I was thrilled when I was asked to report to the company I applied for. I learned of the vacancy in their Accounting department through the Sunday newspaper. I sent a resume and after a month of waiting, I got the call.
I arrived early at the office for an interview the next day. After 10 minutes, other applicants started to arrived. We were instructed to fill out a form, and we waited to be called.
I was seated next to other applicants. I liked the ambience of the office. I thought I could work there since most employees were in their 20s, only the managers were in their 30s and 40s.
I went through two interviews and a long exam, and after a long day I was hired as a Bookkeeper.
On my first day the following week, I got introduced to other staff in the department. They welcomed me. I was assigned a desk far from everybody, a quiet area I can concentrate.
New Accounting books were placed in my desk with piles of loose receipts and vouchers. I was told “go over the records and if you have questions just come to me” – that was my lady boss.
I was given little instruction and everything I have to know about the company I discovered myself.
The following week became strenuous. There were things only my boss could explain to me. So I had to keep on asking her.
She did not like it and told our Personnel Manager about it. I was called to his office. I told him – I want to clarify things with her before I make an important decision.
Things went cold between us after that.
After three months, the President called me in his office. He wanted to give me my bosses’ position and move her to another important position – but was hesitant when he learned that it was just my first job.
After six months I filed for a resignation. When my boss learned about it, she was in front of my desk every morning for a week begging me to stay. She even offered me to take a two week vacation provided I come back.
I realized I have already become an indispensable person in the department. If I had given up too early, I would have not learned the value of hard work and perseverance.