I realized there is beauty even in the dark when I found this image of the aurora borealis or Northern lights. A good thing for me to keep in mind while energy is low.
Discouragement. Majorly discouraged about job hunting. It seems pretty likely now that I did not get the contract I interviewed for.
The interview was not terrible. The interviewer was personable and talkative, and actually knew the project he was hiring for, which is not a given at all. One problem I ran into was that the job description I had did not match the actual project he is hiring for. The project was documenting some database functionality for developers, so they could build a new one incorporating all the existing functions.
But the job description was very generic – looking for plain language, ability to write to different audiences, both online and print – it sounded like I was writing for end-user employees. So I brought as a sample my work for end-users. This is the kind of work I usually do. However I have also written for system administrators, so if I’d known, at least I’d have brought in the right samples.
I did feel comfortable in my suit – a small but important point.
I think I actually came across as someone with good social skills but not enough technical skills. In fact, it’s usually the opposite – I don’t have trouble figuring out the technology – it’s the people skills that sometimes pose a problem for me.
Well, it’s only one interview and I should not be discouraged. You never know with interviews.
This morning I went to the library and worked more on the system in my book, Get Hired Now. I downloaded the worksheets and started filling them out.
One goal of having this system is to have a concrete plan for each day’s job search. That’s a good idea for me, as I try a little of this, a little of that and then give up, unfortunately.
The book says you should focus on just a few areas of job searching at a time, and keep pursuing these areas for 28 days before changing the plan. Then you get results because of ‘persistence effect’. Voodoo magic – but the authors claim they have seen it work over and over again.
You choose from various menus and sub-menus of activities to plan your month. I charged ahead, but ended up misreading something and completing the sheet incorrectly. At which point I gave up in frustration.
No, actually, I’m just taking a breather and will return to it tomorrow.
My area of effort is ‘Generating contacts and leads’ and part of that is attending events, like I did on the weekend.
In other news, I learned a sad thing yesterday. My former psychiatrist passed away. I tried to get a prescription renewed, and his phone had been disconnected, so I looked him up and he had passed away. I don’t think he was even 60.
Even though I was angry with him and he did misdiagnose me, I know he was trying to help. I did have many appointments with him about nine years ago, and got to know him well.
May he rest in peace.
So now I will need to be med free, unless I find another psych. I don’t take a lot of medication, only a small amount in emergencies, but it’s awfully helpful when I need it.