Well imaginary readers, I’m f*cked.
Well not really, but I sort of feel like I’m back in university. It’s the last minute to turn in my thesis and I haven’t finished it yet. Yes, that kind of f*cked.
I’m actually writing to you right now while I’m preparing for a job interview tomorrow. Actually I have two job interviews. The first job interview is one that I don’t care for because it’s the same job that I was let go for back in June.
The other job? A coveted journalism(ish) position - my golden ticket to get back in the game and start my media career. The job mostly consists of administrative & editorial scut work. But again, it’s editorial scut work. If the job description is true, I’ll be learning in the media business and probably doing some of the editorial work for the company.
It’s a start and that’s great. But in these uncertain economic times, only two things worry me. First is the pay. How much could I seriously get out of this gig if they decide to hire me? And if I got it and accepted the terms, how do I know this will lead me to the path of being a web developer? I’ve been busting my hump learning how to do web development. I don’t want to lose my skill set and I definitely don’t want to end up poor and starving.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, I’ll be subjected to an AP writing exam during my interview. From the prospective employer’s email response:
The test is an AP writing test; it should take about an hour to complete and consists of writing a spot news story; completing an editing section; and taking a spelling test. You will complete the test on a computer — no handwriting involved.
First of all, how the hell do you write a spot news story? And an AP exam? I haven’t used the AP Stylebook for about 3 years. I suppose it’s not the worst problem to have in the world. I don’t know. Today is December 5, 2013 and the year is almost over.
I should feel proud of the fact that I’ve kept up my web studies on my own and I’m still going strong. I’ve also been kept up my workout routine at the gym and I look better. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now: Like prison, people don’t get soft being unemployed. They only get hard, and toned.
I’m happy I got two call-backs, but I’ve been through this again and again. Since I was let go, I estimate that I’ve had 4 call-backs and none have panned out. I’m still reeling from that one interview where I f*cked up a simple CSS layout question.
For now, all I can do is prepare as best I can for next week’s media interview. Tomorrow’s interview should be okay. There’s not much I can do for this interview, except to bring a copy of my résumé and references and not get lost. As always, I’ll take a wait and see approach. We’ll see what happens.