Friday, 29 June 2012

New daily routine.

So now that I've gotten a new job, I'll give you guys a rough description of my daily routine:

7.30am: Wake up, get ready for work. Things to bring: pendrive, iPad, a pen, and some blank papers.

8.15am: Get into the car, drive to work. Journey takes roughly 45mins, not due to the distance, but mainly because of the morning traffic.

9.00am: Reach office complex, look for parking space.

9.15am: I'm the first person to arrive at the office despite being 15mins late. Okay, I'm actually the second person to arrive. The first is the cleaner lady. She makes good Caffe Latte by the way.

9.15-10am: Boss still not around, check out facebook and surf the net on my iPad.

10am-12pm: Playing around with the medical software, since I'm still in my induction/training period.

12pm-1pm: Lunch hour. But you can go back to the office at 1.30pm and no one's going to mind.

1pm-6pm: Continue playing around with the medical software. Do a bit of preparation for product presentation next week. Occasionally surf the net on iPad. Regular visit to the loo out of boredom. Keep a serious face and pretend to be busy at my desk.

6pm: Time to go back.

6.30-8pm: Take girlfriend out for dinner.

8-12pm: Watch movies on computer, surf net, play video games, continue being unproductive.

12pm-7.30am:  Sleep like a baby.

Basically that's pretty much what I do everyday, since I haven't started selling anything yet. It's not fun, but it's not as busy as my previous routine as a houseman. Oh, and I don't work on weekends.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

New job.

Today is my 3rd day of working with the new company.
The job's not really stressful so far. Mainly because the person in-charge of coordinating new staffs is on leave. He'll be here tomorrow though, so things will get up to speed soon.
During these 3 days I did nothing much. Just looking at brochures of the company, familiarize myself with the software, browsing through the company profile, helping out with presentations and stuff.
It's a 9 to 6 job, with 5 working days per week. So working hours is considerably less compared to that of a houseman.
Everyone in the company is very supportive, they appreciate your ideas and inputs.
And the coffee's good too!
The thing is, I don't know if I have what it takes to do the sales. Partly because I have no experience, and partly because I was never interested in sales anyway. I just needed a job so that I can have the money to survive. Seems like my act during the interview was pretty convincing that they actually decided to hire me. Either that, or they're really short on staffs.
Anyway, I've applied to a few more insurance companies for the position of Medical Underwriter as well as Claims Investigator. A few companies have replied saying that they have received my application, but none has called me up for an interview so far.
Feeling kinda guilty to leave the current company if I got another job offer though. Hopefully they would understand.
I'll keep you guys updated on my progress. Till then!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Good Day for the Blues

Good morning guys! Just a few updates on my progress so far.
So it's already been 16 days since I quit my housemanship.
Only got one confirmed job so far, as a product specialist (which is a nicer name for a salesman) and I need to start working on the 18th of June.
No replies yet from any pharmaceutical companies, despite having sent my applications to every pharmaceutical group I cant think of (Merck, Roche, Novartis, GSK, Pfizer, etc).
But I wasn't really hoping to a land a job as a drug rep anyway.
What would be nice is to get a job as a medical underwriter or claims assessor/investigator with a health/life insurance company, as suggested by cardiprin. I've applied to ING, AXA, Prudential, MISC Zurich, Etiqa, and a few more.
Oh, and my Flexi claim allowance has finally been credited to my bank account. That should help me to survive for a while.
I've got a nice song for the kind of situation I'm in right now. You guys listen to blues?

Ruth Brown - Good Day for the Blues

I got up early this morning
so I can walk the floor
I've got to hit the streets
cause there's a wolf outside my door
the bill collector's calling
and my kids need better shoes
gonna go to church on Sunday
cause I got nothing left to lose
and it's a good day
it's a real good day for the blues

It's raining cats and dogs outside
and I'm looking for a job
the man I worked for laid me off
Lord did I work for him real hard
but I won't let my kids go hungry
no matter what I have to do
and it's a good day
it's a real good day for the blues

Things are getting better
the check is in the mail
I just threw my last dime
in the wishing well
and it's a good day
a real good day for the blues

I got up early this morning
so I can walk the floor
I've got to hit the streets
cause there's a wolf outside my door
gonna go to church on Sunday
Lord I got nothing to lose
and it's a good day
it's a real good day for the blues

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Day 14

Day 14 of quitting. Went to Klinik Kesihatan Bangi for a dental check-up, since I finally have the time to do so. Anyway, things are looking up a bit. Got a call from the company this morning, informing me that I've managed to secure the job. They will e-mail me the letter of employment later. Not a dream job, but not as stressful as doing housemanship. The pay's not bad as well, RM3000 basic + RM500 allowances, and 5% commission from sales (roughly RM500 commission for every successful sale). Sounds pretty good doesn't it?
But I'm waiting for other job offers as well, preferably ones not involving sales. I've applied to a few insurance companies last night, stating my interest to become a medical underwriter or claims investigators. Hoping to hear some good news before I start working with the company on the 18th of June. Keeping my fingers crossed.