I worked on the factory floor for a number of years, and I really liked it. I wanted to move up in the company, though. I knew that I would never be the president of the company, and I had no interest in doing that but I wanted to work on a management level. One day, I was busy ordering some clipboard parts for one of our machines that monitors equipment to make sure they are working as they should. My boss came over to talk and he mentioned that a management position was open, and he wondered if I would be interested. I told him that I was very interested. He said that he would put in a good word for me.
I fixed up my resume on the same night that I had the management conversation with my boss. I knew that in our company, even if you have been working there for a long time, you still need to fill out an extensive application, go through a testing process and turn in a resume when you want to apply for any position. People who have been working for the company already are looked at first for interviews, and only if no one who works there fits the bill, will they then begin to look at outsiders. I am a great worker and knew that I stood a good chance of getting the position.
When it came to interview day, I decided to show them how serious I was by wearing a suit. Everyone was amused by that, I was out working on the floor in my fancy suit when it came time for me to meet the president for my interview. Other employees whistled and clapped. It really made me feel good. When I was done with the interview, I thought that it would be a while before I heard anything, but the president said that his talk with me was just a formality and that he officially wanted me to take the management position.