So I mentioned a few weeks ago how my lack of activity was due to lack of internet.
And also that small detail of the acquisition of 5 jobs.
Well, now I have internet! (Yay for mail spam that actually gives you great deals!)
But those jobs, well, they do require time.
To be perfectly honest, at the moment I’m only doing 4, the fifth hasn’t started yet.
But I’m sure the question is: How did this come to happen?
Well, around December, after 4 months of unemployment, I caught my first break! I finally got an interview! Sure, it was to be a food runner – a step below server – but it was a money making job!
So job number 1, secured.
My mom works in the principal’s office at my hometown high school.
So when first, a family came seeking a babysitter, and then another family came seeking a science tutor, my mom offered my name.
So babysitting and tutoring were added to the list.
Then one night during a food runner shift, I ran into an old customer from when I worked at a bagel shop. I kept in touch with her and her family while I was in Greece.
It turned out the administrative assistant at her company had just left, so she offered me the position. The work is in the mornings, so I could keep the restaurant job, babysitting, and tutoring.
Meanwhile, during all this, my mom had contacted a friend who worked at a casino. He said he could see about getting me a job as a bartender, but I should get a bartending license first, and gave me the name of the school his son went to.
With the luck I was having, I called during their big holiday promotion and paid 1/3 the normal cost.
So I started classes at the Riverside National Bartending School.
Now, I’d read on multiple places online that having a bartending license “doesn’t help”, and “bars prefer you don’t have it”, etc.
I did have several reasons for taking the class. Obviously one was to get a bartending job. But really, it was something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and why would I ever regret the class? Learning new drinks, being able to make drinks at parties — really there would be no losing!
So for a month, I drove 1 hour each way, to finish this class.
Memorized over 100 drinks.
And finished the final (making any 12 drinks the teacher called out) in record time.
Then began the tough part of bartending.
The job search.
So first, I jumped on Craigslist. And saw an ad that said a new restaurant opening where I lived was having interviews.
The next morning.
So the next morning, I jump in my car, wait while one person interviews in front of me, then was interviewed myself.
Got invited to a second interview.
The day after that, got offered a bartending job.
So the first place I walked into? I got a bartending job!
But the restaurant hasn’t opened yet. It looks like that may take a while. So only working 4 jobs at the moment – but (hopefully) soon to be five.
Then we’ll see – for reals – how good my juggling skills are…