Well, I start my new job on Tuesday. And, wouldn’t you know it …
The store manager at BigBoxRetailer called and left a message for me earlier today. He asked that I call him so we could talk about some good news he had gotten from his boss earlier in the day. Since I had to go in to pick up a prescription anyway, I decided to have the conversation in person.
It seems as though they finally (almost three months later) got permission to make me full time. I explained the new job situation, and said that it is a temporary assignment that is only expected to last two to three months. Yes, I lied. They said they expected it to last six months or so. If I said six months, there is no way he would have even pretended to wait.
I asked how crucial the timing would be of actually making the change in the system. He said that he would hold off as long as he could. He mentioned a couple significant events on the corporate calendar, including the end of the fiscal year when they regularly freeze all hiring, status changes, capital equipment purchases, etc., and how that may impact things. He suggested that, assuming I work a Monday through Friday day shift schedule at the new job, that I work Friday evening for a few hours, and a full shift on either Saturday or Sunday. This would be best for them from a business standpoint, and keep me with one full day off every week.
I still hope to turn this new job into a permanent situation, but if it doesn’t work out that way, hopefully Manager will be able to get me full time shortly after the assignment ends. Until then, it looks like I’ll be working way more hours than I ever wanted to.