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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:11 pm

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Yeah, my dad has great wisdom (and like me, he had to learn things the hard way-that's how at 65 he's still working and has no retirement plans anytime soon). Unfortuantly, despite what he's told me about budgeting, saving, and staying out of credit card debt I still ended up where I am.

I think I have decided to take the tire tech job. Mainly because the money is almost twice what I will get for the first half year of trucking. Even if I do have some weeks without a day off, that equates to overtime pay and the 'on call' part of the job is on a rotating basis. Also, it would be easier to find a job when I'm not on the road for so long. The job will be long, hard, and under harsh conditions but it builds character and will only benefit me in the long run.



you go DB!

Here is hoping you never get 'tired' of the new job!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:11 pm

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Here is hoping you never get 'tired' of the new job!!!

I hope I don't either because this is where 'the rubber meets the road'.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:16 pm

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Here is hoping you never get 'tired' of the new job!!!

I hope I don't either because this is where 'the rubber meets the road'.

it will be quite the balancing act Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:40 pm

How much money does a tire tech make, DB?
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:32 pm

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How much money does a tire tech make, DB?

When I asked before my job interview, I was told $11 an hour is the starting pay.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:15 pm

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Cognitive Dissonance wrote:
How much money does a tire tech make, DB?

When I asked before my job interview, I was told $11 an hour is the starting pay.
ugh...well hopefully you'll get a lot of overtime to compensate.

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:41 pm

i hope it works out

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:59 am

exact33 wrote:
DallasBlack wrote:
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Here is hoping you never get 'tired' of the new job!!!

I hope I don't either because this is where 'the rubber meets the road'.

it will be quite the balancing act Razz

At least he's "realigned" and back on track.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:29 am

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How much money does a tire tech make, DB?

When I asked before my job interview, I was told $11 an hour is the starting pay.
ugh...well hopefully you'll get a lot of overtime to compensate.

An average work week is 70-80 hours.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:41 am

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How much money does a tire tech make, DB?

When I asked before my job interview, I was told $11 an hour is the starting pay.
ugh...well hopefully you'll get a lot of overtime to compensate.

An average work week is 70-80 hours.

Sounds exhausting.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:18 am

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DallasBlack wrote:
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How much money does a tire tech make, DB?

When I asked before my job interview, I was told $11 an hour is the starting pay.
ugh...well hopefully you'll get a lot of overtime to compensate.

An average work week is 70-80 hours.

Sounds exhausting.

I know, which is why I'm still reluctant to accept the job. However, it seems like it may be the best option for now.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:17 am

a job is better than no job

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:22 pm

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a job is better than no job

And hard work never hurt anyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:04 pm

DallasBlack wrote:
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a job is better than no job

And hard work never hurt anyone.

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” -- Oscar Wilde

And you don't even have to imagine, sadly, but at least you've got one now! Good luck with it, DB!
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:51 am

I'm not getting the tire tech job. They decided to pass on me for now so I am doomed to the life of a trucker. I'm so dissapointed and pissed off right now I can't even think straight.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:12 am

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I'm not getting the tire tech job. They decided to pass on me for now so I am doomed to the life of a trucker. I'm so dissapointed and pissed off right now I can't even think straight.

That sucks... Why do you think they passed on you?
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:34 am

The only thing I can think of is that I asked for more time to decide. Either that or when they interviewed me I gave an air of uncertainty or they just didn't find me the right material. I'm going to try to apply to various jobs in the next week and hopefully I can find something before truck driving becomes a certain reality.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:07 am

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The only thing I can think of is that I asked for more time to decide.
this was more than likely the scenario. there are just too many people in your situation or similar to pick from these days.

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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:17 pm

I have til the end of the month to find something but I'm giving myself two weeks so I'll have a little bit of time to find a home for my cat. I'm applying for more than just automotive jobs, anything that can give me full time employment. I'm even applying for Wal-Mart as an overnight stocker again (they are hiring for that position) in an attempt to avoid trucking.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:10 pm

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I know, which is why I'm still reluctant to accept the job. However, it seems like it may be the best option for now.



$11 x say, 50 hours a week (just being conservative for math's sake) = $550/week x 52 weeks = $28,600/year. And you would have had more hours! In this economy why would you be reluctant to accept that?!
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:53 pm

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I know, which is why I'm still reluctant to accept the job. However, it seems like it may be the best option for now.



$11 x say, 50 hours a week (just being conservative for math's sake) = $550/week x 52 weeks = $28,600/year. And you would have had more hours! In this economy why would you be reluctant to accept that?!

It was 70-80 hour weeks, but it doesn't matter anymore because I'm not getting the job.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:55 pm

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I have til the end of the month to find something but I'm giving myself two weeks so I'll have a little bit of time to find a home for my cat. I'm applying for more than just automotive jobs, anything that can give me full time employment. I'm even applying for Wal-Mart as an overnight stocker again (they are hiring for that position) in an attempt to avoid trucking.

So what happens if you can't find a job? Is it definite that you have to find somewhere else to live?
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:07 pm

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It was 70-80 hour weeks, but it doesn't matter anymore because I'm not getting the job.



I understand the 70-80...but so? That translates to the $35,000/year or more mark. You're young, unmarried, you could work there until you find something better, get out of debt, etc...it's flat out silly to turn down a job that pays like that.



We're on the 9th page of woes here, and you had a chance to make real money and you
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asked for more time to decide.
Any employer in good times would take that as a snub, in this economy they're gonna take that as a thumbing your nose at them.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:19 pm

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I have til the end of the month to find something but I'm giving myself two weeks so I'll have a little bit of time to find a home for my cat. I'm applying for more than just automotive jobs, anything that can give me full time employment. I'm even applying for Wal-Mart as an overnight stocker again (they are hiring for that position) in an attempt to avoid trucking.

So what happens if you can't find a job? Is it definite that you have to find somewhere else to live?

Either that or trucking, then I can still live here longer. I've been a burden on my dad long enough, he didn't even have to give me this long. Had I done better in my automotive jobs or picked some other technical school I was more qualified for, I wouldn't be in this mess. I really should have told Wingfoot Tires that I wanted the job then and there but I was still holding out for a chance to have a real life (work and leisure-not one or the other) and when I finally realized the money I was passing the chance to earn, it was too late.

Really, going into trucking now is probably the only viable option now. I either need a job that will give me plenty of money (I kind of blew that), enough money until I find something better (which is a major step back), or a career as an OTC driver. Yeah, the last one is more permanent and will cause me to loose my cat, put any chance of ever finding someone and starting a family on hold, keep me away from the family I do have, make me learn to drive a vehicle I'm not comfortable learing to drive and all other sorts of baggage; but it's a decent way to make a living and will keep food on the table and bills paid. Then after a year I can find a company that does local runs.

Both my mom and my dad have told me that things will turn out all right in the end and deep down inside, despite by pessimism, I know they're right. So I find a job or become a trucker.

BTW Scott, it's over with now and I already feel stupid for requesting more time (though in my defence, two people at the interview insisited that I take the time to think about it). Would you kindly let the matter drop. I know you mean well but it doesn't help my situation any.
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PostSubject: Re: Just When Things Were Getting Better   Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:30 pm

Ok, you had to know I would ask this but why does becoming a truck driver mean you have to give up your cat? I see stories in my humane magazines all the time about big, tough truck drivers who travel with their cat.

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