This is the 100th post on this blog! Just thought I’d put that in here before we get going =).
Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted my progress on my resolution to replace myself. Since then, a few things have happened. The guy I offered the job to accepted, and started. The first assignment I gave him was to follow the directions in four backlink packages I gave him. These are all laid out with screen shots and the whole bit, pretty straightforward.
So there were a total of 120 links to get. He started on a Wednesday, but hadn’t done a lot by the following few days. I stressed a few times to him that my absolute most important requirement was that he email me regularly, once per day, to update me on his progress. That wasn’t really happening. On top of that, it seemed difficult to communicate with him. For instance, if I asked a question in an email, close to the top, but then went on with other topics in the email, that question would never get answered.
So by the weekend, I was still trying to figure out where this guy was at, skills wise, to see what training was going to be necessary. So I emailed him a very direct list of things, asking him to just put a yes or a no beside each item. I got that back, and I was surprised to see he’d done nearly everything on my list. Apparently he had a lot of relevant experience. However, over the next few days I just didn’t get any emails.
This persisted until the end of the following week, at which point I decided enough was enough. I wasn’t in the mood to stick this out until the bitter end. I hadn’t had any evidence from him that he’d actually done the things that I had asked, and about double the amount of time had passed that I expected it would take an extremely slow person to do the job. I figured there just wasn’t much effort going into this relationship.
So I sent him a “dear John” letter, offerring to pay for his work thus far if he could prove it was done, but explaining to him that because of the amount of time it had taken him thus far, and primarily because of his lack of communication that I wasn’t going to be able to offer him continued employment.
So during this time I got an email from a girl from the initial batch. She’d been on holidays and hadn’t been able to reply at the time. She was wondering if the job was still open. So I looked at her resume and decided, sure why not? She didn’t have nearly the same level of experience this guy did, but her English seemed good enough, and at this point I was looking more for a trainable, happy to work, person than I was to have someone who’d done everything before.
Anyways, long and the short of it is that I’ve never heard back from guy #1, and it’s been several days since I sent that email. Conversely, I’ve been back and forth multiple times with the girl. We negotiated work terms (which included part time hours) which worked for both of us, and she’s agreed to start next week.
Throughout the process I’ve actually been somewhat impressed by her level of communication. I’m the kind of person that picks up on small things in communication, knowing what is required by proper English and what is “extra” for good communication. She seems to be beyond the basic, and communicates, at least via email, as well as anyone I’ve dealt with in Canada or the US. In fact, much better than many. I like the fact that when I mention something that requires an answer in an email, I know I will get that answer, and not have to email about it again. To me, that is a very valuable trait.
So I still don’t know how things are going to work out, but it is amazing how much you can learn just by emailing someone, if you’re tuned in to the signs. So far I’m remaining optimistic about this. I think she’s going to work out just great. I was warned that I might not find the perfect person on the first try, and I didn’t really hold high expectations for doing so. I’d be very happy to get that person on the second try.
I’ll keep you posted. =)
(if you haven’t read it yet, you should check out my previous post on this topic)