15 Interviews

Last year I had three jobs. I was so excited to be working in my field (mostly) so soon after graduation. However, all those jobs were either temporary or part-time. After the mid-term elections I was out of work and feeling incredible unsuccessful (if you remember that post). A month later I moved in with my partner and far away from my hometown. Over the last 4 months in my new city I have been attempting to once again have a job, continue my career.

Applying to jobs was a grueling process. Trying to find a job in the field I have experience in and want to grow in. In that finding a jobs that I’m even remotely qualified for. Over the last couple months I don’t know that I hit 100 applications but I truly felt like I was getting close.

So in the last couple months I had FIFTEEN job interviews: phone interviews, Zoom interviews, team interviews, and field tests. Some were initial inquiries and some were series of follow-ups and meeting different team members. It was during those follow-up periods that I stopped applying, got hopeful.

Obviously after FIFTEEN interviews those hopeful periods got less and less. Overall it was an incredible disheartening experience. There is something that is much more personal about being rejected after an interview versus just being rejected off a resume.

But here we are two weeks after interview #15 and I just accepted a job offer that I couldn’t have imagined when starting this experience. It’s a perfect fit. It is a job that is kinda in my field of organizing while using my actual work experience of youth work. Now it all feels worth it. After 15 interviews to be offered a job that I want and am excited for, in a place where I can be supported and grow.

Truth be told I am also just excited to have a day-to-day purpose and a reason to shower.

I am so excited for this new experience. Wish me luck!

My first week of work

Surprise! I got a new job! (I have not left my old job this is just a second job on the side) I am working in a local warehouse for a used bookstore. Currently I am assigned to the sorting division.  I am only working part time so I am going to work 3 8-hour shifts through out the week.

My job is very different then any job I have experienced before sitting by a computer. For one I am physically active for 8 hours which  I don’t think has ever happened before in my whole life. I got orthopedic insoles for my sneakers by day 3. They did really help but I feel very old. I have never had to punch in and out before I always just checked in with a supervisor. I like punching in and out though.

For the most part it’s solitary work. I have a station and I rarely ever have to talk to anyone other than when people come to bring in or clear out palettes of books. This I like my other job is mostly completely social and I like having time to myself. I get to have my iPod in and headphones on all day. I don’t remember the last time I heard some of my favorite songs. It does make me very self-conscious though because I have to make sure not to dance or lip-sync cause there are a lot of people everywhere.

However, I have also eaten lunch by myself every single day and will probably continue to do so. I get so nervous around new people and I just want a chance to unwind a little and have fresh air. Also, I forget where the break room is and I am too afraid to ask again. In addition I take my lunch break pretty late in the day. For me, after lunch time seems to pass much slower until the end of the day. So I try to push it to when I come back I only have 2 or 2 and half hours left in the day versus four, that way I feel like I can get through it better.

I don’t know how long I’ll be at this job I don’t. Maybe I’ll be there until my vacation and maybe I’ll be here until November or maybe even a lot longer. I don’t know. But right now I like it. I like the schedule and waking up early and my guess is I’m going to be in the best shape of my life (past or present). We will see where it goes.

Wish me luck.