Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rolling with the Punches

Has it really been a week since I blogged? I guess I really have been as busy as I have felt. 
Just moments after blogging about "living on the edge of rejection," the phone started ringing. In a sudden whirlwind I booked FIVE job interviews (some in person, some on the phone) back to back. Knowing that potential employers may be looking me up online, I won't go into how I felt about the interviews. I'll just say some felt good, some felt meh, one felt wrong. 

Overall, having been through this process before, I decided to look at this as my practice round. I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. I noticed in my interviews I was doing something I consider to be a mistake in all of them. I need to work on that. And I noticed a few questions I needed to work on my answers to. My work history is not my favor (but my skills are), and I need to find a better way to favorably answer those questions. (Hey, I work in marketing and PR, knowing how to spin to the positive is expected!) 

I also noticed something else about myself- I need more practice socializing. I have mentioned many times before on this blog how I live in near seclusion. I can go for days without a real, in-person conversation beyond ordering a Dr Pepper at the drive-thru. I notice when I am thrown into social situations after days of seclusion, that I get a little too revved up, and it takes me a few minutes to get comfortable. (I have a lot of things pent up inside me ready to explode out and talk about!) And of course, job interviews aren't exactly comfortable to start with! I am glad I have friends coming to visit this weekend. It will help me get re-socialized with professionals. I also think I will start to make an effort to put myself in a social situation (go to lunch, visit a friend, etc.) before interviews.

I am also giving a lot of thought to interview coaching. I have somehow always been very blessed and lucky to be able to get interviews. I just don't seem to get a lot of job offers! Logic tells me I need to work on my interview skills. Obviously I am doing something right to get my foot in the door, and I need to work on being invited to stay inside that door! (I'm looking for places I can afford to get such coaching, and not coming up with much so far!)

As I write this I am watching "House Hunters" on HGTV. (Told you I have become obsessed with HGTV!) A young couple is looking for a house in Arlington, VA. It is fun to see people house hunting in my hometown, but it is also reminding me just how hard it is going to be to find housing for myself in the DC area. Small, tiny houses with ancient appliances (but always with one crazy nice upgrade), for insanely high prices. (I also cannot figure out how this young couple can possibly afford a $700K house!) Maybe I need to put myself on Apartment Hunters if I am ever going to find something I like, can afford, works for a commute, and accepts my awesome big dog? 

Or maybe I should focus on getting a job first!

That reminds me! (Attention: potential employers- do not take the next paragraph too seriously. Especially if you are not a DC native.) I interviewed for 3 jobs in Maryland. For this native Northern Virginian, that's tough. I could work in Maryland, sure. But LIVE in Maryland? I would feel like some sort of traitor! I don't think I could do it. (And all 3 jobs would mean live in Maryland, or put up with the worst commute in history.) I am a [northern] Virginia girl. Always have been, always will be. 

Don't get me wrong though, I wouldn't turn down a good job just because it is in Maryland. I just might have to ask them to please relocate their company headquarters to a better state, that's all. 

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  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Erin, I wonder if there is a Toastmaster's club near you. They are all about public speaking which you probably don't need, but they are fine people and good for socializing.


  2. Anonymous12:57 PM

    sorry for the late notice, but i'm watching this video and i think you may find it helpful as well:


  3. You, my dear, need to get out of DC and into LA...where they do not care that you've job hopped, had an inconsistent work history or actually believe in writing for a living...and where they actually appreciate your obsession for TV shows (seriously, everyone there watches way more than you and even way more than me!). Have you ever considered working in social media for a TV show?

  4. Anonymous10:52 AM

    As a native Northern Virginia girl myself, I wouldn't think badly of you if you lived in Maryland. Not at all! You would be traitor and I would question your sanity - but I would never think badly of you!! (And I would have to start thinking of you as one of 'those people'!!) But, hey, if you don't care what people think of you - go for it!!


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