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Ambushed...next steps

April 27th, 2017 at 04:57 am

So as mentioned in yesterday's post, I really felt kind of ambushed when I showed up at what I thought would be a job interview but what turned out to be a kick-off meeting meant to debrief me on the work I'd be doing.

When I say "ambushed," I don't mean they were trying to do anything unkind, but it certainly threw me off kilter as I struggled to comprehend the scope of a very involved project and what they were asking of me.

I don't blame them; they are obviously behind an eight ball with the deadline for this project and had no in-house talent to execute it, but it makes me wonder why they would take on such work if they didn't have resources IN PLACE. I guess their attitude was, 'shoot first and ask questions later.'

I want to make best use of my time between now and Monday to clear my plate of various errands or other things so they won't become a distraction when I'm neck-deep in the project. I'm only going to focus on essential stuff to do, and then I plan to get into the reading they gave me so I can absorb as much as possible and as the manager said "hit the ground running" on Monday.

My carpenter has arrived to set up his tools and saws for the built-in bookshelves. He's just left to go buy the wood and will start later this morning and can work today, tomorrow and Saturday on it.

Here's my list of things to do:

1. Pick up more meds for Waldo before they run out.

2. Laundry

3. New central air test of system this a.m.

4. Fill up gas tank.

5. Fill out all the recruiter's paperwork for: a)confidentiality agreement, b) IRS withholding form, c) Paychex timesheet, d) contract, e) direct deposit of my paychecks, which will be every 2 weeks.

6. Haircut

7. Dump run

8. Groceries

9. I may also do some clothes shopping. Altho it's casual attire (jeans) I may want a few things just to make it easier to get dressed in the morning without having to figure out what in my closet looks okay.

I may have to give up going to the local climate march on Saturday as planned for many weeks. Disappointing but I really need the time.

Once I get my personal stuff out of the way, I want to concentrate on the following, definitely for Sat/Sun but maybe even starting tonight or tomorrow:

10. Reading and absorbing all materials.
11. Sketch out an outline for the first brochure.
12. Closely review the bank's website.
13. Start a competitive review of other banks' private banking pages, printing out stuff I can bring to the office on Monday.

Now, the recruiter had told me NOT to do any work until he checked back with me tomorrow because I know he wants to make sure I'll get paid for time spent at home. I could just listen to what he told me, but honestly, I will be the one bearing responsibility for getting this done on time, so I'm only hurting myself by sitting around twiddling thumbs. I think I can safely say I'll be paid for at least 4 40-hour weeks, so I'm not too concerned about a few hours here or there. I'm kind of looking at it as a single project that will pay me $8800 rather a weekly paycheck.

8 Responses to “Ambushed...next steps”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Definitely sounds like a good plan to immerse yourself in the task at hand; as MonkeyMama's blog catchphrase says "over prepare, then go with the flow". Better to outlay some time and be able to hit the ground running, sounds like they need it.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Is this an agency? If so, doesn't surprise me at all. Our A/Es constantly write checks that the creative staff can't cash, so we end up pulling in contractors at the last minute and demanding impossible things.

  3. starfishy Says:

    congrats on the job although i know you are feeling stressed about it! i imagine you will pull it off with flying colors, as you always do. Smile sounds like you have a good plan outlined to tackle it all...good luck!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds like a good plan!

  5. Kiki Says:

    As a contract job do you get the write offs that come with contracting? (Mileage, etc.)

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    Kiki, that's a really good question. On the one hand, they are deducting taxes from my paycheck (my request) and will send me a W2 at year's end so I'm not sure to be honest.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Yikes--good for you on getting ready.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Congrats on the job!

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