I am busy getting ready for a job interview. It’s an interview for a real, bonafide full-time job with benefits and everything. A Communication Specialist reporting to the Director of Internal Communications for a humongous hotel chain. Two weeks ago, I had no idea that I would be spending hundreds of dollars on a new suit, mining my memories for reasons why I am a great prospective employee, or buttering up past colleagues for a reference.
Now that I am applying for this job, of course I am determined to get it, to succeed at this job application, to be the best, to be the one to get the offer. I wish I could be this driven in my personal life. I would have finished all those painting projects and photo albums by now…
I have been thinking about going back to work for a while, though. For a few reasons:
- If I wait longer or am forced to re-enter the working world farther down the road, it will be even more difficult to convince employers of my continued qualification.
- My children don’t seem to look at me as someone other than a hug-giver, chauffeur, laundry-folder, cook and cleaner-upper. None of which count for anything. I have heard them tons of times talking about how I don’t have a job. Guess that means I’ll still be doing all that stuff and working full-time for $$ if I get hired.
- I’m bored. Nothing is interesting or urgent in my life, so I don’t do any of it until I absolutely have to. I have no discipline to keep my days structured and productive, and so with kids in school, I just end up spending time heedlessly. I couldn’t even say what I do with all the time they are at school.
- I like working with language and communication tools. I like them because they are designed to have a purpose. Unlike this blog. I relish the chance to sink my teeth into something and really take it as far as I can and achieve something with it.
- I want to work with intelligent, driven people who are experts in their field. I’m tired of dumbing it down. I want to be considered an expert.
Helping my sister-in-law with her university and college applications, or designing party invitations or forms for a fundraiser, or even producing a marketing brochure for my children’s school is all well and good. But every time I do something like that, I realize I could do so much more! And people say, “Oh, you should be an event planner! You’re so good at that,” or “You should have a business helping people with resume-writing!” or whatever it is … so I guess I am not the only one who thinks so.
I hope the people who interview me on Monday will agree that I can do the job and would be so good at it! As my husband said when I was in anguish over some aspect of this process, “What’s the worst that could happen?” I jokingly answered, “They might actually offer me the job.” I guess we’ll see …