Never Getting It Quite Right

Oh, I had a couple minutes of nagging dismay at work last night.  It's only my first full week at my new hotel Night Audit position, and the very first time I've watched the whole audit be put together.  The last five days have been filled with trying to navigate the Opera computer system, what tasks need to be accomplished, and learning the shuttle route too and from the airport.  What caused my angst this morning was that I'd wanted the hotel front desk job because I thought it would be a great fit for my customer service skills.  So I finally, after three long years of applying everywhere, got a hotel front desk job.  But being a night auditor is not taking full advantage of my CSR skills.  It's getting me to print out and organize a lot of reports in the middle of the night when no one else is around.  By the time I get to work during the day I'll probably be 50! 

The last several jobs haven't been the best of fits for my CSR skills either.  My last job was working as a graveyard cashier at a gas station.  Here again, instead of doing cashiering and customer service -- except in the early morning -- most of the time I was restocking and cleaning.  My job before that, as an XS Cargo customer service rep required me to unpack and load a lot of heavy merchandise, when I have a bad shoulder and can't do that kind of heavy lifting anymore.  Yeah, it's CSR work, but there's always some big compromise involved.

On the bright side, I did finally get my lucky break in the hotel business.  So the glass is more than half-full. 

Something funny to mention, too.  Last night my co-worker was telling me what the hotel general manager did when he arrived in the morning.  "The first thing he does," I was told, "is take off his clothes."  W H A T ! ! !  What kind of example is our general manager setting?  He'd meant to say 'take off his coat,' and we both wound up laughing over that for half-a-minute or so.   
UnderEli UnderEli
46-50, M
May 20, 2012