Looking for a job was taking its time for Michael,
But there was a turning point and it came in the shape of a shiny new van.
After his usual round of job and apprenticeship applications on the internet, Michael was on his way into town to meet with a recruitment agency when he saw a plumber’s van parked in the street.
He looked once because it was clean, then twice when he saw the contact number was local.
Fast forward just a few hours and Michael was standing in the reception of the same plumbing company. CV in hand, heart in mouth.
“Sorry. We’re not looking for anyone at the moment and we don’t take on trainees.”
The words rang in Michael’s ears on his slow walk home.
Fast forward a few weeks (a couple more van sightings and some fact-finding on the internet) and Michael was back in the same office, again with his CV.
“Maybe I can leave it here just in case?”
“You’re welcome to leave it but we’re not looking for anyone at the moment. Plus we’ve just taken on a new apprentice.”
How much harder could news like this blow.
A month went by,
But this month was different because Michael not only saw the same van, he also spoke with its driver.
Something this guy said (or maybe it was the way he said it) made Michael more determined than ever.
Another day, another visit to the office (maybe one or two visits have also gone by in-between)
By now the greetings are friendly…
“Back again Michael?”
“Not you again!” (but said with a smile)
“I was wondering when you’d be back”.
And then, on Michael’s next visit, a big turning point (to follow all the little turning points before it)
“The Apprentice we took on didn’t work out. Be here 8 o’clock Monday morning and we’ll give you a shot. Let’s see how good you are.”
And the title of this story? All it needed was the main ingredients,
A trainee plumber, some guts and a shiny new van.
fig 1. A shiny, new plumber’s van (incl. comedy number plate)
Image courtesy of sarflondondunc on Flickr.com
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