… ‘cos I just got a dream part-time job!!! Guess where.
(Before I tell you that, though, I have decided that you guys are right about my lament in having more online friends than offline. Truth is that I do prefer to make friends online. Despite the risk of wolves in sheeps’ clothing disguise, I find that people online are more genuine in their interaction than people in real life. I feel whoever reads and talks to me in my blog are people who actually like the real me and want to get to know me better. And likewise, when I comment in peoples’ blogs I only do so ‘cos I’d like the chance to get to know them. I don’t get that feeling with face-to-face interaction because sometimes people make small talk out of obligation and proximity. I’m always paranoid about whether they actually want to talk to me or they have to.)
Yes, that’s right, a bookshop!
I saw the job classifieds at work one day and sent in my cv for the heck of it, asking for a part-time position even though it doesn’t say they need one (which I’m assuming is a full-time worker that they’re looking for). But one day the boss called me up. Even then, I didn’t get my hopes up ‘cos I have my French class during the weekend, so chances are they’re not interested in hiring me when they know I can’t even work two days.
But surprise! The boss called me three days ago to talk some more, then two days ago he arranged for an interview with me, and yesterday I met him and his wife, who own the bookshop. I was hired then and there and I’m starting work today!
I’m trying not to get my hopes up but am failing miserably at that because I’ve always wanted to work in a bookshop and now I am! I had a good feeling just entering the stock room, surrounded by all those lovely, new books. Not the feeling that I was going to get the job (I thought they would think about it first, not hire me then and there), but a happy feeling just being around them books.
The husband and wife bosses basically gave me a crash course on their bookshop during the interview yesterday. Unlike popular chain bookstores in my country, this bookshop is a little different in that they sell brand new books at warehouse-sale prices. They source their books directly from publishers to get extra unsold copies and sell them. This means that they have to sell whatever the publishers give them – they can’t make orders because the publishers can’t confirm if there would be extra stock on a certain book.
They actually don’t need a part-timer but they could tell from my cv that I love to read and write and they believe they can tap into those skills. Having visited their bookshop whenever I drop by that mall, I’m sure I can give recommendations on certain books and I’m really eager to learn about the book retail business. They said they welcome feedback from the staff, as they’re interested to give customers a different experience from other bookshops, so if there’s something other bookshops haven’t tried, they are quite willing to give it a go!
As a customer, I already had ideas on what bookshops could do to improve. Now that I’m working there, I hope I can convince them of those ideas! This bookshop is truly different – I mean, they’re willing to hire a part-timer despite not needing one, just on the basis that the girl likes to read and write. They’re obviously on a different track than other bookshops who are just looking for full-timers to hold the fort. Problem with that is that most people who love to read books would never be satisfied with the sort of pay full-time workers in a bookshop get. It’s far too low for book lovers, who most of the time are more highly qualified than the qualifications needed for the job. And I believe the bosses realise that, hence the hiring of sulz!
I’m reporting for my first day of work there in a few hours’ time and I’m jumping inside. I’m not just going to learn about the book retail business; this job is going to make me brush up interpersonal skills, meet people and talk about something I love, learn more about books so I can talk about them with customers… everything there is to learn in this job, will be all about my favourite subject in the whole wide world! And being paid for doing that!!
Know what’s the icing on the cake? They’re paying me slightly more than the average rate for part-timers (on the basis of my ‘skillz’), the location is not too far from home (less than twenty minutes’ drive and since it’s on weekends, I won’t be stuck in a jam), parking fee is affordable and the hours are very suitable. It’s a tick on everything in my criteria for a part-time job!
First question I’m gonna ask (not literally, of course, but the first moment suitable to ask such a question) is that if staff gets a discount for buying books.
I’ll write about my first day at work (again! haha) soon! I’ll try to take pictures too. 😀