I’m not going to apologize for having yet another Camaro picture in this blog this week. I love having a variety of cats featured but what am I supposed to do when she does things like crawl into my headboard cabinet and look like this:
She has long loved climbing into little enclosed spaces but this is a new favorite of hers. When she was a kitten, she was always trying to get into the lowest kitchen cabinets whenever we opened them. Sometimes, we didn’t realized that she made it in and we’d look all over for her before realizing. Now, she’s very old and I guess what they say about old people reverting to childhood is true for cats, too. To a degree.
Yesterday afternoon, I was shocked to receive an interview offer for later today (there were a number of time options given, to which I obviously said “Literally whenever, I am entirely at your disposal, please hire me” and they went for the option less than 24 hours later). Which is fine, I had no plans today so I’ll be happy to get it out of the way and maybe hear back from them that much sooner.
I was shocked, though, because it was a position I really definitely did not expect to hear back about. I applied to four jobs at this organization last week (also shocked because what a quick turnaround after applying) and this one was decidedly the one I am least qualified for. I mean, I think I’m plenty qualified for it but my resume doesn’t exactly scream THIS IS THE POSITION FOR ME, if you know what I mean. According to their desired and required qualifications. But I’m plenty happy to have the interview regardless.
Sometimes, in my job search, I dismiss openings because, even if I think I could do it, I’m so far outside their required qualifications that my applying just seems like a waste of time for me and for them. Usually, though, I apply anyway if it’s something that appeals at least a little. Particularly if it’s at an institution I’ve already applied to and with a system that makes it easier to apply to multiple jobs after completing an initial profile or whatever.
Last week, for example, I applied to four jobs at UW, four at this interviewing organization, and three at another organization. Because they all made it very easy for me. For which I am very grateful. Given the state of technology and things right now, I cannot express to you how frustrating it can be applying at certain places that don’t seem to make the least effort to make their applications reasonable or simple.
Anyway, I’m very grateful for the recent trend in more interviews for me because the years-long trend of not hiring me has also continued. I had an interview a couple weeks ago and received their rejection earlier this week. And, when I followed up asking for any feedback or advice or anything, they said that my interview was great and they really liked me and that was it. Nice to hear but, you know, not helpful at all. More experience needed. Not something I can do a whole lot about if no one hires me, even for entry level positions (where they hire the person with more experience).
As long as interviews keep happening, though, I can at least browse apartments in various places and dream. And as long as people keep telling me that I interview well, I can resist being crushed by more rejections. Mostly. I’m alright.
I’ve also finally gotten some important things off of my old laptop and asked it to reset and it’s been at 99% complete for like four straight days now. If anyone has any tips on that beyond what googling can offer, I’m all ears. I mean, it’s a very slow computer, that’s why I got a new one a few years ago, but it got up to 99% in only like six hours so.
The tail end of this week is another heat wave here, though thankfully not as merciless as the one in June. Global warming is the worst, can confirm. To close out this post, I just want to take a moment to encourage my readers to do what they can personally to shrink the size of their environmental footprint and also to use whatever political processes are available to you to help make change happen on a larger scale.
I just really want you voting with the environment in mind. Remember, without an environment, there aren’t any other politics. So probably we should try to protect that first and then talk about other issues. Also, please vote. The recent primary/vote here in Washington had incredibly low turnout. But those things matter, school boards matter, fire districts matter.