Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Job Hunt

After being informed in April that my position was in jeopardy, I came home and began working on my resume' and started looking for new employment options. Let me tell ya, the pickin's are slim!

I have over 10 years of administrative style experience, but I have no degree. Many of the positions I found wanted a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, plus experience. Some I would apply for anyway.

I had an interview the beginning of June for a receptionist/administrative role at an online company based here in the city I live in. And that was the last I heard of that position. The clue that I didn't make the cut was when I found the position advertised, again, three days after my interview. I was a little annoyed because I honestly thought I rocked the interview. Guess I was wrong.

But I kept looking. I put my resume' in to Monster and Career Builder. And I kept looking at Craigslist. In my opinion, Career Builder seems to have more opportunities listed. But both were turning into a bust. I also checked the websites for all the major organizations here in town that are the biggest employment centers for our city. Again, nothing.

Finally, three weeks ago (5 days after getting let go) I stumbled across an ad, on a newspaper site, that one of the many colleges here in California was hiring. I went to the HR section of their website, and they had quite a few positions available. I applied for a receptionist position at their local office and a position in their student accounts department at their main campus (a 45 minute drive). I got a call for an interview for both positions on the same day!

I had both interviews last week:  student accounts on Monday and receptionist on Friday. I think I did very well with them. I was told at the student accounts interview that it may be a couple weeks before I hear back because they were in the end of the year audit. Both positions require a three interview process:  the initial interview, an interview with the department director, then an interview with the university's president. (obviously, the pool of prospective employees gets smaller at each level)

Monday of this week I got a call to schedule my second interview for the receptionist position. I had that yesterday. I think I did well. In fact, one of the people that was in the interview on Friday was in the interview yesterday. As he walked me out he said I did well.

Of the two positions, I'd prefer the receptionist position. It's here in town and not far from the apartment. Job duty wise, either one I would feel comfortable in. I would just prefer to not drive an hour and a half each day. But, let's be honest here, I can't really be too picky right now, can I? LOL!

I'll keep you posted on how things go!

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