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Wow! I have not had an interview in years!!! I substitute teach right now and have for three years. Before that, I was sick and couldn't work and before that I had worked at a good job at the Virginia Employment Commission. That was my last interview!
I have decided to go back into office work because of my health. I still love substituting, but I am so tired all of the time, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I really think that working in an office environment will help my health a lot. I am having a small relapse (drs. are sure I have MS, but I don't have a medical dx yet) and I really need to put my health first and be smart about this. It was such a tough decision, but one of those that seem to be right because of circumstances.
I live in an area where pay isn't great, and there aren't a lot of jobs out there. The very day I decided I would like to possibly go back into an office, I saw a great job opening in Human Resources at the local Hospital. Just so works out that my ex-boss, and still dear friend, knows the Director of Human Resources personally, is friends with her, so he sent her a letter of recommendation that was just so sweet.
He is actually trying to get an opening in his office and if he does, I would be hired back there in a heart beat. But I have prayed about this, that whatever is in His plans for me, is what will happen. He knows much more than I do! I also prayed a lot this weekend that I wouldn't have a long wait for this because of some personal things, I really need to start this new chapter in my life as soon as possible.
I really wasn't expecting an interview this soon. Friday they called and told me they were still in the application process. That's when I started praying and now I have an interview scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00. It's for the Administrative Assistant in the Human Resources Department.
I would appreciate it SO very much if you all will pray for me and have good thoughts for me tomorrow at the time of my interview. Because of my MS, I sometimes have a very difficult time with my thought process and finding the words that I want to say, and getting them out the way I want to. Please send out vibes for me to be able to get my thoughts in order and out of my mouth! LOL!
Adena, if this is what you truly want, then I'll send my prayers your way.
But - I'm sure you know that stress can make you sicker, so, as you said, *BE SMART* - your health comes FIRST.
A funny side note - I got one of the best, and most fun jobs I ever had after an interview where I had gone in with an attitude (as in, who gives a cr@p.....I'm ashamed to say I went on this interview with a major hangover). I was SURE I'd never hear from those people again. The next day I was hired. It was the Louisiana Superdome, shortly after it had opened. I learned so much working there, the job had GREAT perks, and I loved my job AND the people I worked with.
So if you know in your heart that you can handle the hours and stress, then go for it!
Good luck sounds like a good opportunity for you!
Adena, I will be sure to pray for you tomorrow and I will be thinking good thoughts.
Just wondering how it went, Adena. If you're like me, you are feeling relieved that it's over.:-)
Hope it went okay!
Awww, thanks so much! Nicki, I am SO relieved it is over!
It was an HOUR AND A HALF interview! Yikes! But the Director of Human Resources, who interviewed me, and who also would be my supervisor, was so nice and very easy to feel comfortable with.
First thing, she gave me a laptop and a paper with a few sentences of information on it, and asked me to compose a letter with the given info.
Then she came in and asked me all of the lovely interview questions. She joked with me that after I finished the letter, she would come in and ask me all of those silly questions that no one ever even thinks about except during an interview...
It seems like a job I would love to have. I'd stay busy, but she said it is a very flexible office. She even went on to say that if I already have a vacation planned or anything that won't be a problem! If I get the job, that is. She said that you can acrue up to 154 (?) hours a year of paid leave which includes vacation time, personal days, and paid holidays. On top of that you also get paid medical leave, both long-term and short-term. Short term includes fewer than four days of illness. Long term, all the rest.
There are great benefit packages to choose from and a retirement plan. And it all starts right away. No 90 day waiting period or anything.
I really feel that the interview went very well, and I want to thank all of you who remembered me today. I felt a tremendous peace and calm during the interview that I couldn't believe!
She said she really wants to fill this position as soon as possible and hopefully it will be by the end of the week. So everyone keep me in your prayers and thoughts that if this is meant to be, I'll love it, and if it isn't meant to be, I'll find the understanding and acceptance that it isn't.
I'll keep you all updated!
If the leave is calculated on an 8 hour day, that is 19 paid days. But if it includes holidays, that is Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Memorial Day - 6 days right there, which takes it down to 12 paid days. That works out to 2 weeks paid leave plus two "personal" days, I would guess, and maybe early closing on the days before Christmas or Thanksgiving, to take in the extra couple of hours. That is still generous, given that paid short term medical leave is on top of that. I would guess that long term medical leave is covered at least partly by a short-term disability policy, which is a good thing to have. All in all, the benefits do sound generous. Crossing my fingers for you.
Sounds great!!! Crossing my fingers and toes for you too
Adena, it sounds like it was a very positive interview! I would have lost it when she handed me the laptop, LOL! Good for you.
Keeping you in my prayers. It sounds like a good position.
Thanks guys! Ginny, I think you broke it down very well. I'm not sure on the exact number of hours she stated. I know it is in that vicinity, and I believe she said that may include holidays... But as you said, with the extra paid medical leave, it is still generous. And yes, they offer both short term and long term disability...
By the way, chose should be *choose* and I went back and changed it! LOL!
Nicki, I just about did lose it when she sat the laptop down! I'm not familiar at all with them, and was very relieved when she left the room so I could compose it without her looking over my shoulder!
Great job, Adena! Will be thinking of you!
I'm thrilled for you...keep us posted!!!!