…yup. 10 minutes after I got home (40 minutes after my interview), they offered me the position.
This aerospace company is growing quickly, so the hiring manager doesn’t really have time to interview. He told me we had 15 minutes. So, I was wise, let him do all the talking and didn’t really try to sell myself too much, because I knew he was more concerned with getting to his meeting. I kind of suspected he had one more interview following mine. Maybe not.
I might be stuck in “temp hell” again, though let’s hope not. The title is officially “QA Coordinator,” basically it’s reviewing the work order for a part after it’s been closed. The work order has to be audited and cleaned up before part ships to the government. What goes into that, I won’t know until I train.
Since I’ve never worked in aerospace prior, I have no idea how large these work orders are individually. I’m guessing pretty big since he pointed to a stack he had on his desk, “See all the flags sticking out, I have to review those and get resolved.” And I wasn’t sure if that was (1) work order, or several. I think it’s the BOM (bill of materials) 🙂
“Well, I have to admit, I’m a little concerned you have no aerospace experience.”
My response went something like: I didn’t have medical experience before working at the medical device company, no retail/construction & maintenance experience before working at The Home Depot (corporate), no property management experience before working for the HOA, no legal experience before working for various law firms, no experience before working at other various industries, and I was very successful at all of them. Basically, these administrative, coordinator type jobs really it comes down to being Detail oriented, having mad Organizational skills, remembering to follow-up (calendar items), learning quickly (in general), and have the drive to get it all done, but most importantly, be a team player and the team likes you.
(insert big smile here)
He laughed. He couldn’t argue. Really, I wasn’t BSing. Those skills truly describe me to a “T” and basically what’s needed for all these types of jobs. That’s why my friend suggested me for the position. He knows my knack for details and said I’d be in my “wheel house.”
My husband has an aerospace degree and worked in the field (as an intern) for a short period in his early 20’s and was doing something very similar. He said, at some point, I will become bored because it will be too easy for someone like me. That makes me feel a tad better, because I am nervous. I’m not a technical person, and I don’t want to make my friend regret referring me. You know? I have even more pressure to shine now.
So, here are my fears:
- Not impressing (in general, because I’m a pleaser), but don’t want my friend to look badly for referring me.
- Being considered an idiot, because I don’t know a damn thing about aerospace or technical crap (although, I was told I wouldn’t be expected to know technical)- still worry. There’s that phrase (paraphrase), “It’s okay for people to think you’re an idiot, and another to open your mouth and prove it.” – something like that. Debate on where it originated if by Mark Twain, Abe Lincoln, Maurice Switzer…along that line, I will be attempting not to speak too much. (key word attempt). I think I should bring some gum. When asked a question, just offer them a piece and put another stick in my mouth so they can’t understand me! 🙂
- I worry that it will be too difficult, and then I worry that it will be too mundane and I don’t relish eventually being “bored.” either. Though, the manager said there was plenty to do and other various hats to wear. I perked up at thought. Yes, typically means more work…but a variety so that you don’t feel like you are going to lose your mind performing the same one task continually. However, that can mean possible burn-out, as well.
- And, I worry that the temp agency “low-balled” me and I’m earning less than I did at the medical device company, and driving farther. BUT, I think they do hire on their people perm employ between 6 months to a year and at a higher rate upon hire. (and there’s a position that actually exists to move into) There will be approved over-time (so more $$) but possible burn out…At least, it will look GREAT on my resume.
My resume is awesome. Huge, well-known companies in their various industries. When I move, this will be a helpful addition. Aerospace, medical device mfg, Retail construction/maintenance, HOA, legal, Dental, etc.
But…it stinks going through the learning curve.