“But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” (Psalms 18:6)
Y’all. (Yes I had to pull out my southern drawl for this one.)
When I tell you that the Lord is good….He is so GOOD! He heard my cries and has answered my prayers. As a poor college student, one of the things that I really want is a job. I want a way to earn money and experience while I’m in school. That’s definitely not unusual for any college student. All of the ones that I know would do anything for a job. I had a really brief stint at a clothing store at the mall but that didn’t work out. Once that job was over, I started looking really hard for a new job and one that was preferably pretty close to campus.
So anyways, at the end of the summer semester of 2013, I noticed that the bookstore at my school had a sign saying that they were looking for help. Y’all, when I tell you I ran in that store so fast to find out how to apply, I am not even playing. I applied once I finished talking to an associate, and within two weeks they hired me as a temp.
One thing you should know is that at the bookstore, we have something called Rush. Rush is basically the week before school starts (Pre-Rush), the first week of school (Rush), and the second week of school (Post-Rush). These three weeks are extremely busy. There are thousands of students coming in to buy textbooks, return textbooks, pick up orders, complain about orders, etc etc. So a bunch of temps are hired in order to help with the flow of things. After this three week period, most of the temps leave and the manager may hire a few temps permanently if he/she so desires. Fall 2013, when I started working, I first had to go through a two week orientation. It was here that everyone was told that there was a possibility that they would get hired permanently after rush. So after the three week rush period my manager called me into his office and gave me this whole spiel about how he’s going to have to cut down hours and told me that he would call me back if he needed me. I was disappointed of course, but I was only a temp and I knew that there was a possibility that I wouldn’t get hired permanently.
Anyways (fast forward to the better part of the story) I got called back to work for Spring 2014 rush. I did an awesome job this year (if I do say so myself) and my manager hired me! I think there were a lot of factors that caused my manager to choose to hire me. For one thing, I already had the experience and I knew how to do my job and do it well. I wasn’t new and uncomfortable like last semester. I knew exactly what needed to be done and I just went ahead and did it. Also, I made sure that I was friendly with the people whose opinions would matter. Those people being my manager, my team lead, and my team members who were already permanent employees. I was polite, I smiled, I spoke to everyone, I did my job. At the end of the day though, I am just so grateful that I was hired. I didn’t realize how much I loved my job until today when I realized that I wanted to be hired so badly.
Remember back in my Reflections post when I talked about becoming more self sufficient? Yea…that’s God for you. I just thank God and the heavens for answering my prayers. He has truly heard my cries.