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January 14, 2010

Unemployment Update

After a few weeks of pounding the superhighway pavement in search of a job, I was invited to a private ESL school for an interview. Finally! I was beginning to wonder if I was just that unattractive as a potential employee, since my phone hadn’t exactly been flooded with calls after sending out quite a few resumes.

I didn’t sleep well the night before, as I was busy going over answers to possible questions in my mind. I hate interviews; I always feel like I’m saying too much, saying the wrong things, or saying too many wrong things. I tried to decide what to wear (changed my ind a few times) and made sure I knew where I was going. I didn’t want anything to interfere with me doing as well as possible in this interview.

I got there nice and early, and even had time to window-shop in a nearby Le Chateau before heading on up. Cold from the subway ride (ok, and from stress) I was tempted to grab a cup of tea from the coffee shop on the first floor, but I decided I probably didn’t need the caffeine and I definitely didn’t need to end up wanting the bathroom halfway through an interview. I did a last-minute hair-check, took a few deep breaths, and took myself up the elevator to the school.

I’m not usually so nervous about job interviews, but having experienced unemployment a couple of times since the recession began, I knew the full weight of this interview. We’re not living in a time where jobs are plentiful; they are scarce, and teachers are fighting tooth and nail for even supply, let alone full-time gigs. This was an important interview.

My first impression of the school was that it looked like a very fun place to work. Bright colours and cheerful posters adorned the walls, and comfortable furniture decorated the lobby area. My interviewer was amazing; just as chatty, laid-back and relaxed as I tend to be, and we hit it off immediately. I found my stress melting away, and actually enjoyed our meeting. I walked out of the interview feeling that, if nothing else, every interview is another experience, which in itself is not a waste.

In the end, I’m very glad to say, I was offered the job and will begin toward the end of next week. While I have spent the afternoon and evening being giddy and doing victory dances in the livingroom, I’m not quick to forget the stress I have been through during the job search. To the rest of the unemployed out there, I feel your pain and I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to have bills hanging over your head and to not know where the money is going to come from. Be brave, chin up, keep applying to everything and anything that’s out there. Something will come along, even when you think your life is over. I hope things begin looking up for everyone out there, as soon as possible. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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