Job Interview

I had a job interview this morning.  I don’t know if I will get it or not, but I do feel like no matter what, it was fate/good luck that led me here.

I am part of a career networking group that meets weekly.  There is time for networking and there is time for a speaker.  Some weeks are good, some weeks are bad (and I leave early).  This week (yesterday) I was excited about the topic because the nonprofit small group was putting it on.  During my time off I have definitely rediscovered my passion for volunteer work and community service.  For the speaking program there were 5 people who came to talk about their nonprofit organizations.  Mostly they were discussing the benefits of volunteering as a form of networking and a way to feel accomplished while unemployed, but one woman briefly mentioned she was filling a staff member spot at her organization.  Several of the things she spoke about during her time really related with me (she went through a period of unemployment herself and said that at some points she was just so confused why people weren’t hiring her because she is smart and so capable).

So after the meeting was over I got up the courage to go talk to her.  I started by asking her questions about how she proved herself enough to someone for them to give her a chance in a different industry.  After she heard I had a sales background she started talking about her Volunteer Coordinator position she was filling and how important it was to have someone in that role with a positive attitude.  I felt like I really clicked with her during that time and thought “I have what it takes to do this!”  I emailed her immediately when I got home and we set up an interview for today. 

I met with her at 9:00.  The office is so nice and roomy.  We talked for only 45 minutes, but in that time I shared why I think I will be the best candidate, and she shared what the ideal candidate would be like.  She is has three candidates she is considering, one with Volunteer Coordinator experience.  I don’t know what the outcome will be, but she is supposed to let me know by Friday.

If I get the job than I will be so excited to feel like I am doing good in the community, but also to help others rediscover their own passion for volunteer work.  If I don’t get the job, I am thankful for the opportunity to practice my interview skills and open my eyes to another area to look for a career.  I am also thankful to have briefly met the woman I interviewed with because she seems like an amazing woman and a great role model for me professionally and spiritually.


My Experience with Layoffs

I have technically been through 3 layoffs in my short life as of today.

  1.  I was a nanny for a family in my old neighborhood.  The husband was a doctor, the wife a stay at home mom and one child.  This was an awesome summer job and I enjoyed what I was doing.  When the mother was about 6 months pregnant with her second child I was given “the talk”.  Turns out they were going to hire a full-time, live-in nanny and they didn’t have use for me anymore.  I was devastated.
  2. My first real layoff was with a large, Fortune 500, Pharmaceutical company.  I moved to this company from my first pharmaceutical position because I felt like there were so many different areas in which I could grow and expand my career.  I am blessed to have received the amazing sales training that they provided and pull from those lessons almost daily.  A little over a year into my career with the company there began to be rumors of a large layoff.  Unfortunately for me I never had a thought that this would affect me.  For some reason I thought I was immune until the night before the big conference call when I realized the phone number I had to call was the same as several other people who were afraid for their jobs.  In June 2009, I was one of the 1000 people nationwide that would be losing their job.  I wish I still had this job, because I do believe in the company and what they stood for.  Of course it sucks losing your job, but they took care of us the best way they could.  We were allowed to keep the company cars for 2 months, were paid for the same 2 months and then received severance on top of that.  I still keep in touch with several former co-workers and hope maybe someday I will be back here again. 
  3. I started a different pharmaceutical position and worked in the field for them a mere 8 weeks.   (Most companies say that it could take up to 6 months to truly determine your level of success.)  One morning out of the blue I got a call from my manager who said he needed to meet with me right away.  I thought this was really strange but agreed to meet him.  He promptly started asking me questions about work activity and specific dates and what I was doing on those days.  Was I working on those specific dates?  Yes, of course I was.  Did I have documentation about who I saw?  Not always, but this was my mistake I made and misunderstanding of what they wanted from me.  Was this worth getting fired for?  I don’t think so, how about a warning first or ask me what my activities consisted of.  Why couldn’t he bring this up and ask me to start documenting every office?  One conference call with my manager and HR lady, and several tears later, I was once again unemployed.  Several months later I found out that the company was downsizing and didn’t want to have to pay anyone severance so they were looking for any and every excuse to get rid of people.  Obviously I wish I still had a job, but it feels much better knowing that I could not have prevented what happened to me.  In the end it is a blessing in disguise because I don’t want to work for a company that doubts everything their employees do and don’t provide any loyalty.

Today my efforts consist of searching for a position to continue my career in Pharmaceutical Sales.  I believe that with my strong science background, and outgoing personality that I was made for this field.  The industry has been rapidly shrinking over the past few years, but I believe that there is a position out there waiting for me.  In the meantime I am networking like crazy.