, and pretty much write anything and everything off while I'm in Calgary.

Of course, the down side to this is that it's all dumped in my lap, and my responsibility. So I have to figure out how and when to get out there, figure out where I'm going when I arrive, how I'm getting around, and what the heck to do with myself when I'm not actually working. Luckily, some things are starting to make sense.
MrSka @ 09:33 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, December 20th, 2004

a home on the range

FedEx finally came through and delivered the documentation for Calgary that I was supposed to have on Friday. Contracts, company history, business and GST information, and of course some things to help me find accommodation during my 3-month limbo-esque status. So far, it looks like finding a job is easy, in comparision to figuring out short-term accommodations.
MrSka @ 08:57 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

moot, but interesting

Ah, I love the weekend. No business to do on the weekend, and nobody that's hiring is working, which means that nothing actually changes. No surprises, no change of plan, no additional variables... it's all the same, from Friday at 5pm until Monday at 9am.

Of course, that's not to say anything's decided... I spent the weekend looking up churches and transit in Calgary, while at the same time pricing out a second vehicle for if we're staying in Ontario. While it's kind of fun being dualist, I'll be glad when something's decided one way or another so I can actually act.

Regardless, I remembered something from my initial interview with the general manager at the dealership I oh-so-briefly worked for that I wanted to share...
MrSka @ 10:07 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, December 17th, 2004

another day, another change

It is now an official running joke with my wife and I (and some of our friends) that if someone hasn't been updated in the past couple of hours, they're out-of-date as to what's happening with my life now. Some don't know that I tried automotive sales, others don't yet know I've quit that, yet others don't know... well, you get the idea.

And of course, today is no different.
MrSka @ 04:19 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

3.3 days on the lot

The shortest job I ever had was when I was fourteen years old. Someone - I think it was my dad - decided that corn de-tassling would be a good job for me to do. Thus, I was put on a bus early in the morning, dropped in a cornfield with a bunch of other teens, and put to work. Because it was a hot day, I think we worked only 5 or 6 hours. I never went back for a second day.

Newly ringing in at second place would be my career as an automotive sales and leasing representative. I started on Monday, December 13th. Today I finally managed to get the general manager alone for 5 minutes mid-morning, and gave my two week's notice. He said not to worry about it, and by 10am I was done. My car sales job lasted all of 3.3 days. Come to think of it, the entire experience didn't last a full week. My first interview was at 10:30am last Thursday, and I walked off the lot at 10am today.
MrSka @ 09:21 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

bungee employee

Scott Adams used the term "bungee boss" in one of his Dilbert strips to describe a boss that comes in suddenly, and leaves just as quickly. I am going to claim ownership of the term "bungee employee" right now, as it's about to apply to me.

The position in Calgary is getting well underway. Paperwork is being generated, and all is looking like I'll be out in beef country shortly into the New Year. Thus, if I'm going to respect the contract I signed just a day ago, I'm going to have to give 2 weeks notice of my resignation. That would mean this week. So tomorrow, I'm going to talk to the general manager, and resign.
MrSka @ 09:59 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

curiouser and Calgariouser

"Let's get him hired." Paraphrased, that is what was said of me by my future boss in Calgary.

I'm still waiting on some answers to some important questions I asked about the company, but assuming that all those come back positive I will likely be heading out to Calgary to start a 3-month contract in the first work week of January 2005. This is just chock full of ramifications, not the least of which is that my 2-day-old auto sales job is coming to a quick end.
MrSka @ 08:45 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Calgary calls

I mentioned before about the opportunity I have in front of me in Calgary. Well, it sounds like it's pretty much mine for the taking, if I want it. On one hand, Calgary's a great city that I'd love to go back to. On the other, it's a full-blown relocation. I'm excited and scared witless at the same time.
MrSka @ 08:41 PM EST [Keep reading...]

come get a Pontiac

Today I had my first day as an automotive sales professional. I'm fairly pleased to announce that I am working at Dennis Murphy Pontiac Buick GMC in Cambridge. And no, I haven't sold anything yet. However, it was an interesting day.
MrSka @ 08:31 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

I start Monday

Thursday, I had an interview with the general manager of a dealership. Friday, he called and asked me to come in again that afternoon, at which point I met with the sales manager. After a brief 20-minute chat, the general manager said he'd call me on Monday. Well, instead I got a call earlier today from him, asking me if I can start Monday. He also mentioned that he's sending one of their current salespeople for training in London, and I'd be joining them if the course isn't full. I think I have a job.
MrSka @ 11:33 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

a whole new path

Somebody please stop the world, I'd like to get off for a while.

A week ago I was fully prepared to leave engineering behind me and pursue a career in auto sales full-time. Then my wife brought up some fears that if I did that, re-entering the engineering field would become extremely difficult. My first thought was, "Why would I re-enter the field?" Of course, the idea isn't preposterous - it's certainly less so than going into auto sales from engineering. So I decided to appease her and ask a few people their opinions.
MrSka @ 11:04 PM EST [Keep reading...]

here's the deal - so far

For those of you that have been keenly awaiting more information, your time has come. I can definitively tell you that I won't be working at a GM dealer in Guelph, nor will I be working at a Ford dealer in Cambridge. At least, not at the moment... Something might change in the new year (if I'm still unemployed by then). I'm still working on other contacts at other dealers, and I'm really hoping something will come of that soon. I'd much prefer to sell a Japanese (or Korean) make, but I'll take whatever comes along at this point. Unemployment doesn't look as good as sales on a resume.
MrSka @ 08:43 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, December 6th, 2004

lo, I am Janus

January is named after the god (Roman? Greek?) Janus. Janus has two faces, one that looks forward, and one that looks backward. Fitting for the month that begins a new year, no?

Well, my personal Janus-esque-ness comes from my current career search. (Note how I didn't say, "job search".) It seems that I'm being pulled in two different directions at the same time...
MrSka @ 10:46 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

now the real work begins

I finished the 6 consecutive days of automotive retail professional college on Saturday, and now the real work begins. I have two dealerships that I'm going to contact in regards to actual work. I've already been to one, but instead of talking to the person I was supposed to, got a Sales Manager instead. I'll be going back. The other dealer I will be contacting tomorrow. Details of who and where just as soon as I'm employed - I don't want to jinx anything.

There's lots more to write - the course was VERY interesting - but I'll save it for later. I have an interview tomorrow (about an engineering position) and have lots of automotive-related phone calls to make in addition. So stay tuned, and if I have a couple of free hours, I'll spill all.

Meanwhile, if you're considering a career switch (and you know who you are), may I highly, HIGHLY recommend you check out automotive sales? E-mail me and I'll point you in the right direction.

More soon.
MrSka @ 10:39 PM EST [Keep reading...]




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