Last week I had my first set of interviews, for an airline. My cover letter was rough – I wrote it the same afternoon I got laid off, and submitted it before getting feedback, after which people told me it sucked. I applied for the job on the company website, not through a head hunter who would endorse me and help me prep for the interview. When I got the interview, Boyfriend told me it was a shame that I had my first interviews at a job I really wanted, because he said no matter how good I was at interviews, my first ones were bound to be rough. Sure enough, I got there (a few minutes late because I stupidly got lost on the subway) and had to take a written exam on airline management, which included questions like “if airline X is charging $60 and airline Y is charging $80, how much should we charge?” Gulp.
Apparently I completely rock at interviews… because I got the job offer!!! Eeeeeeee I am so excited. I have been dancing around my apartment, calling everyone I know, and spinning until I made myself dizzy and fell against the counter 🙂 Now the question is whether to accept what’s a pretty great position, or see if I can finish interviewing at some other awesome (but very different companies) to see what my options are.
Either way, I think it’s safe to say that the time I spent today calculating how many dogs I would need to walk to pay for the rest of my 50 state marathon journey was wasted 🙂
P.S. Tomorrow morning I’m having a performance review from my old job (we didn’t get to do it before I got laid off, and I genuinely want my feedback so I can apply it to wherever I end up next). The person giving me the performance review is the same one who brought me into her office to meet with the HR person and announce that I was laid off. How totally freaking AWESOME is it that I can go in and be like, “yeah, I’m disappointed that I got laid off, but I already have another offer for a better job, so you know, it’s really fine.” Career limiting move? Not anymore!