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Post Interrupted: Job Search Update
I was literally just about to post this to my blog last week when the Halloween Blizzard took out Comcast, plunging our household into darkness for two days. And by darkness, I mean no internet or cable access. It was a truly harrowing experience. OK, mostly it was just inconvenient, and we we especially lucky, considering that even now, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still don't have power five days later. But that's another post. Last week, I went on my most promising job interviews yet, and after a bunch of curious questions on Facebook, I figured it would be easier to tell everyone at once.

After a couple of months of almost nothing (a grand total of one interview since July), I suddenly found myself with multiple potential employers on my radar. A week ago Monday, I went on my most promising interview, and that's the one I talked about on Facebook that prompted this post. Here is the promised update, filling in most of the blanks.

The job I interviewed for is with a place called the Academic and Behavioral Clinic. I met the head clinician at a job fair at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Under her direction, I would do assessments on children and teens, up to college age, and develop treatment plans to help them overcome their issues, whatever they might be. Part of the job is in-home, some is out patient, and starting next year, a day program will begin for developmentally disabled teens and adults. They specifically are looking for people that are non-traditional and non-threatening, to immediately put clients and their families at ease. Basically, if you look like a social worker, that's what they don't want. And I don't. :-) Each person working for the clinic has their own clientele, and makes their own hours. You can work as much or as little as you want. That flexibility would be fantastic for us. 

They also want people that have teaching experience, which I have. If you have experience with the system, or with therapy, that's a plus. I have some of both. Finally, they prefer people with graduate degrees, because that proves that you are intelligent, can learn new skills quickly and aren't afraid of writing and paperwork. So my expensive diploma, even though it isn't in psychology, is what got me in through the door in the first place.

The interview really wasn't. It was more like a couple of people sitting down to get to know each other. I made quite an impression on the director and the office manager at the job fair, and it continued through the interview process. I met with the manager once for about 90 minutes, and the director for over two hours. They like me, I like them, and we all want for me to come on board. After the first interview Monday, I received a pre-employment packet, which required a renewed CPR card, thick application, professional references and a physical and TB test. They told me to have it back in ten days, and no one had done it faster than twelve.

I did it in four. Don't challenge me. ;-)

My packet went to Boston last Saturday. All I can do now is wait. So all digits crossed!

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cypherindigo From: cypherindigo Date: November 3rd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! I expect you will do well at this, as you seem to do well at anything you set your mind to.
elionwyr From: elionwyr Date: November 3rd, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Luck luck luck!
ihadtimetokill From: ihadtimetokill Date: November 3rd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
best of luck and fingers crossed, though it almost sounds like you won't even need it -- this seems like it would be a wonderful like of work for you, and your enthusiasm and ambition must make you an appealing candidate. i hope this works out, i really do!
lordlnyc From: lordlnyc Date: November 3rd, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have my fingers crossed for you







Should be a picture of my fingers crossed
digitalsidhe From: digitalsidhe Date: November 4th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you'd be a great fit there. Good luck!
sariel_t From: sariel_t Date: November 4th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I hope you get it!
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