I have been hired for what is technically my sixth job this year. They have been as follows:
- Non-profit jack-of-all-trades [result: mutual separation]
- Substitute teacher [result: job I said I did but really never did]
- Retail sales jockey [result: left for greener pastures and/or paychecks]
- Temporary employee for insurance company [result: terminated]
- Call center desk jockey [result: never started due to job #6]
- Non-profit jack-of-all-trades [result of an an agonizing interview process]
It’s funny how you can end up exactly where you started, despite all the bouncing around and uncertainty and angst.
Of course, I’m not exactly where I was in March. For one, this new non-profit position is for a much larger organization in terms of the scale of the project and the responsibilities. Also, I had to relocate for this job – a first for me! I am currently living [aka crashing at a friend’s place] in our nation’s capital! Luckily, I happen to love D.C. and it’s only a short drive/bus trip from my real home here in the Blue Ridge, so it’s totally ideal.
Because it has all happened so quickly – two weeks from the day the resume was sent to the job offer – people are naturally curious as to how I managed to snag such a sweet deal. I’m going to be truthful here, folks. It’s really just dumb luck. The chain of events is fairly simple:
1. I had to apply for jobs weekly for unemployment and my own sanity.
2. My roommate had given me a few “sad bastard days” post-termination, which I had exhausted, so I had to get serious about my future.
3. I randomly selected 5 non-profit job listings from the Washingon, DC craiglist.
4. One of the jobs happened to be a great fit and was so enthusiastic in the phone interview, they asked me to come up to meet in person.
5. During the face-to-face, they asked if I was willing and able to move in 7-10 days. I lied and said yes.
6. When I got the job offer, I had to force myself to be willing and able to move.
You know from reading this blog that job-hunting is not easy but it when it does happen, it happens fast and my best piece of advice is to say yes, yes, yes – and then force yourself to live up to your word.
Of course, I’m not pretending that I’m made in shade yet. No job is permanent and luckily, I can keep my “country estate” in the Blue Ridge [as I’m calling it] just in case. And I might actually “save” my “money” for a rainy day this time. Be sure to keep reading – this next chapter might be the most exciting yet!