Contemporary Personnel Staffing Compliment - I had a job in less than a week

Review by Pepper on 2010-06-11
LIVERPOOL, NEW YORK -- I started job hunting on Memorial Day. In all honesty I lost track of how many companies I applied to. On my first day I think I spent a good 7 to 8 hours of filling out applications online.

I was at the point where I didn't care what the job was. I even applied to cleaning positions and crappy part time jobs.

I applied to so many jobs that... I'd actually forgotten that I'd also applied to Contemporary Personnel Staffing, until I got a call from them last Monday, asking if I could come in that day.

Hell yeah. They even had a position they were trying to fill that they felt I'd be qualified for.

So, I went in, filled out all the paperwork, including my W2s and signed off on the company policies. The next day I had my first interview at one of the companies. Not really sure how it went... one of those "we'll let you know. We have a couple of other people to interview."

Eh. OK. But the next day I got a call from CPS, saying that they found another company and that I could have an interview for 1pm on Thursday. Sure! And the location is ... 9 minutes away from where I live? Sweet.

I went to the job interview and... oh it went well. It was for a job I use to do in the Navy, but one I hadn't really done since the end of 2004. BUT, prior to that I had a good 7 years experience with, so it went well.

And by "It went well" I mean, at the end of the interview, I was told, "Be here at 9am on Monday to start."

Yep! None of that "we'll call you"... it was a pure "you're hired!"

so... granted I haven't started work yet, it'll be this Monday but... yeah.
I started job hunting on the 31st of May, got a call from CPS on 7th of June. I start work on the 14th.

that's pretty bloody awesome. :-)
Comments:41 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-06-24
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-11:
Congrats, PE!
Posted by goduke on 2010-06-11:
Awesome. Congrats on the new position (sigh of relief, huh?) It's always good to find a great partner in your job search.
Posted by MRM on 2010-06-11:
One thing I dislike about working with temp agencies is that there would be gaps between jobs.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-11:
thanks :)

that's why i figured i'd give CPS a good write up. I mean yeah, my resume helped them find a position for me but... to be honest, I had more responses through them than I had on my own.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-11:
well for this one, it's not really a "temp" job...
I've done those a long time ago, where they'd send you out for a single shift. every so often.

this is actually for a regular job. i'll have to send my time cards to CPS yes, but this will be a full time job. =)

and believe me when it comes to a weird looking resume i'm already there. 13 years of navy ships and shore commands with some schools in between. sometimes people have no idea what they're looking at when they look at my employment history... even when i put it in civilian-speak.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-06-11:
Could this work into a permanent fulltime job Pepper? If so, how long before you are removed from the agency to the companies payroll? You will find being close to your place of employment will save a great deal on travel expenses. I've always been fortunate enough to live not far from my employment and when gasoline got so high it was not a problem for me as it was for many others.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-11:
On behalf of the rest of the M3C community and myself, I truly wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors with CPS. :o)
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-11:
nohandle - exactly. i'm not entirely sure on how long i'll be on the CPS payroll, but once i'm off of their payroll - or rather once their agreement with the company ends - i can be a permanent employee with the calibration company. :-)
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-06-11:
In this area Pepper it's 3 months before a company is eligible to hire the temp if they are interested. Some companies have found it much easier and less costly in the long run to only utilize the employment agencies. Once you start your new job on Monday it shouldn't take long to find out what their particular policy is. Check out the place before deciding. You might, hopefully, have just found a new permanent job.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-11:
congrats pepper
Posted by Skye on 2010-06-11:
Congratulations Pepper!
Posted by trp2hevn on 2010-06-11:
Congrats Pepper! I guess you won't be around here as much then huh? *sniff sniff*
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-06-11:
Nine minutes away!.. that's the best part.

Hope you love it.

Posted by D. on 2010-06-11:
Congrates, hope it's a job you'll be happy with! It's very unusal for a company to hire anyone on the spot like that anymore. They usually make you go through 2, 3 or more interviews and wait for calls. Being so close to where you live is also a big plus!

Best of luck to you.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2010-06-11:
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-11:
Well 3 months is actually the calibration company's probation time. I think they're going to hire me for 3 months from the temp agency and count that as my probation. Then it's regular hire.


as for coming here less often... well, less during the day since i do not expect to have internet access while working. but i'll prolly be around in the afternoon or so when i'm off. :)

:D thank you all :D
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-11:
prolly???? LOL!!! we will miss you during the day!
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-11:
aww thank you. :)

i guess that means i'll have to post more then, when i am home hah.
Posted by idontthinkso on 2010-06-12:
Good for you Pepper!
Posted by D. on 2010-06-12:
Pepper...can Sheriff's Uncle borrow your stars during the day? He'll prolly give them back to you in the evening when you sign on....you know, just until he gets his own.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-06-12:
What exactly is that equipment, Pepper? It looks like an old stereo system.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-14:
Venice: the equipment I'm use to working on is generally called GPETE - General purpose electronic test equipment. In laymen's terms, it's o'scopes, multimeters, etc, though I've also worked on some RF gear.

I worked on that kind of gear for about 6 years or so.

And today's the first day of work. weeee.

I'm a bit nervous but... well I'm trying to remind myself that hell, I did over 13 years in the Navy, so this can't be as hard. :-)
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-14:
I'd hire you in heartbeat PepperElf. You're bright, imaginative and 13 years of Navy experience. That's a winning combination.

Posted by Alain on 2010-06-14:
Congratulations PepperElf! You'll do GREAT!
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-14:
the first day was pretty nice. started out with going over some paperwork and then onto calibrating some fluke digital multimeters to get our feet wet. i say our cos there's another man who's a new hire too, though i don't think he cam through cps

actually it was kinda fun. so as i see it they're paying me to have fun. i mean yes it's productive fun but it's still fun. :D
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-14:
PE, sounds cool. I love troubleshooting.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-06-15:
I agree with Stew!!!.. I'd hire you, too. And for the same reasons Stew mentioned.

A fun job close to home!.. I can't think of anything better.
Posted by sunny08 on 2010-06-15:
How was your first day??
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-15:
OMG. =)

I'm on my second day now and... You know you're at a good job when it feels like fun, and you don't really care about leaving on time.

Seriously, both days now I've left work in a good mood.

and hah, i found out i *do* have internet access while at work. However I don't actually care. My work is fun enough that I don't give a poo about the internet - except when i have to look up a calibration procedure. heck i barely care about taking breaks, except that i get 2 a day, plus lunch. so for my breaks i go sit and drink some water and get a snack, or drink some coffee for about 5 minutes or so.

right now my work gets checked by a senior tech before I put it on the "out" cart. and i've been told that I'm doing well. =)

*dance dance dance* :D
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-15:
I'm so happy for you PepperElf. That's awesome.
Posted by D. on 2010-06-15:
*Dance, Dance, Dance* I'm happy for you Pepper!
*4th comment posted today*
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-15:
Enjoying your job is worth more than the $$$.
Posted by D. on 2010-06-15:
That's so true JKT!
*5th comment posted today*
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-15:
What, are you keeping records?
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-15:
JKT very true.

I love calibration. I only put down my regular hours worked on the time card, but i actually stayed about 15 minutes extra just cleaning up the bench I was at. Cos i figure.. it's just being responsible.

plus, my computer skills might come in to play too... I think they need some computer help as well. ;-)

though of course back in the navy it was kinda interesting. no one actually joins for the money. medical benefits are nice but really, it's a salaried job where overtime is normal. The catch prase was "overtime is authorized" hah.

Seriously, on my last ship when underway we put in over 84 hours a week, cos we worked 12-on/12-off... and there was often work to get done while off shift too. it was just the way things were.

But I won't ever regret joining, or doing two enlistments... actually i did more than that really, two 6-year enlistments* and an extension to my contract. won't ever regret it cos I learned a lot.

* 6 years is the max you can sign up for, after that you have to re-enlist or sign an extension.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-15:
update: change image to the Fluke 5520A Multi-Product Calibrator, because that's what I've been using the past couple of days to calibrate equipment.

They've started me off on small items - mostly Fluke multimeters, but I got to do an oscilloscope today too.

Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-15:
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-16:

Day 3... a little tired this time - i just have to adjust to the hours. ;-)
but still lots of fun. :-D
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-06-16:
Thanks for all the updates, Pepper. I've enjoyed reading them.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-18:
Interesting... I'm the only new hire left.

The other new hire wasn't use to calibration and had another job offer so he sent in an email that he was quitting.

It means more work for me but, I don't mind. Even though one of the meters was giving me trouble today and was annoying me, I could still laugh about it. Clamp-on ammeters are the devil. *lol*

but really, i don't mind. every day i'm learning a bit more

like yesterday I got to solder the positive leads to a 9V batter clip back together. pretty good considering i haven't used a soldering iron in like 9 years

and today was my first actual adjustment as part of a calibration

and i also learned how to format the data sheets so that if i record data that's out of tolerance the background turns yellow around it to let me know. i mean i can read the "nominal" and "maximum" values and tell that it's out of tolerance, but it's easier when the form does it automatically.

and i learned how to properly do an A2LA calibration. Most of our calibrations are 4-1, meaning that the standard is 4 times more accurate (or more) than the unit under test. But for some items we can do A2LA calibrations which means we can provide "uncertainty" data on some of the equipment for specific ranges ("“the smallest uncertainty of measurement that a laboratory can achieve within its scope of accreditation, whenstandards”. ")

so it's been a week now. it's still fun and it feels good doing a useful job :)

Posted by RedDazes on 2010-06-24:
Yey Pepper! ^_^ Congrats!

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