In my last post, I first mentioned how I thought if the first few days of 2014 were any indication of this year, than its going to be great. At the time, I had semi-hopeful news, but I didn’t want to jinx anything. so that’s all I lead on about. But here’s the story. Well, back story first.
Back in August, I posted this picture on Instagram:
With the caption, “On Wednesdays, we wear hot pink skirts to job interviews”. (Take on a Mean Girls Quote.) That day, I had an interview for a media relations position at Software Advice, this really cool company that…you guessed it, advises companies on which software is best for their needs. I initially had a phone interview with them, but this was the second step in the process: in-person interview. I was really nervous, but thought the interview had gone well. After the interview, I posted this picture on Instagram:
With the caption, “Next door to where I interviewed today. Hopefully a good sign?” Because I mean, honestly, a) there’s a Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin and b) it was next door to this awesome job. That definitely got my hopes up. Well, fast forward to the following Monday, and the HR woman I had been in touch (Bethany) with called to tell me the results. She said the 2 managers I had met with really enjoyed meeting me and were impressed with me…but they had decided to go with someone with some more actual real-life PR experience. She also said that since they enjoyed meeting me and all, they were going to keep my information on file in case anything came up in the future. It was nice to hear all that, but I honestly thought it was just some HR bull. However, I should have known it wasn’t, because in my experience applying for jobs and even getting interviews here, I have never received a call from a HR rep to let me know I didn’t get the job. I’ve either NEVER heard back, or got an automated email saying I didn’t get it, or in one case got a snail mail letter saying I didn’t get. Thanks. Even places (well, it was really just one) that brought me in TWICE and never. told. me. anything. I don’t get that. If you have me come in twice, you better have the decency to call me to tell me I didn’t get it so I’m not just waiting around twiddling my thumbs. However, all that frustration has melted away.
On January 3rd, I got a call from Bethany, asking if I was still looking for a position. She said Software Advice was expanding more and was looking for more raw talent than before, and the two managers I had met with before thought of me. So of course I agreed to coming in for another interview! It was originally for a follow-up interview, but when she emailed me the details, it turns out that wanted to bring me in for a more detailed interview. The idea was to do a ‘day in the life’ type thing where I shadow two employees there on the team to see what they do on a daily basis. I freaked out, but was so excited. Long story short, I came in, even met with the CEO (WHAT! I was so nervous), and then had two full days to mull over everything I said or didn’t and curse myself for the answers I gave.
But………..I found out Friday, the 10th, that I got the job. !!!!!!! I didn’t hear til nearly 6 pm, and I figured that was a bad sign. I had missed the call from Bethany and as I listened to the voicemail, I kept waiting for the “….but we’re going with someone else”. It never came. But an offer did. I immediately called Bethany back to let her know I got the message, and that I was so excited. And then I pretty much cried on the phone to my mom because I was so happy. Seeing this email has made me happier than one could expect:
Its been a tough 6 months, a humbling 6 months, but everything has led here. Those false hopes and frustrations and interviews that went nowhere…were for a reason. I appreciated everyone’s help in Austin who was willing to take my resume, pass it along to anyone they thought might help, set up interviews, or even just have a kind word when I was frustrated. It all meant so much to me. After dinner at my friend Josh’s apartment one night in early November, I had sort of been down about the whole ordeal and with the holidays coming up. When I got home, Josh texted me this picture:
It helped me refocus at the time, but now…I know its the truth. Five months after my initial interview, and now I have a job that I start tomorrow. I’m so incredibly excited and and nervous, but even more so: I’m ready. 2014 is going to be amazing.