* The above image is from Quid Pro Quills.
So, I am already back from my job interview. It’s 1.35 a.m. in Singapore right now so technically, I am talking about the interview I attended yesterday.
It went well but, on the other hand, it didn’t.
It went well because I got the job the moment I walked in. I was told to fill in an employee form and that’s that.
They even offered me a salary that’s higher than I had expected.
So why, did I say, it didn’t go well when seen from another angle?
That’s because I was so nervous during the interview that I just signed everywhere they told me to, without reading carefully.
Well… That wouldn’t be as dangerous as some of you might think. The security agencies here use the same format for their employee forms and contracts. More or less.
There’s more. It was only after I left the office when I discovered that I never did receive my copy of the employment contract. Nowadays, most agencies do hand a copy of the employment contract to their employees. Maybe it’s not the practice of this particular agency? I checked their background on the internet, and according to their webpage, they were established back in 1970s. That might explain their way of doing things. Some of the agencies I worked for between 1999 and 2003 never did give me copies of my employment contract either.
But because I don’t have a copy of the contract and because I don’t recall signing anything that says how much I should be paid, I am worried.
Still, I did manage to wrangle a promise (verbal) from the manager to pay me weekly advances. $200 per week. Payable every Tuesday. So we will know next Tuesday if they are honorable and honest.
The job seems easy and will allow me to write on the job so I will gamble a bit.
I am also a little excited. Like what if they go back on their word and refuse to pay me my weekly advance? Wouldn’t that give me the opportunity to “promote” the agency on the internet? Guards Gone Wild! is basically a whistle-blower’s account of the the security industry. It’s unpublished because it has been rejected by the publishers in Singapore but if something like an agency scamming my pay comes to light, that might give me the chance to turn around and tell those publishers:
“See? I did say more people need to know about the scams going on in this industry. That way, less people will get cheated.”
And my book gains a new chapter.
Loh Teck Yong
Just sent in my resignation letter. By text messaging.
Because if I keep waiting for a better time, a safer moment, to hand in my resignation, I might find myself still working as a guard 10 years from now.
If I want to become a published writer, I have to do it NOW.
Besides, I have already arranged to meet my friends on the 1st of May to discuss the crowdfunding of my book. Yeah, I know. I haven’t heard from Publisher #3 yet, but it doesn’t hurt to plan for the worst in advance. So if Publisher #3 rejects me as well, I wouldn’t feel all lost and forlorn. I would have a plan to fall back on immediately, right after reading the rejection email.
And to make sure that I have a working plan by then, I expect to jump right into the fray and work hard after the 1st May meeting.
You know, with drafting letters and meeting people and online marketing and so on and so forth. I don’t think I can commit to a 60-hour work week once I get started with my book publishing efforts.
Teck Y. Loh