Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What's been going on around here...

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated, things have been pretty crazy around here, and mostly in a very good sense. It really is amazing how a couple of things can change everything around for the better, and the future is looking pretty great at the moment.

So lately:
* I got rejected for a job that I was feeling really good about. I had some great connections and everything, but it just didn't work out for me.
* Michael began his job with Lockheed Martin, and I couldn't be more proud of him. It seems slow for him right now, but he thinks it's going to pick up pretty soon, which is great.
* We have picked out an apartment that I love, and we move in August 11th, which is really soon!
* We have found a lot of great furniture at great prices to fill our apartment with.
* I had three job interviews last Wednesday. After the first one in the morning, I got a call to go back and see the head principal. When I went back that afternoon, I was offered a job! Starting next month I'll be teaching 6th grade English.
* My bridal shower is this Saturday, and then we are celebrating my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. It's going to be a great weekend. (one of my best friends is coming into town for the shower too, yay!)
* Now I'm just waiting for HR to call to confirm the job and everything, and have started packing up stuff to move.

That's about everything that's going on right about now, at least that I can think of. Hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


So, while this job search has definitely been stressful and frustrating, I had never thought about what could happen after the interviews. I know that sounds funny, but I was just so focused on getting the interviews to begin with and handling them professionally, that I did not think about the rejection that could possibly follow.

I had another interview on Tuesday, and it was with the school district that I would really like to work in, if I was given a choice. I was excited about it, because the principal had never even answered my email or anything, so I guess she was holding out, or one of my connections contacted her. I got prepared, and was feeling even better before this interview than my first one (understandable, I'm sure).

I felt like I had some great answers for their questions. I knew the sorts of things they were going to ask, and I was better prepared to answer those things. I know a lot of people write out their answers and things prior to interviews, but that doesn't work for me. I just stress about trying to remember what I wrote down, so instead I just go in and think through what they ask before answering. While the first principal I interviewed with was hard to read and told me he was impressed, I could not read this one at all.

Sometimes she seemed like she was incredibly pleased, and other times she seemed eager to get me out of her office. That wasn't too surprising, since the next interviewee was sitting outside her office waiting for us to finish. I guess she was not as impressed because Friday I got the call; she had given the job to someone else. That was all she said, aside from "thank you, goodbye."

I guess I was not prepared for those words. I knew that rejection was a reality, but I do not have much experience with it. Along with that, the whole job search has me so stressed and upset that I lost it. All my friends from school seem to be getting jobs already, and I've only had two interviews. I'm trying to stay positive, but it is not an easy task.

I still have no heard from the first principal I interviewed with. The position he told me might open up has, and he was supposed to contact me by the end of the week as well, but I have yet to hear anything. I would like to think that might be a good sign, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up. So, back to the drawing board I go in hopes of getting more interviews. Wish me luck!