I actually had a real-live job interview last week, for the first time since the Nixon administration. OK, maybe it hasn’t been that long, but it sure feels like it.
I think it went very well. In fact, I have the same good feelings about the possibility of landing this job as I did way back in October 2008, when the wounds from my layoff were still fresh. I’m not sure this is a good thing, since I obviously didn’t get that job (I didn’t even get called back for a second interview, and I’d have bet a hefty sum that a second interview was a layup). But I guess it’s a good thing that this is only the second time in 16 months that I’ve really felt strongly about my candidacy for a position.
A former boss works at the company, although not for the same publication, and we got along great and worked very well together, so I hope that helps. The job focuses on my strong point (copy editing), and I just took a copy editing test for them and really feel like I nailed it.
I’ve learned from past experiences to not let my hopes rise, but we shall see. I know I deserve this job. Will I get it? Who knows?
Another good sign is that a lot of people I know who have been out of work, in a lot of different industries, seem to be landing jobs. This is good and, although I’d love to join them, I’m not bitter about it. OK, I’m a little jealous, but not in a malicious way. I would just like my turn to come. I think 16 months is a long enough wait.
However, I also know of a couple of people who were able to switch jobs and, while I obviously bear no ill will toward either of them, that’s a trend I don’t like hearing about. It didn’t affect me personally in either case, because I wouldn’t have been a candidate for either position. But with the country facing a 10% unemployment rate, was it really necessary to poach someone who was already gainfully employed with another company? Again, I have no hard feelings toward the people involved, but it still strikes me as blatantly unfair. And you’d think someone who has been out of work for a significant period of time would come hungrier and cheaper, but why start making sense now?
Wow, it’s really been 16 months, hasn’t it? Money flies when you’re having none.