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We have a job interview

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We’re sitting around the house preparing for our next job interview, which is tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

We’re planning not to be like the California job seeker who recently crashed her car through her prospective employer’s office window. We’re guessing she didn’t get the job. (Plus, we just paid off the WSFAU staff car’s loan last week. So we’d really, really hate to get into a car accident this week.)

We also need to think of interview questions and answers. Questions besides “When would I hear from you?” and answers besides “Yes,” “No,” and “Uh ….”

It’s been a few months since we’ve had a job interview. So we’re a little nervous.

How else have we been spending our time these last few weeks?

  • Applying ourselves, as another friend of ours said on Facebook today. Since we’re short on funds and long on time, we’ve been finding and applying for all sorts of jobs.
  • Going to Toastmasters meetings.
  • Going to unemployment support group meetings.
  • Spending time with our friends.
  • Trying to stay cool in this summer’s hot weather.
  • And preparing for our high school reunion this weekend. (I’m not going to say which year reunion it is, but it is one of the big even-numbered ones.)

My up-and-down week

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It’s been a busy week full of ups and downs.

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, I visited my stepmother. The visit went well, except for a few things:

  • I cracked a molar on some of her crispy — and delicious — homemade candy. Luckily, the tooth didn’t ache, and it still doesn’t hurt. But it sure felt funny at the time …
  • My stepmother’s MacBook’s screen is damaged and her Internet service was down, so I couldn’t show her my Mother’s Day blog entry.

On Monday, I had a job interview. Which went very well — no more cracked teeth or damaged laptop screens. 😉 Some signs that it went well:

  • I wasn’t nervous.
  • One of my interviewers took notes on a MacBook Pro.
  • Instead of just saying “Thank you for coming in” at the end, they said “Thank you for coming in” and suggested I walk around the downtown neighborhood (the interview was in another town) to get my bearings.

On Tuesday afternoon, after my trips back home, I started my car to go out and run a few errands. The speedometer/ information display flashed “Service Vehicle.” I consulted the owner’s manual — which said it could be anything. So I drove to the dealership. A short wait and $114 later, they said it was a loose wire. At least it happened Tuesday and not the days before.

Wednesday morning, I finally went to my dentist to see about my cracked tooth — and have my dentist see it. Thanks to modern technology, my dentist did show me the tooth — well, a very good photo of it. I don’t have a copy of it, and you don’t need to see it. I’ll just say he says, and I agree, the tooth now needs a crown.  And I’ll be eating soft foods for the next month or so until the crown’s finished.

Yesterday morning, I got up and drove to another appointment I thought I had. It was on May 13 — of last year. So I walked through the rain, went out to my car, started it up — and “Service Vehicle” flashed again. Back to the dealership. Some sensor was loose. At least they only charged me $20 more.

This morning, I woke up early and did something I’ve never done before. I knocked my glasses off the table on which they were sitting overnight. Luckily, I can — could — see clearly enough to find them.

It hasn’t just been a week of broken stuff. I saw my friends, went to my job hunting support group, and went to Toastmasters meetings this week, too.

Also, this week’s rains finally let up enough for me to get out yesterday afternoon for a successful afternoon of census-taking. Luckily, I haven’t (yet) had to take Ms. Blaferngar Blaferngar’s census:


So this morning I believe I’ve earned the right to say TGIF.

Random thoughts

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  • Where did our delightful spring weather go this morning? It’s cold, overcast, and even a little snowy. Could it be because it’s Opening Day in Detroit? 😉
  • Speaking of Opening Day, tomorrow is officially Ernie Harwell Day in Michigan! I’m not a big baseball fan, but my dad and brother often listened to his broadcasts of Tigers games on WJR and our hometown AM station. I remember plenty of warm summer nights listening to Harwell’s warm and wonderful voice. Summer just isn’t the same here without him.
  • My poor car was slightly rear-ended again yesterday afternoon as I was leaving a job fair on my alma mater’s campus. The student who hit me was very nice and polite about it. I’m not going to report it to my insurance company; you can barely see the mark on my (new) bumper. This time.
  • I woke up today thinking it was Saturday morning. Which wasn’t good — I have a Toastmasters meeting early tomorrow morning and other commitments today. Who says the unemployed aren’t busy?
  • I am really, really enjoying using my new MacBook. It just works in the ways that a personal computer should work. And I made sure to get Microsoft Office: Mac so I could open, use, write, and send all the Word and Excel documents I need to communicate with the rest of the world. My biggest question: How will I ever adapt to using PCs again when I finally go back to work? Or should I find a job working with Macs? 😉
  • They (“they” being economists and pundits) say the economy’s improving. As one of my underemployed friends once said, the recession’s not over until I get a full-time job, dammit! Well, he had an interview the other day ….

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Funny Job Interview Video

It’s YouTube video day here at WSFAU.

This is a YouTube video of a job interview. Listen carefully and you will hear this candidate shoot himself in the foot (although he obviously doesn’t think so).

Written by Joanne

November 18, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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What I’ve been doing lately

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It’s time (past time, really) I updated you on what I’ve been doing lately in my own personal unemployment land.

  • As I mentioned before, I’ve had a couple of first job interviews in the past week and a half. Now I’m waiting to see if I get second interviews (fingers crossed).
  • Earlier this week, I also interviewed for a part-time job at a department store. I should know by this afternoon whether or not I got it.
  • This morning at 10 a.m. I went to Ticketmaster.com and splurged on Springsteen tickets for Nov. 13 at The Palace. Although for me, seeing Bruce and the E Street Band in concert is more of an essential rather than a splurge.
  • Also, I read the book “Julie & Julia,” which was funny and inspiring. Still want to see the movie.

Written by Joanne

August 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

Celebrating in the streets ….

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One of the interviews I mentioned in my last post was this afternoon in Ann Arbor.

And when I got back home tonight, word had mysteriously spread amongst the people that my interview had gone well. There were classic cars in the streets, people walking along the streets, streets closed for block parties.

Yes, people were celebrating in the streets, all right.

Oh, all right, they were celebrating this.

Written by Joanne

August 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Some good news

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Just as I was spending another afternoon searching the Internet for jobs for which I’m overqualified (and for which I’d be underpaid), I found out two employers want to interview me. For jobs for which I’m qualified (and for which I’d be decently paid).

So now I’m happy.  🙂

Never mind that I now have to call MARVIN.

Written by Joanne

August 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm