|Hooray for moi! I am a massage therapist!
||[Mar. 9th, 2009|08:36 pm]
|||||Silent Clock for Bill Buchanan||]|
I could have sworn I posted not too long ago about how I got hired a few weeks ago by a chain of gyms called Equinox, but I guess not so I'll do a short recap.
While awaiting my license to come (which came February 28th in the mail and February 25th on-line), I got hired by Equinox. I gave a 10-minute massage on one of the therapist and based on her opinion and the fact that I was able to instantaneously take her advice and get better, I got hired on the spot by the area manager who placed me at another location which happens to be more convenient for me.
The only caveat was that I could not work until I got my license. Regardless, the day I was hired I was given a tentative full-time schedule of 24 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday.
So I waited anxiously, checking my mailbox multiple times a day even though I know the mail generally arrives by 11:30, because I've been so desperate for a regular job. Almost a couple of weeks passed and on the 23rd, I got my results of my exam. I got a 91. According to my calculations, that's 127 out of 140 questions right. Go me. Whoo hoo!!!
So I told my spa mananger the news in order to try to get working, but then I was told by her that, according to the guy hired me, I needed my license.
D'oh! Then I called the state department that deals with this stuff and asked them about the status of my license. They said that as soon as it's up on-line that I can start working and that I'll get a paper copy next week. Fortunately, the license number went up a couple of days earlier than I was told and the paper license came at the end of the week as opposed to the next week.
As of February 25th, I am officially a massage therapist licensed in the state of New York.
Unfortunately, Equinox suck in some of their policies or their lack of consistency considering. I didn't start working until last Tuesday. This was very frustrating for me because I have a fellow friend who was a classmate of mine and who graduated at the same time and he able to work for Equinox without his paper license.
What sucks even more is that because so much time has passed, I'm only regularly getting 12 hours a week. Fortunately, my spa manager has been pretty cool in finding me random shifts to work so I'll be working full-time hours (18) starting this week. Hopefully, after she comes back from her vacation sometime during the first full week of April, I'll have a solid full-time schedule that will allow me full benefits.
Since Equinox pay sucks and I'm just starting out, I also have another job lined up at a hospitality service company (or something like that). I go in tomorrow to fill out some paperwork and give them some references and for them to have a copy of my license. The job will be on-call. Hopefully, I'll get a lot of hours from them and it won't conflict with my Equinox hours.