we last left the 10 Job Challenge, I had identified
ten prospective job opportunities and gotten in
contact with each of them, sending each a resume,
or the required information requested in the job
description. Having received the Southampton
Press (the source of most of the jobs) late on a
Thursday, the resumes were sent out early Friday.
All that was left now was the waiting.
had assumed that some of the jobs would be more
responsive than others. I knew that there
would be few that wouldn't contact me at all. But
even with that thought, I felt that I was qualified
for every job within the challenge, so that if they
chose not to get in contact with me, it would be
sent out the resumes on Friday, I didn't expect
immedate responce, but I figured one or two people
who got the resume via fax or email would get in
contact with me. However, there was one I
didn't send a resume to, because I had to get in
contact with the company myself.
Air East (#3 of 10) worked out of the Gabreski Airport
in Westhampton Beach. It was one of the more
interesting jobs of the ten, so I actually got up
the nerve to call the contact for the job that morning,
as I waited for the other people to get in contact
with me. There was a little hesitation on
my part, as I knew that calling Malloy would mean
immedate contact and a likely interview on the spot.
Plus, they didn't know me from Adam, so I'd
have to try to explain myself over the phone to
"sell" myself in order to get that interview.
called up the contact from Malloy, and spoke to
a woman over the phone, who told me that she was
leaving soon (and had actually moved already), but
was flying in from North Carolina in order
to work and train her eventual replacement in the
meantime. This blew me away, because there
aren't too many companies, even working out of airports,
that are willing to fly in a bookkeeper (as the
description seemed to imply). They seemed
to care about their employees, at least. Either
that, or she was really really good. The
only real question she asked me was if I had bookkeeping
experience, which I technically didn't (outside
of two accounting classes and that I do my own taxes).
She didn't seem overly pleased by that, but
she scheduled me for an interview anyway. As
she said that she'd be gone for an extended weekend
(back to North Carolina) and wouldn't be back immedately,
she asked for an interview to take place in the
morning Thursday. I agreed, and boom, we're
one for one.
#3 - INTERVIEW
passes without another call, which was kind of depressing.
I mean, I understand that I had sent everything
that morning, but I had assumed that at least someone
would get back to me that day. That wasn't
the case, however, so I dealt with what I had, which
was one interview, and hoped Monday would be a little
weekend passed, and sure enough, the phone began
to ring on Monday. The first call I received
was from Hamptons Telephone (#4 of 10). Hamptons
Telephone seemed like a good company with a good
amount of opportunity when I first checked them
out, so I had good expectations for this one. After
a little bit of chit-chat, I secured an interview
for Wednesday morning, which meant two interviews
in two days. Had I really been slacking so
much with sending out resumes that all it took was
a little extra effort to get someone to notice?
We'll see, I guess.
#4 - INTERVIEW
much fun as sitting home all day to see who else
would call would be, I actually had to get out of
the house and run a few errands. However,
after returning to the car, I found a message on
my cell phone voice mail telling me to call back
American Teleconnect at my earliest opportunity.
Now I was really starting to question myself.
Here's another job, granted one that I wasn't
necessarily high on, but over a period of 24 hours
(from noon Friday to noon Monday, not counting the
weekend), I had already gotten three interviews.
I secured the interview with American Teleconnect
for Wednesday in the afternoon and went home, waiting
to see who else was beating down my door for an
#8 - INTERVIEW
I got home, I saw that the answering machine had
messages, but only one, and it turned out to be
from Teleconnect, whom I had already spoken to.
For the rest of the day, that sky high confidence
in myself and the questioning of my tenacity for
going after jobs began to fade away. The phone
went silent for the rest of the day, and I quickly
remembered why the job search frustrated me. I
was fine with waiting for a day or two for callbacks,
but I had a feeling that if I didn't get any calls
by Tuesday, I could pretty well assume what jobs
had an interest in me and which ones didn't.
came and went, and while I did get a phone call,
it wasn't one I was expecting. While waiting
for other inquiries from the rest of the Challenge,
I received a call from my old friend Patrick, from
Hildreths. Patrick originally interviewed
me for an earlier position with Hildreths Department
Store regarding a new inventory database they were
installing in the store. It was a very interesting
position, and I interviewed twice for it, and both
interviews went very well. Patrick himself
especially seemed pleased, and although I tried
not to get my hopes up for this job, I felt that
it'd take a lot for me not to get this job. Naturally,
I didn't get it. I shrugged it off to just
"my dumb luck" and went back into the
search, but the Hildreths experience was probably
one of the main things that caused this experiment
I speak of now.
Patrick gets in contact with me and asks me if I
would be interested in interviewing with the person
who actually got the job I interviewed for
and working on the project as well, working under
him. I've got pride, but I also really liked
the company and the people that worked there, and
you can't always get a comfortable work environment,
so I said that I'd give it a shot. Plus, I
was curious as to who the company (and not Patrick)
picked instead of me.
going into the interviews, the Challenge was going
at a 3/10 clip, which isn't exceptional, but it
is something. If you look at the types of
jobs that didn't contact me though, you have to
wonder reasoning. The Museum didn't call back,
nor did Pulver Gas, the Southampton Press, or the
security company. All these positions were
like administrative assistant positions, and part
of me would like to think that the reason that they
didn't call be back was that they felt that I was
overqualified for the position(s). But at
the same time, that could also be something I'm
telling myself to soothe my ego.
what happened in those four interviews? Who
called me back and who didn't? And did any
of them find out about the Challenge? Part
three comes up soon... I promise.