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Monday, February 6, 2012

Interviews For Life

I have a secret I've been keeping...


Over the past 2 months, I received not 1 or 2 or 3, but 9 job interview offers. That late night of wine drinking and application submitting paid off, I guess. And the ego boost that came with that many people telling me they were interested in me was definitely worth it.

So why have I kept it a secret? I don't know. Maybe because I accepted Job #3, and then heard from 4 through 9 over the following two weeks. It was a weird experience to say the least. I had to learn how to handle awkward situations professionally very quickly.

Instead of instinctively telling my life-story response to interview offers, I resorted to the neutral, "I'm no longer looking for employment. Good luck in your search," response. And it felt good to have that little bit of power, even if I'm really being honest with myself that a job interview isn't the same an a job offer.

I did interview for 4 jobs, though, when all was said & done. And the interview process really taught me a lot about myself.
*I learned that I have something to offer.
*I learned that I am a well poised individual.
*I learned that I still have a lot to learn in the world.
*I learned that your hair being perfect doesn't matter as much as your resume.
*I learned how to put together a portfolio.
*I learned the more passionate about the job tasks, the better I interview.
*I learned being nervous isn't helpful.
*I learned to be confident in myself.
It's so nice when things click like that. I love learning a little more about myself. And I love the little bit of life experience that I gained. Of course, when it comes time to move onto the next phase of my life, I know the butterflies & jitters will take over again, but I think next time around I'll be just a little more grown up & a little more prepared.

I hope you had a great weekend! I'm so looking forward to this week. I think it has great promise.

{Happy Monday!}

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations! That's quite a validating experience!

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  2. This put a huge smile on my face! I am SO SO SO proud of you! And it's so so exciting and such an ego boost! But I would agree, you definitely have something to offer since you're a bright, driven, intelligent woman! Congrats on all of this :)

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  3. That's awesome, Amy!

    "If you believe you can or can't, you're right."

    PS - I love that pic of you.

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  4. Amy!! That's great! :) I'm super excited for you! Are you going to share about the new job??

    (And I echo Kelly- that is a beautiful pic of you.):)

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  5. That's awesome that you got such a great response from sending out your resume. You even nabbed a new job. Is there any way you can send some of those call backs and interviews my way?

    I guess it would help if I actually sent out my resumes first...

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  6. Wow, that's awesome. I wish I could do all that. :) Happy Monday girl.

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  7. How exciting!! Congrats on applying for other jobs and learning that you are a prized and desired employee!! Be sure to celebrate big!

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  8. That is great! How exciting!! Good luck on the new job!!

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