As of yesterday, I am officially employed again. I decided to quit my previous job while I was on my maternity leave, as it simply would not be possible to do with having Isla and moving out of the area. That was two months ago, and I knew my maternity allowance was coming to an end soon, so I began looking for a new job in South Shields. I went for 3 interviews, at 3 totally different places. The first interview was for Greggs, I was unsuccessful. The second interview was for the Co-op Funeralcare, I didn’t hear back for quite a while. The third interview was for Weatherspoons, I was unsuccessful again. I carried on applying for different jobs, when I received a phone call asking if I was still interested in the position at the Co-op, I said “yes, definitely, thank you” and the process began. The long, drawn out process of screening checks, as working in such a place required a short DBS check.
I’m not going to lie, I thought I was never going to actually start work! The screening checks took such a long time as I had quite a few gaps in my employment history, with being at university and having Isla, nonetheless, I did hear back. I received a text message late one night, apologising for the delay and asking when would be a good time for me to attend an induction. Which brings us to yesterday, I had to be at the funeral home for 9AM and I was to wear whatever I felt comfortable in (thank goodness). I had arranged for my Mum to babysit, so I got up, I expressed and fed Isla’s, got dressed and left instructions with my Mum.
I met all of the other staff and was given a tour of the building. I was told what I had to do, to clean, dust and vacuum the reception area, the chapel and arranging rooms, clean the toilets and kitchens. My hours were to be 9AM until 12PM on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I thought, how hard can it be? I was quite confident about starting, I had worked as a cleaner for 2 years. I went in today for my first real day, they haven’t had a cleaner for about a year, people had been doing what they could have to keep the visible areas tidy, but it needed a good clean. I started at the bottom today and tidied everywhere, then moved upstairs, and before I knew it, it had been 3 hours. I hadn’t managed to get everywhere done, which will be what I do on Friday. Once I have done all that needs to be done this week, it will just be a matter of keeping on top of it.
As for leaving Isla, I was really anxious, it was the longest I had been away from her, and recently she has not been in the best of moods, I believe she currently has separation anxiety. However, she was an absolute star for my Mum, and apparently didn’t even know I was gone. The funny thing is, I came home at lunch time today and when she saw me she realised I hadn’t been there and burst into tears. I wish I had it on video! A quick cuddle and feed, and she was fine.
Here is a photo of her waiting for her Nanna to give her breakfast.
Now I just have to find the energy to vacuum at home…