It’s happening

Might as well blog about my job search as a continuation of the last post.

I’ve now been to 3 interviews, the most recent one was this morning and it was actually an observational interview based on my 1st interview. It’s at an event marketing company called Vision Enterprises.

Anywhoozers, I have a great feeling about this job and am pretty confident about being offered a position. I love that I’ll be working with a close group of people and that we’ll get to casually talk to all kinds of people while we fund raise. I think I’m pretty good at that cause I’ve had a lot of experience.

So, what have I learned so far?

1) When it comes to writing your resume, it’s ok to ask for opinions, but it’s largely subjective. Different people have different ideas about what should be included and how it should look like. Just keep in mind what YOU want and as long as it’s to the point and professional, then you’re good.

2) People will tell you to “apply for everything”, but you should at the very least apply to jobs you can see yourself working at. Don’t apply to jobs if you have no intention of working there or you don’t think you’ll like it at all. It totally ruins your attitude for the job and you might subconsciously set yourself up for failure.

3) CharityVillage.com is awesome! I can’t believe no one ever told me about this website. It’s basically a Monster.ca for social service and community jobs. I wasn’t able to find much on Monster, Workopolis, Craigslist, or the government website. If you’re interested in a career in working in the community and in social services, this is the place to go. I found a ton of relevant work listings here.

4) Be prepared for phone calls for interviews at all times. Even though I have a new phone and have been careful about my number, I still get telemarketers so I’m wary about numbers I don’t recognize. When you’re applying for jobs though, you have to expect every one of those unknown numbers to be a potential employer. So practice that “I’m awake” voice.

5) Because I know I’m applying for jobs and an interview can happen ANY DAY, I should’ve been more proactive in looking for interview-appropriate clothes. I was too picky and not gung-ho enough about it, so I ended up buying my entire outfit including shoes the night before an interview. I hate shoe shopping…Good thing I got the call around 2pm, so I had time to go to the mall. Imagine if that call came later! I would have been screwed.

6) Buying heels when you barely wear them? Break them in! Take the time to wear them around for a day or two to get used to the fit and the feel and give yourself enough time to return them if the size doesn’t turn out right. If you plan to do the latter, don’t buy items that are on FINAL SALE. You might regret it.

7) You can look up a list of common interview questions online and practice answers for those, but there are a few that have come up in every interview I’ve ever done. Practice harder on THOSE. For all the others, just half-expect them so you’re at least prepared.
-Why did you apply for this job at this company?
-Do you think you’ll be a good fit for this position?
-Do you work better independently or in a group? (the correct answer is BOTH)
-What are your strengths and weaknesses?
-Do you have any questions for me?

Depending on the position you’re applying for and your experience, they’ll ask you to describe a time when you’ve done exceptional work or solved a conflict.

8 ) When you’re waiting for your interview, just smile at the other employees when they look at you. I’m not sure why, but it makes me feel a little less nervous and it makes other people feel a little warmer towards me. I have always believed in the smile and do it a lot. At my first interview, I even chatted with the receptionist while waiting. I’m sure they got the idea that I was a friendly and nice person from that.

9) After your interview, don’t dwell on what happened too much. Instead of thinking what you think you did wrong, juts focus on what you can improve. It’ll help you prepare for your next interview. It’s how I learned to practice more on my answers and at my 2nd interview, everything went a lot better and I was a lot more confident.

That’s pretty much what I’ve learned so far. This may already be the end of my journey to get a full-time position…but we’ll see. I’m really excited and definitely need to get more comfortable shoes.

yuki

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6 Responses to It’s happening

  1. Anndrea says:

    Heard from our event planner than aerosoles are comfy – it has already a cushion inside. Try a pair on at the mall. It’s as close as you can get to orthopedic shoes.

  2. Anndrea says:

    Also, who says you have to wear heels. Feel free to wear flats. (although they hurt my feet so I’d rather wear low heels) So I have like 2.5″ to 3″ stuff at my desk. Some are even 2″. But yeah aerosoles.

    http://www.aerosoles.com/category1.asp?D=D0001&S=S0002&G=G1&C=C0010&N=0&pricestart=&priceend=&colorfamily=&heelheight=&sortby=&ShoeSize=

    Problem for me is that my other foot is slightly smaller than the other one so if one shoe fits perfectly, the other doesn’t. And those insoles and added things don’t help at all! So shoe shopping is a pain. My solution to this is to wear boots or stuff with straps. Or those booties.

    • Yuki says:

      Yeah, I had kind of the same problem with my feet, except it’s only a half size difference.

      I know I don’t have to wear heels, but I have to look good head to toe cause I’ll be in standing for everyone to see.

      I actually tried on a those ankle boots and it looked really cute. Probably going to get a pair of 1 inch heels. Going to need arch support insoles anyways. I was recently (FINALLY) told I have flat feet.

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