After 1 year, 6 months, 2 weeks and 2 days of dreaming, planning, and working hard it is now official: I’ll be a full-time RVer by the end of September! I had my phone interview with Amazon today and was offered a position at Coffeyville, KS.
The interview was painless. Basically it was a bit of rapid fire fact giving followed by a series of questions you had to answer no or yes to. A few of the questions are as follows: “Can you lift 25-30 pounds repeatedly?”, “Are you capable of working in temperatures ranging from 50-90 degrees?” (Note: The Coffeyville site at least is temperature controlled, they aim to keep it at 75 degrees), “Are you able and willing to work to work up to 50 hours a week?” etc.
After that I was asked what my preference was for shift and they asked me a couple questions to determine which job would be the best fit for me, with the understanding that they would do their best to accommodate me but that the needs of the company came first, this is stuff I already knew ahead of time. I said I’d prefer to work nights (more money!) and as a Picker (Outbound jobs seem to get more hours, and it sounded more interesting than standing in one spot sorting and packing items.)
Then I was asked if I had any questions for them, of which there weren’t many since I’d done my research ahead of time, and when I could start. I’ll be in the group that starts Oct. 1st, orientation will be the day before.
The actual job offer came as a verbal statement at the end to which I had to say “yes” to accept. I was told there would be a background check form arriving in my mailbox which I had to fill out as a condition of employment (it hasn’t arrived yet) and I also needed to get them a photocopy either through e-mail or fax of a high school or college transcript. One thing I neglected to ask was about the drug test, I’ll be shooting my contact a question about that as I don’t really want to have to go there a week or more ahead of time for it.
This was all almost 4 hours ago now. Since then I have been in full GSD (Get Shi…err, Stuff Done) mode, researching and shooting e-mails off to local RV parks about availability, asking my contact if Amazon will pay for campground WiFi and sending my college transcript to him, making sure I’ll have a local Wells Fargo around to deposit work checks into (yes and maybe no – it’s complicated), and researching my two mail forwarding finalists. I need to decide if I want to declare South Dakota as my residency before starting at Amazon (pop up there to get my driver’s license before starting work? Will this keep me from having to pay SC taxes on it?) or after. Also on the plate in the near future will be getting a true full-timers RV policy in place (and figuring out if keeping the truck at Geico is worth it or not) and poking at ehealthinsurance.com to start fishing for a new high deductible health plan that works for South Dakota.
There are still so many variables and things that could potentially go wrong. The old me would be a basket case, paralyzed by the sheer number of things that need to happen at the possibility of screwing it all up. Instead, the new me is grinning like a madwoman and shouting: “Bring it on!” Whatever may happen, I’ll figure it out.
Aaaand with that I should probably get back to work. There’s going to be a celebratory trip to Jersey Mike’s and Josie’s Frozen Yogurt later tonight, and tomorrow I’m going to be running a 5K with Julie at 8 in the morning (forecast is calling for sunny and 89 for a high). More detailed posts about mail forwarding services, good states for residency, and how to search for high-deductible health insurance plans are likely to follow in the coming month.
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