Two interviews in one week and two jobs accepted in one week. I’d say it was a pretty successful week! I went to my interview at Fazoli’s Thursday and was interviewed by the general manager and an assistant manager. They liked the applicant so they offered me a job! I think I will be able to work out both jobs when the FWCS one starts in August. I’ll just have to stick to evenings and close at Fazoli’s or something of that nature. I’m still looking for other jobs though. They would be better jobs that would provide more professional experience for my law enforcement career. Eventually the opportunity will arise and I will seize it. As for now, come and ask me for free breadsticks anytime.
Build a resume and plenty of applications that is. As previously stated in my last blog I applied to several places now. I got a call back from FWCS Nutrition Center and they scheduled an interview for me that took place this morning. I think it went well. She certainly asked the hard interview questions such as “Describe your work ethic.”, “Describe what you think this job entitles.”, and “Why do you think I should hire you?” I stumbled here and there on a couple, but overall I was pretty cheerful and made some good conversation before hand about this humid weather we have been having. She said she has a few more interviews to do after me and throughout the day tomorrow, and then they will call with more information if I got the job and send me a letter if I don’t.
Today I unexpectedly got a call from Fazoli’s for an interview. This interview is set up for Thursday. I’m not sure what position they are offering or anything yet, but I have an interview at least!
I still would like something full-time and/or a security type position. I’ll keep applying and looking. Just an update on the hunt!
Right now, one of my main goals is to find a full-time job so I can start paying off my student loans I owe. I want to get everything paid off before I start going to classes again. Even though I would be going to school for practically free with the benefits I get from the National Guard, it would be a sigh of relief not to owe anyone any money. So, in order to do that, I would have to find a job and manage my money. I’ve been a little loose with my spending since I have gotten back from training. I use the excuse of treating myself when I spend some money on things I really don’t need. That excuse can only be used for so long.
I made a good chunk of change while I was away and I don’t want to throw all of that away. I want to build on that to start saving money. I bought a book I have been wanting to read for quite some time now. It’s called The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. He has his own radio show, but that doesn’t broadcast here in Fort Wayne. I like to listen to the podcasts online sometimes. He mainly talks about financial planning and other stuff of that nature.
I have a total of 31 total applications out to 13 different places that include Parkview Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Kroger, Marcos Pizza, Pizza Hut, Fazoli’s, American Eagle, Jimmy Johns, CSX Transportation, CVS, Edy’s Ice Cream, 8020 Inc., and Fort Wayne Community Schools. All of these were positions that were actually hiring, so I’m hoping for the best. I’ll continue to fill out applications for any place actively hiring. I really would like something within the law enforcement or security division, but I would take anything at this point to get some money for my loans.
I’ll be sure to keep updated on the job search! If you have any leads, definitely let me know. 🙂
It has been one week since I have returned home from training. The normal lifestyle is very different from the one I was living for the past five months. Heck, I am typing on a keyboard right now. I’m glad I still remember how to use a computer. Okay, I’m being over dramatic. I am waking up fairly early and finding myself bored by noon and I am tired by ten or eleven at night. I like waking up early though because it provides me more time in the day to do things. I’m pretty used to living off of little sleep anyway.
I’ve hung out with a few groups of friends so far and still making my rounds to see everyone. I’ve swapped rooms in the house so I could have a bigger room to live in. I repainted it and moved all of my stuff in. I treated myself and bought a pretty nice television to watch movies and play video games. I still have to move my clothes into the closet and my “decor” on the walls. Other than that, I have a pretty sweet set up in my room so far.
Right now, I’m actively looking for a job to get me started in law enforcement. The city, county, or state isn’t hiring at this time. I have applied for a couple of security positions and some other random jobs, so I am hoping I can find something soon. I have quite a bit saved up from active duty pay while in training, but that’s only going to last so long, and I have student loans to pay off as well. I’m sure it will work out in the end.
So for now, I’m going to hang out for a bit and enjoy this time off I have. There is a possible Florida trip in the making with a group of friends, so we’ll see how that turns out!
Now that all of my training is practically finished, I am on the home stretch towards graduation. As of today, I have eleven days and a wake up until graduation day, June 6th. (Note from Lauren: I’m a little late for posting this. He’s coming home today!!) To prepare for graduation over the next eleven days I have to clean all of my gear I need to turn in, clean the barracks, clean my weapons, have a bunk/bay inspection from the first sergeant and commander, put my pins on my ASU’s (dress blues), get a few briefs and go to a few meetings, and also practice for graduation.
I never thought I would get to this point. It seemed as I would never get to leave this place. I’ve gotten so used to Fort Leonard Wood, I forget what home is like. I haven’t seen anyone at all from back at home. Some people have FaceTime or another video chat on their phone. It is going to be beyond amazing to see my family again. Everyone around here, myself included, is really excited to graduate.
This will be my last blog posting while here in Missouri. The one after this I’ll be able to type up myself on my own computer at home. I hope I still remember how to type! I’m not able to receive any more mail since there is just a little over a week left.
This was fun while it lasted. I would like to thank my sister, Lauren, for typing up these blogs for me and posting them on this blog while I’ve been away. I don’t even know how many blogs I’ve written this whole journey. I hope you have enjoyed reading along to all of my experiences, and I’m glad to have your support.
Signing out for the last time here in Missouri,
I’m writing this after showering when I haven’t showered in the past three nights. There are not any latrines at the field training base we were at. Only port-o-johns were available for us. That being said, I feel very refreshed and glad I don’t have to clean myself using baby wipes.
We packed our bags for the field Sunday evening and rolled out in humvees on Monday morning. Monday we spent the say setting up the site with the tents, cots, the toc (tactical operations center), and our chow area. Monday night bad storms were rolling through and tornadoes touched down in the area. That night the commander gave the order to return to the barracks for the night. We packed our bags in a quick manner and got the heck out of there.
We returned Tuesday morning to find some of the big tents collapsed on corners. We set up camp again and the weather cooperated for the rest of the time we were there. During daylight on Tuesday, our mission was to set up a hasty checkpoint along the road. Barbed wire and barricades were placed to stop traffic. Our goal was to find any contraband that vehicles had, such as bomb making materials or weapons. Our mission Tuesday night was a night-drive convoy. We drove in pitch black darkness with no headlights with just small “black-out” lights. We got to wear the NVG’s again during the mission. It was pretty sweet. Crazy to think that this was our last training I will get as an Initial Entry Soldier. Hooah!
Until next time,
Now that I have been taught everything I need to know to be a Military Police Soldier, it’s time to put all of the skills and drills I’ve learned to the test. We are about to go on our last field training experience for five days. The missions will be mounted, so we will be driving humvees throughout. I believe we will be sleeping in big tents on cots. Today we dipped a couple uniforms in a deet solution in order to keep the bugs away. They say there are mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers out now that it’s hot. Also they mentioned there are always occurrences and run-ins with snakes and spiders in the field.
I’m not sure yet what kind of missions we’ll run this time, but I know it’s going to be pretty awesome. This event is pretty much everything we have left to do before graduation. As I write this, we have only 17 days and a wake up before the big day. And even less to see my family! I can’t believe I have been away for so long. See you soon!
Until next time,