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Old 06-11-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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DOWNside to having bike as only vehicle

Job interviews become much tougher. I'm going to get some wrinkle proof pants and dress shirt, even then, still tough if on a sport bike. It doesn't look really good lugging in a helmet and jacket and a bag or two.

Sigh. I still wouldn't trade it. But some people are snooty and they look at you like "what the"..you have a "backpack with you?, what unprofessional scum".... . never mind that I save a fortune and rode the HOV bypassing 2 hours of cooking in traffic and don't use a car anymore.

I guess I'm learning. I didn't know, no one ever told me, that tie and jacket are required now for interviews... I never did that and got great jobs. I didn't realize its standard now. I don't own a tie or jacket, so this is new to me!

The guy interviewing me was a bit rude and said, "aren't you a bit underdressed"? I worked for at least an hour in making sure I was well presented, ironed, nice button up dress shirt and dress pants.. just not a suit (for ENTRY LEVEL collections position). I just looked at him a bit dumbfounded. Said i didn't realize, I apologize. Forget the fact I was there 1 hour early to get ready, shed bike gear and look nice and fill out forms early.

He then proceeded to tell me he didn't care about my 4-5 years experince in the field and offered me $24 when i've been make double that. What an incredible waste of my time. PERIOD entry level after 4 years plus experince.


And all these places now have prescreening tests like i'm taking the SAT in highschool. Freaking stupid. Its like Who Wants a Million Dollars, except I get a job interview instead if I can prove I can spell... I never did those years back, must be the new "fad"

Best part of my day was riding the HOV past 290 and 610 traffic. What fun! First time I've taken the HOV.

What a day, what a day.

Wish you best Motohouston, just had to vent a bit.

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Old 06-11-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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So...not be a , but you applied for an ENTRY LEVEL position (you said this yourself) and you're upset because they only offered you ENTRY LEVEL money?
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No, i sent my resume as qualified and they have ranges of salaries, always can use experinced as well as entry level, and they discounted everything I've worked on except a few months of a sweatshop call center and offered me bottom of the line without any negotiation....

normally with experince it makes easy over $10k a year difference, but they weren't willing to even talk that, said they can get people cheap pretty much and then you can work up later on through company.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:25 PM   #4
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I ride every day rain or shine.

At first all I got was the "you're going to die" remarks.

Now I get the how many miles per gallon question.


On your note, it sounds like they didn't really want you in the first place.
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yeah, not really. They were just surfing the resumes for cheap labor.

Same thing I got at first, you're gonna die etc... then WOW save yourself some gas money! whoo whoo!

They've stopped ribbing me now and respect me, but it took time.
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same thing i get with the little rice burner car i drive people judge you based on what you drive bike or car or truck w/e people suck and i wouldnt wanna work for someone who looks down on me for what i drive, so really you saved yourself the time of working at a company that will look down on you always, not a day wasted just a day invested to find out what kind of place it is haha yes my glass is half full
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b18c1ej8 ... thanks for that. That's a really good perspective. I understand helping me know to wear a tie. I honestly didn't know that. I'm getting one to fix the issue. But being addressed like i'm just outta highschool and treating me like no experince etc, HR that wouldn't even crack a smile or how are you, but just walked by to hand an application.....those are all signs... not to mention 7 ft tall basement cubicle offices!


you rock, thanks for the fresh perspective.
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unprofesional???
It takes one to know one...


O dont think you really wanted to work there anyways.. You just wanted to get out and ride...hehehe
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np I have had my fair share of difficulties based on car/bike but where im workin now my boss drives a z06 and wants to take it to the strip haha its nice havin a boss with same intrests also gives you something to talk bout when slackin off
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sorry to hear about the interview gone bad.
no biggie though; i have had plenty of those man.
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Some of the richest people I know drive some of the oldest cars around. My best friend earns $200k+, and drove a Corolla for years. Now has the same truck for the last 5. I know a very successful business owner who makes tons of money, and still drives his '97 2wd Ranger. My dad, a Physician, still drives his '91 Jeep Cherokee. I'm not rich by any means, but do well enough; nevertheless, I'm happy with my '97 Tacoma and '95 Galant, and as long as they keep running fine, I'm gonna keep them.
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Some of the richest people I know drive some of the oldest cars around. My best friend earns $200k+, and drove a Corolla for years. Now has the same truck for the last 5. I know a very successful business owner who makes tons of money, and still drives his '97 2wd Ranger. My dad, a Physician, still drives his '91 Jeep Cherokee. I'm not rich by any means, but do well enough; nevertheless, I'm happy with my '97 Tacoma and '95 Galant, and as long as they keep running fine, I'm gonna keep them.
its the smart thing to do ... i would rather have a beat up and car and 20 bad bikes than one bad car any day!
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That's right along w what we experience. Ya our company is hiring people that flunked out of the BMW training program to work on the vehicle entry level.... Let that soak in for a minute... Yes they can pay them a quarter of a master's pay but come on... I feel sorry for those customers whos vehicle is off the road for three days plus cuz a 'tech' didn't check a fuse.(laugh it up, happens more then you think.)

As for the car situations, I have my 00 Tiburon and that thing is gonna outlast me Im sure. These new kids all come in and buy bimmers. One new one w an audi laughed when I pulled mine in this morning to do tires. I hadn't met him yet but his trainer shut him up right away when he said I had a couple bikes an a MBZ also. F---in kidz...
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where did you apply...sounds like the company i work for...
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lol. Tried Greenberg, Grant and Richards. commercial collections.

I wrote specifically: "I'm looking for a challenging position paying base $40k with unlimited bonus potential. I've been highly successful at Greentree and one of the top performers in Texas, so to apply my skills to commercial collections would be a interesting challenge."

He spent my entire morning and then offered me $24k, the putz. But he is one of those guys that his entire world revolves around that tiny office and beating the out of people on the phone.

I'm just happy i got to ride! BUT, sorry he wasted my time, and made me take those freakin "personality" tests for 20 mins +.
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I rode a bike as my sole method of transportation my first 2 years in the corporate world. ( I used the money I saved to pay for my racing addiction) While I did have to deal with some biased people in the end I found that I cared lees what they thought.

You're right about interviews but I learned though.

I used to borrow a friends or girlfriends car for interviews, than once I got the job I'd do the bike thing.

I'd keep it low key though until I made my mark.
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I rode a bike as my sole method of transportation my first 2 years in the corporate world. ( I used the money I saved to pay for my racing addiction) While I did have to deal with some biased people in the end I found that I cared lees what they thought.

You're right about interviews but I learned though.

I used to borrow a friends or girlfriends car for interviews, than once I got the job I'd do the bike thing.

I'd keep it low key though until I made my mark.
I actually did the same when all I had for transportation was my CB650 Nighthawk for 2-3 years in college. Not even corporate, but just Server positions at restaurants, I would borrow my friends' cars to go to interviews. Once I got the job (Bennigan's by Baybrook Mall), I showed up on the bike
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i decided i'm going to invest in some of the highly wrinkle resistant clothes, see how that fares and I might end up only have to carry a bag, jacket and helmet.

Patrick, good stuff.
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