Back in August I wrote a post about a fear of being passed over for jobs. I have to chuckle at the situation; it reminds me of something my mother says, “just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.” I would always laugh when she said it. But now I know what she means. It turns out my fear was valid.

My girlfriend, who lives in Texas, once mentioned to me that if I was in Texas, and not Boston, I could find a job. She even went as far to say that she could get me job if I lived in the state. I would nod my head and agree with her, but I can’t honestly say that I believed her.

When I left Boston for Texas, I left with the promise of a job. A hiring manager had contacted me and asked me if I would be able to be in Texas by the first Monday of January. I said yes. He said to call him when I got to town.

Now, you’ll have to forgive my skepticism. I’ve been looking for a job in Texas for close to ten months. I’ve had several opportunities arise, none of which worked out. So when a manager, who happens to be responsible for hiring as well as other responsibilities tells me to “call him when I get to town” I am fully aware that my phone call will go straight to voicemail.

Imagine my surprise when he answered the phone this past Monday. This was our conversation:

Him: Hey Rick, how’s it going?

Me: I’m good, Matt*. Uh, you told me to call you when I got to town, so this is to let you know that I’m here.

Him: Great! Lauren* said that you’re available to start work as soon as possible. Can you come in today to fill out some paperwork?

Me: Uh, well, I’m not sure. See, I don’t have a car so I need to see if I can get a ride…

Him: That’s fine. I won’t be free until after 2:30. Tell you what, you have my number here at the store, right? Just call me back when you know more about the ride. Otherwise, you can come in on Friday.

Me: OK, I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent

Later that day, I went to meet Matt and fill out some paperwork. It took less than twenty minutes. I’ve been in Texas less than a week and I already have a job. I start on Monday.

The moral of the story here is that I need to listen to the women in my life more often!