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Wondering if a job offer is "legit"

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  • Wondering if a job offer is "legit"

    I have not posted here in a long time, and it's been about 6 years since I filed for my Chapter 13. Then since losing my business (2010) my husband (2013) I've had a few different jobs. The first that lasted awhile was a temp job packaging adhesives which ended Nov. 2015, then a brief 3 month temp job scanning packages and my present job, since Feb. 2016, taking orders at a call center. Then I hate the job. I sit all day, customers are abusive and I'm constantly micromanaged. I have been looking for another job, but at age 64, it's extremely difficult. I constantly face age discrimination. Some interviewers will not look me in the eye, or tell me that I don't want the job. One even sat there with his arms folded in the classic rejection pose.

    A few days ago one of the places I've interviewed at called me back. One of the things the company manufactures is composite heat sensor plates for automobiles. I'd be working as an assembler. 120 people are employed there and since 2015 the firm has been traded on NASDAQ. I'll mention that I've interviewed there twice. I really do want to take the job but a few things scare me. I spoke with their Human Resource manager right before the 2nd interview, and she claims she'd e-mailed me that I had the assembler position ( I never received this e-mail.) At the second interview, for a different position, the moment I stepped thru the door, the department supervisor said: The job's been filled! but had me tour the plant anyway.

    Then last week, I got a phone message from this HR manager that she would like to offer me the assembler job, and to call for details. I did and she explained when I'd start, benefits etc. A day later I called back to ask should I come in to sign anything, and what about this drug test? She said could take the test the day I started, which was Nov. 13 to come in and see her, I'll be given exact time to come in, there was somebody who could train me on second shift, I have to confirm that I've given notice to my employer...

    What really bothers me is the lack of writing. I posted a resume with them, but never was asked to fill out a formal job application. On my last phone conversation with the HR manager, she said that I don't have to come in and sign anything, all that can be taken care of my first day. It's like I'm not really sure if I have a firm offer. Am I wrong to be so afraid of things that aren't spelled out in writing?

    I know this a bankruptcy forum, but I've received such good advice from people here. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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    After I was put on a government contract, the first day that I showed up, they had me fill out an application for employment with the federal government. I once interviewed for a job with Disney, and they had me complete all the job application forms prior to the interview. To each, their own.

    Smaller companies are much less formal about these things. As a small-business employer, I would not have you complete a job application until you showed up the first day. In fact, a larger consultancy, where I worked in the past, had me complete all the "necessary" forms on my second day (I-9, Employment Application, Disclosures, Payroll Forms, the works). Other than the fact that they seem a little disjointed, I would say that completing a "full" employment package the day that you start is... about average.
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    • #3
      Thank you justbroke for your reply. I suppose sometimes people do things a little differently. These days I guess it's easier to check out some of a person's background from their contact info, without the SSN. I'm so nervous not having all that experience with getting and leaving jobs. My family's business was supposed to be forever... but sometimes life throws us these little curves.


      • #4
        I just wanted to reply on this, in case someone finds himself in a similar situation. The job offer turned out to be legitimate. I was hired on the strength of my resume. First time this ever happened to me where I didn't have to fill out an application and provide all kinds of references, too. I like the job, still am learning it, and hope I get to keep it.


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