I’m new to this forum, but I’ve been lurking and reading for a few days…
I had replied to a post on Craigslist for entry-level, no-experience offshore workers; I got an email back with applications and all, told me to apply for the TWIC and all I needed to send back with my application in order to be hired was just the receipt from where I paid for the TWIC.
I did all that, faxed in my app & mailed the originals on this past Friday. I got a call about 7:30pm Sunday night that they needed me to come down for drug screen, physical, and orientation either Monday or Tuesday morning in Houma, LA at 6:45AM.
I had family coming in to town (my parents were coming to pick up my sis, who’s been staying with us since December, terrorizing us, haha) but wouldn’t be here till Monday afternoon, and I didn’t want to leave before they got here, which would also leave sis in my home unattended - and I don’t trust her. So I called AIM staffing back and confirmed that they had things going on both Monday and Tuesday, so I told them I’d be there Tuesday morning @ 6:45am and rarin’ to go. I called and got a room booked at a local hotel so that we could just leave Monday evening, stay in town and not have to leave at 3AM Tuesday morning to get to the place.
Well, Monday I called to ask Ms. McGhee what all I should bring, and she tells me they’re not doing it on Tuesday “The guy who does the orientations is taking off tomorrow so I’ll call you and let you know; we’ll probably do it on Wednesday or Thursday”…no calls on Tuesday so I called to see if they’d just forgotten to call me back and let me know, no answer. Haha it wasn’t just “the guy” who took off Tuesday, it was the whole office! I called the actual catering service (apparently it’s a galley hand job) where I was supposed to show up and they wouldn’t talk to me – I’m assuming because they pay a good bit of $$ to the staffing service to handle applicants.
Now, I’ve called again today and they’re telling me maybe next Monday and Tuesday.
What gives? The original email Ms. McGhee at AIM Staffing sent me said “Show up at 6:45am Monday or Tuesday, with your ID, TWIC receipt, SS card @ 204 Venture Blvd, Houma LA. You will take the drug screen & physical and do your orientation, then go offshore either that day or later this week, depending how long it takes you to get your gear together.”
I thought they sounded pretty desperate for people, what with calling Sunday night and saying to be there “tomorrow or Tuesday” and we’d pretty much leave that day.
What gives now, why the run around? I am just a newbie and unfamiliar with how these places operate. I’m trying really hard to get my foot in the door; it sucks royally that I can’t seem to get any straight answers from these places – they get a good wad of cash from my paycheck if they get me working, so why wouldn’t they want to get me working ASAP?
Plus now I’m out the $65 for the hotel room I booked; the owner said she’d hold off on charging my card if I was still coming this week… I was kinda looking forward to the little road trip too, haha! But really the job and money part was what I was looking REALLY forward to.
I was wondering if I’d have any luck if I just left tonight, partook of the room that I’m gonna have to pay for anyway, and just show up at the place tomorrow.
Anybody dealt with this staffing agency, or familiar with this kind of treatment? Is it the norm in this industry? If so, I can deal with it, I just need to know how to proceed. I’m just not used to this yet, hehe.
Thanks in advance for any info anybody can give me.
Oh, and my name is Andrew.