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Don't Wear Slippers to a Job Interview

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November 4, 2022 3:03 am

Don't Wear Slippers to a Job Interview

Our American Stories / Lee Habeeb

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November 4, 2022 3:03 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, it takes some time to find what we enjoy AND what we're good at. Joshua Texidor definitely found that out when he moved to Nashville.

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Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. This is Our American Stories, and now we bring you a story from Joshua Texador. You can listen to his entire story at our website, OurAmericanStories.com.

It's a great one about overcoming hardship and taking responsibility for your life. Today, we bring you a piece of his story that begins after Josh decided to own up on an alcohol dependency, move to Nashville, get married, and take his own life into his own hands. I got to Nashville on a Sunday, and I had a job interview that Wednesday that was working that following Monday. And then I basically, you know, busted my ass ever since that day.

And that was what we're talking almost three years ago. So I interviewed for FedEx, United Postal Service, Reunarmah Factory, and oh, UPS. I definitely went after the postal service because they're always hiring.

So I knew I could get a job as soon as I got there from going to the post office. And I hated it, hated it, hated it, hated it, hated it. I hated it to the point where I said, I'm going to make enough money.

I will never ever have to do this ever again. Being a package handler at a post office distribution center sucks. It is the worst job ever. And then, you know, yes, I was making $16 an hour.

When I tell you, you're going to work for every single penny, you're going to earn every single penny from working as a package handler. And I was on one of the harder lines because they just see me like, I'm not a small guy. So I was on one of the toughest lines at the at the job site. So I was in charge of three and a half trucks. You got people who are responsible for like two trucks. I have three and a half trucks. And when our belt got crazy, because there's like a our belt, there was a top and a bottom.

So you have like local packages and you have like, like a wet reel, I don't know, non-local packages, whatever. So when our local packages would fill up, I would have to stop loading my truck, go down on the bottom belt and help them load that part just for me to go back to the top of the belt and start loading my trucks again. Because the value was getting so crazy, we had instead of going in at three in the morning, we were going in at two o'clock in the morning. So from two o'clock in the morning to like eight o'clock, I'm picking up boxes, no bathroom break, picking up boxes. And I'm just like, I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do this again. And it wasn't so much that you couldn't go to the bathroom. I just knew if I went to the bathroom and came back, I was gonna have to play catch up. So I would purposely just not go. But you know, go, I was like, I can't do this anymore.

And then I tried to get a manager job at Dunkin Donuts. Terrible. I was there for two days. I said, I'm good.

I'm good. I'm not doing this anymore. So the fun is funny, I was in the post office and I was doing Dunkin Donuts at the same time for those two days. So when I left on the second day, the very next day, I went to FedEx. There's a security company there.

It's called Allied Universal. So I started talking to them. I said, hey, man, like, it's how's that job? And they're like, yeah, it's good. You know, it's not bad. And I'm looking at them and they're getting paid.

And they're not really doing much of anything. So I said, man, I should just go out and I should go out and do that. And that day, I applied for Allied Universal. The hiring process was great. Well, for me, it was great.

I think it's hysterical. The day, the day of my interview. So in the paperwork, you know, in the paperwork, in the application, it says, you know, you need to be clean shaven and, you know, you need to look presentable. So I went out, got a haircut. I had a full beard, cut the whole beard off.

I was clean shaven. And, you know, in my mind, it's an interview. So I have, you know, I got a button up shirt, a tie. I got khakis and shoes on. I go to the building. I get to the building. I'm like, and I'm walking past the room that I'm supposed to go to.

But in the room, there's like a bunch of people. So I'm like, am I? I was like, man, I'm in the wrong place. So a lady who's sitting at a desk, she's like, Hey, what are you looking for? I'm like, I'm here to apply for, I'm here for the ally interview.

And she's like, Oh, you're in the right place, man. But I tell you, I'm the only person dressed up. I'm the only person dressed up in the entire room. I'm laughing to myself. Like, yo, they cannot be serious right now. Like who shows up like this for a job interview? I'm the only person dressed up. They have one girl in there with slippers, slippers, slippers on and a special pajama pants for a job interview.

I'm like, this girl's crazy. You know, and I, you know, I get high like that day. And I guess from the way I presented myself and how I did my interview, I got a really good job site. And I ended up getting my job site was the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was, I don't want to say it was a, it was a learning curve. It was, it was like when I first got there. So remember, this is all new to me. This is, I think this is like the second or third month that I'm in Nashville.

So I don't even know anybody. And I was going to quit. I was going to quit working security. And it wasn't so much that I didn't like the Country Music Hall of Fame. The leadership at the Country Music Hall of Fame for security, I was like, man, this, this is not good. Like, it just seemed like people were just doing whatever they wanted. I was like, I don't know if I'm going to make it here.

But I remember I'm determined. And pretty much like, they hired me as part time there. But I ate up so many hours from people not showing up.

And plus they have events. So I was, I was getting like 40 hours just off events and covering other people's shifts. And they end up after three weeks of me really, you know, working hard.

I got offered a supervisor position there and I took it. And I became the first year supervisor. And I definitely made some changes that weren't working because I like I like to do what works. I mean, people just say, hey, you know, we've done this forever. I'm like, yeah, but you know, what worked 10 years ago is not going to work today.

I mean, sometimes what happened last year is not going to work today. So you know, you have to adapt to what's going on. So I made some changes myself and the actual excitement supervisor, you know, we made some real strong changes. And you know, we were working on just building a better culture and a better relationship from a security standpoint with the client. The client would be the country music hall of fame. And I'm 100% believe that we did that and I end up, you know, becoming the actual site supervisor of the entire thing.

And, you know, running a staff of over over 30 people handling time sheets, payroll, you know, handling all the scheduling. I think from my leadership there and from, you know, my hard work there, I've definitely built better relationships with the people at universal security as well as the country music hall of fame. And like I said, reputations, everything respect is everything.

And I think I've earned my respect with people. And I think my reputation is long standing with the people that I've had to work with through my experience there. I mean, more than anything, your work ethic has to shine through. I mean, I myself, I was a site supervisor.

And I mean, I was doing 60, 70 hours a week, like steady. And I'm doing that, but I'm also making sure that other supervisors are taken care of. I'm making sure like the new people are getting their hours.

Like I didn't just take hours because I could just take all the hours. I will literally let everybody eat and then I will pick up the crumbs, but everybody was getting a piece. So everybody's happy. Everybody's making money.

Everybody's comfortable. We changed the training at the hall of fame where it was more hands on rather than how it was before. It's kind of like, you know, just figure it out, you know, and it was, I mean, it was, it was a really, really great experience for me to be there. And like when I was a site supervisor, anybody who came in, who didn't have a car, I made sure I made sure like we got a lot of young people, like, you know, people fresh out of high school or people in college who didn't have cars, all those people who came who were like young people who didn't have cars, I made sure they all got cars. And that was like a big thing for me was at least helping young people, you know, get their accomplishments and at least pushing them along rather than saying, yeah, you work here, whatever, you know? So I actually take pride in that. And you've been listening to Josh Texador and we were all wondering what would happen to Josh because my goodness, he had grown up right before our eyes in the first story.

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