Needing another job
Being a single mother of three, I worked many types of jobs. At one time I was a fast food cook, house painter and a file clerk at a referral service for the homeless. I am the type of person who does whatever job I can get. During this period, the one job was as a trim painter for a friend who was starting his own business painting houses. The pay was good, but I needed to earn more. One morning I had an interview for a position as a file clerk, so, of course, my attire was a dress and heels.
The interview went well, and as I was walking back home, I saw a paint team working on a building. I decided then and there to stop by and see if they had any openings. I should have kept walking. When I talked to the supervisor, he told me that girls didn’t paint, men did. I felt flames perk up inside of me, but I kept my cool. He proceeded to talk, but I wasn’t hearing him. I was busy feeling all the guys staring at me. Then he said that I could have the job. My mind was trying to figure him out when he said, “You can have the job as soon as you climb that ladder and come dressed the same way every day.” I just turned around and walked away.
Knowing who you are applying with is very important. Never just walk into a place without doing research about them. Today we have the internet which makes it easier to check out where we are going. I was applying for a file clerk position so the dress was applicable. For a painters job I should have had pants on. I probably wouldn’t have gotten the job but I might not have gotten so insulted, but then again you never really know. Don’t put yourself into a bad situation.
Research, dress appropriately and know what you are walking into. I learned the hard way and didn’t think before I acted. This can be embarrassing and also dangerous. See how long the company has been in business. Look to see if there are complaints about the employers and if the complaints are valid. Don’t listen to gossip but do listen to facts. Remember to always prepare yourself.