After leaving my last job in early December, I spent a while enjoying unemployment and waiting to consult with the supported employment services about finding a new job. I finally met with an employment specialist there in late January, and it was a month later before she could get me into an appointment to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation funds to pay for her services. I continued working with her while waiting for an answer, and it took another two months to hear from Vocational Rehabilitation that I had been approved. They can’t see me until late May to finalize my Plan for Employment Services.
I’ve continued job hunting, mostly on my own but with some encouragement from the employment specialist, during this waiting process. I’ve applied for several jobs at the county hospital, the county health department, and the local Community Mental Health Center; this has resulted in four interviews so far. My first two interviews, for a position in Vital Records at the county health department and a position in Registration at the county hospital, went pretty badly. I felt like I bombed them, and accordingly I didn’t get either job.
I had another interview at the hospital, this time for a position in Central Supply. The interviewer told me I had all the experience that was needed. She commented on being able to use a particular skill I have. She wrote down my scheduling conflicts and took me on a tour of the hospital. I walked out of the building and squealed with excitement. I’d never felt confident after an interview before, and I was very disappointed a few days later when I should have received an answer and she never called.
However, in the meantime I got called for an interview for a position at Community Mental Health Center, in the Accounting department. I had less confidence about them finding me qualified, but this is the job I really wanted, with the employer I really wanted. I had that interview yesterday. I did not squeal when I left, but I also don’t feel that I bombed the interview. Since leaving, however, I’ve become increasingly excited about the prospects of this job. It is a new position which will require designing and implementing some procedures, and this is exactly the sort of work I’ve enjoyed most in my past employment. I keep thinking about filing systems and work schedules (they said it could be flexible) and how I would organize my office.
This is the first job that I’ve been truly excited about. The others which I’ve applied for, even the ones where I got interviewed, have merely been jobs I thought I could do, not ones which I really look forward to doing. I had to wait a month and a half between applying and getting the interview; I even sent a follow-up e-mail to let them know I was still interested. Now I’m waiting again, because they will be narrowing the candidate pool and having another interview with the staff member who makes the final hiring decision. I’m trying to balance brainstorming about the position to hopefully impress the interviewer against letting go and being patient about the process.