Got fired from the flyer job. Not officially but technically. So I was distributing them near the escalator and this lady approached me.
Lady: Do you know that you are not allowed to give out flyers during public events? Somemore you are not even invited to attend.
Me: But I am only tasked to distribute flyers by the job agency (still in state of shock).
Then she asked me who else was with me. Initially I didnt want to implicate HL because I was the one getting into trouble. But then I was worried that she will get dragged into the entire matter sooner or later which will have greater consequences so I had no choice.
Well the lady was saying that it is a violation that we are giving flyers in a public event cos they didnt receive any notice from Kaplan or Recruit Express (Yes, I shall name them here to shame them) informing them that we will be distributing flyers here. She added that Kaplan should have other avenues of advertising their education services instead of relying on us to give flyers ‘illegally’. And she will be writing to Recruit Express saying that she confiscated our flyers and recounting the entire incident.
But fortunately she was also able to empathise with oue plight since we are merely just pawns to help an organisation work and gave advice on how to tackle the part on accepting part time jobs. Well at least she didnt brawl loudly at us in front of the graduands and guests. And I am kinda glad that this is the 2nd last day of the entire thing since both of us arent intending to go back tomorrow.
Few areas which I want to lament about.
First of all I admit that it was some stupidity on my part. Had I chose a more strategic place to do my job, I wont have been caught. But on my mind is only about clearing the flyers asap so that I can accompany my father home as he is getting discharged today. So my strategic was strategic in the sense where flyers can be cleared faster, instead to getting caught by security or the organisers. Actually in the beginning of the job briefing I sensed something wrong cos we didnt have to account to Kaplan or Recruit Express on how many flyers we have given out or our sign-in/out time. I thought that either organisation or both have informed the school that the graduands will receive flyers from them so I didnt ask. BIG MISTAKE.
Second I bet Kaplan is doing this cos they want to win their business back. The goverment is opening up more spaces for poly grads to study at public universities (STRESS!!) so private universities expect their business to be competed away. After all public unis are more credible. And to Kaplan. Do you know why nus/ntu/smu/sutd never send people to distribute flyers in public events? Because the a great product needs no advertisement. And I have never seen education institutes resorting to so lowly methods of advertising by asking people to distribute flyers. I admit that the pay was great. But since you didnt inform the school in the first place and thereby put me into potential trouble, I dont want your dirty money.
And to Recruit Express. I am glad that the lady has decided to write back and complain to you, although I will be affected. So that you will know about the shit that temp job candidates experience out there and hopefully improve your services (even though I have heard many negative feedback made about you).
I sound as though I am being critical. But I have alredy given a balanced account on my perspectives of the incident. It is not as if I didnt blame myself. In fact I feel that it is my ignorance that has caused the outcome. Although I dont have a good impression with Recruit Express after reading reviews on the internet, but I want to clarify that this flyer job was being introduced to me and I needed the money to supplement my allowance.
To anyone reading this and is intending to find a temp job: I sincerely hope that you will learn from my lesson. Choose your agency carefully. Read what other candidates have to say about them on forums. Be discerning when you select your part time job. I would advise you to stick to a 9 to 6 office job instead of event promoting or flyer giving. Although you will get looked down and bullied by colleagues but it is better than landing yourself into deep shit with the public. At least you have an established company to work with, rather than to be mobile and let the public doubt your credibility. Rack your brain about the possible questions you want to ask the job agent about the task. Dont belittle a seemingly simple flyer job because one wrong move made and you are done for.
But most important of all…never be a slave to money.
Luckily this is the 2nd last day if not I would be bored to death at home. Summer schools are starting soon, I cant wait to meet new people and enjoy life.