I think I’m going to stop creating clever headlines for this blog. If I end up job-seeking for weeks (or months — thinking worst-case scenario– it’s happened before), I’ll be spending more time thinking up decks than writing my entry. How practical or fun would that be? Not much.
Anyway, today was much better than yesterday. I was able to access my Webmail account right off the bat, and so I sent cover letters and resumes to several prospects that I gleaned off the Internet. To see the sources, see yesterday’s post. Like many blind posts, I probably will never hear anything about them, but if I don’t try, I’ll never get a follow-up.
My buddy at work, Pete Johnson, took me to another department and I got an interview for an admin role in the component engineering group. Having friends who are looking out for opportunities is the best!
Not that I’m truly the “admin” (in the sense of a maternal office manager) type; in fact, I told the manager that if the job involved making coffee, getting people to sign birthday or condolence cards, receiving pizza and flower deliveries, cleaning out the refrigerator, or bringing doughnuts, then I’m not the best candidate. (Actually, I didn’t use that many examples of what I’m not willing to do, but for dramatic effect, I am putting them down here.) I believe that organizations function much more smoothly when there are admins like that in place, and I have nothing but affection and respect for them. However, I’m not that kind of girl. (Ask my husband!) .
Anyway, the job opportunity here probably won’t lead anywhere, as much as I enjoy the people, and am willing and eager to try something new. Three earlier candidates have been approved to Human Resources, but the manager hasn’t heard anything about them yet. I didn’t inquire as to whether the candidates turned down the opportunity or whether HR hadn’t gotten C-Level budget approval to hire them. According to the manager who interviewed me, he doesn’t know, either; he made it sound as if the HR department is a black hole.
A recruiter called me this afternoon about the aircraft maintenance tech writer position that is everywhere on the Internet. He confirmed that the contract is with Northrop Grumman; I told him that I already submitted my resume to the NGC careers site, but hadn’t heard anything. He offered to poke around to see whether it would be worthwhile to try to slide my resume to the hiring manager through his firm. He said that he has direct access to the hiring manager, and that there are multiple openings coming up. If the company hasn’t been awarded the contract yet, it could be quite a while before anyone is hired. Regardless, I’m not holding my breath.
The day went much quicker for me just because I could accomplish something via email. And I didn’t need to face my greatest fear, which is cold-calling potential employers. Funny, when I was a vocational rehabilitation counselor, I had no difficulty doing that for my clients. But for myself, it’s very hard.
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