While I was not working for three months (I left my full time job in March 2016), I got bored at home because I didn’t travel. J went to India for 2 weeks and didn’t want me to follow because he felt it was not safe for me, even when I offered to stay in the hotel room all day 😦 so I looked for a part time job.
This took place at the end of May and I worked for 5 days, as we were going to Bangkok in June, and I was starting my new job after our Bangkok trip.
I responded to an ad posted on gumtree. You can find a lot of ads looking for part time help on gumtree, ranging from beauty advisor to warehouse helper.
Why I chose gumtree:
My friend, holding a full time job, was looking for some extra income. She responded to an ad and it was posted directly by a pushcart owner. She was working week nights and one weekend. The owner was flexible and my friend was rather happy working there. She was very lucky.
Why a beauty advisor?
I like dolling up and I do know quite a bit about skincare and cosmetics. I also have a friend who is working part time at Clarins and she really likes working there.
I responded to an ad looking for a beauty advisor posted by a recruitment agency called HROne. Then I realized that a lot of such ads are posted by recruitment agencies. Obviously, I’ve never heard of this agency. I have to admit that I don’t usually encounter recruitment agencies so I only heard of Kelly Services, Adecco and Recruit Express.
I was told to go to their office for an interview the next day via SMS. I did.
When I took the lift up to their office, I was beyond shocked. There were about 10-15 people waiting outside their office, mainly teenages and a couple of aunties. I was apprehensive. I don’t know why, I just felt that it was beneath me in a way. Nevertheless, I texted the girl whom I communicated with the day before. We went through the normal procedures of filling up a hiring form and had an interview. I also met with the hiring manager of this big, international beauty brand in her office. Then I went back to HROne office to sign a contract for my 5 days part time job. All in a day.
A few days later, I started working at the counter of this brand at a shopping centre – OG.
Working with the brand itself was okay. BUT working in OG really sucks. Big time.
They are so inflexible with their stupid rules:
- You are not allowed to take anything with you when you go to the counter except for a water bottle. So, no mobile phones.
- No lockers provided. You just put your bag in a shelf. How safe can that be, seriously? You simply “surrender” your phone and wallet to the security guard and a number tag will be given to you. Present the number tag to collect your wallet and phone when you go on your break/end of shift.
- A $20 deposit is needed for a pass. You use the pass to clock in and out. You get your $20 back when you return the pass. You would need to clock out when you want to use the toilet at the staff room. Stupid much. I ended up using the toilet once a day only – when I go for my break.
- I succumb to temptation and wanted to buy a face cleanser by another brand that was recommended by one of the full time beauty advisor in OG. She offered to use her staff discount (part timers are not entitled to staff discount). However, staff can only use their staff discount for purchases on Monday to Wednesday. They then collect the goods one day after. It was on a Thursday so I said forget it, I was not really hard up for the discount and said I would just purchase it at the original price. I was told I couldn’t and if I want to, I had to ask someone who is not a staff to help me to buy. Wtf.
After my first day, I kept asking why the fuck am I so stupid to accept this godamn retail job. I didn’t want to be irresponsible so I completed the 5 days of part time work. I texted the recruitment agency that I would not continue with it. They usually want a part timer to work for at least a month and I guess they made exceptions for me because they were truly desperate.
One big pushing factor that I felt “abused” was this girl I paired up, R. She had been working for this brand for slightly more than a year.
On my first day, she went for a 2 hours lunch break. Breaks are supposed to be an hour long and she simply took advantage of me.
She then told me to have dinner at 5pm so she could end her shift at 7pm. Who the hell eats dinner at 5pm?? I wasn’t hungry so I had a cup of cafe latte at McDonald’s. When I return, she asked what I had for dinner and I said I drank a cup of coffee because I wasn’t feeling hungry. Her immediate response was “oh, you don’t have money to eat?” just because I haven’t been working for some time / looking for a full time job.
To R, my coffee cost more than $3 a cup and I could buy a packet of rice with that money if I want to.
She is so full of herself that I calculated the miserable peanuts of a salary on my first day and I could be earning three times more on a regular job, why am I dealing with this kind of shit.
I suffered for a miserable sum of $200. Which I blew it on beauty products in a day.
It was an eye-opening experience for me. And in return, I landed my dream job. I also met one of the nicest beauty advisor from this brand, who offered to use her staff discount to buy products for me and even treated me lunch.
Life is fair after all.