I am in my third week at the parts distribution warehouse. It's not that bad. The work is mostly OK, if somewhat dirty (I am sorting used returned parts), the people are fine and the 45 min drive through the country is OK for now. The money is slightly more than what I'd get on unemployment and a bit more than what I got at the Buy Food. The sad thing is though that it will never, ever be anything more. One woman has been there six years and still a temp without benefits. And how much does the warehouse pay the temp agency instead of increasing pay or adding benefits?
My job search was going to be low key for the summer. I am finding myself enjoying working straight days Monday to Friday and having real weekends (haven't had those in about six or seven years). Only working one job instead of job plus cadets plus J and M plus painting commissions is also pretty relaxing.
But a job application that I sent off weeks ago bore fruit and today I had a first interview with a well established, non-automotive local manufacturer and I thought it went well. The production supervisor has a daughter in cadets and loves the program, so hopefully that helped make a good impression! I hope to be called for a second interview next week. If I land this job I'll be making as much or more than I made in 2008 before the plant closed!
Also just as I was heading out the door another place that I'd applied to weeks ago called to set up an interview as well.
So good things on the horizon.