Wednesday, July 08, 2009
After nearly four months of job application, frustration, and toil I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to DC for a face to face interview to be held next Monday. Another interview with a separate organization was already scheduled for that same day over the phone and I am in the process of trying to modify it so that I can interview with both places in person during the time that I will be there. If it'd been up to me, I would already be settled in DC and working a new job, but the awful economy has complicated and delayed my plans considerably. As I reflect back on this process, it's absolutely ridiculous that I have submitted roughly 1,100 job applications, been scheduled for a paltry four interviews, and had to spend a minimum of four hours a day on the matter even to get where I am now. That's just a reflection of how absolutely insane the job market is these days.
My flight leaves Sunday morning, so what this means is that from that day, Sunday, 12 July until Monday, 20 July my posting here will be sporadic. I'll at least make an attempt to put something worth reading up here from time to time, but since I'll be away from my computer during that period, I can't promise I'll be able to write every day that I'm away. Expect more of these extended absences in the coming weeks and even months, particularly until I am actually hired. I've been saving money since March to go back and forth between here and DC, but I am frankly surprised it's taken four months before I've even had the ability to make my first trip. I do know an interview does not guarantee a job--only an opportunity to audition before an employer. Still, this is a goal that I have been working doggedly towards for a good long while and I celebrate any opportunity to see my wonderful girlfriend who has been missing me terribly.
As an aside, I was going to go up there soon anyway, because I made her a promise during her visit last month; I vowed to her that she wouldn't have to wait to see me in person nearly as long to she did (three months) for the first good long while we were apart, and that's a promise I fully intend to keep.