I am brand-new here, just trying to get myself established in this business and “get my feet wet” so to speak, trying to build things up slowly. I am still working at getting my complete profile together here, and that’s where I ran into trouble and the subject of this post.
As I was saying, I am brand new, slowly trying to build on this thing between by job driving a school bus and my other responsibilities. Because of my not having a complete profile put together, I wasn’t expecting to get any offers of work yet.
Well surprise, surprise. Two days ago, I was busy all day and came home but was tired and I didn’t check my email. Not until just before going to bed at 9 pm, anyhow.
There was an offer of work from a company called Timios, asking if I could do a signing at noon the next day.
Talk about being caught flat-footed. There it was at 9 pm and I could hardly keep my eyes open and now I had an email that had been sent around 11:30 that I wasn’t aware of until that moment offering me work.
Staying up late to print and prepare the documents was NOT an option. As I said, I drive a school bus with my route starting just after 6 am plus I have sleep apnea and have to be on my CPAP machine a minimum of 7 hours as per my doctor’s instructions in order to maintain my FedMed card for driving the bus. Plus my concentration was shot anyhow.
And I didn’t want to commit to the signing and try to print off the documents after my morning route only to run into some kind of problem where I wouldn’t be ready by noon plus I was also worried that if I did get there at noon and we would run into some kind of snag where I would be held up from making my afternoon bus route. I’m as green as green can be and if something like this was going to happen, it would happen to me.
If only I had checked my email earlier in the day………
Well anyhow, to make a long story short, I sent an email back to the contact person declining the offer, explaining my situation and apologizing as well as telling her that I would count this as a lesson well-learned about checking my email throughout the day so that I will be better prepared next time.
If there is a next time. I am now worried that this company will not be contacting me again after this and even worse, that they could send word around to other title/loan companies that I’m not reliable and can’t be counted on. But 12 noon on the following day WAS such a tight turnaround for me, I wasn’t 100 percent sure that I could do the best job possible under these circumstances and for that reason I declined the offer of work.
Could someone please give me some feedback on how to remedy this situation as well as tips to keep it from happening again? That is, IF I get a second chance…
I’ve already taken one big step-making sure to check my email regularly throughout the day plus making sure that my notary bag is on-hand ready to go as well as making sure that I’ve always got a clean/pressed professional-looking suit of clothes on hand, ready to slip into at a moment’s notice.
But any other advice/tips that anyone could provide would be most helpful and appreciated by me.