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Success: Thy Name is “The Interview”

on December 9, 2012
Yes, I give that sly look. Works every time.

Yes, I give that sly look. Works every time.

So of course since getting back home a goal has been to, ya know, Get a Job.

So I started the search the day I got back.

Wow, that’s quite early I hear some of you say. Didn’t want to rest a bit?

Yes, yes it was. BUT! I had an employee referral from the Holland America cruise I had just gone on, and a guaranteed interview if I submitted my application in a timely manner.

So I submitted and waited.

Dancing in my seat – already imagining my blog turning into the “overseas adventures of Jillian”.

2 weeks went by. Nothing. So I called the company.

“Hi, I would like to speak with the hiring manager.”
“Oh, you can only send an email.”
“All right, to whom?”
“Oh, we’ll make sure it gets to the right department. Just put the job title in the subject line.”

I sent a follow up email (while also emailing my ‘employee referral’ about “What’s up?”) with the typical, “I applied for such and such job with a referral from so and so and would love to know if you’ve accepted my application, blah blah blah”.

The response: ”Thank you for your interest in Holland America, if you’d like to apply please visit the HA website at…”

So much for that ‘guaranteed’ interview. Dead end it was looking to be.

The next 4 months followed applications to every cruise company, multiple travel companies, several jobs in Hawaii, etc. Follow ups, calls, you name it.

I took secretary tests, math tests, and personality tests.

I would score exceptionally well on these tests. But then get rejected.

The problem I was running into, and all the rejections I got, were because I lacked experience.

I was running into the current economy’s catch 22. Can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.

Thank you Google - you understand!

Thank you Google – you understand!

Even the age old, “It’s who you know” wasn’t working for me – in most cases, just as I was about to have a foot in the door, the door shut because the company decided not to hire.

I knew, I just knew though that if I could get in there, get in person for an interview, I’d be golden.

So finally, last week, I filled out an online application for restaurant position.

When I called the restaurant I was informed that on M-W from 2-4, if you’d filled out an online application, you could come in and request to speak with a manager.

I was in that store faster than you can say, “I finally got an interview!”

I dazzled, I shined, I blew up his mind!

Or rather, I showed that I was a good candidate.

Specific examples for all the questions. Confident, calm, friendly.

And what I knew to be true was true.

When I finally got my in person meeting, I finally got offered a job.

Say hello to another member of America’s workforce!

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26 responses to “Success: Thy Name is “The Interview”

  1. MissFourEyes says:

    Hello America’s workforce! Congrats!

  2. MaximumWage says:

    Congrats! And I know exactly what you were going through. I’ve lived that for a while. I feel like our current economy has a ton of catch 22s. “You don’t fit the job you’re applying for seamlessly? DENIED.” “Not currently employed? DENIED” man that list goes on and on.

  3. El Guapo says:

    Congrats, Jill!

    And a big IN YOUR FACE!!!! to the pezheads that didn’t call you back.
    Their loss.

  4. Jill you rock girl! And don’t give up on your long term dreams!

  5. TheGirl says:

    The whole experience vs. job thing…is about presenting your transferable skills, you may not have done the exact job but you’re prepared to do it. Just sell sell yourself!!!

  6. Congrats Jill! Keep networking to get your foot in the door, though. You were so close! All you need is someone to let you intern or work (even part-time) in the industry, and that will snowball into more experience.

  7. UM, CONGRATS! That’s so awesome. When I moved to Oregon four years ago and was unemployed, it was the worst thing ever. So happy you’ve got a paycheck coming!

  8. calahan says:

    This is great news. Not having a job sucks and looking for a job is one of the worst experiences to go through next to eating glass (and not just regular glass. This glass has been dipped in Tabasco sauce and baked at 400 degrees. That is really sucky)

  9. Yay! I second Calahan. It having a job is the worst, and looking for a job is the worst worst. Hurrah for restaurants! The best job I ever had was at a restaurant. So much fun!

  10. Congrats! Job hunting can be stressful, demoralizing and exciting all at once. Great for you!

  11. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It feels good to get an offer!

  12. Bill McCurry says:

    Congratulations, Jill! I hope this job is fantastic and full of opportunities to learn things.

  13. Hey, congrats! Nothing worse than being a jobseeker, it can be so demoralising. Now you’ll be able to post lots about your job :-)

  14. vyvacious says:

    Woohoo! YAY!!! That’s how I feel too! I just need an interview and then I’m golden! So glad you were able to find work :)

  15. Awesome!! Congrats on the new job!

  16. Oh congrats! You can make good cashmoney at restaurants! Especially during the holidays. Hope you’re enjoying it — you’ll probably learn great customer service skills dealing with cranky customers :)

    • lol, I used to work at a bagel shop – so learned plenty with cranky customer there! (People can be horrid before they’ve had their morning coffee!) But I’m SO looking forward to tips! I wasn’t allowed to accept tips at the bagel shop, so anything I get will already be a million times more than I was getting there!

  17. [...] around December, after 4 months of unemployment, I caught my first break! I finally got an interview! Sure, it was to be a food runner – a step below server – but it was a money making [...]

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