Work has been extraordinarily busy this week. We have a couple of larger projects that are drawing to conclusion & the pressure is on. One is supposed to finish March 31st - the boys tell me there are still walls to be constructed!!!! Not going to happen. Meanwhile, we are knee deep in fixtures & fit off materials as there is nowhere to store them on site.
Yesterday I was at my desk from 6.30am til 7.30pm. Ouch.
I made a batch of muffins on Tuesday night for Plumbing Boy's lunch. I know some of the boys at work like them too, so I saved a few for PB & bought the rest into the office. They're all gone with a request for more. I guess that recipe is a winner!
My office assistant just informed me that G##gle has a new picture (today they are celebrating Harry Houdini). I said, yes, they change it frequently. She says NO, they don't. Sigh.
I'm interviewing for apprentices again. We've had 35 applications & the ad has only been on line since Monday afternoon. So far I've had a kid applying who wants to be a train driver; a kid from Sweden & 2 mature age applicants from the UK.
I interviewed an applicant, where someone else had cleary writen his resume & cover letter "I hope to illustrate the value I can bring to this position. I see myself as energetic, enthusiastic & keen to start in a position where I can utilise & develop..." I'd say the applicant was close to illiterate & his Dad wanted to sit in on the interview. I felt quite sorry for the kid in the end as I had to cut the interview short: he failed to meet the minimum requirements, but had been unable to articulate that in writing or over the phone.
Speaking of job interviews - tell me what you think of dress codes & facial piercings & interviews! My Da is dead set against employing people with tatts & piercings. I remind him our 2IC has LOTS of tatts; he keeps them covered - unless you catch him in a singlet/tank. Dad really likes our 2IC so his theory is shot.
Yesterday I interviewed a kid with a hoop through his lip, saggy arse skinny leg jeans & runners. He did wear a shirt with a collar so that was something. I dunno. I have nothing against piercings or tatts; or saggy arse jeans even, but wearing them to a job interview?? That kind of says to me I don't respect the job already (or I respect my right to be fashionable???).
I know the position is for a "trade" rather than an office job - is that enough of an excuse to dress sloppily??? I'd rather they came in grotty overalls. I don't mind the jeans so much, but I though he could have removed the hoop. Am I being old fashioned & judgemental??
Training an apprentice WELL takes a huge commitment of time & money on our part. We want an applicant who cares more about his job than his hair, or jewellery or how fashionable he looks. As part of our OHS policy we ask that staff working on tools don't wear any jewellery. I mean even wedding rings can be an OHS issue. There is no way you'd even be allowed on some of our clients sites with bits of metal hanging off your face.
Tell me tell me tell me, what do you think??????
PS your opinion will not affect any of our applicants job opportunities. If they are good, they go through to the next interview. PB has the final decision, not me!!!!!!