Saturday, March 14, 2009

Job opening in N'orchester

An employment opportunity is being advertised in North Dorchester, in that no-man's land where people don't know if it's in the Dot proper or in Southie or in Newmarket, which is technically a part of Roxbury.

In the South Bay Shopping Center, Best Buy is looking for a floor supervisor. Though the position is managerial level, this isn't a desk job. The job description explains that the manager must be ready to spend a whole shift on his or her feet. No number-crunching or bean-counting is expected. It seems to be a shop steward kind of role within the organization with Best Buy's corporate headquarters playing the role of a union. A pertinent qualification: applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

I ran into Timmy O'Malley at McKenna's Cafe after I had finished my breakfast and he was coming in to get his. I asked him if he had heard of the job opening up at our local Best Buy. "Yah, sheesh, Mr. King," he replied, "Me and my pallies are all over this. We all put in our applications. Any good yegg can land this and run it tip-top and ship-shape. If I don't get it, Charlie will and if he don't get it, Smelly will, wontcha Smelly?" He pulled Smelly's baseball cap brim over the boy's eyes and delivered a few noogies. "You'll hire me, wontcha, Smelly?" Timmy taunted.

If you are thinking of applying for the manager's position at Best Buy, be warned you face stiff competition. The location isn't really convenient to mass transit. A bus serves the shopping center regularly, but is timetable is often a subject of debate. The nearest T station is Andrew, on the Red Line, and then its a fifteen-to-twenty minute walk to your place of work. It's a longer commute if you don't know the side streets.

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