These past couple of months have been nuts. It has been the first time in my entire life that I’ve never had something to occupy my time, which should have been extremely freeing…but it actually really freaked me out. People are telling you to go out and do all the things that you wouldn’t get to do if you had a full-time job, but all you can do is sit at home and scroll through opportunities on indeed and think “How am I ever going to stand out and get hired in this sea of people?”
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Being unemployed is never fun. It’s stressful, and you’re worried about making the right decisions, all while putting a huge smile on your face and trying to impress people by talking about yourself in hour-long increments, which over time can tend to sound a bit scripted, I’m sure. I definitely I have my answer to the question “So, tell me a little bit about yourself and your experience?” memorized. I always hoped it didn’t sound fake or phony coming out, simply because I’d repeated it so many times before.
I applied for so many jobs I honestly lost count. I interviewed with dozens. I felt like shit and I was exhausted.
I truly had no idea exactly what I wanted, only that I genuinely wanted to help whatever business I landed at grow and prosper, while using the print and digital media and organizational skills that I had accumulated over the years. I wanted to work at a great company with positive, like-minded people. Was that so much to ask? I wondered if I’d ever find the right place to grow my career.
The whole interviewing process always made me really uneasy, too. I hated not knowing exactly what questions would be asked for fear of sounding unintelligent or awkward. At some places I even felt as if I was being interrogated more than interviewed.
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It was a breath of fresh air when I walked into the Keller Williams office to meet with Robin. I had applied to be an assistant at her real estate company out of pure interest after months of searching for houses with Albert and doing the renovations on the one we ended up buying. I had no real estate experience or in-depth knowledge of the industry, but I was really interested and eager to learn. I wondered if it was silly that I had applied for a position with a real estate company without having prior experience, but I went ahead anyway, and am so glad I did.
I have never clicked with a person so quickly in my life. I never once felt nervous while being interviewed because conversations were so easy and natural, and I couldn’t believe how intrigued and interested this woman was with both my personal and professional values. It was wonderful. After meeting with her in person for the first time, I knew I wanted to work for her.
I’m a firm believer that people will eventually end up exactly where they’re meant to be, and that whatever paths taken or decisions made that may veer from it will ultimately lead to that place. I can’t believe that out of all the resumes reviewed, interviews conducted, and conversations had that I was the one chosen for this position. I truly appreciate people who see potential in others, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I'm extremely excited to get started and see where this leads!
It may have taken longer than expected, but I do believe I’ve found where I’m meant to be.
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