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#1 of 6 Old 02-05-2013, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all! I am SO excited that I have an in person interview for a job that could be a fantastic fit for me. I had a phone interview today and did well enough that she wants to meet me, yay! Of course, after I hung up I thought of all the things I could have/should have said, lol. At least I'll get a chance, which is a nice benefit of the multi-interview process.

 

Anyway, I got my BS in Public Admin in 2008 and starting wohm full time in 2009. My jobs have been with the government and fairly short term, a bit over a year with the State Workforce Services, then I went to Federal employment and have worked at two different agencies, again, a bit over a year each. There was a chunk of time, 2000-2009, where I was mainly a sahm but did have a part time job as a Literacy Program Coodrinator and I also did professional foster parenting.

 

So, this job is a program coordinator for a non profit that provides counseling to children who have lost a parent. They also provide support groups for the families of the children. I was able to write a good enough cover letter to show that I've had the needed experience in working with children, the outreach/public affairs (did a ton while working for the State), I created and taught workshops, did lots of public speaking and presentations, etc. I've had course work in Child Development/Psychology as well as all the hands on experience with fostering. I think I relayed that fairly well in the phone interview.

 

Anyway, one of the questions she had was why my jobs were short, and I was honest (I'm just starting my career, there were stability issues with the State, etc). I told her that the real reason I am looking for a job, when I have a good job and great benefits, is that I want to be in my local community, and that I have absolutely no passion for my job (healthcare admin). I want a job where I am making more of a "hands on" difference in my own backyard, and one that is multi-faceted and will grow and change, which this job will do.

 

I am SO darn nervous because this job would be such a good fit, and I could finally stop commuting (one hour each way). It's exactly what I want to be doing; helping children and families, community outreach, fundraising, etc. I love all of that and I'm good at it! I am not so good at interviews. In fact, it has take a lot of bad interviews to get me competent, lol. And I'm used to government interviews, which for me have been totally different than this interview today. So advice, tips, energy?


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That sounds like a great job! Just focus on your strengths and wear something you feel really confident in, and do your best! I hope you get it!!
 


 
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Thank you!!! I wore something that looked good on me and was given to me by a wonderful woman, so I felt pretty good! It seemed to go really well, we talked for two hours. They are going to do second interviews for the top three, and will call next week. The job seems like a fantastic fit for me in terms of what I want to do, what I'm passionate about, and my skill set. It would also be SO great for me, as I'll be close to home and on a regular yet flexible schedule so I'll be home more (currently I work swing and commute an hour each way). I'm SO excited, this would be an actual career, not just a job.
 


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That sounds great! I doubt they would have spent two hours with you if they didn't really like you! Good luck--I hope you hear soon!
 


 
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Well I got the offer!!! Going to accept tomorrow and as long as my bad credit isn't an issue during the background check, I'll start in a few weeks. SO excited!


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That is so exciting!! joy.gif

 

 

Congratulations!

 

It does sound like a great job, plus as you said, you'll be closer to home, and PASSIONATE about what you are doing! Wa hoo!
 


 
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