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Jumping for Jobs!

30 Jul

The bait is finally being taken.  Now it’s just a wait and see if we can reel ’em in!

Right now, Andrew is on his second interview for a company called Overland Contracting that’s only 45 minutes away from our house.  He is so pumped about this job because it involves Civil Engineering, his degree.  He also found out yesterday that another 3 companies he interviewed with want him to come out for a second interview.  Two of them (amazon.com and RoadSafe Traffic Systems) would require us moving so even though they have a ton to offer, we’re trying to focus on the closer one first.  That one, Van Der Lande Industries, is about an hour and 15 minutes away (without traffic) so even it’s not ideal but Andrew is really interested in the position (Project Manager) and the opportunities it offers so he’s not too worried about the drive.  He goes for the interview with that company on Friday so this week has been great for him!

As for me, I just had a phone interview with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this morning.  He told me he’d be calling back to set up an in-person interview so I think it went well.  That job is to be a Web Content Editor for a new site they’re creating that’s geared toward helping families have healthy lifestyles.  It sounds really awesome and I love that I’d be working on something that’s meant to help others.  That’s the reason I even wanted to be a journalist.  My mom learned about medicine to help her through a story she saw on the news, that’s when I knew what I wanted to do.  As a Web Content Editor, I would write, proof and publish stories and oversee any content put on the site.  I would also have to come up with ideas for features on the site and make people want to go to it for health information.

Tomorrow, I have that interview with Gwinnett County Public Schools.  That one is to be a Communications Specialist with the Broadcast and Distance Learning Department.  That position is probably the closest to what I did as a News Producer.  Besides that, I also have an interview set for next Friday with the Gwinnett County Public Library as a Library Associate.  I think I would really like this job not only because I’m weird and I love libraries but because (as awful as it may sound) there’s really no huge responsibility with it. I think that might be the best thing for me since I’ve been out of the “real” world for so long.  It would help me ease back into things.  It may not sound all that great but the pay is actually better than one of my other possible jobs!

So that’s where it all stands for now.  Hopefully, some of these possibilities will turn into realities soon!

Job Interview on the Fly

25 Jul

He left a message at 1 pm.  Saw my resume.  Wants to hold interviews this week and next.  Call him to set up a time.

I call back at 3 pm. He tells me he has to sort through all the resumes, commenting that he has so many because of the bad economy.  I reply that the open position is also an exciting opportunity.  He agrees and then begins to set up an interview time.  He asks me what days I would be free. I’m available tomorrow if he’s open, I announce.  It’s set.

Right now, I’m reviewing a list of possible questions I could encounter tomorrow.  I’ve manicured my nails. I’m grooming my eyebrows.  I’m second guessing my outfit.  What purse should I carry? Should I wear a necklace?  Will my throat still hurt this bad tomorrow?  (I caught the kids’ colds.)  The only thing I’m not worried about is getting there.  I actually scouted it out earlier tonight.

That’s about all I can do. Worry and wait until 10 am tomorrow.  That’s when I’ll be trying to convince my inquisitor that I’m the next Publicity Manager for The University of Georgia Press.

The Chronicles of the Unemployed

17 Jul

Week One:

  • Worry about money but then buy bread, milk and $5 in lottery tickets during an emergency grocery store run. (I just needed beer and diapers to round out the unemployed stereotype.  Oh yeah, and I just won another losing ticket.)
  • Take the kids swimming at the YMCA since we’ve already paid up for the month.
  • Canceled all unnecessary monthly expenses.
  • Play tennis and talk about taking lessons because what else do we have to do while we wait for people to call us back about jobs and maybe we should really be treating this like a nice paid vacation since we know we’ll be fine and get some sort of job anyway.

Week Two:

  • Get frustrated because the only people calling us for jobs are insurance companies and fishy marketing companies.
  • Play more tennis.
  • Check email by the half hour for possible job opportunities.
  • Tell ourselves people probably won’t contact us this week because it’s the week of July 4th and most of them are on vacation.
  • Begin a great time with our friends Julie and Chris.  They provide plenty of laughs and confidence boosting!
  • Prepared for our garage sale that was planned prior to the job loss.  Now though, it’s for more than just spending money.

Week Three:

  • You guessed it.  Play tennis. (We’re actually getting pretty good!)
  • Get excited after two legitimate companies express interest in Andrew.  One sets up a phone interview and a recruiter for the other (CSX!) called him after finding his resume online.
  • Went shopping for job interview attire with Julie and Nia “just in case.”  So far, there’s no need to remove the tags.
  • Hoped garage sale would make a lot of money for us but we only made 10% of what we could have.  Planning to have another in a few months.
  • Took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese and had a blast!  We’re pretty sure the $30 spent there won’t hurt us in the long run.  Besides, it was worth it!
  • Take Andrew’s business suit and shirts to the dry cleaners.  Stress because I told the lady heavy starch but somehow she convinced me I wanted light starch.  Will the lack of starch cost Andrew a job?!

Week Four:

  • Feel a sense of comfort when Andrew’s parents arrive for a week long visit.
  • Become bummed because no one is calling me for a job. I’ve applied for 10 positions but none in TV news. I’m just not going there until I really have to go there.  It seems that may happen pretty soon.
  • Andrew has a great phone interview with a company and they tell him they want him to meet all the big bosses for another interview. The only problem – it’s an hour and a half away from our house.  We’re not writing it off yet but yikes!
  • Another round of tennis for the budding stars.
  • Andrew prepares for an upcoming hiring conference which is how he got his first job out of the military at Best Buy.  Basically, head hunters arrange for a bunch of Fortune 500 companies to interview former military members and you’re pretty much guaranteed a job offer.  Fingers crossed for that!
  • Andrew and I go bowling and had the best time. It doesn’t get any better than two pitchers of beer, 3 games of bowling, my 5 strikes, some skee ball and a dangerous bout of air hockey. A memory I will hold close to my heart forever.
  • Waiting and hoping as we make the most of our time together.


It’s just a job

28 Jun

So here it is.  The blog I’ve been wanting to write but wasn’t sure how to put it all into words.  To sum it up – due to restructuring at Andrew’s company, they eliminated his position.

Andrew. The West Point Graduate.  Andrew. The Veteran.  Andrew. The Overall Great Guy.

We know it wasn’t personal. It all came down to numbers but still, it’s all just so crazy.

We are now fortunately (if you could call it that!) living on a few weeks of severance while we both aggressively apply for job after job.  Andrew has several head hunters helping him and some of my good friends in television news are doing what they can to help build up my confidence and get me back in a newsroom.

Despite it all, Andrew and I really aren’t that worried.  We know that somehow we will be fine. We have our family.  We have our health.  We have some Spam in the pantry.  (I originally bought that as a joke a few weeks ago, now it seems it might come in handy!)

As cliche’ as it may sound, it could always be worse and we do believe that this could lead to bigger and better things for us.  Fingers crossed.

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