After three harrowing interviews, I was finally hired. The odd thing was, the interviews weren't technical. I didn't really have the right experience for the job I initially applied for, but they liked the effort that I'd put into studying their products, so a week later they called me and asked me if I'd be interested in an analyst position instead of an engineering position. It looked like they wrote up a job description that fit me perfectly. They still made me go through two more interviews and the questions were all based on personality.
I had to show proof of my degree and they checked every single one of my references, going back 20 years. They wanted references from managers and that was tough because my last manager has brain cancer, the one before that was laid off too and I lost track of him, so that left managers from 15 and 20 years ago. I had dinner with my friend/manager from 20 years ago tonight and she had great fun teasing me about all the lies she told. One question they asked was if I showed up reliably for work and didn't come up with crazy excuses. Back then I was right out of college and my car was constantly falling apart. One day the shifter even broke off. But I think the glowing references that I got really helped to seal the deal.
I had to take a huge pay cut, but I'm employed and working with some really nice people. I'm also the only woman in the department and the oldest at 57. The guys are incredibly helpful and my training is going really well. Everyone really wants me to succeed. It was worth it to take a pay cut.
After nearly 3 years of unemployment, I'd almost given up. If you are still unemployed, hang in there! Also, be prepared to back up everything on your resume and have good references.
Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.
There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."
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