Thursday, July 7, 2011

Working Girl

working_girl3-thumb-600x3361You guys…I got a job. I’m really proud of myself actually. I had a lot of motivational talks from my husband and mother-in-law which helped so much. I really can’t thank them enough. Also – thanks to everyone that helped pick out my interview outfit and to all of the readers that have wished me luck!

I haven’t worked for about two years now and it was really hard for me to get back into it. I didn’t realise how hard change is for me until the night before the interview. It meant a new place and maybe even a house, finally learning how to drive on the other side of the road, routine, growing up for real and finally settling in England. These are all good things and I don’t know why I kept myself from them for so long.

For those of you that are struggling to find a job, I know how sucky it is and how low it can make you feel. Keep trying and stay positive. And for those of you that hate interviews…revise revise revise. They are pretty scary to me so you are not alone.

Ask a friend or someone you feel comfortable with to do mock interviews with you over and over again. Mix the questions up and have your answers in front of you just so you can go back and wont feel stuck. I even brought them in a an organized binder to the interview. I had them right on my lap but just in case. Fortunately I didn’t even glance at them but it was nice to know they were there and the person or people interviewing you will appreciate that you came prepared. My Mother-in-law also told me to breathe deeply to ease anxiety. She gave me a little glass pebble, said it was confidence and to keep it in my pocket. After the interview I realised I had forgotten to bring it with me but after all of the positive thoughts, pep talks and preparation I guess I had it all along.

So I know it’s about damn time but for some people it takes longer than others. Anyone have any good tips on how to prepare for an interview or to get your confidence back after not working for so long?

5 comments:

Mr Sheen said...

Congratulations on the job Katie!!! What will you be doing and when do you start! It's hard going back to work after a while (I didn't quite go two years, but a fair few months), it's weird at first waking up to an alarm again and you'll feel tired at the end of each day, but that'll pass and soon it'l just be the usual! All the best with it, miss you guys so much!

Lara said...

Congrats! This is wonderful news!
My bf was unemployed for a year. It was pretty rough. I think you really have to look for a job like it is your job and accept that 9 out of 10 people won't get back in touch with you. Also, apply for everything! If you have to pay the bills, you have to put your ego aside. You can still look for a better job while you have a crappy one. A lot of people I know have gotten jobs outside their field and they love them!

Best of luck to you! This is pretty exciting!

anna and the ring said...

Eeek! It is wonderful news! Does that mean I won't ever get to see you!!

toytulip said...

Hey! first, congratulations on your job! whatever it is, I hope it brings you satisfaction!

I just stumbled upon your blog and as i was reading I couldn't believe how well you described the feeling. I am in the same situation, moved to a new country 2 years ago and now I find it extremely difficult to adjust to a normal working life... I just find the idea of having interviews in a foreign language(!) so scary, I don't even know exactly why... anyways, it gives me a little bit of comfort knowing that i am not the only one going trough this... :)

Liv Lundelius said...

yayay! congrats on the job!! so excting.
i think you will love the change.
changes are always a bit scary but great in the end. are you moving as well?