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post #1 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a middle school teacher, so I have the summers off. It's usually pretty hard to find a summer job because the college kids take them all :-p I'm hoping to work full time in the summer and a few nights a week in the fall. Plus, our schools have cut tons of positions. This way, if my position gets cut, I'll have a job that I can fall back on and hopefully go to full time.

But, since I love animals (and volunteered/worked at our local animal shelter for 7 years before college) I figured I might as well apply for something having to do with animals. So I filled out an online Petco application yesterday and got a call back today!

Some background: When I became interested in bettas around Christmas time, I went to Petco to buy one. I was appalled at the number of dead and sick fish that were there, as well as one of the employee's carefree attitude about them, and wrote a letter to corporate regarding this. The letter was nice, but to the point, saying I would not shop, nor encourage anyone to shop there unless the care improved. Well, I got a call from the manager personally and she explained that she would take care of that employee and also that they had problems with the vendor and the majority of the fish had died from that shipment. She apologized and encouraged me to come back when a new shipment came in. Well, long story short, I go in weekly now, the care has been almost perfect (the best out of any of our large or small local pet stores) and the employees great. I have not seen the bad employee since. The fish manager even used to breed bettas!

So I'll be going to an interview on Tuesday at 6:30 pm with the same manager I spoke to about the bettas. I have talked to her several times since and she always says hi when I come in. I'm not sure if she'll be happy that she'll be interviewing me or annoyed! But at least she knows that I care about animals!

I usually don't like supporting the larger stores if local stores sell similar things, but I can't ignore good care and/or good customer service when I see it. Plus, if I get the job I can advocate for proper care of bettas when customers ask me questions :)

Any pointers???

Wish me luck!!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 02:55 PM
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Well that sounds like a plan to me. You'll be doing what you love and the fish will get great care.

It's a win - win :)

Good luck and let us know what happens.

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 07:32 PM
Good luck!
I actually just applied for a job there too! So I'm in a similar position. My Petco takes good care of them as well, although they were slipping around Christmas time, but it's gotten tons better.

The discounts are a perk. :D
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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ooh discounts?? Do you know how much??

I'll let you know how it goes and if there are interesting question ... :)
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:09 PM
I googled it, it said 15%! :)
15% less than you would have to pay.
Plus you get first look at the fish!
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:12 PM
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I wanna work at petco!!!

Good luck resisting the bettas though.

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post #7 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:17 PM
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Good Luck!!

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:38 PM
Good luck!!
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 10:31 AM
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I wish you luck. I hope you get the job. Maybe you can work at the fish department. I was thinking of applying to a petstore as working part time because of school. . Hehe.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 01:12 PM
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my PetCos fish department improved seeing how the new guy in the fish department is always asking me about bettas (he always reccomends tanks with heaters and filters, he cleans the cups once a day and only feeds them twice a week...less food less waste cleaner water).

Who am I? Well I am a Junior Member of the International Betta Congress and a breeder of white HMPKs, red dragon HMPKs, black/red dragon HMPKs, metallic multi HMPKs, blue masked HMPKs, and now multi color HMs. Soon to add black HMs. I will be showing in New Breeder class in fall of 2012.
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