A week ago, I became very unhappy with my job at the appliance store and began to think about moving on. Then a man came into the store, walked right up to me in the washing machine section, and handed me his business card. He told me that he was so-and-so and “We’re looking to hire Store Managers and Assistant Managers.”
“Where are you from?” I asked.
“Oh, sure, I know that product. Great shoes.”
He was taken aback that I was familiar with his product and he should have been. Really, it’s a small company that isn’t well-known in Yankee turf. They mainly do business in the deep South.
He asked me if I wanted to have an interview when I got off work and I said sure. It was just a moment. He hit me at just that brief moment when I was feeling unhappy with the company and was struggling with wanderlust and a desire to escape.
I interviewed after work. The men were staying in a mid-range hotel. We sat by the fireplace in the lobby and talked. I learned in Dallas to attempt to trick my anxious mind into believing that I was just “chatting with friends”. It wasn’t a job interview. The shoe manufacturing company is planning to open several new stores in the Chicagoland area and the first truck is arriving on Monday, April 4th (2016). They needed to staff store #1 in 8 days! I wanted the manager’s position because only the manager gets 1% commission on every $1 the store sells. I knew it was a long shot. I don’t have the resume to secure that kind of post. In fact, I may not even have the skill set; but I went for it anyway.
I did tell the interviewers that “Someone with 20 years experience in Retail Management may show up tomorrow and then you’ll have to give them the job.”
It was exciting to think that I could manage my own store. Instead of earning 1% on all my sales, I would earn 1% commission on the entire store’s sales. Wow! Imagine: a man walks into the appliance store, hands me his card, and hires me to run my own store. Miracles do happen. I mean it’s weird, right?
However, it went exactly as I had predicted. Another candidate showed up who had 20 years of Retail Management experience and they had to offer them the store. They offered me full-time with benefits, straight pay, no commission. I wanted to take it. I really did. I told them I would let then know in the morning.
I printed out my paychecks for the last six weeks and figured out what I was actually earning per hour by working on commissions. Unfortunately, it was so much more money than I realized that I had to turn down the job offer. The man offered me 50¢ more per hour which was $2.50 more than usual. I appreciated his efforts to get me a better salary and to show me how much they wanted me in the company, but it was still way too little money. I told him that I had looked over my paychecks and I never made less than $x an hour at the appliance store; I couldn’t accept the job offer. Then I did a Rivka thing and gushed about how I’d love to move to Texas because Texas is a great place to live. (The company headquarters are in Texas.) We said our good-byes and that was the end of my adventure.
I was so disappointed when I had to go back to the appliance store the next morning. I was dragging my feet and my heart was heavy. I lost my swagger and my sales were poor. Was this crappy appliance store really going to be my future?
Two days later he called me.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about you and what you said: that you’d be willing to relocate to Texas.”
Now he offered me even more money for a position that usually does not pay so well. (I can’t write the amount because I believe that he is paying me more than my manager will earn. I guess I am better at sales than her.)
I start work in two days.
There’s no commission, so I will have to live within a budget, which means discipline, but they will be giving me free training in Retail Management with the intention of giving me the next store as my own. Plus the stores are only open from 10am to 6pm and managers only work 40-42 hours a week. That’s like a vacation. I will have 3 to 4 hours of free time before work and 3 to 4 hours of free time after work. I could go to Hebrew School in the evenings. I could join a Bridge Club. I could cook healthy meals at home. I could have a balanced life. It’s so much free time.
In two days, my life is going to completely change and I am scared.
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