Exactly two weeks ago, I wrote this:
67 applications, 10 interviews, 9 hours of testing, 3 rejections, and 2 offers later, I finally have a job.
Often discouraging and sometimes insulting, this job search has been a merciless test of my resolve and patience. Over the past five weeks, I’ve been judged, criticized, disrespected, manipulated, and lied to, but none of it matters anymore because after all of that, I’ve landed my first choice job.
After today’s final interview at that job, I was promised that good news would be delivered to me within the day. I had dinner in my neighborhood, talked to my best friend, and came home. Once I was in my apartment, all the tension dissolved and I cried. It had been so hard.
And then I stopped writing because I knew there was still a chance that I might not get the job. But I also knew the Vice President wouldn’t make such a promise lightly, so I kept my hopes up and stopped looking for more jobs (mostly out of sheer exhaustion, not confidence). I waited all afternoon and evening that day for the promised email, but 8 o’clock rolled around and it still hadn’t come and I had to leave for a date. Throughout the date, I checked my phone every time it vibrated. Still no email. I kept the above writing in my drafts and waited some more. A lot more.
I haven’t posted in a week because I’ve been busy with job interviews. A decision will be made in about two weeks, I think.
I’ve also been busy dealing with people, people who might become characters someday.
The past week has seen me taking a lot of risks and making both good and bad decisions, and the bad decisions have really taken a toll on me, so I’ve been taking it easy. Probably won’t be writing much next week.
On the drawing board:
- Profiles / caricatures of two characters
- Compiling and editing professional writing samples
It’s lunar new year weekend (happy new year!), and I find myself busier than ever. A job interview went fairly well this week, so I have to prepare a teaching demo for next week (the second stage of the recruitment process). The position doesn’t really appeal to me, but I still have to make this demo perfect. It’s a matter of pride.
So the following are in progress:
- Literature and Social Studies lesson demo
- Essay #25, inspired by recent events in my life
- An important cover letter
Since the last update, there has been a major glitch with #20 (the Korean text with images), so that is on hold for now. And poem #24 is on hold as well.
Also, my friends are ridiculous:
“Please give me something and then ask that I respond to it in such and such manner. I am reactionary.” – Computer Scientist / Artist
“A man could disappear staring into the blackness of your hair.” – Intellectual Pothead