The bad news is, I have applied to 41 jobs and have only had three interviews. The good news is, there were 41 writing jobs to apply to. And, I was a bit picky. So I could have applied to hundreds.
I have been temping at a really great company on a 2-3 week assignment. It has been my favorite temping experience yet, and the longest assignment which is great! I appreciate the consistency of it. I am getting a routine down again and it feels really good. The irony of the situation is that they are hiring someone for the permanent receptionist position, and they can’t hire me because I work with a staffing agency and they can’t afford the finder’s fee. So, because I’m with a staffing agency, I can’t get hired. Hmmm. At least I can work consistently for the next couple of weeks! I will take it.
I came back to New York fully charged and full of promise with a great job interview to look forward to… I still haven’t heard back from the interview after four weeks and three follow-up emails. The interview went well, and it seemed like an amazing place to work and an incredible learning experience with a major magazine to shine up the resume. There was a few weeks that I had zero temping jobs, and I was having a hard time emotionally. It was bitter cold, and hard to want to go outside, so I was sort of stuck inside of the apartment. I had a hard time in those weeks, but finally I’m in a better place.
I also had an awful interview last week for a receptionist position. The girl was rude and essentially tried to dissuade me from wanting to work there the whole time. It was a very disappointing experience and a waste of a $40 cab ride. (I was on my lunch break at my current job and had to take a cab to meet the time frame!) If I got hired there (which I sort of hope that I don’t) it would be so ironic-horrible interview, I get the job. Two great interviews and I don’t? I would probably take the job, but honestly, it seems like sort of a horrible place to work. Moving here has made me question everything. Do I interview well? Do I make a good first impression? Why aren’t people wanting to hire me?
I had a visitor from 303 Magazine come to Denver this weekend to cover the pre-game Super Bowl parties and I had so much fun showing him around. (He had never been to NYC before!) I just talked the poor guy’s ear off on the train, telling him the ins and outs of living here. It was really a fun to be on the other end of visitor/local spectrum. It made me so excited for my friends and family to make the trek out here. This city still excites me and I had a lot of New York moments this weekend that will give me nutrients to persevere through this slow discouraging time.
I guess I am feeling a bit somber today. But I am still happy to be here. And am thankful for so many things that are right in New York. I hope some exciting things are just on the horizon! (Photos to come!)