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Finally got a job offer!

One week after the interview, I was offered the job!

So happy!
I feel bad. I have neglected posting in here for a while, but in all fairness, I have been dealing with stress and depression trying to find jobs, job leads, and just continued to send job applications like crazy. But it finally happened – I was offered a job!

My application was done late February or early March (i can’t even remember because it was that long ago for me), and after a month of applying to it, I figured I didn’t have a shot. When I finally got an email invitation for an interview, I was certainly surprised that I heard back from them two months after I applied. (And then I realized with all the interviews I previously got, the average waiting time for me from application to interview invitation was 2 months.)

I believe all the failed interviews I’ve had, preparation, and really pushing my confidence out of its teeny tiny shell helped me in presenting myself during that interview. Upwardly Global has been a huge help, and their training videos definitely assisted me in preparing for the job interview. Additionally, they will assign you an adviser who will call you from time to time, review your resume and basically help out an immigrant who’s having a hard time presenting themselves as a job seeker in the US job market. (I’ll review my experience with Upwardly Global probably in my next blog post.) Besides that, my husband and I also attended a career resume-building workshop and, again continued to find job leads.

The interview went for an hour, where they asked their typical questions, I showed my genuine interest of working with them (as I have worked in an educational institution back in the Philippines too and enjoyed it), showed them a previous video work sample, made them laugh, and asked them questions as well. It was an interview I really did enjoy. What made me think that I wouldn’t get the job was that my previous job experience and what they are looking for aren’t exactly a match, but the basics are both the same. It was a week of waiting and li’l ol’ me was getting pessimistic about the whole thing again and my husband was very understanding and loving and we never stopped praying.

I cried when I heard the words when they called Monday morning. As much as I didn’t want to make myself feel like my work gives me a status or provides me a safety net, being unemployed really felt like I was lower than low. And with something positive to look forward to now, I can’t wait to start saving up, move out, find an apartment (my in-laws have been so understanding and patient with us for letting us live with them since I immigrated) and help my husband with his project and get his novel published, and of course, visit my family in the Philippines in a couple of years or so. We also plan to move out closer to my work place, because it just won’t work with my husband (I still am trying to learn how to drive, or at least be confident enough on the road) driving me to and fro from his parent’s house to work for 40 minutes. I’m looking forward to apartment hunting now!

I’m excited, and scared; scared of starting a job in less than two weeks and I feel like I won’t be able to function properly because of my nervousness. I’m excited as well, because finally, my husband and I can finally start a new path.

 

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I survived my first job interview in the US!

Surviving my first US job interview – and I feel like I really didn’t do my best

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You know that feeling of how calm your state and being is after an interview? It never lasts long, because you suddenly think of how bad you did at the interview? I still feel it. Three hours after the interview I still feel it. I feel like I didn’t do my best. I had two interviews today (one was from my application which I created a web-based cover letter for, and the other one was through my father-in-law)

The first interview was nerve-wracking for me. She was very nice though. The interview started off well. We broke the ice by talking about the weather. And then the questions started coming in. I can’t list them all because there were a lot, but I knew she wanted to get to know how I was as a professional, how I deal with work and be creative, about social media management, etc. All of which I answered but it just feels like all the things I said were not the complete answers I wanted to say. Nerves would overcome me and I would choke on  my word, or stutter, or my mind will just go blank. I did try my best, but I really wished that I did better.

The second was went well too. It was more casual, laid back. The only down side was, it was a job I don’t have any experience in, and she did say there’s no career advancement since it is a small company. If it doesn’t work well with the first interview I went to, this is an option for me as well. If it doesn’t work for either, I would just have to keep trying and finding.

I would say I am more nervous and excited in a way with the first one. However, the second one as this work aura that I am comfortable in (definitely reminded me of my previous workplace which was good since I liked the laid back days we would have after our busy months.)

Sending thank you notes after the interview

I  must admit, this is a practice that I never did back in the Philippines. A few might have done it, but it’s never a popular practice. And after reading articles online, it seems like it’s something you shouldn’t forget to do. And I did send my thank you notes. I am looking forward to their messages telling me whether or not I get to do the next step of the hiring process or if I didn’t make the cut.

I’ll know if I do or don’t by tomorrow or by the end of next week.

Creative Cover Letter for a Job Application

Cover Letter idea – creative, unique, out-of-the-box

Creative Cover Letter for a Job Application

My third attempt at creating a non-traditional cover letter, this time for my application in Kansas City Zoo.

My third attempt at creating a non-traditional cover letter, this time for my application in Kansas City Zoo.

Being creative and standing out from the rest when you’re applying for a job with a non-traditional cover letter

Well, I found another job I got interested in applying for. It’s a position in the Kansas City Zoo, and looking through the qualifications they want, I do fit 75%-80% of it. What scared me is that it is a managerial position, and I’ve never had an experience in managerial level (not counting the fact that I was about to be promoted in my last job as Senior Video Editor, but I had to immigrate to the US so it never officially happened.) I’ve been seeing the job position since December of last year but never really bothered because I think I am way too under qualified. It’s January and I still see the position open, so hey, why not? I know I will only regret it more if I didn’t even try at least.

There was this online article I’ve read titled Why You Should Still Apply to a Job Even If You Don’t Meet the Exact Job Requirements and the article said:

“Don’t let a job listing’s list of criteria intimidate you. The list of requirements are more a wish list for the ideal candidate and may not need to be taken so literally, advises the Daily Muse… The worse thing that can happen if you apply and aren’t a good fit is not getting an interview or the job. If you don’t apply? You definitely won’t.”

And so that’s what I did; tossed my fears into the wind yet again and just went for it. As always, since I don’t have any other software on the laptop I’m using (because it is not mine and I just feel that I’m a mean person if I try installing video editing and/or graphic software), I relied on Wix again to help me create an exclusive webpage for my web-based cover letter. So far,  out of the three unique cover letters I have created, I have only heard back from one (with which the HR said they voted for the job position to be closed and opened another one – and this new job opening made me feel like I can’t do the job responsibilities it listed down. Actually, it was just that one responsibility which I feel that I will fail at. And so I haven’t really applied to that new job they suggested to me.)

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, people. I hope I hear from the other two sometime next month. I do not like being unemployed, more so if it’s hitting the sixth month mark.