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Re: nursery interview apparel


Kitty,

The key is to get hired for your strengths. If you can't lift 75 lbs., tell
'em up front, but also what you *can do.  From what I've seen posted here,
you've got the plant knowledge to help customers, and can be valuable on
that count alone.

I've worked sales/customer service for a couple of outfits that knew I
couldn't schlep more than a couple of flats, much less more than that,  and
was not expected to do so. They knew that I knew my plants, and could sell
almost anything.

They also knew that I know how to water and can be trusted with it. (People
who can water a greenhouse correctly are worth their weight in gold, as you
probably know.) I was employed more than one off season just watering for a
ridiculously large ( to me) # of $$.

I haven't worked retail in a couple of years, but am looking forward to a
few months of weekends this spring, designing display vignettes and doing
some design-on-the-spot for customers. I've really missed it.

Daryl



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] nursery interview apparel


> I'm sure it will be mostly outdoors.  Arbor Farms deals more in Trees and
> shrubs, but does also carry perennials.  No annuals.  Job is stocking,
> watering, customer help.
> I do have resumes into a couple of others, one would be more potting and
> such I think.
>
> Another drawback to any of these jobs is their temporary nature.  The one
> I'm interviewing for runs March to December - then what?  Unemployment I
> suppose, but less unemployment than I am currently eligible for.  The
> potting job, I'm afraid might even be less $, and less time.
>
> I know I don't sound very confident, and I do appreciate all the
> encouragement you'all've given.  But another piece of info has come to
> light.  I spoke with IN unemployment today.  What if I can't manage the
job?
> She told me it is a gamble.  I may or amy not be able to collect
> unemployment if I try a job and don't stay with it.  Scary.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 1:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] nursery interview apparel
>
>
> > In a message dated 2/11/04 11:17:49 AM, kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> >
> > << I hate hats, but I suppose I'd just have to get used to it. >>
> >
> > Kitty, I dislike hats also and have never worn one but my dermatologist
> keeps
> > telling me I need to wear one.  I do wear sunblock ALL the time.  Sun
> glasses
> > are a necessity and always a bottle of water.  Is the work inside a
> > greenhouse or outdoors?  We have no outside work except some outside
> perennial benches.
> >  The big surprise to me is how exhausting the noise in a greenhouse on a
> > windy day.  I usually work in what we call the 'big house' which is
bigger
> than a
> > football field but when business is at its heaviest I move to a small
> > greenhouse that is only for employees.  I am a container designer and it
> is hard to
> > believe how many customers will not plant a container.  A good percent
do
> not
> > even want to select the plants.  I love it but I do find ones creative
> juices
> > start to run a little slow after potting all day and it is hot.
> >     Just for our own amusement, we keep a running list of dumb
questions?
> >         Ceres

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