Recently, I finally got to go to a temporary agency to sign myself up for some temporary jobs to do. Quite a bit of paper work to do, with a lot of the same questions being asked repeatedly. But all in the hopes of finding and getting into some decent jobs, even if it's for some experience, I went ahead and signed up for any jobs for any hours, even with physical labor jobs. I'm not very picky, and seeing how hard it's been finding a job, anything would be good at this point.
Finally though, I get a call and was asked whether if I could do a job that's at 4:30 in the morning, loading up trucks. Although it was a short notice, given that the job was for the next morning of when they called, I had to take the opportunity to work somewhere. Of course, I was tired, but given my sleeping disorder, I probably wasn't going to get any decent sleep anyway.
Even though it would have been nice had I been able to get some sleep before work, I didn't. By the time I'd fall asleep, it'd be time to leave for work for me anyway, since it usually takes me over an hour of lying around in bed to get comfortable and fall asleep. So I left for work at 3:30 AM, since this was the first time going to this place. I didn't know what the place looks like and what not, so it's generally a good idea to go earlier anyway. It was about 15 miles away, which... is borderline okay for a job... maybe... I'm not really sure. I wasn't even told how many hours I'd be working at this place, and loading up trucks is probably minimum wage too. With how much gas prices are these days, I question whether if whatever I make at the place would pay for the gas to drive there and back. It's kind of ridiculous that there's never any jobs near this area at all. Everything is several miles away here in Florida. I'm so much used to having lots of businesses near where I live in northern New Jersey. I barely have to drive 5 miles to get to a store or get food.
By the time I arrived at the warehouse, it was 4:10. I was definitely early, and there were a couple of people standing at the entrance, waiting for work to start. I decided I'll try to get some last minute rest before I get out of the car and wait for 4:30.
4:30 comes and goes, and we were still standing in front of the door, waiting for the doors to open. It turns out that doors don't even open until 5:00 AM. What the hell? Why was I told to be there at 4:30? For the sake of being early? I already know to arrive early at a job, thank you very much, but even then, 30 minutes early is an awfully long time of expecting me to do nothing while waiting. I may not have a job, but I have much better things to be spending my time on, like much needed sleep that's extremely precious for someone who is as sleep deprived as I am, not because of the sudden morning work hours, but because of sleeping disabilities. I suppose I should have asked the temp agency more questions when they called me in to work for this place. Regardless, I'm being treated pretty poorly if you were to ask me, that they don't trust me to arrive on time, and that my time isn't as important or something. I cannot even imagine a time when I have absolutely nothing to do; it is constantly filled with things to do, trying to maximize the potential of the time I spend by being productive as much as possible. The disrespect for my time itself is like a slap to my face.
But that's not all. The real shit has yet to hit the fan. The doors open, people walk in, and being that it's my first time there, I wait to see what the others do to observe how the place is ran. They get in line to sign a work chart at the counter, so I do too, although at the end, since I wanted to ask questions about what I would need to know for the job, like basic rules and anything I would need to know. However, before I even get up there, the man in charge says, "Alright, that's all we need today.".
Whatever the case, the best thing I can do is keep trying and hope I find a decent job. Or an actual job that I can work at. Maybe I'll keep submitting my resume and applying at actual businesses instead of relying on temp agencies, especially if I want a more respectable, and secure job than ones where I will have similar experiences like with this one. If this happens again though, I'm sure I'll blog about it again, with the name of the companies involved as well, so that you guys won't have to go through the same crap as I have.