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#1 jatylo

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:31 AM

Hey guys thanks for reading.

I am hoping to go to university fall 2013. I was unemployed for 3 months and jobs are scarce where I live. I have 2 job offers that i'm 95% getting (5% i might act like a complete goof ball in training.)

I have 2 job offers
1 New to the area fast food job: I like the managers and I know i would be able to keep the job until next fall (min wage)

2 Lumber mill: They are looking for a labourer, but I am scared I won't be able to keep up. You need to carry 50 pounds non-stop for 8 hours a day. Don't get me wrong I have a strong core for a 19 year old (can wrestle down my 22 year old brother who is a cop). But i am scared i wont be able to keep up to 250 pound men who have been doing this since they were 25 and would have to give up the job a month from now because i cant keep up.

The lumber mill is ideal because it is a 5 minute bike ride from my house and the pay is $2 higher than min wage.

the fast food is good because i know confidently i can do the job consistently for the year, which will get me through 2 years of university and i can do coop with my degree(business).

Again thanks for reading and any suggestions you give me. (I am leaning towards the fast food job)
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:57 AM

You're young enough that the lumber mill should build up your strength quickly enough to not be a problem. It's closer/higher pay so I think that would be the better option...don't be scared of hard work.

If either hold the promise of future benefits, that would be a consideration too.

Obviously, the choice is yours but if you don't end up going back to school, picking the better option with a long term forecast in mind should be considered.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

Fast food, more flexible, and you wont come home sore and pooped every night.
Would probably look better on your resume too in the ffuture!
Not to mention the lumber mill will be loud, smelly, dirty... And the chance of splinters D: !!!!!!!
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:27 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I am use to hard work (did a camp restoration project 2 years ago) and i have been doing odd jobs that help with endurance (raking leafs,mowing lawns and painting all that i have been doing continuously for 4 hours a day for temporary employment until these opportunities came up) but i don't have experience continuously carrying heavy/medium items for 8 hours a day even though i work out every 2nd day.

They want somebody who is ready for that right away (lumbermill is hiring tomorrow and fast food starts on the 8th)

If i knew i had a job to fall back on i would take the lumber mill by giving it a go for a week and see if i can keep up, but since the training for the fast food starts on Saturday i really have to choose quickly and which one i think i will enjoy for this year. Again jobs are scarce maybe 5 min wage postings a day on job sites (which gets 100 views a day Job bank, Kijiji etc...)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:29 AM

I was 118lbs when i started at a mill. It aint hard when you're a kid because you got youth on your side, besides it isn't that hard work just something you will adjust quickly to
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:36 AM

If you go to the lumber mill, you get a workout every time you work. If you go fast food, you have to deal with not so intelligent people, homeless people, and eat fast food occasionally if you're hungry on your break. It's up to you.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

Definitely would go with the Lumber Mill. Sounds like your probably in good enough shape and should be able to keep up. Just don't expect to do what other seasoned workers are doing right away.

Maybe it's just me, but after working in the food service industry through high school, I wouldn't touch a job there, unless it was the only offer.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

I mean.... food industry isn't a bad place to start because that's where most people get their first jobs anyways. But if you don't like working there or if the environment isn't something you like, it's your choice
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:12 AM

know what you mean sweatt, worked at mcdonalds a year ago I didn't mind the work because i love fast pased jobs because the day goes by faster, but i hated my manager she never gave me a schedule, only called me each morning i had to work so i couldn't make any plans and lets just say i might of had a patrick roy departure (well no swear words but i gave my 2 weeks pretty quick). But i like the manager at the new store seems like a cool lady and they are giving me a 2 week schedule so I have no concerns about working with them.

Edited by jatylo, 01 November 2012 - 09:13 AM.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

Lumber Mill.
You'll be making better money, and even if you can't keep up at first, over time you'll be able to build a ton of muscle and get into really good shape.
Its a win win.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

Thanks guys, will definatly show interest in both jobs but i will now lean towards the lumbermill. You guys built a lot of confidence in me. Was worried that i would loose the job in a month from now and go through the job searching mess, but now i believe i can compete with the full experienced men and show that with a little time i would be just like the regulars.

Edited by jatylo, 01 November 2012 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

Plus, they know you're new so they'll give you some slack for not being able to lift heavier objects. They should understand that if you can't lift it, its because you're new and haven't built up strength yet
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:27 AM

I say, suck it up princess...go for the lumber mill.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

Sorry i came across that way J.R. I said i don't mind working hard, I am concerned about the my job security. I don't want to work for a month only to find out they are better off hiring somebody else and leaving me scrambling for jobs for 3 months which is brutal (applied for almost every job post) like i just have because if i don't have a secure job for this year i might as well kiss enrolment Fall 2013 goodbye . I guess i should of asked is adapting to a woodmill setting fast, because it seems to me they want somebody who knows they are doing on day 1.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

I was just busting your chops a bit ;) You should probably get used to that working at a saw mill...lol
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

Lumber mill. It'll be a bigger hit with the ladies.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:03 PM

all good i know when i re read this, it sounds like a pretty boy poor me story. I want others to not have that opinion and that i am loyal and dedicated who gives 110% to whoever i work for.

Edited by jatylo, 01 November 2012 - 02:06 PM.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:10 PM

all good i know when i re read this, it sounds like a pretty boy poor me story. I want others to not have that opinion and that i am loyal and dedicated who gives 110% to whoever i work for.


You're hired!
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

Take the mill job.

No one ever says, "Sorry, we're looking for someone who has minimum wage, burger-flipping experience". You mention wanting to go to school for business, and neither will work your foundations but working the mill might convince you to move into Trades (a good idea).
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

I'd choose lumber mill for the reasons Deb said, that plus I don't mind handling wood all day...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

I'd choose lumber mill for the reasons Deb said, that plus I don't mind handling wood all day...

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As long as it's your own....?
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

my wrists still creak from pulling wood all day for many years
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

As long as it's your own....?


Its always a fun adventure to experiment with others.

Edited by JimLahey, 02 November 2012 - 10:11 PM.

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