Posts Tagged “work”

    Free Tacos

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

    Taco Bell are going to run a giveaway for the World Series but they are doing it while I am at work, so hopefully they’ll be bringing some into the office. If a player steals a base in any of the 7 games they will give away 1 taco to everyone in America (or at least everyone who visits a Taco Bell restaurant in the 3 hour time frame). It is on a Wednesday after lunch and before work finishes but I’m sure plenty of people will manage to get out to claim their free taco.

    Australia & cricket

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

    I played cricket yesterday for the first time since leaving England, and it was against an Australian. The president of Taco Bell to be precise, he had a little knock about outside the office building – fortunately it was using a tennis ball not a cricket ball as the grass was rather long and the ground lumpy. I did quite well considering how rusty I was expecting to be, showed the Americans what the game is about anyway.

    I had Lamingtons for the first time today in preparation for tomorrow’s Australian themed family day – they are not as sickly sweet as American cakes so they are a nice change. Maybe one for the recipe site Paul?

    No time for posting while at work…

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    I have previously not been writing much as I haven’t been doing much, now I haven’t been writing much as I’ve been doing too much. I’ve been in my new job as a Systems Analyst for just over a month now, I’ve done the training and been taking help desk calls for a while. Its busy during the week but its a good way to learn, I don’t have time to get bored! It consists of taking calls from Taco Bell managers supporting their back office PCs and printers. Its all going well so far, there’s a lot to learn but its coming along and its a good environment to work in.

    Shifts have been moving about a bit but I managed to get day shifts right from the start rather than having to work through the night. The drive down can vary though, weekends aren’t too bad at 1 hour, but some of the busy mornings or Friday afternoon can take 2 – 2.5 hrs!

    I got an interview

    Friday, January 19th, 2007

    The weather out here has been very changeable recently. One day I get sunburn, then the university campus gets closed for high winds, then it snows. It doesn’t even rain here, but it snowed.

    Yesterday I had my first interview. It was a while coming but I got a phone call for one job, then the next day a second call for a second job. So yesterday I drove down to Huntingdon Beach (where Jurgen Klinsmann lives) and interviewed for an IT Help Desk position. The company seemed cool and they have a really nice office, the interview went pretty well and the people seem nice. I’m hoping to have an edge over the competition as I speak French and they have plants in Montreal, Canada as well as Tolouse, France but there’s still a few more interviewees to go so hopefully I’ll hear back next week.

    The job hunt continues

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

    It wasn’t so much a resolution but I’ve started coming in to the university library for the day. So I am currently working the same hours as Brenda but my job consists of looking for a job. Its been quite productive so far, the library has wifi so I can just spend the day looking for and applying to jobs, if I stayed at home I wouldn’t get anything done as her whole family is there at the moment.

    The only problem is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities. The coffee side of things should be sorted soon once classes start again and they re-open the student union Starbucks.

    A+ Certification

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
    I’m now looking at doing an A+ Certification exam. Its basically an extra qualification (which seems to b every important in the States) to prove I can do tech support. Hopefully it will help in getting me an interview. I’ve found a couple of sites with info for the test and people seem to be recommending a book by Michael Meyers called A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, so I went to the library to pick up a copy. Amazon has the 6th edition available next month but I wanted to get started now so I thought I’d borrow the current copy instead. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised it was a little out of date, the local library only had the 2nd edition.

    I’m now learning about the latest Windows 95 and DOS technology, and about how PCs are nearing 1 ghz in speed and have between 8-64 mb of RAM. I’m expecting a picture of Paul’s BBC Master to appear every time I turn the page.


    Saturday, October 14th, 2006

    Things are finally starting to pick up on the job front. I went for an interview at a temp agency who were amazed at the scores I got on the Excel and Word tests that involved copying, pasting, creating graphs and mail merging. Maybe they normally only get people who call help desks when they mouse doesn’t work because they haven’t turned on the PC. Anyway, they seem to think they can find me some temp work and I had two interviews for a permanent IT Tech position so hopefully something will come from it all in the next few weeks.

    Trip to the doctor’s

    Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

    I had my first job interview the other day, was invited back for a 2nd interview but it was selling insurance benefits to companies which isn’t really me but at least its a start in meeting employers.

    I made my first visit to an American doctor today, it was a lot easier than the NHS! Brenda has health insurance through her job so I went along and had to pay the $10 fee to see a doctor. In 35 minutes I saw the triage nurse, had a few x-rays on my knee and saw a doctor and left. I hurt my knee a year ago throwing a ball and I agitated it playing tennis the other day – it seems I sprained my medial collateral ligament. Got to rest it for a couple of weeks and if its not better go back for an MRI to see how badly the ligament was stretched.

    The ibuprofen is starting to kick in now so its not so bad. The most annoying thing was that I had finally got back into exercising regularly!

    Job fairs

    Thursday, May 25th, 2006

    The job fairs were a little disappointing. The first one I went to was mainly manual labour – building work and driving trains and I don’t think I could cope with getting my hands dirty. Still, I found a couple of companies recruiting for IT so I handed out some resumés. The second one looked like it would be better but in fact the first room (I thought out of three rooms) was the only room and I only got rid of one resumé. Pretty much the best thing I got from that one was a pen that lights up and I had to feign interest in a job in the railroads to get that.

    I think there is a bigger fair coming up in a couple of weeks, people have been looking at the resumé on Monster but for now I think its back to looking through company websites.

    Busy Times

    Sunday, May 21st, 2006

    It’s been a while but I’ve been pretty busy during the last few weeks. Charlie popped over for a visit after his business trip to Florida and became the first passenger in my car when I picked it up. I’ve been driving all over the place, I’ve taken it out to LA a few times and we went to Vegas for a weekend where a fine time was had by all. I now have my advance parole, which means that if I leave the country I will be allowed back in and my permanent residency application has been forwarded to California to speed up the process, but they still say it will be about 270-300 days. Still I can do pretty much everything now that I will be able to do once I’m a permanent resident with a green card.

    The search for a job has started and I’m going to a careers fair on Tuesday to see what’s around, hopefully there will be plenty of IT companies wanting to hire mid-July, the day after the World Cup final would be great.