I got a job! Yihaaaaa !!!.
Seven weeks ago we arrived on Ibiza. We were very excited to start our new adventure. Important for me was to find a job. In December 2014 I already noticed a job vacancy on the internet. It was from Haco Muebles for their new store on Ibiza. Unfortunately the job vacancy was already fulfilled.
But first things first. When you want to work in Spain, you need your NIE-number. This is a personal social number. You need this number for everything. There are several ways to get a NIE-number. On Ibiza it is normal to get it at the police station.
So early in the morning Gertjan and I drove to the police station. I was already prepared to stand in line for at least three hours. But when we arrived there, it was very quiet. A very handsome police officer came to us as soon we reached the door. He told us that its not possible anymore to get your NIE-number without an appointment. And it appeared that he wasn’t that friendly as he looked!
So we decided to buy a cop of coffee and find out how we could make the appointment. I found a website on my mobile phone. I tried to fill in the form. The first question was: fill in your passport number. So I did. In the digital form there was only room for 9 digits. A Dutch Passport number has 10 digits.
I tried several times, but with no results. Well, maybe it would work at my laptop? So I tried it at again home. But the 9 and 10 digits didn’t change. It was still not possible. So I thought lets fill in with just 9 digits and see what happens. I got really far into the menu now!!
Yes … Yes … Yes! I got an appointment! In a minute the computer will give you your location:
“You can have an appointment in 2 days at the police station of … PALMA DE MALLORCA”
Uuuuhm … if I start swimming today maybe I can make it!
So again: COMPUTER SAYS NO!!
I started reading the blog “Nederlanders op Ibiza” on Facebook. There someone recommend Puri Garcia. It’s an Asesoria were they can arrange all your paperwork, because sometimes its hard to find where you have to go for what!
So hopefully they can help me there. First I had to wait a little and then a Dutch woman helped me out. She was really friendly and explained everything very clear. She made a copy of my passport. Brought that to the notary for an official stamp. With this copy they would arrange my NIE number. And within one week I had it!!
NIE number in the pocket! Now the big job search could begin. I wrote more than 20 letters. And of course needed to print my CV. I asked my lovely sister in law to translate my CV and motivation letter in decent English. Because even when I’m writing I have a Dutch accent!
Three days later I had a first response on my letters. Sluiz Ibiza received my CV. I was invited to work with them for half a day so they could see how I work. I have to say I had a lovely morning. The manager matched me to a staff member of Sluiz. She had to explain a little bit what to do and helping customers of course. I also had to start decorating the store. Well that’s not new for me, because I did that for the last 15 years. I was greeting customers and answering their questions. From time to time my colleague came and ask how things were going. At the end of the morning the manager thanked me for the day and she said she would call me the next day.
The next day I was off course totally nervous. Waiting the whole day… and no phone call! So I gave up hope a bit. Two days later my phone rang. It was Sluiz. She was really enthusiastic about my work and she had seen that I had a lot of experience. But my Spanish wasn’t good enough. Well OK … the only thing I could think was: how do you know how my Spanish is? Because not you nor your colleague has heard me talking to customers! But when someone closes a door… a window will open somewhere else.There was another reply on one of my letters. Selling boat trips to tourist at the beach. I had an job interview on Skype. Actually it went very well, he told me at he end of the job interview: “Normally I call you the next day if you are hired or not… but I’am telling you right away you’re in!”
So that’s great… but selling party boat tickets on the beach sounds nice… or… no… maybe it’s not! But I got a job, so if I’m not finding something better, I will take it!
So suddenly out of nothing we heard some rumors that someone from Haco Muebles was asking my telephone number. Two days later, on Saturday, one of the owners of Haco Muebles Ibiza called me and invited me for a job interview.
The interview went really nice. It turned out that 2 good friends own the shop. They own already shops in Rojales, Altea and Denia on the main land of Spain. The only thing is that they were looking for was someone who wanted to work the whole year on Ibiza and not just 7 months. The original plan of Gertjan and me was to live 7 months on Ibiza and 5 in Madrid. So we talked and we decided to send them a text message that we were willing to stay the whole year on Ibiza. And two minutes later I had a phone call again and they invited us both to have another interview. We went to the store and had another very nice conversation. Eric-Jan told me he would call me next Tuesday. He did as promised and I have the job!!! Yiiiihaaa… I did my special dance moves on the terrace!!
I could start next day, because there was a high need! I had to work 4 days on Ibiza and on Monday they invited me for a trainee trip to Altea and Rojales. Because of missing car keys, a empty battery of the truck and some bad luck we finally took off on Tuesday to Denia instead of Monday. But still it was very enjoyable to get to know my new colleagues better and we could laugh a lot about it.
To fix my contract I needed a number for my securidad social. But to get this I had to register myself on Ibiza. So Gertjan and I went early in the morning to the townhall of Ibiza City. There was a long line… and finally when we were at a table, the woman who helped us told us that I have to come back later, after making an appointment by phone. So I made an appointment for a week later when I would be back from my week of traineeship.
It is two weeks later now and I am in the middle the construction works of the new part of the store across the street. In that part we are going to present all the boxspring beds. And I have to organize the grand opening, some new furniture has to go in the shop instead of the beds. I have to hire people who will assemble the furniture at the clients houses and of course helping customers. But little by little we make big steps into the right way.
So hope to see you on the official openings party the 16th of May!!