Monday, November 19, 2012

From High Heels to Hard Hats

SEATTLE, WASH. -- My professional life has taken a drastic turn. Don't ask me what happened to my communications-focused career, but it kind of went out the window, I guess. Though definitely not on purpose. My connections in Seattle are few (despite many networking attempts), so I decided to do what any desperate girl would do: I went to a temp agency (gasp) to keep busy.

My temporary (please be temporary, please be temporary) new assignment came after I first took a series of computer proficiency tests... this ranged from Microsoft Office tests, a typing test, and a test that made me want to SCREAM outloud for hours: it involved 25 story problems and "puzzles." Even still, the thought of this makes me want to hurl. Puzzles such as, "Complete the following pattern: A F 23 7 D 2 89 G 3458 3 R..." WHAT?!  And you know... those really pointless story problems about how if John left point A traveling 40 mph and Jane left point B traveling 30 mph, what time did they cross paths if John took two six minute breaks... blah blah blah?  That kind. The kind I hated when I was a kid, and the kind I still hate. Who cares when they crossed paths? Anyone? Anyone? Needless to say, I knocked all the other tests out of the park. I was pleased, however, to hear the temp agency lady tell me that I was above average on the story problems too. I'm not sure how this is possible. I can only conclude that the other candidates who have taken the test must not be very bright. Mean. I know. But it's all I can conclude. But whatever makes my story problem skills look good...  

Back to my new, temp job: You'll never believe what I'm doing. Goodbye high heels and suits (I may have wept over this) and any attempts at being fashionable, and hello hard hat and orange vest (I also may have wept over this) and all attempts at being unfashionable. I know. I can hardly believe it myself. After reviewing my computer proficiency tests, the temp agency lady informed me my best job "match" would be to do data entry for a construction company building a twin-tower skyrise apartment complex in downtown Seattle. The pay bites big time. But, I agreed. After all, something was better than nothing.

So, I now report to work with a bunch of blue collar union guys who have mouths like they work in a newsroom (the language is nasty, dirty in a newsroom. Sorry, I know you'll never view those FOX news anchors the same again). The down side is the job starts at 7:30 a.m. Yes, A.M! Oh dear. Those of you who know me well know that I am not a morning person or anything that resembles one. The plus side is, I'm off at 3:30 in the afternoon. Also on the plus side is I can wear jeans to work and because I have to sport a dorky hard hat, there's really no point in fixing my hair. This helps with the getting up early thing. This is also a downside. I feel like a schmuck all day. And because these apartments are under construction, the buildings are freezing. I wear my coat all day long.

So, in case you're wondering what I look like sans high heels, here I am...  Do you think orange is my color?  ;)
Yes... laugh. You'll be laughing with me, not at me.

So, there you have it. That's what I've been up to lately. Luckily everyone I work with is super nice to me. I guess with all the perks unions get, how could you not be?  I just keep telling myself, "Temporary, temporary, temporary, temporary...." Fingers crossed.

Anyone else up to anything fun? Please fill me in!

12 comments:

Rob said...

from Lorena:
Haha! On the bright side...
a. high heels to hard hats makes a great blog title
b. your picture makes it look like hard hats are out of a fashion magazine and the stylish new thing to wear
c. you are just like your dad now, getting done at 3:30. Sounds nice!

Rachel said...

I love this and am glad you have a job of sorts...sorry that your work is so cold though! yikes! Miss you so much!!! I need to come to Seattle soon. :) XOXO

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Brittany said...

Well, you look pretty anyway. :) If all you have to do is data entry than why do they have you wear a hard hat and why can't you do it from home?

I remember moving to Richmond and my first job was being a receptionist at a college extension center. So I went straight from the White House Speechwriting office to being a receptionist with a bunch of 60-year-old ladies. I felt like such a loser. And then I finally got a "real" job but it ended up not being much better and I was miserable so then I got yet another job and it was glorious and back in the world of politics. It paid peanuts but I didn't even care because it made me so happy. So I guess the points I'm trying to make are these: 1) If you don't like what you're doing you can always try, try again. And 2) It's only temporary, not forever, and 3) You are still cool no matter what your job is. One temp job does not mean your communications career is out the window. Temp jobs are not careers.

Maybe I wasn't trying to make any of those points but I think that now you can help me write that book I told you about. I need some help with it.

Amy Lovell said...

Flaunt it sister!

Good thing it's a temp, and I'm sure it will be full of lots of fun stories. And, done at 3:30?! Sheesh, that sounds like the life right there.

Erin S said...

Can't you just go get a job at J.Crew? I know you're way over qualified to fold clothes, but still....
I do like your new look though :)

Heather said...

I'm glad your lip gloss matches your hard hat. You're still a babe, no matter what you wear.

Kami said...

Only you can make a hardhat look cute! So happy to hear about your new temporary adventures! The Senate really misses you...I mean REALLY. Those construction dudes don't know how lucky they are to work with THE Andrea Candrian Reeve! Miss you!

Lindsey said...

I loved this post. I've been wondering how you are. My family is here for Thanksgiving and it's been great, but I semi wished I was in Seattle and I could see you.

Don't worry, every experience enhances our ability to relate to others, now you can relate to hard hat union guys and gals ;)

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