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Transition to Lady of Leisure

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I become a lady of leisure in a few days. I guess most of the sting of losing my job was taken out because I had this other job interview. I haven't been completely rejected yet for the job I applied for, and to be honest, I am still hanging on to a sliver of hope. When I saw the job posting had been relisted, I was crushed. If I eventually do get a rejection note, I think most of the sting of not getting it has also been taken out.

Although I am a qualified candidate, job interviews are a lot like dating, sad to say. It is often 'chemistry' that wins. Likability, with a dash of qualities they're looking for. If they interviewer likes you, they will talk themselves into why you are the right candidate. This is how often a smooth talker that can't walk the walk gets the job. Then the people who actually do the work have to clean up after it.

In my early interviewer days, I got tricked into this myself. I hired someone who had a great resume, and was absolutely fantastic in the interview. He wowed. Then he turned out to be a slacker, and not good at the tasks I gave him. He was always on his cell phone, instead of working. He continually messed up the tasks I gave him, and I'd have to fix them. He created more work for me, instead of taking things off my plate like I hired him to do. And I couldn't get rid of him, because everyone liked him. Great people skills. Fortunately, he decided to leave for another job.

My best employee was one who was not necessarily the 'best' candidate.Her resume wasn't super polished, and could have used some tweaks. She had good experience, but not the kind I needed. However, it was close enough that I decided to interview her.

In the interview, she wasn't able to answer the direct technical questions I asked her. But she was extremely enthusiastic. I asked her to write me a few example test cases. She took to the task with gusto. I hired her. Her eagerness and enthusiasm made her very easy to train. She wanted to learn. She excelled at her tasks, and took work off my plate. She wanted to take even more responsibilities. When she decided to leave, it was a nightmare. I begged my management to give her a raise, but they refused. I left the company a short while after that, myself.

My last day is technically Friday, but I am actually finished with my work on Thursday. Friday I plan to go to the unemployment office. I'll talk to them about my options for the Trade Assistance Act because my job is being outsourced to a foreign company. I'll tell them that I need to finish my degree and certification courses in order to remain competitive. Unfortunately, the kind of classes and courses I need are not available in Georgia. Our plan is for me to return to Washington state around the first quarter of next year. So I have to talk to them about if I can apply for TAA assistance, and delay start of training for a few months. I don't know how familiar they are with TAA and outsourcing around here, so I'm hoping that won't become a liability.

By some luck, I have been hit by a few recruiters in the past week asking if I am planning on returning to Seattle. It seems a number of Seattle area companies are hiring for my particular skill set. I won't be able to do anything until I get there - they don't even want to talk about relocation, and I'm not expecting it. By my estimates, I will most likely be 'on extended vacation' for at least 2-3 months.

In that time, I plan to:

1) Read books on my trade and get current on the latest techniques.
2) Work on my mobile application and other programming projects. Maybe I can launch self employment; an idea I have toyed with for some time.
3) Apply for jobs. I have to apply for unemployment while I wait for my TAA application approval.
4) Research classes I need to take for retraining and finishing my degree.
5) I'll have time to practice my semi-gourmet cooking skills.
6) Work on my sewing projects. Maybe I can revive my wedding dress project.
7) Finally take the yoga, pilates and spinning classes that I was never able to fit into my schedule.
8) Domestic diva. Bleh. Not looking forward to this. I plan to wipe down one room a day, just so it's not so overwhelming.
9) Stay positive. This is a transition to something greater. Everything was lining up, saying it was time for me to move forward again.
10) Join a protest group. Why not? I think I have as much right as any. My job was just outsourced to a foreign company. It's not that there isn't a need for workers. My wage will be employing someone else abroad. It is not because they can do my job better - my performance reviews were spectacular. I am a senior level worker, and I'm being replaced with junior level techs. It's not necessarily because it is cheaper - they will end up signing a contract with this company much greater than my wage. Yes, I am a part of the shrinking middle class.

I feel very lucky that I am able to do this. My fiance and I have always prepared for this situation, even when things were looking good. Just a few months ago, I was receiving rave reviews - my work was described as 'groundbreaking' and I got a raise. But in this economy hostile to the unemployed, that is no time to get complacent. We saved for a rainy day, so we have an emergency fund to dip into. I paid off my debts a long time ago. We have budgets in place to handle one income. He has a steady job.

My advice: prepare for unemployment, before you have to. It is much easier to cope with when you have a plan already in place. Pay down debts, stop accumulating debts. Unemployment and debts are a wreck on your self esteem - I've been there, back in 2002. This time around, I have no outstanding liabilities. It is a MUCH stronger position to be in. Even if I didn't have my fiance who still has a job, I would be able to pay for food and rent. No looming debt vultures, circling around, waiting for me to make a mistake.

I'm with Dave Ramsey. There is no such thing as 'good debt'. Don't finance school 100% with student loans. Finishing college is much more important than going to a prestigious college. Paying for school with debt is more likely to sink your opportunities for years, as an entry level wage won't be able to cover the repayment costs. I've been someone who was unemployed with high debt, and now going to be unemployed with no debt. Dave Ramsey absolutely knows what he's talking about. Debt is slavery.

Plenty to do. Maybe not so leisurely after all! To bad it isn't the summer, else I would put lounging at the pool on my list.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/28/2011 9:44AM

    Sounds like you have done everything correctly. Your liesure time is certainly packed full of things to do. Good luck on the transition.

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MYLADY4 10/27/2011 10:10PM

    Good for you for being in a place where you don't have to worry as much about paying the bills. That is a lesson we are trying to teach our 20 year old. Benn broke and never want to go back.

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DDOORN 10/27/2011 9:58PM

    Great plans...! LOVE #10! Whatcha goin' to Occupy...?! :-)


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VHALKYRIE 10/26/2011 10:27AM

    WOUBBIE & TERP_TERP: Thanks for the well wishes and encouragement! I will check out that link.

ARCHIMEDESII: Thank you for the compliment! I like what I do, so I'm not looking for a career change. Unfortunately, I know a lot of people who went into compsci because it pays well, but they don't actually like doing it. I love it. I can't imagine a life where I'm not dabbling with code. But I have toyed with the idea of ways I can combine my programming skills with my love of cooking, so that is not off the table. One of my mobile app ideas is cooking related! At this point, anything goes! I'm just exploring my next path.

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/26/2011 10:23AM

    Hang in there ! Keep sending out those resumes ! Just because you didn't get this job doesn't mean there isn't something out there for you.

The problem is that because there are so many highly qualified applicants vying for one position, the employer can choose what they consider a perfect fit for their company. I can't even imagine how many resumes they must have had to sort through before they picked yours. BUT, think of it this way, they did think enough of you to fly you out for an interview. So, you did make it a lot farther into the interview process than the rest of the slush pile. Think of those people who put in their resume and didn't even get a form letter thanks, but no thanks.

Because the company I work for has had lay offs in the past, I don't consider myself... safe. Needless to say, I have been preparing, just in case. Fortunately, I have the part time job working at the gym. So, if I do decide for a complete career change, I'm ready. I could at least work a couple of part time jobs if I had to. It wouldn't be pretty, but I'd do what I could to pay the bills. Our grandparents and parents made it through the Great Depression. If they can do it, so can we. It's just a matter of pulling up our boot straps.


PS - I like your goals for your life of leisure ! Have you considered going to cooking school ? Considering how yummy your recipe blogs are... you could always consider getting out of computer science and going into cooking. My brother is a chef !

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TERP_TERP 10/26/2011 9:49AM

    It sounds like you have some solid plans to deal with the changes. I wish you the best of luck!

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WOUBBIE 10/26/2011 9:48AM

    To avoid the Household Diva blues check out FlyLady.net. She'll make you wonder how you ever managed to get things done before!

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Probably Did Not Get the Job, But It's Ok

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Well, I probably did not get the job. I saw that the hiring manager reposted the job listing on job boards yesterday morning. They either have to interview a few more candidates in order to be sure, or I have been ruled out. I'm inclined towards the latter.

I always knew it was going to be a long shot. I'm proud that I was able to get their attention and get as far as I did. It would have been such a huge investment to relocate me, though. I was always going to have to be above and beyond in order for them to think I was worth it.

It was a positive for me in so many ways. I felt I held strong in my knowledge. It really did boost my confidence. Now I dust off and move forward. My determination is steeled. If I could get this attention, what else could I do?

I have always had a backup plan. Because my previous company is outsourcing my job, I'm eligible for the Trade Assistance Act which will help pay for my retraining and finishing my degree. I would say that's a pretty darn good second place.

I have always felt that I am at a crossroads here. This is going to be a changing point in my life. Where it is leading, I don't know. Every few decades, something big happens to me that changes me. This has been one of those moments. I'm just not sure where it is going yet, but I am being pushed into another big leap. It may seem strange, but even if I don't get the job, this has inspired me. I took a shot at something big, but even if I don't land where I wanted, I am motivated to maybe push even bigger.

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you still land among the stars."

I took my moonshot, and maybe I missed. But maybe that means I aimed too low. Maybe I should aim to go even farther.

Yesterday during my team meeting, my lead said something really nice to me. He said that my skills were under utilized at my current job. They didn't use me to the full potential. It was like putting training wheels on a thoroughbred. I need a wide open racetrack where I can run. He said there are people who come into your life who change you, and make you better. He said that's what I did for him. I made him better. For those of you who followed my history to this point, it is nice validation. I believe I was the dutiful lieutenant who supported him, right or wrong. If I changed or influenced a person to improve, that is the most meaningful recognition. I couldn't ask for a better reward.

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MYLADY4 10/25/2011 2:19PM

    Maybe being such a big company they HAVE to interview a certian number of people. Don't count it out yet but I love your attitude and back-up plan.

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NAYPOOIE 10/25/2011 1:13PM

    Sounds like you've got it covered however it goes.

I would like to know the name of your current employer.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/25/2011 12:56PM

    I love your back up plan. That sounds great.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/25/2011 10:20AM

    I once was recruited by a place that I thought I really wanted to work for. They didn't offer me the job but it gave me the motivation to apply for others in a similar field. And I ended up getting a job much much better than the original one that put the idea into my head.

So yeah. Keep looking.

In the meantime, until you hear that they have definitely turned you down, you never know...

And yay for finishing degrees, etc.

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DDOORN 10/25/2011 10:11AM

    Cheering for "wide open pastures" to come your way post haste! :-)

Love your attitude!


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Few Missteps During the Interview

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thinking about it over the weekend, I'm not sure about my chances on the job. I was interviewing with a very big company, who can afford to be very picky.

Job interviews are kind of like speed dating. You only get a few minutes to make an impression. I read an article that likened a job interview with a big company as dating the 'hot chic'. You're on your best behavior, but you know that any misstep and they'll move on to the next person.

Well, I definitely had a few missteps. I am uncertain how it will affect the outcome.

1) I had my interview at two different buildings. Because I was flown in the night before, I couldn't rehearse driving to them. As a result, I was about 5 minutes late to the second interview at the second building. When I paged the guy I was meeting with, he said, "I've been waiting for you." Not in an unkind way, but Ugh.
2) I had a couple of disagreements with a couple of developers. I could have just told them what they wanted to hear, but I'm not that kind of person. I gave my honest opinions. My job, if hired, isn't to agree with the developers. Still, they were in the interview to evaluate whether I was someone they wanted to work with. How that went depends on whether they recognize I would be there to provide counterarguments. Despite being under 'interview' circumstances, I think they got an accurate representation of what I am. I presented my argument; I negotiated where flexibility was warranted; I held firm where not.
3) My cell phone rang in the middle of one interview - ARG. I forgot to turn it off during the rush from driving one building to another. I apologized, then made a joke as I turned off the phone, "Who are you, and why are you embarrassing me?" I then jumped right into answering the question. However, this was a really big no no. I should have turned off the phone, but I have no idea why my friend tried to call. I told her I was at an all day interview.
4) During the interview with the principle lead, he didn't seem to believe my answer to one of his questions. He said he had never heard of it before. I hope that he realizes that it is because I have a slightly different specialty than he does. I'm not sure if I got to adequately make my case on that. But I held firm and confident on my answer. However, I definitely feel I did not make my best impression on him.

I definitely got positive reactions from management and the QA guys, though. So I'm sure I got thumbs up on some, maybes on others, and perhaps a couple thumbs down. I guess it all depends on who else is in the running, and whether their choice had to be unanimous, or majority vote. Or how strongly someone disagrees.

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FITGIRL15 10/24/2011 4:57PM

    Don't over analyze! I think it went well overall... your interview vs. dating the "hot chick" analogy made me laugh! LOL

I am glad that you were YOURSELF in the interview!!! You can't tell people what they want to hear forever, right?

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AANGEL3 10/24/2011 4:14PM

    Good luck!

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DDOORN 10/24/2011 4:08PM

    Sounds like you covered well for your mis-steps...still crossing all those digits! :-)


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VHALKYRIE 10/24/2011 3:00PM

    I personally don't employee hostile interview tactics. I think it is just bad form since this is potentially someone I would be working with one day. I was more interested in what skills they brought, how were their problem solving skills, and how enthusiastic they were about the job. I got awesome people.

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 10/24/2011 2:52PM

    You just never know how those things go. I think that your timing issue was perfectly understandable given you came in from out of the area. I get frustrated with the whole idea that we all have to be perfectly presentable in an interview! I think individuality, directness, and honesty go a long ways - I'll be on the other side of the table someday (in HR) and I would never rule someone out for having a cell phone ring! Life happens - and long distance travel can derail a lot of normal patterns. If this job doesn't happen then at least getting an interview is a huge compliment and a very big deal!! And I still won't be surprised if you get an offer... :)

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VHALKYRIE 10/24/2011 2:33PM

    Yeah, totally. This was something I didn't expect anyway. It was just something that popped up, and it was worth the shot.

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/24/2011 2:31PM

    That stinks ! Well, try to look on the bright side. Even though they might not have made you an offer for this job, who's to say you might not get called back for another interview for a different job ? If they liked you enough to fly you all the way to California, then they'll probably keep your resume on file for future reference.

If not, well, you got to go to CA on someone else's dime.


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VHALKYRIE 10/24/2011 2:25PM

    Well, it's a pretty bad sign. I just saw the job I applied for reposted on job boards.

Ah well. I always saw this as a long shot anyway.

Comment edited on: 10/24/2011 2:27:34 PM

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/24/2011 1:23PM

    Congratulations on getting that interview ! I'm sure you were nervous, but you handled yourself extremely well. No one was expecting you to be perfect. In fact, I think employers are put off by people who are "too good to be true" or even a little too polished during their interviews.

Your cell phone recovery was perfect ! It shows that you can handle a high stress situation with a good sense of humor. Employers take notice of little things like that.

Try not to worry, they thought enough of your skills to fly you all the way out to CA for an interview. that says a lot !

I'm pulling for you !


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NAYPOOIE 10/24/2011 11:59AM

    Since perfection doesn't happen, it sounds pretty good.

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VHALKYRIE 10/24/2011 11:18AM

    Yes, that is definitely right. I was interviewing them as much as they were interviewing me. The job is super freaking cool, though. Just have a few challenges that go with it. First, I'm stepping into an area where they aren't used to having a QA - I'd be building it from the ground up. Fortunately, this isn't the first time I've done this, so I definitely have experience on what went right/wrong to draw on. I think I made a really strong impression on management though, which may sway in my favor despite minor skepticism. You don't want someone in my role who is a pushover. If they were testing me for that, I feel I came out strong.

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KDSAINT 10/24/2011 10:49AM

    I'm a software engineer myself (one of those independent, cat-like developers you talked about in your last blog), and I've always gone into interviews thinking that I'm interviewing them as much as they're interviewing me. So being yourself is crucial, because that's how you find out whether or not you'll get along. If they're gonna knock you because your cell phone rang or because you disagreed with them, then do you really want to work for them in the first place. (Now, if you took the call, that would be different :-). )

I did a phone interview with Google once, and just based on the questions they asked me, I determined that I didn't want to work for them (or at least for the guy doing the interview).

So, if you were true to yourself, then you've got nothing to worry about. Either they loved you and will give you the offer, or they didn't, in which case, you're probably better off anyways.

Either way, I hope it all works out for you.

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/24/2011 10:39AM

    I read your previous blog after reading this one. I think the response you got is normal. While I think developers have come a long way in accepting testing as a crucial part of a project's success, many still feel like it's a PITA and a failed test is something that gets in the way of getting some "real coding" done. I was never a test engineer, but I was a software tester many moons ago and the developers always seemed to greet me with one eyebrow raised. It always felt like a fight to get them to look at something that wasn't completely obvious. So now that I'm the other side of that fence, I try to be real nice to QA folks. They have a job to do and their job is to make quality software, which should be MY job as well. This means we're all on the same team.

And I would love to have a test engineer, but I'm too small potatoes to afford that. heh. I have to write my own unit tests.

Finally, philosophical differences are something I typically embrace. I like people who can think and come to some conclusions on their own, even if they're different from mine. The real sticking point is interfering with execution. It is important to have a lot of core philosophies in line, so hopefully you're mostly on board with those. If you are, I'd say the perceived deviations should be viewed as positive. If you have fundamental differences, then that's a huge problem. You probably wouldn't even want to work there, IMO.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/24/2011 10:33AM

    Try not to over think the interview. Certainly assessing can help for future interviews. Also remember it's a two way street. If you are not honest and yourself you could end up in a job that isn't a good fit. Good luck!

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DEBJAE 10/24/2011 10:27AM

    To me, honesty & confidence go very far with employers. I hope it works out for you!

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The Interview

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Back in high school, we were asked by our teachers what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. What careers did we want? Who did we think we would be?

Well there was this one company who was a small, no name company at the time. But I knew they were the future. Few people knew who they were yet. I was highly interested in what they were doing, and it was my 'dream job' and 'dream company'. I put down that I wanted to work for XYZ company, and I had to explain to the rest of the class what they did.

Well a few years later, they hit big time, and everyone knows who they are now. Then they got even bigger when another company purchased them, and now they are one company. This job isn't working directly with XYZ company, but I would be working on the support line, indirectly.

This job description has my name written all over it. It was like it was written for me.

When I met with the recruiter she explained to me that the hiring manager was putting together a brand new 'dream team'. He gave her his list of requirements for my position, but he didn't think he would be able to find someone with all the skills. So he also gave her a list of alternate second skills, if she couldn't find someone that matched exactly what he wanted.

She searched online resumes, and found mine. She said I was the only one found that matched their requirements. Out of all the millions of online resumes and talent out there, mine was the exact match.


On Wednesday, I flew out to California for the interview of my life. I was nervous, but very excited too. I felt like it was making it to the final round of Jeopardy. Or being one of the finalists on American Idol.

Here is what I do, in a nutshell. I'm what is called a "Software Development Engineer in Test". That means I am a developer, and a quality assurance tester. I am both, and neither. Where developers write applications that users use, I write software that tests the application. I would basically be writing software to test the application that the development team writes.

So in a nutshell, here's how the interview went. The managers and directors loved me. I had lunch with the hiring manager who requested me for his 'dream team', and I felt like if it was within his control, he would have had me sign papers on the spot. But this is a big company, and there is a formal process. The director said he only hired 'awesome people', and then started telling me about how it's a great time to buy a house in California. The QA guys are brand new to the team, but were also super enthusiastic.

The developers? Well. One of my must read-books as a software person is one titled, "Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers Who Lead Programmers". Software developers tend to be highly intelligent, but highly independent. They generally don't like to be told they are wrong, or how to do things. So motivating them and getting them to do what you want is like "herding cats".

So, I have a very weird dynamic with developers. My job is to show them the ways their code is flawed. And convincing them to fix it.

Fortunately, I like cats.

I met with about 6 of the developers on the team, and it was a hit and miss. A couple were skeptical, and the others were intrigued. Kinda good cop/bad cop, if you will.

I'm not sure how it will go. I feel I got a thumbs up from the managers and QA guys. The developers? Well, who knows the minds of cats.

When I was having lunch with the hiring manager, he warned me that this company was slow with the hiring process. It took them 3 months to get him his offer. So now, I just wait.

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CATLADY52 10/23/2011 3:46PM

    I hope you get the 'Dream Job'. Let us know either way. emoticon

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 10/23/2011 2:08PM

    Oh this is SO very exciting!! I'm with Don - my fingers and toes are all crossed for you too!!

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DDOORN 10/23/2011 9:43AM

    Ooh OOH! SO excited for you! Crossing all my digits and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!


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JOAN_HEO 10/23/2011 7:44AM

    I wonder if the 3 month wait thing is an IT thing. My son waited at least that long for his job.

It sounds like you have them won over! I wish you the best. Keep us posted!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/22/2011 10:03PM

    Developers like Szechuan food. It's like their catnip. Just sayin'


But you probably already know that.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/22/2011 5:30PM

    I'm crossing my fingers and toes for you.

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MKPRINCESS007 10/22/2011 3:47PM

    That sounds amazing! :) I am guessing you are ready to roll out to CA if the opportunity presents itself. What a big and exciting change for you!

Sometimes, the right opportunities definitely do come to us. I feel it is a done deal for you. Wishing you all the best, and I hope you hear soon!


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LADYHAWKES 10/22/2011 2:43PM

    You've waited since you were that kid in school for this opportunity, you can wait a little longer....I just know you've got it!

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NAYPOOIE 10/22/2011 2:40PM

    good luck!

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MYLADY4 10/22/2011 2:20PM

    Awesome. Isn't great to feel wanted. Now the wait. 3 months would be a long time to wait, it would drive me nuts.

Here's hoping you get an offer (and soon).

Are you ok with moving?

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HAPPYNOW26 10/22/2011 12:50PM

    This sounds like an adventure, just the interview itself! Wishing you all the best. Must feel great to be "recruited"!!! emoticon

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FITGIRL15 10/22/2011 11:24AM

    I'm glad you feel very optimistic about this opportunity!!! I hope it works out!
I can't imagine waiting 3 months for a job offer though :( Hope you have some patience too! :0)

It will be worth the wait!!!

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MYTURN11 10/22/2011 11:07AM

    Congratulations on the interview ~ sounds like an awesome position ~ one that you would enjoy.

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SNOWHIT 10/22/2011 10:53AM

    Congratulations on a great interview!

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Looking Forward, Not Back

Monday, October 17, 2011

This past weekend, I worked on putting the past behind me. I have a new future ahead of me. Just like any bad relationship, it's best not to dwell. Mourn, but pick yourself up and move forward. Staying in the past prevents you from looking forward. It's not always a bad thing. Ending a bad situation in which you aren't happy and thriving, whether personal or job, means you get a blank slate. All disappointments and what could have been, or should have been, are over. You get to start new. And make it better than ever.

So that is exactly what I did this past weekend. I got myself a new haircut, and new interview clothes. Since I've lost a lot of weight, I will need a whole new career outfit. That will come later, once I have a new job in hand. For now, I need to focus on getting that brand spanking new job!

I'm still waiting on confirmation on my itinerary. I was supposed to hear from them on Friday, but didn't. So to be honest, I'm a little anxious. There's really nothing I can do but be patient.

I'm not a girly girl by any means, but nothing lifts a girl's spirits like a new haircut. Feeling like you're looking your best is a wonderful confidence booster. Others feel you radiate.

With a calm mind, I was able to come up with how I'm going to explain this situation to my potential new employer, if it comes up. As someone who has been on the interviewer side, I know what I look for in recruits. Always, always be upbeat and positive. Your resume and skills are what got you to the interview. What gets you the offer is if the people you talk to like you. The secret to being a great interviewee is to know that the interviewer is actually rooting for you. They want to like you, and they want you to do well. They need someone to fill the position, and they are hoping it's going to be you. They want to know if you are going to be someone they enjoy working with. And of course, be able to do the job.

I've mentally prepared on how to spin this situation in a positive light. I'm going to say something to the effect of, "I started interviewing with you before I knew that my contract was ending, so I think this is really good timing. If I get the job, then I don't have to worry about how I am going to transition my work, and if I'm going to leave my lead in a bind. That is now already being taken care of."

I was hoping to get the new offer before this happened (remember, I suspected it was going to happen anyway) as it puts me in a stronger negotiating position, but I just have to roll with it now.

Here is the interview clothes I've chosen. I'm not planning to wear a suit because I think that says 'executive'. It is better to dress like I fit in. I want to project to my potential new coworkers that I am already on the team, ready to work. Solid business casual.

Makeup will be light, clean, and professional. I think I'll wear my glasses so it says, "Smart". :) And here's my new hair.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/22/2011 10:50AM

    I'll be you'll get the job. Good luck and best wishes.

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ANDREA409 10/22/2011 9:23AM

    You look fantastic. And with your intelligence, you'll blow 'em away!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/19/2011 2:30PM

    Looks great!

If I had $$ I'd hire you!

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MYLADY4 10/19/2011 11:00AM

    Good job on the outfit and I agree that a blazer would look nice with it to.

Good luck and knock their socks off and I hope the give you an offer right then and there. emoticon

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BTVMADS 10/19/2011 7:28AM

    Anyone who says that interview clothes don't matter is either blind or competing for your position.

The haircut looks fabulous, which is exactly how I'm sure you'll feel when you interview. Good luck!!

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KAKIPOPUP 10/19/2011 3:06AM

    Good luck .... or good skill! Hope it all goes well and you get the offer if you want it - emoticon

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 10/18/2011 10:25PM

    Love the hair! You have made such amazing positive changes to your life - this interview will be a breeze. Can't wait to hear about it!!

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VHALKYRIE 10/18/2011 10:01PM

    Thanks everyone! I've got my itinerary and we are a go! One change I did make is I decided to get a blazer after all. Apparently I will be meeting with some directors - ack.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/18/2011 9:52PM

    great look, luv your hair

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KELPIE57 10/18/2011 3:21PM

    Fingers and toes crossed

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BILL60 10/18/2011 7:21AM

    The very best of luck to you.

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MKPRINCESS007 10/17/2011 5:46PM

    Totally love the look! You look smart, savvy, professional and ready to conquer the world. Best of luck!!!!!!!!!


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SEDGEY 10/17/2011 3:27PM

    Hired! ;)

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FITGIRL15 10/17/2011 12:55PM

    I agree, what you wear definitely sets the tone for the interview! You look very professional and educated in that outfit, hair, glasses! I am sure your interview will go very well!

I hope they contact you soon with your itinerary... the waiting game is no fun!

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NAYPOOIE 10/17/2011 12:44PM

    I've always heard you should dress for the job you're seeking. Good call on the glasses, they always make me think "intelligent".

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/17/2011 12:17PM

    I'm in the same situation as far as on job ending, but still interviewing to find a new job. It sounds like you really have it together and your new hair looks great. Good luck on the interview!

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