Job Interview (Friday Fictioneers)

Happy Friday Everyone.

It is time for Friday Fiction.

Job Interview (Fiction word count: 100)

 

I didn’t mean to laugh – but did you say a Marcus Lemonis quote was a catalyst?

Yes.

After X-Corp shutdown, managerial jobs were impossible to find.

Lemonis said, “If I was looking for a job right now, I’d sell cars.”

I interpreted that to mean he’d do what he loved.

I thought, ‘forget managing, I want to do drywall full-time.’

I see….

I don’t have many photos of my work, but the bird picture shows my seamless breaking on center. I like to embed the tape into the first coat of compound –

Say no more. Can you start this Friday?

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Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Go HERE to read more flash fiction inspired by Douglas M. Macllroy’s photo this week.

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Author’s Notes:

In this photo, the interesting bird (is that a Pittsburg Steelers bird?) well it is a bit out of focus and my eye kept going to the garage. The first thing I noticed was the unpainted drywall on the ceiling and I kept going back to that for writing ideas. I thought about writing something related to an insurance claim – where this photo showed proof of a remodel – or maybe a detective used this picture to prove that someone redid this part of the house and…. well – then I thought about the quality of the dry wall finish. Smooth – tight – looked good. And this little “career-change” story unfolded. And isn’t this a career change topic something many of us have had to explore – I know I have – and then this morning, Van (here) shared (on my interview post with Nancy Kim) that her daughter recently left a nice tech job to become a yoga teacher. I know that this “passion work calling” is a layered topic – (actually I am still realizing how complex this issue is – because sometimes life calls and we have to do what we have to do….) but seriously folks – life is too short to slowly die doing something you are miserable doing… and sometimes we need to do what is right even if it means making less. It could lead to more in ways we knew less about.

Oh and the Lemonis note about selling cars was inspired from 2016 (HERE).

“…if he had to go back and start from scratch?

He’d sell cars” (Clifford, 2016).

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Also, check out this post (HERE) from USA through Our Eyes and where they shared about meeting David, a local contractor….

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43 thoughts on “Job Interview (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Thanks for the link, Y. And yes, this is a topic that we all have struggled with…what to do for a living if money was no object ? I know that as I look back on my work life, I enjoyed the non-professional jobs almost as much, (seriously, almost more) than the ones I chose as a career. Today, so many college grads struggle to find any kind of employment, and they challenge their choices even more. I like your flash fiction.

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  2. I think it takes courage to quit your decent pay job you have now and pursue your passing which largely still unknown. It is a risky. I like how you put it – sometimes we need to do what is right even if it means making less.

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    1. Hi – well sometimes it is impossible – and all the courage in the world won’t allow someone to provide for their family.
      So there are many times when we work to provide… and it is what it is.
      but you are so right – it takes courage and in this fiction piece – the guy’s choice was forced cos he was laid off….
      and it was an opportune time.
      ya know?

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      1. I did not catch the person was laid off. Yes, getting laid off is a good kick to push you in the new direction or discover new opportunity. I have seen many examples myself.

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    1. Neil – thanks for your comment.
      well I think that work that is aligned to “personality, ability, and interest” is one of the biggest gifts for a human. Further, if that person could experience flow (Csikszentmihalyi described ‘Flow’ as a mental state of complete absorption in the current experience and at work it allows deep fulfillment) –
      and your note about the “ruch people” thing struck a nerve with me because studies show that they are not always who we should emulate. And in my experience – the wealthy have far more contentment issues and many of them need accountability and a good old fashioned job that allows them the inner fulfillment and times of flow.
      Also, many rich folks do “stay” working cos they “need ” to stay productive – they just get to “pick” what they do and how they manage assets – but work is absolutely a great thing…
      and your comment reminded me of how someone once said that Howard Hughes might not have gotten so funky if he had found a job that allowed him intrinsic satisfaction.

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  3. I love to have had a job of my passion – music. But reality took me to the path of education, from teaching pre-school, elementary school, (teaching language in universities in Hong Kong), all the way to school district administration – one thing led to another, even though it was not my “passion.” Well, I managed to have music as my hobby anyway, can’t do without music.
    Doing drywall or selling cars are okay if that’s anyone’s interest!! Nice take on the prompt!

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    1. thanks for sharing your story – and hobbies can be a life saver – but even if you did pursue work with music – it likely still would have been “work” – if that makes sense. Like I know many people who have left musical fields – or had to supplement – and I even recall the time the symphony violin players were arguing to be paid more because they played more – work can be work… ya know

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    1. that was nice of you to go back and help them.
      and maybe the break infused you with some fresh essence.
      One thing people do not realize is that “sometimes” a break or work pause can change their outlook and freshness.
      Some people resign when a few months off would have helped.
      I am not sure how other countries are = but I heard one person say that in one country (maybe Germany) most people have at least one month off from work – and here in the States I know folks who do not even get two weeks.
      anyhow, is that when you were able to get your books done – when you were in resign mode?

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      1. Hi Yvette, no, I do my books all the time in between everything else. I was working very hard throughout my whole notice period and then finished on a Friday and restarted on a Monday. My books are my hobby as I love writing and baking.

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    1. THANKS for catching that and I almost – almost! – linked you dear Steelers fan!
      ands this bird might have said “Big Ben = please get the job done.”

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  4. I loved that you avoided the bird altogether! Nice job, Yvette. And yeah, it would be nice to just do what you love instead of what you feel obliged to

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    1. Hi Dale – well I expect this man will still have tough days doing drywall – and will dread the alarm – he might even have some adjustment issues being under a foreman after having been in upper management. And so even in a job role that is more tailored (or loved) work will still have grit and grind components – ya know?

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    1. that is an ideal way to do it – but maybe in an upcoming post I can write about some of the “harsh realities” I have seen. sometimes we have little choice – and our “lot in life” dictates most of our options… hmmmm

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  5. This is a unique take on the prompt Y and relevant too. My passion is writing but it has taken me several decades to identify it. in the meanwhile I studied and acquired degrees, work experience and finally took a decision to dump it and follow my heart. But then like Robbie I got called back and I did feel guilty about ‘wasting’ my education….that’s also important isnt it? Tough to make the right decision…

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  6. Nice ‘bird picture’ and take on the prompt 🙂

    I like how you began and ended with the interviewer – his character arc was fresh and convincing (and Marcus Lemonis’ quote perhaps helped him, too).

    Peals of wisdom, amigo: “Life is too short to slowly die doing something you are miserable doing… and sometimes we need to do what is right even if it means making less. It could lead to more in ways we knew less about.”

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