Good times, bad times, we've all had our share right? Lost my job at the pizzeria a few months back and haven't been able to find any work since then...I applied at every fast food joint, all the mall stores I thought I could tolerate, I even almost took a job canvassing for the Democratic Party of Georgia. I just wanted to do something -- ANYTHING -- to get some cash flowing my way again.
Turns out I was setting my sights too low.
About two weeks ago I was driving by the local Sam Ash and noticed about five or six NOW HIRING signs in the windows...told myself, nah, that's too good to be true...but I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I didn't at least get an application turned in.
About a week ago they called me in for a 'group interview,' basically me and eight other dudes sitting on stools in front of the store manager while he explained what would be expected of us and asking some general questions. I looked really good in comparison to some of the guys -- when he asked us what instruments we played, one guy said "Maaan I don't PLAY nothin, I just make it sound gooood..." -- but there were other dudes who were older than me, seasoned professional musicians, skilled guitar players that made me look and feel like a garage band amateur. I figured there was no way.
On Monday they had me come in for another interview, where i talked to the store manager, the sales manager, and the regional manager for the entire southeast. Regional manager said working for Sam Ash was elite -- it took him more than three years of applying and interviewing to finally get his sales position. He said they only hire people who really know their stuff, so he wanted to ask me a few questions.
What kind of pots would you use for single coil pickups? What about humbuckers? What are the most popular types of magnets for pickups? What's a Strat's scale length? What's a Les Paul made of?
He said he'd never talked to somebody who got ALL of them right...and on Tuesday I start work in the guitar sales of the only Sam Ash in Georgia
If it wasn't for you guys on this forum, I wouldn't have a CLUE about any of the things he asked. The "useless trivia" i've gained from spending years on this site, talking to you guys and debating the minute and abstract aspects of guitar tone and technology just landed me the job of my DREAMS! I've been going to school for business so that I can someday open up my own independent store and spend the rest of my days working with and around the only thing I really care about...but here's an opportunity to work with one of the biggest stores in the nation! Hopefully I can do well enough at this gig to turn this into a lifelong career....and it's all thanks to this forum!
So I just wanna thank you guys for imparting your knowledge and wisdom on me for the past six or so years, for dealing with my B.S. when I push the wrong buttons and most of all for being a cool bunch of dudes with plenty of things to say.
When I was workin at the pizzeria, tossin dough and boiling pasta for minimum wage, I'd tell people i was "Living the dream!" when they asked me how I was doing...now I really am living the dream, and I don't think I would be if it wasn't for you guys.
Thanks again, and if any of you Georgia bros need anything...you know who to come to.