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ArielM
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Tampa, FL
USA
14 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2010 :  08:18:21 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I missed a call about a data collector position and when I got back with them it had been filled. The recruiter asked me to look for any other positions and apply and then call him. I found the same position in a nearby city. Could anyone tell me if this job would be worth a commute? Tia
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2010 :  09:10:59 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
They may not consider you because of the distance depending on mileage to the first store. Anything is worth a try, so go for it, all they can do is not respond. You arent out anything.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2010 :  09:16:32 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
ROSE1954, Crosmark isnt the only company that isnt eager to rehire people that quit. SOME WILL reconsider you after a few years though. Believe it took me 5 years to be rehired for the same position I resigned, although I had a valid reason for resigning, I didnt up and quit.
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TerrieDean
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USA
85 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2010 :  7:13:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ariel, Being a DCA (data collector) has it good points and bad points. Travelling to a different town is ok, but it must be done every week, if the roads are bad or you have a personal emergency, you are kinda screwed. I was a data collector for 2 years for Crossmark and I am going to tie in to other poster's comments. My father passed away on Christmas 2009, dealing with the shock and then the funeral arrangements I could not get my stores completed for a couple of weeks. Well a new DM had just taken our region and I emailed her to explain what was going on . She had the nerve to say to me, "I won't write you THIS time, but the next time you don't complete your stores I will." I pretty much told her and Crossmark to kiss me bye.

Terrie
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ArielM
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Tampa, FL
USA
14 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2010 :  11:52:02 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks! You were correct: they can't hire me because of the distance. No worries, I'm starting a new job Monday.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2010 :  04:47:45 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
The best way to avoid missing those calls is to invest in a cellphone. Since we arent mind readers, we dont know when those calls will come, and then miss out on the opportunity when we arent able to be home to take them. I have no use for a cell phone, so bought a cheap one on sale that offered double minutes as a bonus. I dont use the thing but occasionally ,and now have accumulated over 1000 minutes of talk time. The only people that have my number are my employers, resumes, and family for emergency contact. Everyone else can wait til I get home.
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DarleneH
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Cleveland, OH
USA
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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  06:58:26 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I got hired as data collector almost 3 weeks ago, did some of the online training, but hoped to start the job already.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  10:50:34 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Did you have to submit to a drug test and background check?? If so, that takes time to get the results for. Some companies WILL NOT contact you until everything clears. Ive seen in take a over a month. Just be patient.
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MariaMia
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Los Angeles, CA
USA
274 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2011 :  2:14:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
With the weather being as bad as it is that will also affect training where you are in Ohio. I m sure you will get started as soon as you can. Good luck,M
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2011 :  2:16:36 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I need some info regarding the latest policies regarding mileage and hourly. I see a couple of new job postings for Crossmark, and am wondering if its worth my time again to try and get back in. The one position Im interested in, is for a "paint specialist".Would appreciate info provided.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2011 :  5:17:21 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the info. Like any state, there are different starting pay rates. We here, are lucky in that ours start out higher, but, less than other states, for the same job. When I attended a training meeting in Mn, I got talking with some of the reps on our team. The pay range ran from $9-16 hr! Id been there for 8 yrs, and at that time was at 11.65 hr. Of course, I dont expect Id return to that, but its worth a try anyway at $10, they may give me an increase due to experience. I had a wonderful DM, but then ALL of the others I had were great too. This particular one stood out though. Now that Im retired, I dont find money all that important as I did previously. I just need to get out of the house, and among people again!
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RepSusan
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USA
136 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  05:45:26 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I saw a posting not far from me for paint specialist also. Anyone know what the job consists of?

Susan
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JudyK
Star Contributor

Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  06:51:16 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
RepSusan, I found the posting at www.indeed.com To locate the full description, go to the site and perform a merchandiser search for your city/state. The posting for this area was also posted at snagajob. They do want people with previous paint experience, also includes ordering new paint chips,tagging shelves, compliance and problem solving, plus,teach and demonstrate various painting techniques to employee's, and customer assists. The rep would not be mixing paints for customers.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  06:54:48 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
RepSusan, I forgot to add, reps would be expected to travel with some overnights, also.
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RepSusan
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USA
136 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  07:15:04 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks Judy. I guess I was so curious because the town that it is listed for is quite small....wondering if it even has a paint store.......but it does have a WM. Maybe the regional manager is from that town and that's how the town got in the listing.

Susan
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  07:05:47 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
From the ad posting it mentioned WM's as the service stores. Did you find the posting? After locatig it on other sites, there was much more detailed informations regarding qualifications,and requirements of the job. The one thing that has me concerned is the mileage, especially with present and projected fuel prices. Being required to give up so many miles and DT daily is a real negative in todays economy. I did apply, but, now find I may not be able to take it even if considered. A simple surgery to be done soon, and another with a lengthy recovery time before summer, on my eyes. I tell you with problem vision, the WRONG places to go for glasses, and testing, should NOT be at one of the vision centers in a mall! I decided to go to my Opthalmoligist for one professional testing only to be shocked out of my socks! We all know how cooperative employers are when required time off for weeks affects the positon, so it will be wiser to hold off applying for awhile, until I know where this mess goes.
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Bert M
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Sharpsburg, MD
USA
106 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  7:43:10 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy
Good luck with the eye surgery. Had cataracts surgery last January, went fantastic and only
missed 2 days of work. Though it did not make me feel better when customers and co-workers exclaimed "but you're so young". Whole different story this past September when my retina detached, still am not 100%, and yes it was the same eye. Went from 20/20 without correction to legally blind. In one week, no less. Recovery was a little over a week, but had to restrict heavy lifting for a month. Don't put off anything like that.
My prayers are with you as I have been down this road. Feel free to email me directly if you need any moral support.
Roberta

Roberta
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JudyK
Star Contributor

Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2011 :  06:51:48 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
BertM, Thank you. Yes, those vision tests at the mall all claimed it would be years before Id have to think about cataract surgery.The ONLY reason I even went to an Optometrist was because I didnt know medicare paid for an Opthalmologist. At $300 out of pocket, I opted for the lesser fee for the Optometrist. BAD idea! It was so very strange to go for testing, receive glasses, that turned out to be the wrong prescription in both pairs, and not even close to being correctly made. I only found that out by accident, when I dropped into another center in the mall for a drivers license required eye test. There I went through the whole rigamarole again. Here I was told what the first vision center had done wrong. I took the first two pair of glasses back for a refund at store #1, and ordered from the second center. A few weeks ago, I returned to store #2 for my eye exam, glasses were ordered, but both pairs took time to adjust to when trading them off(one pr sunglasses, the other plain lens). Something made me suspicious when I had to hold the card they give you to check your reading with them, wasnt right. I had to hold the card way off to my left side, instead of front and center. Then the technician said something that made me suspicious. I decided to head to my Opthalmologist. Here, I went through a ton of testing, my hope just to get a professional opinion and verify the present prescription. When all the results were explained, I was told I have to have cataract surgery in both eyes,in the next few weeks. When they both heal in 6 months, have another surgery on the right eye, which is so far out in right field, I have a distinct possibility of blindness once it tracks further into the side of the socket! They checked the prescription on my newest glasses, finding that both pairs were different prescriptions,with both pairs were off by 10 degrees, and would do more damage than good if worn. After cataract surgery, Im told Ill wear only reading glasses! Oh my gosh, after wearing coke bottles for many years, this will be a confidence builder! No more rude remarks, or stares, no more people wondering if I am talking to them, or to someone else off to their back. No more thick, heavy lenses to leave lasting imprints on my nose where they sit. No more squinting to the point of painful driving in sunlight. Ill be able to feel confident driving at night again after a few years of avoiding it. The muscle surgery is going to be the worse of the two surgeries, as Ive already experienced two in my lifetime, and know how painful the recovery time is. Im sure LisaO, relates, as shes had worse performed on her. Of course, yesterday, I marched right back to the vision center, explained what I was told, and received a full refund of the $800 Id paid. In a matter of a few weeks, I should feel on top of the world, though not having the full effect of great vision until AFTER the muscle surgery is done. I dont know if Ill be able to drive for awhile after cataract surgery, as Ill be depending mostly on the right eye for sight for those 6 months until the muscles are tightened up.Im not feeling down at all, Ive got the future to look forward to of great eyesight! Theyll be replacing my lenses in both eyes that will change my vision drastically. At present my diopter readings are at 7.+. Think of that number when you purchase over the counter readers, where the highest diopter is 3.75! Thats a LOT of magnification, plus,there are four prisms in my present lenses to direct light. Nothing but GOOD thoughts are in my mind. Thank god, Im presently laid off and only have a seasonal job that I love, and hopefully will not have to give up. I may just have to hire one of my grand daughters to help me out in order to keep the position.Time will tell.
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Bert M
Valued Contributor

Sharpsburg, MD
USA
106 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2011 :  08:03:53 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy
The cataract surgery shouldn't keep you out of work at all. The actual surgery only takes 15 minutes. Really, it is the prep that takes the longest, since they REALLY super dilate your pupil., plus I had to go for a pre=op physical at my GP the week before. Went back the next day and got clearance to go back to work, no restrictions. Am sorry that I waited so long, as I had been diagnosed 6 years ago and had stopped driving at night last year. Just felt tired of being a prisoner in my own house after the youngest left for college last year.
Keep us posted.
Roberta

Roberta
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JudyK
Star Contributor

Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2011 :  12:19:36 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
From what I have been told, I possibly may not be able to work after the cataract removal due to the right eyes problem of being so far out in right field. My vision may have some distortion to it because of that.I will notice the most benefits after the muscle surgery she stated. As you mentioned, I too, will be going this next week for a pre-op physical,EKG and lab work, then will be scheduled a surgery date. Im looking forward to this. Many others have told me this is the easiest surgery one could have, and each has said right after having it, they went out for breakfast, or shopping. Now thats a pretty darn good recommendation. So much for this stuff, this isnt the place to be discussing it. Afteral, it really doesnt have anything to do with Crossmark work. Thank you for the interest and support.
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