Hopefully the last! The beginning of July was pretty bleak. We were leaving no stones unturned to find any source of income. Abbas got a call one fine day and they seemed to be very keen to meet him. That was his first time going for a physical meeting, so he went formally dressed with so much gusto. When he finished the interview, he called me and began guffawing at the other end. I was clueless as to what to make of it. He said “Seemu, I got the job but you won’t believe if I tell you that this is going to be a 4 hour job” I was flabbergasted initially but later when he assured me that he was not joking, I too laughed it off. We had never imagined someone calling for a proper interview for a one time job of just 4 hours!! Abbas was asked to come the following week but he didn’t get back to them.
I had applied for apprenticeships in Baking, Early Childhood training, nursing, aged care and many other courses that I lost track of my applications. One day all of a sudden, I received a call when I was at the train station. The lady on the other end talked about me applying for some course and said that she wanted to discuss with me about it. Now due to the surrounding noise, I thought I heard she was speaking about the Baking course. I started speaking very passionately about how Baking was my life blab la bla. She quietly listened to me for almost 5 minutes. And once my rambling was over she politely asked me “It’s so good to know about your interest in baking but I’m puzzled why you applied for Early Childhood Training course then”. I was only thankful that I wasn’t facing the lady. I tried to make up for the blasphemy but then it was very evident to her. She still hung up on a polite note J
Second half of July brought about a couple of opportunities for me. I had a telephonic round with one company which got cleared and they scheduled a client interview on Monday the 29th. On Friday the 26th a guy from company R who had interviewed me back in May suddenly called me. They said they had a 3 week contract which would start from Monday and asked if I would be able to join. I couldn’t believe my ears and I asked him if he was sure about it. He said if I was ready to join, he would immediately send me the contract papers. I told him about the interview on Monday and asked if he can make Tuesday as the joining date. But he said that it would not look professional for him to tell the client to postpone the joining date and that if I could not join on Monday, then they had to look for other options. I told him that I would get back to him. Abbas and I thought about it and also sought S’s opinion. She advised that it would be foolishness to leave an offer in the hope that an interview might click. She said getting an entry is more important and it will be easier to gather momentum from then on. We blindly accepted the offer and I joined work on Monday. My contract got extended by two more weeks. Once it was over, the company R told me that they had received outstanding feedback from the client. So they were keen on taking for more projects. They were anticipating a 4 month contract where they were planning to propose my profile.
By then, my Project Manager at the client site had referred me to a friend of hers who worked for a competitor of company R. They took telephonic interview and offered me a 4 week contract. I called the HR at R and explained the situation. I told them that for me having a job is more vital so if they could assure me that they are going to take me for the upcoming project I can let go of the other offer but if they were still sceptical then I had to take up the offer. But since they were not in a position to assure me, we thought we must go with the 4wk offer. My first contract had ended on Thursday and I was on my way to sign the next contract on Friday morning. I got off the train and saw that the HR from R had left me a voice message saying he had something very urgent to tell me. I called back and he told that they had had a quick meeting with their General Manager and they had got approval to hire one resource. Since I was on their priority list anyway, they were ready to take me on their permanent payroll. I called Abbas and he told me to take a train back and go to the office of company R and finalize the deal before rejecting the other offer. I was on cloud Nine. It was a big achievement to get a permanent job here and I really wished to be associated with company R as they were one of the leaders in the field that I was working. I joined the company after a week’s gap.
In the meanwhile, Abbas also received a call back from the company D that had called him in May. He went through 4 rounds of interview and managed to grab a permanent job offer for himself too. We were hoping with all our might that he got that job as his profile had very less opportunities any way. I’m so proud of Abbas for he managed to impress the interviewers well enough for them to offer him a prominent role in the organisation. Given that it was the only opportunity on hand, we would have been screwed had he not made it! We were so relieved when both of us got permanent jobs and Abbas has been blaming me for all the success, happiness and achievement. It has been a bumpy ride but we made it to the other end of the tunnel. It wasn’t easy at all. This was undoubtedly the biggest challenge we faced but I’m elated to say that we came out with flying colours.
With both of us working, we had the big question of how we are going to manage Mantam after school hours. Will write about that in the next post.