So after spending a couple of weeks looking for work I have finally started to get responses. Although not many, I filled out an application form for CPP yesterday or the day before as it’s half 3 in the morning now. CPP is a call centre in Chesterfield, customers call to activate their brand new credit card then once you’ve done that you have to read out some prepared script and try and sell them card protection. CPP = Card Protection Plan.
If they say no, fine you hang up and go for the next one. I’ve applied for this job twice before, the first time I didn’t have any call centre or customer service experience so I didn’t get it and at that point I was still shit in interviews. The second time I was through to the final stages, the interviewer was really impressed with me. Then something happened with the company, think they lost a contract with someone or something and they halted their recruitment process. Never heard back from them again and to be honest I wasn’t all that bothered.
I don’t know why I filled out an application form. I think it’s because I saw my bank account and thought, “Shit, apply for everything.”
But the point is I want a job that I’m going to last in and I don’t think this job is it. I got a phone call today, went to voice mail because I’ve been taking tramadol to help me sleep and it makes you a bit woozy and dizzy in the mornings, not clever I know, especially for a recovering pain killer addict. But the sleepless nights are starting to get to me. The voice mail said that they wanted me to call back in regards to my application. But I haven’t called back yet, I don’t know if I want to work there. There’s a six week training period however I don’t know why because it’s basically activating a card and reading out a script.
Maybe there’s more to it but it sure didn’t seem like it when I watched others in my last interview. Still undecided on this, if I don’t phone them tomorrow then there’s a good chance I never will. I probably will though just to see what the crack is. Though as we all know, me and call centres and sales do not mix. I’m in two minds.
Apparently if you leave the job soon after the 6 week training period, they make you pay back what they have paid you for the training period and the fact that they have a rather high staff turnover is a little disconcerting aswell.
The other response I got, also a voice mail for the reason above was from the Toyota car manufacturing plan in Derby. 40 minute drive away from my house but the wage is over £18,600 a year. Not really looking forward to this at all. Yes the money is good but I have to go in for a three hour assessment next Thursday which includes numeracy and literacy tests (I’m building cars… what the fuck?). I should ace these, if I pass then I’ll be invited back for a physical assessment. Don’t know what this includes but it’ll make me know if I want the job and it’ll show them if I’m right for the job. Again, I’m not really worried.
If I pass that then I get invited in for a one on one interview, I mean Jesus can this be any more strung out? By the time I even get to the one on one interview I’d have probably found something else. And after going through the two long assessments I may not even get the job anyway! From what I’ve been told by friends that have worked there before, the job is extremely repetitive, on your feet all day, you have to turn up to work half an hour early for “warm up exercises” and they can make you work overtime at last minute.
I should be able to do this job as I tore damn near every ligament in my knee at a glass packing factory for minimum wage. Standing on my feet all day has never bothered me in the past, I spent just about three entire days straight standing on my feet in mud at Leeds Festival last year. I can stand. The only thing that really annoys me is the distance. 40 minutes according to Google maps. That doesn’t include traffic. I want something in Chesterfield. The cost of petrol in the shit heap I call a car is going to cost loads!
I applied for a couple more jobs today, one of them was inbound sales. Inbound sales is probably the only type of call centre work I wouldn’t mind doing. People phone you, tell you what they want, you get their bank details and run the payment through, boom. That’s only a five minute drive away too so I hope they get back to me.
The other job was a hotel job, also a job I wouldn’t mind doing again. I enjoyed it at Ibis, if only the manager wasn’t such a bitch I’d probably still be there.
So there we have it, two responses. At least it’s something I suppose. Let’s see what tomorrow (later on today) brings.